Your sleep is divided into five distinct portions that span 90 minutes all combined. Starting with stage 1-from consciousness to light sleep. Stage 2, the body relaxes further and core body temperature drops before your breathing becomes regular.
Going into stage 3 and 4, entering into long and deep restorative parts of the sleep. Then finally into the exciting stage of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, where you are in dreams. Cycles are repeated several times before morning.
Here are some amazing facts about dreams that you might have never heard about:
Not really gender equality but it just sounds better. Anyway, men and women dream differently. Men are more likely to have violent and aggressive dreams and they dream more about other men, about 70% of the dream characters in a man's dream are men. On the other hand, women dream about women and men equally.
Psychologists say that daydreaming is actually what occurs if your dream has been carried forward, it is basically related to what you dreamt about when you were fast asleep. They also involve different mental processes.
Despite what we saw in point 3 about forgetting your dreams, it is true that many inventions were born in dreams. Newton, Graham Bell and even some poets drew their inspiration through their dreams. How they do that is, they write their dreams down as soon as they wake up from their sleep in order to remember and work on it.
Meet Louisa Ball, 15, who can sleep for days together when she first shuts her eyes to sleep. She doesn't mess around with that. This British girl has a rare sleeping disorder - 'Sleeping beauty sickness'. No kind of shaking or prodding can wake Louisa up when she's fast asleep. The symptoms, causes or a cure for this disease are unknown to doctors. However, they say it only strikes teenagers and is likely to vanish by the age of 12-13 years.
Anxiety is the most common emotion that is experienced in dreams. Not only that, negative emotions are much more likely to occur than positive emotions in your dreams. So don't worry, you are not the only one getting nightmares frequently.
It is very important for you to keep sleeping and dreaming when you're at the REM stage of your sleep. That keeps you healthy. If you're woken up for some reason or the other right at the start of your REM stage, you may fall prey to psychotic disorders such as hallucination, irritation etc.
It's not only you who dreams, animals dream too just like this leopard lost in his dreamworld after eating lunch. The best example is a dog, you will often see them twitching their paws as if they are running in their dreams.
A lucid dream is one in which you are aware that you are dreaming even though you're still asleep. Lucid dreaming is thought to be a combination state of both consciousness and REM sleep, during which you can often direct or control the dream content.
Approximately half of all people can remember experiencing at least one instance of lucid dreaming, and some individuals are able to have lucid dreams quite frequently.
Blind people can dream. People who became blind after birth can see images in their dreams and those who were born blind dream as vividly, however, instead of seeing images, they use their other senses such as smell, sound, touch etc. to dream.
There's a time limit to how much you can remember about your dream. Only within five minutes since you are up from your sleep, an average person's dream is forgotten and in just 10 minutes, 90 percent of the dream is gone with the wind. However, if awakened at the REM (rapid eye movement sleep) stage, that person is more likely to remember the dream.
According to recent studies, it has been revealed that people who snore, are not necessarily dreaming at that particular period of time. Though this is not scientifically proven.
You are prone to seeing the faces you have seen in your lifetime. Even though those faces can account to be in thousands, your dream is what relates something about that person with your subject of the dream.
Yes, an average human being has multiple dreams per night of various situations and intensities, but most often only the most deeply connected are remembered that to very faintly.
REM sleep is characterized by paralysis of the voluntary muscles. The phenomenon is known as REM atonia and prevents you from acting out your dreams while you're asleep. Basically, because motor neurons are not stimulated, your body does not move.
In some cases, this paralysis can even carry over into the waking state for as long as 10 minutes, a condition known as sleep paralysis. While the experience can be frightening, experts advise that it is perfectly normal and should last only a few minutes before normal muscle control returns.
While most people report dreaming in color, there is a small percentage of people who claim to only dream in black and white. In studies where dreamers have been awakened and asked to select colors from a chart that match those in their dreams, soft pastel colors are those most frequently chosen.
If you are unsure whether you are dreaming or not, try reading something. The vast majority of people are incapable of reading in their dreams.
The same goes for clocks: each time you look at a clock it will tell a different time and the hands on the clock won’t appear to be moving as reported by lucid dreamers.
There are actually people who like dreaming and dreams so much that they never want to wake up. They want to continue on dreaming even during the day, so they take an illegal and extremely potent hallucinogenic drug called Dimethyltryptamine. It is actually only an isolated and synthetic form of the chemical our brains produce naturally during dreaming.
If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself.