Dreams are still a mystery to us. Scientists are trying to find its meaning. Meanwhile, you just read these facts.
1.If you have a recurring dream that troubles you night after night or so, talk to someone about it. Tell them what you can about the dream and state what you think it could mean, even if you have no idea. Chances are you will not have that dream again.
2. Culture plays a role in dreaming also. In the West, little attention is paid to the significance of dreams. Eastern cultures stress the importance of remembering dreams, believe that dreams provide useful information about the future, and in cultures that are chronically hungry, frequent dreams involving food is reported.
3. Men tend to dream more about other men. Around 70% of the characters in a man’s dream are other men. On the other hand, a woman’s dream contains almost an equal number of men and women.
4. It is believed that recurring dreams are a sign of your mind telling you something. For example, if you dream about your teeth breaking, it could be a sign of your mind to take care of your teeth!
5.“Old Hag Syndrome”, or sleep paralysis, occurs in as many as 40% of all people. It happens when a sleeper wakes, recognizes his or her surroundings but is unable to move for as long as a minute. The folklore explanation is that it is caused by a witch, or an old hag, who was coming to get you in your sleep.
6. Not everyone dreams in colour and not everyone dreams in black and white. If a person grew up watching black and white television, he/she is more likely to dream in black and white. In a survey, it was revealed that 12% of sighted people ONLY dreamt in black and white and rest of the sample dreamt exclusively in colour. The number has gone down. Today, only 4.4% under-25-year olds dream in black and white, the change is being based (by scientists) upon the transformation from black and white television to colour media.
7. Very often, the people you see in your dreams are not the people for whom the dream is meant for. Your mind simply uses those people you see as “codes” or “disguises”. According to your mind, there is a relation between these “codes” and the actual people for whom the dream is meant to be.
8. Dreams are responsible for many of the noblest inventions of mankind. A few examples include:
- The idea for Google -Larry Page
- Alternating current generator – Nikola Tesla
- DNA’s double helix spiral form -James Watson
- The sewing machine -Elias Howe
- Periodic table -Dimitri Mendeleyev.
The list is endless. Focus on your dreams maybe you’ll get something.
9. Drug of a dream.
There are actually people who like dreaming and dreams so much that they never want to wake up. They want to continue on dreaming all the time, so they take an illicit and extremely powerful hallucinogenic drug called Dimethyltryptamine. It is actually only an isolated and synthetic form of the chemical our brains produce naturally during dreaming.
10. The link between creativity and dreams.
Dreams are responsible for inventions, great artworks and are generally just amazingly interesting. They are also boosting our creativity. In rare cases of REM disorder, people actually don’t dream at all. These people suffer from significantly decreased creativity and perform badly at tasks requiring creative problem-solving.
11. You might have felt similar dreams reoccurring frequently. That might be an unfinished task or feeling in the mind that needs to performed or accomplished in reality. These sort of dreams act as a reminder for the job to be done. So once you know this is happening, recall your life and assess what needs to be done.
12. Dreams are ephemeral.
You may already know this better, you just can’t seem to remember the material of your dream most of the time. According to study about 60% percent of all dreams are forgotten after 5 minutes post waking up.
13. Discovered in 1856, the planet Neptune (which is named after the Roman god of the sea) is considered the planet of dreams—because, like water, dreams deceive and cloud images and meaning. Additionally, water represents the depths of the unconscious and our emotional levels in dream imagery, places that our dreams take us.
14. The Buddhist exercise practice of yoga has many benefits, including helping one learn how to take control his or her dreams by controlling the body’s essential energies.
15. Large bodies of water often express the unconscious, so dreams of drowning may indicate being overwhelmed by unconscious, repressed issues. Drowning can also symbolize that the dreamer is entering a new stage of development and that the old self is “dying.
16. Famous French historian and philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-1984) states in his essay “Dream, Imagination, and Existence” that dreams are the origin of the human soul. He also asserts that dreams about death are the most important type of dream because they are the moment life reaches its satisfaction.
17. Female demons are known as succubi and their male equivalents incubi (to lie upon, related to “incubate”) are spirits that sexually molest human dreamers for sinister purposes. They also provide acceptable explanations for pregnancies resulting from secret affairs, as documented in Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Spenger’s 1486 text, Malleus Maleficarum (“Witch Hammer”).
18. The memory-recording processes of the brain seem to switch off during sleep. In so-called non-dreamers, this memory shutdown is complete than it is for the rest. Dreams may be forgotten because they are unclear or because they contain repressed material that the conscious mind does not wish to remember.
19. William Shakespeare (1564-1616), like his Greek playwright predecessors, used dreams in his dramas to help improve plot and develop characters. For example, dreams in Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard the III, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear offer key psychological and symbolic perspicacity into the motives and internal landscapes of important characters.
20. Nicotine patches and even melatonin (an over-the-counter sleep aid) are reported to increase the vividness of dreams and nightmares. The nicotine patch, in particular, is said to intensify dreams.