A Factual Look at Dreams

Everyone Dreams

Whether you remember having dreams or not, research indicates that everyone goes through dream stages of sleep each night. However, there are some rare medical conditions that may result in making dreams much more rare. These are thought to be the result of brain deformities, coinciding with deficiencies in important amino acids.


Most Dreams Are Not Prophetic

There are a lot of things that the typical dream can do for you, but very few dreams reflect any kind of reality past or present. Instead they are a jumbled mix of ideas and emotions that your brain sequences. They provide you with some memories or new ways of thinking about past or future events, but this doesn’t mean that they’re somehow predictive, even when they turn out to be somewhat intuitive.

Dreams Do Not Cause Nor Foretell Death

There are a wide variety of superstitions developed around dreams. It is common for people to believe that dreaming about someone dying foretells that death. Many believe this ancient Roman concept of predictive morbidity in dreams.

Dreams Are Active Brain States

Studies show that your brain is very active during dreams. In many cases the brain will be more active while dreaming than while awake.

You’ll Spend a Half Dozen Years in a Dream State

While the average person will spend a third of his life sleeping, only about six years of the average lifespan is spent dreaming. If you think about this carefully, you’ll realize that dreams make up a significant portion of your life experiences. You can even enjoy a little experience napping in a bus.

Other Interesting Dream Facts

* On multiple dream: On average, you can expect to have 4 to 7 dreams each night.
* On snoring and dreaming: Snoring and dreaming do not take place at the same time; they’re mutually exclusive events.
* On toddlers dreaming: Did you know that people don’t begin dreaming in the first person until the age of 3 or 4? Toddlers actually dream in the third person.
* On young people having nightmares: Between the ages of 3 and 8 nightmares are a common and intense dream experience.

A Tidbit About “Nightmares”

The meaning of “night” in the word “nightmare” is obvious, and comes from the concept that people dream when they sleep, which is typically at night. The meaning of “mare” is derived from “mer”, as in its usage in the word “mermaid”. The term nightmares is rooted in the notion of a feminine evil spirit that haunts those who sleep during the night.

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