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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Dreams

October 20, 2011

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Dreams

Did Inception leave you wanting to know more about dreams? Here are 10 facts about the universal phenomena:

1. SOME PEOPLE ARE COLOR BLIND IN THEIR DREAMS

About 12% of people can only dream in black and white. Curiously, the majority of people in 1915 to the 1950s dreamed in black and white. Scientists suggest that this is because of the switch from black and white to color in television and films.

2. EVERYONE IN YOUR DREAM IS REAL

The brain doesn’t invent new faces  in dreams, so every person you see in your dream, you’ve met in real life–whether it’s your best friend, or a stranger you met on the streets several years ago.

3. YOU FORGET MOST DREAMS

At least 95% of dreams are forgotten. Brain chemicals needed to convert short-term memory into long-term ones are absent when a person is dreaming.

4. THE DREAMS YOU DO REMEMBER, ARE PROBABLY WRONG

Dream recall is notoriously inaccurate. A good idea is to jot down your dreams in a dream diary as soon as you wake up, which aids in long-term recall.

5. YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR DREAMS

Oneironautics refers to the ability to move in your dream. The first step is lucid dreaming, when you’re aware that you’re dreaming. Dream recall often helps with lucid dreaming.

6. GUYS ONLY DREAM ABOUT GUYS

70% of males have dreams where only other males are present. Females tend to have a more 50/50 split.

7. YOU DREAM ONE TO TWO HOURS A NIGHT

With anywhere from four to seven different dreams. That’s why sometimes the progression of dreams seem so random and chaotic.

8. STUCK ON REPEAT

A false awakening is a dream about awakening from sleep and performing morning rituals, or a dream within a dream.There have been reports of about a hundred consecutive false awakenings.

9. FUTURE PREDICTIONS

It is common for people to believe their dreams can predict the future. However, psychologists believe that people merely distort their memory to fit.

10. DREAM ART

There is an entire genre of art dedicated to painting what you’ve dreamed. Dream art is extremely popular, and spans all forms of media.

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