When it comes to odd, strange or weird, it’s hard to beat the dream world. Granted, some people tend to have weirder dreams than others, but those known for strange adventures in dreamland know how totally off-the-wall dreams can be. Considering that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, dreaming is something we humans tend to do a lot of. Some folks are very good at remembering their dreams and are able to describe them in amazing detail, while others can barely remember whether or not they dreamed at all. Check out these crazy facts about dreaming and see how many of them you can relate to.
1. They Don’t Last
Experts estimate that we forget about 90 percent of our dreams. That number probably varies from one person to the next, but it’s probably safe to assume that most of us forget the vast majority of our dreams. Certain dreams may stand out and are easily remembered, but most of them are probably gone forever.
2. Night Vision
Even blind people dream. Surprisingly a person that is born blind will still dream, but their dreams will probably be different when compared to those who can see.
3. No Escape
Even if you are one of those people who cannot seem to remember a single one of your dreams, it’s a safe bet that you do indeed dream. Some people just forget their dreams entirely, but since every human dreams, it’s highly unlikely that a person that does not remember their dreams is not dreaming at all.
4. I Know You!
It turns out that every face we see in our dreams is one that we have seen in real life. It may be a close friend or it may be someone you do not recognize at all but have probably seen passing you on the street one day or perhaps at the supermarket. It’s intriguing to those of us who regularly have dreams of people we don’t recognize to know that we have actually seen those people at some point in our lives.
5. In Living Color
Not everyone dreams in color. Believe it or not, some people dream in what looks more like an old black-and-white television program. Some people have trouble remembering whether their dreams are in color or not. Strangely, studies have found that the older a person gets, the more likely they are to stop dreaming in color.
6. Hidden Meaning
Dreams are often full of symbolism. Certain objects, events and experiences that are featured in dreams often relate to real life. Dreams have been studied intently for a very long time, and although famous and respected people like Sigmund Freud devoted considerable time to the study of dreams and their meaning, can we ever be sure that what the “experts” say about the meaning of our dreams is true?
On average, a normal, healthy individual probably has between four and seven dreams per night. When we do remember our dreams, it seems like some of them last a very long time while others are very brief in duration. Since we know that we forget so many of our dreams, it’s hard to know if we actually have dreams of varying length or whether we just remember some better than others.
At some point, many of us have probably witnessed the pet dog or cat that appears to be acting out dreams as they sleep. They may whine or whimper, or perhaps move their legs as if they are walking or running, but there’s little doubt that something is going on in those animal brains while they sleep. Obviously, we cannot ask animals about their dreams so we can only assume that they are dreaming about typical animal activities like chasing squirrels or being stuck in a tree.
9. Staying Safe
REM or rapid eye movement sleep is the time when we dream, and to prevent us from thrashing about too much or maybe even falling out of bed, we are temporarily paralyzed so that we are not able to physically act our our dreams. Some people experience a kind of malfunction upon waking and find that they are still paralyzed and completely unable to move. This can be a very frightening experience, and fortunately, it is very rare for most people.
10. Intrusions From Reality
Sometimes things that are going on in the real world can influence our dreams. It’s not uncommon for someone to be dreaming about how badly they need to go to the bathroom and then awaken to discover that they really do have an urgent need to get up and use the bathroom.