Feel it or not, dreams have a great impact on your life and personality. Dreams are preparing you to face life every day. Actually, a dream can change your mood. If the dream was good you wake up happy and you stay happy even if you don’t remember it. In fact, you forget 90% of your dream, after 10 minutes of waking up. And the rest is forgotten completely after some time unless you try to remember the dream directly after you wake up. That is why dreams are affecting us on the subconscious level in both negative and positive ways.
Here is the list of some interesting facts about dreams:
You dream about 4-7 times a night. It is between 1-2 hours in an average night sleep in adults.
Animals can dream about kinds of things in their lives like chasing their prey or being chased by some animal, just as humans do.
You are usually paralyzed during your REM sleep or else you will begin to act out your dreams. Actually, there is a disorder called Rapid Eye Movement disorder (REM). In this case, the brain fails to paralyze the muscles during REM sleep (when vivid dreams take place) and the dreamer acts out his/her dreams, which sometimes leads to getting themselves killed during their sleep.
In an average lifetime, we spend about 20 years sleeping. In which 6 years are spent dreaming. That is 6 years of our lives spent in an imaginary, non-existing world.
During a study about dreams and the reasons for dreaming, Dr. Robert Stickgold, an associate professor at Harvard medical school, observed a person who was playing a skiing game. Then the person who was the subject of the experiment was put to sleep. The person was frequently awakened during non-REM sleep and asked about his dreams. The dreams were related to the game he was playing and when he played this game the next time, he did much better than before. That is why we are frequently told to study before going to bed.
Dreams make a person ready for the danger he/she might face in life, which makes nightmares beneficial. When you have a nightmare, this means that your mind is preparing you to face fears and dangers you might encounter in the future. Children have more nightmares than adults because they are learners. The nightmares we dream are usually in forms of being chased by wild animals or your life being threatening. The reason behind this is because these were the dangers facing our ancestors. So nightmares turned out to be positive. The next time, if you have a nightmare, just smile because you’ve become wiser.
Maybe you have heard about lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is having a very vivid dream that is controlled by your conscious as well as subconscious minds. It gives you the ability to create your dream world and be able to realize that you are dreaming. Lucid dreaming is both fun and insightful. And also, anyone can try it.
When you are dreaming, it is your subconscious mind which is working. That is why the dream world can be one of the beautiful places your heart has ever experienced or sometimes, the most fearful place. Dreams are the desires, fears, and memories hidden in your subconscious mind. So when you dream, you are in contact with your subconscious mind. In fact, dreams help you understand your inner-self more deeply. A lot of people have gained a fortune because of their dreams.
Dreams play a very important role in human lives. And maybe without them, we couldn’t have survived. They are important in helping us face future dangers and in giving us insights about our deep inner selves. They let you explore a world that belongs to you only, a world where no one, except you, is allowed to enter. Dreams make us wise in the most beautiful and awful ways.