Dreams, since times immemorial, have fascinated humans. We have always tried to find out the meanings of the dreams that we see. What are they? Why do we see them? Ancient cultures thought of dreams as divine messages or representations of their reality or even omens of near future. Science has today managed to give us many explanations but still, we are not satisfied. The enigmatic scenes that appear in our mind when we sleep still continue to intrigue us. So, if you are one such person who is curious about dreams, here are 35 interesting facts about dreams that you may like:
Interesting Facts About Dreams: 1-10
1. Toddlers don’t see themselves in their dreams until they reach the age of 3 and for some it is 4.
2. When a person sleeps, the surrounding stimuli and sounds are incorporated in his or her dream. This is known as Dream Incorporation.
3. Dreams of children are way shorter than those of adults. For children, many of their dreams (nearly 40%) are nightmares. Why? Scientists believe that for children, their dreams work as coping mechanism.
4. Among ancient Greeks, dreams were considered to be divine messages and they would often choose sacred places for sleeping so that they could make important dreams appear.
5. For some people, dreams work as a device. William Shakespeare for instance used his dreams to create new characters as well as advance the plots of his stories.
6. Research studies have shown that once a person is awakened from his or her dream in the REM or Rapid Eye Movement phase of sleep, it can lead to hallucinations, irritability and finally psychosis.
7. According to Plato, liver was the organ where dreams originated from.
8. A man dreams more about men while for a woman, the percentage of men and women occurring in her dreams are fairly equal.
9. According to scientists, fetuses dream as well. Since they don’t have visual stimuli, their dreams mostly consist of touch sensations and sound.
10. Nearly 40% of world population suffer from what is known as Sleep Paralysis. This is actually a phenomenon where a person fails to move for about a minute when he or she wakes up from a dream and recognizes the surroundings.