Not many people realise that we all dream each and every single night even on the nights when we don’t recall dreaming. Amazingly even though dreams are something we all have in common we know surprisingly little about dreams. We don’t know where they come from or what they mean. We don’t even know if it is possible to control our dreams or how to properly interpret them. A lot of what we do know is very limited.
Here are 9 facts about dreams that will surprise you and are a must read before you fall asleep.
1 – Even the Strangest of Dreams Can Be Interpreted
It may be hard to believe that the dream you had the other night about two Siamese midget twins massaging a goat during a snowstorm had any meaning relating to your real life but each and every dream has potential symbolism and meaning. The meaning behind our dreams often relates to the things that we need to understand about ourselves or the world around us. Rather than just shrugging off that strange dream it would be a better idea to take a moment to think how that dream made you feel. As a rule we naturally dismiss dreams that are strange because they are so out the ordinary to us. What is important is how these dreams make you feel while you are having them. That dream about the two Siamese midget twins is just filler that probably allows you to process the range of emotions you feel about a certain fetish and gives us the necessary distraction so we can actually experience that spectrum of emotion. Basically because of the distraction we are able to experience emotions and fantasies that we would be otherwise scared to go through.
2 – Dreaming Can Help You Learn
Most people believe that repeating a task over and over is the best way to learn. This is why if you are studying for an important exam or trying to learn a new task we often find ourselves slaving over textbooks with the assumption an extra hour will us soak up more information. According to recent research at the Harvard Medical Research School you will actually learn more and quicker if you take a nap and here is why: When we fall asleep and our brain begins to dream, it helps you solve problems and learn. Research has indicated that dreaming is the brains way of processing, integrating and understanding new information.
The better the quality of our sleep means our brain has a better ability to learn so knowing how to improve the quality of our sleep is very important. Avoid noise in your bedroom, such as TV or radio, as this can have a negative impact on length and quality of both your sleep and dreams. Make sure your room is well ventilated and not to warm but not too cold. Always remember that the better the quality of your sleep means the better your brains ability to learn and retain new information and skills.
3 – Both Men and Women Have Orgasms During Dreams
Everyone knows that men have what is referred to as wet dreams. Not only this, it is common knowledge than men have orgasms during their dreams. What is not so commonly known is that women experience this phenomenon too. For women orgasms during sleep usually accompany erotic dreams but they also may occur during dreams of a non-erotic nature. When a woman dreams it is quite common for her genitals to become engorged and lubricated. This nearly always happens during REM sleep and will happen several times during the night. When men begin to REM sleep they get erections regardless of whether or not they are having an erotic dream.
4 – The Most Common Dream Involves Your Spouse Cheating
If you have ever woken from your sleep in a cold sweat having dreamt of your spouse cheating on you with your best friend then you are not alone. Several surveys, each consisting of more than 5,000 people, were conducted and specifically asked questions about people’s nightmares. The results showed that dreams involving infidelity were the most common and often haunted people on a recurring basis. Dreams about your partner cheating on you seldom have anything to do with actual real life affairs and more to do with a common and universal fear we all have of being wronged, left alone, or being abandoned by those we love the most.
5 – You Can Have Dozens of Dreams Each Night
It is a common misconception that we only have one dream each night. We actually have approximately twelve dreams a night although it is rare that we remember doing so. We tend to dream every 90 minutes while we are asleep with each dream cycle being longer than the one before. Our first dream when we first fall asleep only lasts about 5 minutes while our last dream before waking up will be in the region of 45 minutes.
In our lifetime we will have in the region of 100,000 dreams.
6 – Even After Waking You Can Linger in a Dream
We all know the feeling of waking up from a dream that was so perfect and beautiful you want nothing more than to get back to sleep and continue in that perfect fantasy world. I am sure you will be overjoyed to learn that you can indeed remain in that fantasy dreamland by simply lying perfectly still with your eyes closed when you wake up. By remaining still and in the same position you woke up in you stand a very good chance of remember your dream and stay there for a tiny bit longer. The second you move your body from the position you slept in you disconnect yourself from the dream you were just in and the real world quickly begins to take over.
7 – Recurring Dreams Are Your Minds Way of Telling You Something
Have you ever had the same dream or nightmare over and over again? If the answer is yes then you should try and look for the underlying message behind your dreams so you can rid yourself of them. A common recurring dream that people have involves losing or cracking their teeth. If you are one of the many people who have such a dream then you should take some time to think about what your teeth and your mouth represents. The dreaming mind uses the teeth and any part of the mouth as a symbol of your words. If you pay particular attention to dreams involving your mouth or teeth then it will help you improve the way you communicate.
8 – You Can Actually Control Your Dreams
There are plenty of movies that give the idea that you can control your dreams and make them be anything you want. This is actually much more than just a Hollywood fantasy. According to research which involved a survey of over 3,000 people 64.9% of those who participated reported being aware they were dreaming within a dream. Up to 34% of those people claimed that they occasionally were able to control what was happening in their dream. The ability to take control over a dream is not a skill that everyone has or is even aware of but it can be developed with practice. The main technique for developing this ability involves giving yourself a pep talk before you fall asleep. If you say over and over to yourself as you fall asleep “If I have a bad dream then I am going to know it is only a dream and I will be aware of this” then you stand a very good chance of being aware that you are dreaming when encounter a bad dream. This technique is very useful to those people who suffer from recurring nightmares.
You could even say to yourself over and over as you fall asleep that you want to be in the arms of your favourite celebrity so pretty much anything is a real possibility in your dreams.
9 – You Don’t Have to be Asleep to Dream
You have most definitely heard of someone daydreaming and it turns out this is a very real phenomenon. According to scientist it is indeed possible to dream while in the car, at your desk at work, even while sitting on the toilet. Although this sounds very much like daydreaming it is actually a state known as wakeful dreaming.
Wakeful dreaming is a very easy state to reach and simply involves tapping into your active imagination. To do this you must think about a recent dream and take yourself back to the waking awareness you had when you emerged from the dream. Let that feeling unfold and the dream to re-energize. The process of wakeful dreaming can be particularly useful as a relaxation tool and help build a bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind.