When we sleep we are most likely to get dreams. No matter what our age is, we get dreams.
Some dreams are enjoyable, some are terrific, while we can’t remember some of them.
So what are dreams? Let’s see in this post in addition with some crazy facts about dreams!
Dreams are triggered while we are at sleep.
They are usually triggered by the emotional regions of our brain and hence we find that our dreams mostly lack logic.
Rapid Eye Movement sleep or the REM sleep is the time when dreams most likely occur.
Dreams are hallucinations that are based on recent activities, conversations, issues in life and so on.
They represent our emotions – and that can include a variety of emotions.
You may feel happy, or sad, or terrified during or after a dream.
But what is the use of dreams? What role do they play in our physical or mental health?
Scientists don’t know a proper explanation to these questions.
Now, let’s see some crazy facts about dreams.
#1 Dreams usually have a common theme
There are certain most common theme of dreams that occur universally to people – for instance, it is most likely that you have dreamt of being chased, falling down, unable to move, being naked in public and so on.
#2 You can control some of your dreams
Such instances are called Lucid dreaming. You will be aware that you are dreaming and might add a scene or two to your dreams wilfully.
You will also most likely to remember lucid dreams.
#3 Dreams differ according to gender
Men have dreams that involve more physical activity and usually their dreams can be aggressive.
On the other hand, women have dreams that have lesser physical activity, and are more conversational.
Also women dream longer than men, on average.
#4 Negative emotions are quite common
Usually dreams are associated with emotions. But it is usually the negative emotions that take over.
It is highly unlikely that you wake up to a positive, feel good dream.
And it is highly likely that you wake up confused, terrified, ashamed, anxious, stressed out, guilty or feeling awkward.
#5 Remembering a dream is quite a challenge
Our brain has a chemical called Norepinephrine that is associated with memory. Its levels are quite low when we are dreaming.
So it is quite challenging for us to remember our dreams.
Interestingly we only remember a dream if we wake up to it. If we don’t wake up to a dream, we don’t remember it.
And those that we remember are only very vague bits and pieces of the dream itself!
#6 Our dreams are influenced by various strange factors
Usually our dreams are influenced by recent conversations or happenings in our life and surroundings.
But strangely, they could also be affected by aspects like our health, the food we eat, and the activities we do.
For instance, depression or anxiety will get you into a lot of disturbed and negative dreams.
If you eat foods that disrupt your sleep cycle, then you spend more time in REM state.
Which means you will dream a lot and remember those too!
If you eat foods that disrupt or make your mood, your dreams will also be associated with those moods.
If you are someone who actively exercises, then you will spend a lot of time in deep sleep stage.
This means you dream very less, and you remember very less of those too!
Those were some crazy facts about dreams right?
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