Interesting Facts About Dreams

  • Blind people also dream
  • The oldest recorded dream dictionary is 4000 years old
  • Everybody dreams
  • Dreams prevent psychosis
  • Lucid dreaming is the ability to control your dream settings
  • Not everyone dreams in color; some dream in black and white
  • Babies do not dream about themselves until around the age of three
  • Precognitive dreams is a dream that comes true in the future

FAQ

What is the study of dreams called?

Oneirology is the scientific study of dreams. Scientists who work in this field research to find interrelationship between dreams and knowledge about the functions of the brain. They also study how the brain works when we are dreaming as pertains to memory formation and mental disorders.

What are dreams?

Dreams are a sequences of images, ideas, emotions and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind. They appear as short stories during rapid eye movement (REM) stage when brain activity is at its peak. Dreams that occurring during a lower actively are not as vivid or memorable.

Why do we dream?

There are many theories about why we dream, yet the mystery has yet to be figured out. Some view that dreams contain no purpose or meaning, however others suggest dreams are necessary for mental, emotional, and physical health. Renowned psychoanalysts Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud understood dreams to connect us to the unconsciousness, beneficial for insight and personal growth. Furthermore, the enigmatic symbols that emerge in our dreams are subjective and unique to the dreamer. Once they are decoded one might notice a pattern unfolding.

When do you dream?

Dreams happen most often during REM (rapid eye moment) sleep, which is the deepest stage of sleep. This stage accounts for roughly 20 to 25 percent of adult sleep and occurs in intervals. These sequences can last anywhere between a couple of minutes, or up to 30 minutes. On average you cycle though REM sleep many times during the night, your dreams may become more clear if you wake up during this cycle.

Do dreams predict the future?

Yes. Precognition also known as psychic dreams is the foreknowledge of an event, especially as a form of extrasensory perception. Most precognitive dreams might not be clear cut as we think. Most of the time during our sleep we receive symbolic messages usually in metaphoric nature. Dreams are usually never straight forward; they reflect like an upside down mirror. Once you are able to puzzle the pieces together you will see a story unfold. Usually after the event happens your dream might make more sense. The more you practice remembering your dreams the stronger the ability to predict future events.

Why do nightmares occur?

Nightmares are vividly realistic, disturbing dreams that shake you up from sleep during REM. These dreams are usually themed with your teeth falling out, falling, being chased or attacked. Children experience night terrors and frequent having more nightmares than adults. Adults who experienced nightmares can be caused to increased stress and fear; trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. Some experience horrible dreams while taking medication or drug use.

What are lucid dreams?

A dream becomes lucid when you are aware that you are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment; however, this is not actually necessary for a dream to be described as lucid.

What is a dream journal?

One of the best tool when it comes to remembering your dreams. Keeping a book or journal on hand to write down all the symbols and themes in your dreams the night before. Like going to the gym you need to exercise your muscle in order to see results. The same applies when we record our dreams in the morning, the more you do it, the more you remember.

Benefits Remembering Dreams:

In essence you are tapping in to the deeper part of yourself. Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious mind, a place once explored has many benefits. By connecting the outer world with the inner you will see life differently. Your life now becomes guided directing you one step closer to your true self. You will learn to explore the labyrinth of your mind, digging up the past; analyzing the present and seeing the future. The dream language has been lost but not forgotten, it is up to you to explore deeper.

How to remember dreams:

Remembering your dreams is not as difficult as one may think. The first step requires a desire. Like learning anything new you will need to keep practicing it in order to get better. At first it might seem pointless, a waste of time because you cant remember a single thing. We lose close to 90 present of our dream recall the very first minute upon waking. You have a short period of time to write down as much as possible. Over time your dream vocabulary will start to develop where you can write pages of your dreams.

Dreams are weird, aren’t they? Their purpose is a mystery. However, for centuries, the contents of dreams have been interpreted and assigned meaning by religious scholars, psychologists, and literary figures alike. So, if you’ve had any water dreams recently, there could be a few different thoughts rattling around in your subconscious.

According to DreamDictionary.org, the appearance of water in one’s dream holds different meaning depending on color, location, and mood.

Water generally represents an emotional state of mind, the website states, and often reflects what we might be feeling or repressing.

For example, rivers, oceans, and lakes all hold different meanings. Rivers symbolize your life path — be it physical or spiritual. If the river in your dream was flowing rapidly, change is ahead or you may feel out of control. And if the river was moving slowly, you’re probably comfortable with the changes occurring around you.

Similarly, if you dreamt of a rough ocean, you may have negative feelings toward a current phase or change in your life.

A calm ocean usually signifies positive thoughts and openness to moving forward.

However, if you’re lost at sea in your dream, your subconscious may be reflecting your feeling of being lost within life.

Storms represent being in a bad scenario, deterioration of relationships, and upset emotions. But every storm passes. Whatever upset you’re struggling with now will be solved in a matter of time.

Dreams about floods usually represent the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Being splashed with water in a dream is symbolic of a wakeup call.

Get ahold of yourself and stop living in denial.

Move forward to avoid stagnation.

Dreaming about being under water means that you’re exploring your unconscious mind, DreamDictionary.org states.

If you were excited to be under water, then you enjoyed the adventure. But if you felt as though you were drowning, this may symbolize inner emotional turmoil.

You might be afraid of something hitting your emotions too profoundly.

If you have dreamt about drinking water, you honestly might just be dehydrated.

Our brains can actually slip us a hint to drink more fluids while we’re sleeping.

The second layer of water dreams is all about the color of the water.

Clear water in dreams is almost always positive and usually represents clear emotions.

Whereas murky or muddy water means the opposite.

You could be struggling with your emotions and your feelings may be muddled with negative thoughts and ideas.

“Dreams about water have a strong relationship to the emotions you are experiencing in your life,” PsychicLibrary.com reads.

“It is very important to understand what is truly going on in your waking life in order to interpret the water symbolism in your dreams.”

Honestly, the same is true for most dream symbols.

It takes some serious soul searching to figure out what your subconscious is trying to tell you.

Like this “trying to escape the inescapable house” dream could mean that this person is feeling trapped by some aspect of their waking life.

Or maybe they feel as though something in their life is unattainable, no matter how hard they try.

And for those of us who can’t remember our dreams no matter how hard we try, we apologize to our subconscious.

when u can’t remember your dream but you feel weird and know your dream was some serious bullshit

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Sometimes dreams and reality bleed into one.

That’s when things can get really tricky (and a bit spooky, truth be told).

Water dreams usually have to do with your emotional state, so keep that in mind next time water shows up during your slumber.

Or, you might just need a glass of water. Pay attention to what your brain is telling you, and stay hydrated, dreamers.