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Dreams or dreaming have always been a part of man's life. So ordinary it is that some people would feel deprived if they didn't have a dream or two for a particular night. For as long as a person lives, he surely would have a dream story to tell. Dream stories that are sometimes easy to understand, although usually vague and even weird.

Many consider dreams as an essential part of man's life. In fact, many scientists believe that dreaming has co-existed with man. In the course of our history, we see records about great men and women and their incredible dreams. Some of these dreams have even become integral to the shaping of our history.

But while man has long been sharing a history with dreams, not much has been made to make the ordinary man fully understand dreams or dreaming. Many great personages have dedicated much of their lives to discover what dreams are and why they happen. Many people have also tried to decipher the meaning of dreams. All of them, however, seem to have come short of making dreams and their meaning clear to the ordinary person.

Not all was put to waste, however, for all of these oneirologists and oneiromancists. Today, we have a great deal of accepted facts that try to explain dreams, why they happen and what they mean. Today, we have a large collection of interesting dream facts coming from different sources. These facts ranges from the scientific to the surreal.

Fact # 1: Everybody dreams.

Dreaming has always been associated with REM sleep, which is that part of the sleep cycle where we sleep the deepest. Thus, for as long as a person undergoes REM sleep, he would actually dream. Failure to recall a dream from sleep doesn't mean that the person did not dream at all.

Fact # 2: Dreams occur in all humans with about the same frequency per amount of sleep.

In normal sleeping (that is, a sleeping period of about 8 hours), a person would dream for an average of one to two hours. In this dreaming period, a person would normally have 4 to 7 dreams. So if an individual feels that he did not dream or had only one dream in a particular night, his must just be a case of poor dream recall.

Fact # 3: Five minutes after dreaming ends, half of its content is forgotten. After 10 minutes, 90% of the dream is erased from memory.

This explains why nightmares that cause us to suddenly wake up from sleep are more vividly recalled than other kind of dreams. This also explains why a person recalls his dream better if he is awoken from sleep by something (e.g. the sound of the radio, an alarm clock) than if he wakes up in the normal transition from sleeping to waking up.

Fact # 4: Blind people do dream.

While dreaming has always been associated with visual images remembered during sleep, vision is not the only sense that makes dreaming possible. Blind people also dream, and whether they dream of visual images or not depends on whether they are blind from birth or not. Most blind people, however, have dreams that are based on sound, taste and smell.

Fact # 5: Dreaming is not only for humans.

Recent studies have revealed that dreaming is not only experienced by humans; it is also experienced by animals. These studies show that animals, mammals in particular, exhibit the same brain actions in some parts of their sleep just as humans would do while dreaming. Except for those mammals that don't sleep at all, mammals do dream, although the subject of their dreams is hard to determine.

These five facts are just a few of the many interesting facts that our scientists have discovered about dreams and dreaming. Reading books about dream and searching the web for articles about dreams would introduce you to more of these facts. All of this information may not be enough to fully explain the nature of dreams and their meanings; but at least, they give us an idea of what the thing is and encourages us to know more of the interesting facts about dreams and dreaming.

Interesting Facts about Dreams

You would be amazed to know that usually children watch nightmares. The usual age group is 3 and it continues up to 8.

Blind people also view dreams. Their images are in accordance of the time when they got blind.

Good news for those who snore a lot. You cannot dream while snoring.

If you are giving up smoking then get ready for some long and intense dreams.

Kids up to the age of 3 and 4 never dream about themselves.

It is interesting to know that men dream more about their own gender as compare to women. On the other hand, women dream equally about both men and women.

The word dream is derived from dreme. Dreme stands for joy and music.

People often say that we don't dreams. But, the fact is that everyone dreams.

You would be astonished to know that major part of your life is spent in sleeping, i.e. approximately one-third of life.

Dreams are also essential for a healthy life. If you don't have adequate dream activity then it signifies lack of protein. It also signifies problem in one's personality.

Approximately half content of dream is forgotten, if you are recalling after five minutes of its completion.

Approximately ninety percent of dream is forgotten, if you are recalling after ten minutes of its completion.

In one night, approximately 4 to 7 dreams are being viewed.

You spend 1/3 of your life sleeping.

Over the average lifespan you will have up to 100,000 dreams!

You have 4 to 7 dreams every night.

Women have more nightmares than men.

All mammals (except the spiny ant eater) and birds dream, meaning they all have REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.

During REM sleep your skeletal muscles are paralyzed. Otherwise you would act out your dreams.

Alcohol, prescription drugs and illegal drugs can cause nightmares.

People who are giving up smoking have longer, more intense dreams.

Women dream more of indoor settings, they notice more color, facial and clothing details, they have more conversations and dream of men and women equally.

Men dream more of other men, outdoor settings, physical and sexual activity, tools, and money.

Facts About Dream Analysis
Dreams have been around for at least as long as human beings, and dreams are universal, experienced by men and women, young and old, and people of all cultures and ethnicities. In some ways, dreams are a universal language, and there are certain themes, such as falling, flying, taking a test and finding yourself naked, that show up in dreams throughout the world. Dreams, it could be said, represent a kind of universal human language.
Dreams have been studied throughout history, and dream interpretation is an old art form indeed, dating back at least as far as 3000-4000 B.C. Even today, dream interpreters are highly sought out for their help untangling the sometimes puzzling world of dreams.

Even today, dream interpretation remains a highly sought after art, and science is continuing to focus on dream interpretation as a way to deal with all kinds of anxieties and other underlying psychological issues.

You may think you know everything there is to know about dreams and dream interpretation, but did you know that there are some interesting facts about dreaming that you may not be aware of. These facts include:

- A third of our lives is spent in sleep, and a good amount of that time is spent in dreams.
- The average person dreams from between four to seven times every night. That means that by the time you reach the age of 80, you will have had between 116,800 and 204,400 dreams.
- That number may be even larger, since there is evidence that dreaming begins even before birth. No one deigns to know what unborn babies dream about, but there is evidence that they do dream.
- That number may be even larger, since there is evidence that dreaming begins even before birth. No one deigns to know what unborn babies dream about, but there is evidence that they do dream.
- In the average lifetime, a person will have spent approximately six years in dream sleep, equivalent to more than 2,100 days of dreaming.
- There are records of dream interpretation, written on clay tablets, dating back more than 4,000 years.
- Those who could interpret dreams were held in high regard in Roman and Greek societies, and their counsel was sought before making significant political and military decisions.
- Everyone dreams every night, even though only a tiny fraction of those dreams are remembered upon waking.
- Many animals dream as well, although no one has been able to ask them what they dream about.
- People have to dream, though no one really knows why. What we do know is that preventing people from dreaming can cause irritability, mood changes and even hallucinations.
- The average person spends about one quarter of his or her sleep time in dream sleep, and dreams an average of four to seven times during that time.
- The average episode of dream sleep lasts about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Dreams slip away very quickly upon waking. It is estimated that as much as half the dream’s content is forgotten within five minutes, and after only ten minutes up to 90% of the dream can be gone forever.
- Men dream more about other men than about women, but women tend to dream about men and women equally.
- The brain is actually more active, not less during dream sleep than during wakefulness.
- People who are awakened during dream sleep are able to recall their dreams vividly and in great detail, while those who wake normally generally are not.
- Both men and women experience sexual arousal during most dreams, regardless of whether the nature of the dream was sexual or not.
- Smokers who are quitting often experience more intense dreams than either non smokers or current smokers.
- Babies and toddlers dream just as adults do, but studies have revealed they do not dream about themselves. Toddlers generally do not appear in their own dreams until they are at least three or four years old.
- It is not possible to dream and snore simultaneously.
- Nightmares are a common trauma of childhood, with the first nightmares usually occurring by the age of three, and typically lasting at least until the child is seven or eight years old.
- Many people report having experienced Déjà vu in their dreams, but dreams involving Déjà vu are more common in women than in men.

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