12 Remarkable Facts About Your Dreams

Everybody Has Them

Everybody Has Them

It's funny (well, to me anyway) how some people say that they straight-up don't have dreams. The thing is that they do. It's just that some people don't remember them. So I guess either way, it's the same thing to the person (not) experiencing it.

You Forget Most Of Them

You Forget Most Of Them

Having made the first point, it's probably time to mention that you (being the "average person") forget most of your dreams. In fact, the experts reckon we only manage to remember about 10% of the dreams we experience.



Your Years Spent Dreaming

Your Years Spent Dreaming

Before we make this point, let's point out that dreams do serve a purpose and it is not time wasted, okay? Okay.

Again we're referring to the average person: you will spend a total of around six years dreaming. I reckon it would be cool to save it all up and do it in one go when you're old.

Your Pets Dream

Your Pets Dream

It's not just us humans who have dreams. Scientists have been able to prove that animals experience dreams too. This guy is dreaming of chasing a ball. Probably.



The Good And The Bad

The Good And The Bad

When we use the term "dream" in the everyday vernacular, we usually use the term "dream" to suggest that something was good. Like a "dream house" or a "dream holiday". This is peculiar given that actual dreams are predominantly concerned with stress. The most common theme in dreams is anxiety.

Dreaming In Color

Dreaming In Color

Of all the dreams that people dream, the experts tell us that around four in five of those are in color, while only 20% are in black and white.



Dreaming Of Men

Dreaming Of Men

While the characters who appear in women's dreams are equal when it comes to the sex of those characters, men actually dream more about men. For the immature and slightly homophobic among you, feel free to use that information to your advantage next time your buddy tells you he had a weird dream.

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

Some people practice what they call "lucid dreaming" which can best be described as waking up inside your dream and staying there, completely conscious that you're in a dream. Sound weird? Well, apparently you can learn how to do it.



Psychic Dreams

Psychic Dreams

There are many people who claim to be psychic and for each, an army of people who say they are either crazy or a con. Regardless of what your dreams are born of, studies tell us that somewhere between 20 and 40% of the population have some sort of precognitive dreams.

In A Night

In A Night

It's possible you'll have anywhere up to seven different dream throughout a night's sleep, however, come the morning you'll probably only remember one or two of them. Or maybe none!



R.E.M.

R.E.M.

No, not the band, of course.

During the deepest phase of sleep (Rapid Eye Movement - REM) your body is basically paralyzed and you can't move. This is the phase in which most of your dreams will occur.

No Strangers

No Strangers

This one might be a little difficult to get your head around and will certainly have you thinking about all the dreams you can ever remember having: you will never see a stranger in your dreams.

There might be people you don't recognize because their face is an image stored in your subconscious, but you have definitely seen them before in real life. Believe it or not, your brain does not make up new people for your dreams.