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5 Fascinating Facts About Dreams Everyone Should Know
The Average Adult Has 3-5 Dreams A Night
Most of our dreams occur during the REM stage of sleep. These REM periods can last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. People are most likely to remember their dreams if they are awakened during this stage. Therefore, unless you wake up in the middle of the night you are likely to only remember the last dream you had and you may not even remember that one. The truth of the matter is, most people forget over 90% of their dreams.
It Is Possible to Control Your Dreams
This is commonly referred to as "lucid dreaming." In this case, you are aware that you are dreaming and can manipulate your experience as the dream progresses. There are two ways to have a lucid dream. One is when the dream starts out as a normal dream but you realize that you are dreaming in the middle of it. The second is when you go from a waking state directly into a dream state with no loss in self awareness. About half of people have experienced a lucid dream at some point in their lives although few people experience such dreams on a regular basis. In the past century, there has been a lot of fascinating research done about lucid dreaming.
Women Tend To Have More Nightmares
A study from the United Kingdom has shown that women report having more nightmares than men. It is thought that this is the case because women may have a harder time switching off their emotions.
We May Never Dream Of True Strangers
It is thought that everyone that appears in our dreams is actually someone that we've seen in real life. The faces, however, may be of people that we do not know or remember, such as someone we passed on the street years ago.
Dreams Are Highly Symbolic
Most dreams are symbolic and it is interesting to think about what different symbols that appear in our dreams may mean. For example, a tornado may symbolize a volatile situation or one in which we feel out of control. To dream about being lost may symbolize a situation in real life where you feel trapped. To dream about teeth falling out may symbolize a fear of embarrassment. It is very fascinating to think about the potential underlying meaning of some of your strangest dream experiences.