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Facts about dreaming

Updated on March 25, 2011

Scientists have yet to discover why we dream, allthough there are many theories. The reason for dreams remains a mystery, but their are several facts about dreams:

fourth stage


*A dream occurs in the fourth stage of sleep (usually), and is induced with a chemical called acetylcholine-a neurotransmitter that is produced in the central & parasympathetic autonomic nervous systems. It is the most prevelant neourtransmitter crucial or arousal, learning,memory, and motor function.

70 to 90


*A dream cycle usually occurs within 70 to 90 minutes after we all asleep.


REM sleep stimulates the same brain regions used in learning

two hours

 We dream for an average of two hours per night.


*Infants spend an average of 50% of their sleep in REM.

*Adults spend an average of 20% of their sleep in REM.

*People lose some ability to regulate body tempature during REM.

*The longest dreams occur in the morning.

*If you are snoring, you can not be dreaming.

*5 minutes after a dream, 1/2 of it is forgotten.

*10 minutes after a dream, 90% of it is forgotten.

*In Roman Era, significant dreams were submitted to the senate for analysis & interpitation.

*We average 4-7 dreams per night.

*Tempature can have an affect on your dreams. The colder the tempature, the worse the dreams.

*Children have more nightmares than adults.

*It is possible to have dream deprivation.

*We all dream, we just don't remember them.

*The mentally ill person, or a person lacking the B-6 vitiman has less dreams than a normal, healthy adult.


How do you analyze a dream?


How do you analyze a dream? First off, it is important to understand that the dreamer is a unique individual. The person that is dreaming lives in a world where each symbol means something unique to him/her. An example: A yellow boat may have a different meaning to me, as it does to you.


We are all unique. If you have a dream, and you are trying to find out what it means, it is first important to look within your own “book of dream meanings.”

An example:


I had a dream about a black cat. The black cat was crossing the road. In my dream I also remember trying to stop and ask the cat a question. The cat ran off.


I am going to interpret the dream like this: Since the color black represents a mystery to me, I will add that into the meaning of my dream. The cat crossed my path, and got away. I will interpret this dream to mean: it is meant to stay a mystery (whatever is weighing on my mind).

To someone else, the dream can mean something else:

A black cat can be a symbol of bad luck. The cat also got away. To someone else, the dream can mean they just escaped a path of bad luck.


To interpret a dream, you should analyze what each symbol in the dream means to you. You will come up with your own meanings and something that is more personalized to you, as a unique individual.

dream book

use a dream book and a personal dream journal


You decide what you are feeling, thinking, and hearing. If you have any doubt, go ahead and use a dream book. Take notes about what you dreamt. Analyze the dream according to the dream book, and then analyze the dream according to your definitions. Keep a log of your daily activities as well.

At the end of the month, go over your personal journal, and both of your dream journals. Compare the dream journals with your personal journal.

Which journal makes most since? Chances are that you will see a match with your personal journal, and your “personal definition” dream journal.

If you see a closer match with the dream book, use it. Sometimes you can program yourself to think certain symbols mean certain things. This would be the instance where a dream book would do it for you.

However, it is best to see what makes since to you when you are trying to analyze your dream. People have had some pretty neat discoveries because they recorded their dreams.


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    • sarclair profile image

      sarclair 6 years ago

      Dreams are interesting, and as unique as the person dreaming them. Thank you.

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      January Moon 6 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      Great hub, dreams can for see our future or warn us of danger, I love research on dreams :)

    • sarclair profile image

      sarclair 6 years ago

      They are most vivid when you first wake up :) I hope this hub helps you.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Wow, these make a lot of sense! I feel like I can remember my dreams best right before I wake up in the morning; they are most vivid. Very interesting!

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      sarclair 6 years ago

      Thankyou Pamela99, I am glad you found the hub interesting.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a very interesting hub on dreaming with a lot of pertinent facts.

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      sarclair 7 years ago

      Your best bet is to wake up in that stage of sleep. If you know you are going to fall asleep at 10 p.m., set your alarm for 12:10 P.M. We have a dream about 2 hrs. after we fall asleep. If you can guage it right, you can wake up in the middle of a dream. If you wake up in the middle of a dream, you have better chances of remembering it.

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      JohnAugst 7 years ago from Boulder, CO

      Any tips/research that you're aware of that helps you remember dreams? I know I dream, I just never remember them...