Dream Facts

Interesting Facts About Dreams

Dream is a semi-conscious state where we have absolutely no control over our thoughts and expressions (unless we master lucid dreaming). Did you know that most of us spend six years or more of our lifetime dreaming? Research proves that all of us dream at least twice or more in our sleep though we may not remember when we get up. In 5 minutes of waking, half of our dream is forgotten and within 10 minutes, almost all dreams are forgotten. People who are blind from birth too dream. It is just that the dreams of these individuals are formed by other sense such as the touch, smell, sound and taste.

interesting facts about dreams

Facts About Dreams

During roman era some dreams were even discussed and interpreted in the senate as the dream was considered to be a God sent message for the mankind. Lucid dreams are considered those dreams where person can take full or partial control of their dreams. Most important fact in order to be aware that we are dreaming is practice. Writing down and keeping track of your dreams is very important. Second thing is noticing signs or triggers that can help us stay aware that we are in dreaming state. Once we start dreaming lucidly we could control the imaginary experiences in the dream environment. This is extremely important for people that have nightmares. Interesting facts is that our body is paralyzed during our sleep probably to prevent the body from acting out dreams.

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48 Comments on “Dream Facts”

  1. sometimes when i’m dreaming and things are going wrong in my dream i tell myself that it’s only a dream. Immediatly the situation in my dream changes and i’m in control again. Is it possible to control your whole dream and not just parts? What can I do to rember more of the dream?

  2. I do this, too. I’ve actually – over the course of the last year – been recording my dreams in a journal. I keep a journal by my bedside, and I tell myself every night before I go to sleep what I am going to dream about.

    At first, this yielded little or no results. But I started to do this every night, and then during the night if I woke up at all, I would immediately reach for my dream journal to record what happened.

    As I’ve looked back over the course of these journal entries, I see that I have actually been controlling my dreams. It is not 100% yet, and it also depends on how stressful my day has been, but it is working.

    Hope this helps.

  3. I don’t necessarily believe in the last statement of the fact. “Interesting facts is that our body is paralyzed during our sleep probably to prevent the body from acting out dreams.”
    With this, how do you explain sleepwalking? Myself sleepwalk almost every night. I can walk around, speak, open close doors, basically everything achievable.
    There have been several stories reporting people sleep walking and getting themselves killed. So, with this, ARE peoples bodies paralyzed at sleep?

  4. CancerCrabEmotion wrote: #
    I don’t necessarily believe in the last statement of the fact. “Interesting facts is that our body is paralyzed during our sleep probably to prevent the body from acting out dreams.”
    With this, how do you explain sleepwalking? Myself sleepwalk almost every night. I can walk around, speak, open close doors, basically everything achievable.
    There have been several stories reporting people sleep walking and getting themselves killed. So, with this, ARE peoples bodies paralyzed at sleep?

    well sleep walking is caused when the paralysis of the person in question is incomplete hence the fact that they are able to move about. without the paralysis you would act out your dreams which means that walking talking and everything you mentioned is entirely plausible. only a few people are not paralyzed whilst sleeping and it can be very mild or in your case pretty severe.
    you might have experienced the sensation, immediately after waking, of not being able to move. this often quickly disappears however this is proof that paralysis happens whilst you are asleep.

    personally i have achieved lucid dreaming and as a matter of fact cannot remember ever NOT having control over what i am dreaming. i am always aware of the fact i am dreaming and this has only, once, not occurred in a particular nightmare. and i happily don’t suffer from sleep walking!
    i too keep a dream diary and find my dreams are often very interesting and reflect my daily life and worries.

  5. CancerCrabEmotion wrote: #
    I don’t necessarily believe in the last statement of the fact. “Interesting facts is that our body is paralyzed during our sleep probably to prevent the body from acting out dreams.”
    With this, how do you explain sleepwalking? Myself sleepwalk almost every night. I can walk around, speak, open close doors, basically everything achievable.
    There have been several stories reporting people sleep walking and getting themselves killed. So, with this, ARE peoples bodies paralyzed at sleep?

    Contrary to common belief, sleep-walking does not occur during REM sleep (the stage of sleep in which one dreams and is paralyzed); it occurs during “deep sleep”, which is part of non-REM (or NREM) sleep.

    There are in fact individuals who have an uncommon condition where their bodies are not paralyzed during REM sleep, and they act out their dreams, often (though not always) in a violent manner. This condition is known as REM behavior disorder (RBD).

  6. thats amazingly true

    when ever i have a dream were im about to fall of a cliff or some sort

    it ends up that i wake up in bed checking if I broke my arm or something

  7. I have really weird dreams sometimes, but then again im a very contemplateive thinker, 13 and iove had dreams of the earth rotating back wards and like a month later the movie “A day the earth stood still” Came out. And ive had another dream where people where looking for some code/secret that was ihdden in a ovie that ive never seens, and for some reason i new what the code/secret was. When i woke up i was tramtized for like 15 minutes trying to know why i had a dream like that. ive had a couple of other odd dreams but only remeber very few parts. times i think i might be psycho.

  8. sometimes I wake up while my body is still paralyzed I guess. I can still hear everything in the room and sometimes open my eyes but am unable move. Most of the time it only last for a few moments sometimes about ten minutes. I used to fight it and try really hard to get up but now I just try to go back to sleep.

  9. wyatt wrote: #
    sometimes I wake up while my body is still paralyzed I guess. I can still hear everything in the room and sometimes open my eyes but am unable move. Most of the time it only last for a few moments sometimes about ten minutes. I used to fight it and try really hard to get up but now I just try to go back to sleep.

    the same thing happened to me about 3 times.
    the first time was the scarriest because it felt like, as you said, i was unable to move and a light from my window started to get bigger and bigger and was somehow taking a human shape. on the other hand, it felt like the door of my room kept opening and closing. i’ve tried to scream but all i could produce was a very weak voice. i couldn’t even move properly as every move i tried to do ended somehow in “slowmotion”… i eventually woke up… The second and the third time were a lot better as i, being in that state inoculated myself that everything will be ok and that i have to step out of that dream which eventually happened.
    now i pray before every night and convince myself that my nights will be “nightmares free” and i can say that i didn’t have a nighmare for a lot of months.

  10. The funny thing about dreaming is that you dream about silly things,scary things or just plain weird things.When i was 10 i was having nightmares for the longest time.Now i dont have nightmares.Isnt that odd?I mean you have nightmares for a certain period of time and poof now you dont.Im just relieved i dont have nightmares anymore.
    Another thing wat about Deja Vu?Now thats strange your practically telling yourself the future.I had Deja Vu all last week now tell me that’s not weird…..

  11. Sometimes I will have dreams that continue like an episode usually involving people i know or later that month meet. The setting of the place i’m in is a like a church i see later on and it triggers my memory of the dream(s) i had. Sometimes I have dream that i meet someone that i don’t know at a place i don’t know. Then I meet someone exactly the same and almost exactly the same place. Does that all have to do with the myth of Indigo children I was born May 11th 1997. I do have a attention defect and is a gymnast but being hyperactive interferes with my concentration. I think it might have something to do with Deja Vu

  12. About the sleepwalking some people do and some people dont thats just how the world goes around its just like anyone else with cancer with anything..Also you can control your dreams and im not just saying this to say it but i can wake myself up from my dreams when i have a scary dream i tought myself to wake myself up its pretty awesome

  13. i have control over most of my dreams, in which i love because i can do anything i want to do without any negitive side effects. but when i am controlling a dream real life sounds are always affecting my dream – such as one time, i was going to go to jail but all of a sudden my alarm clock went off. everyone in the dream looked around wondering what it was and then i remember smiling at the cop then waking up

  14. what about recuring dreams ive had multiple dreams were i would repeat word for word a dream that i had months ago its very strange and i also wonder what makes you dream about certain things such as how your day went or what you were thinking of right before you fell asleep? i really dont know dreams are weird

  15. One time, i dreamed i was at school, we learned about sound waves and how they move, i learned a whole lot, the next day at school we learned evewrything i learned in my dream, isn’t that really wierd?

  16. I had a dream once that I was falling for like…. 5 minites, and wen i woke up it felt like i fell into my bed….i dont sleep walk so i couldnt have jumped into bed. really weird

  17. i remember a dream that i had when i was around 3yrs old which i think is really weird considering that i dont even have memories from back then. i remember walking outside to the porch of our house where there was a small whole on the ground. all of a sudden the whole began to grow and my mom tried to save me and got pulled into the vortex. i remember crying so loud i woke myself up and then the next day i went out to make sure the whole wasnt getting any bigger…more than 20yrs later and i still wake up crying when my dreams get too intense

  18. Mon wrote: #
    i remember a dream that i had when i was around 3yrs old which i think is really weird considering that i dont even have memories from back then. i remember walking outside to the porch of our house where there was a small whole on the ground. all of a sudden the whole began to grow and my mom tried to save me and got pulled into the vortex. i remember crying so loud i woke myself up and then the next day i went out to make sure the whole wasnt getting any bigger…more than 20yrs later and i still wake up crying when my dreams get too intense

    I’ve had a similuar experience. I remember sitting in my living room with my dad, the suddenly someone starter banging on our door furiosly. Im not quit shure if this was a dream or real, but its the only thing i remember from when I was around 2-3 years old.

  19. In my experience, i’ve never sleepwalked, but I have done things in my dreams. The most common is that I wake up kicking a soccer ball.
    I allso have a friend which woke up pretending he was riding a bicycle in bed. Would that be considered as breaking the paralyzis?

  20. Nessa wrote: #
    I have really weird dreams sometimes, but then again im a very contemplateive thinker, 13 and iove had dreams of the earth rotating back wards and like a month later the movie “A day the earth stood still” Came out. And ive had another dream where people where looking for some code/secret that was ihdden in a ovie that ive never seens, and for some reason i new what the code/secret was. When i woke up i was tramtized for like 15 minutes trying to know why i had a dream like that. ive had a couple of other odd dreams but only remeber very few parts. times i think i might be psycho.

    i am too 13 and i too have odd dreams, up until last month the only dreams i remember i had were nightmares the latest one whas one in which a pink heart sparkle was a shapeshifter and was determined to kill everyone on the planet by burning them. i now remember my dreams regulary, bfore i only remembered once evry 2-3 weeks,(my life has been very streessful the last two years which resulted in me not remembering)

    i remenber all kinds of dreams and even keep a dream journal at my bedside and i write fictional stories about them 😀

  21. i once had a few dreams that were very similar in my younger days of a teenager,i still to this day do not know why when i would wake up in the morning my penis would be erect and have seamen throught out my p.j.s

  22. steve wrote: #
    i once had a few dreams that were very similar in my younger days of a teenager,i still to this day do not know why when i would wake up in the morning my penis would be erect and have seamen throught out my p.j.s

    its a wet dream ya homo

  23. rainey wrote: #
    I had a dream once that I was falling for like…. 5 minites, and wen i woke up it felt like i fell into my bed….i dont sleep walk so i couldnt have jumped into bed. really weird

    The same thing has happened to me, more than once

  24. I’ve had a few dreams where I’m about to say something, wake up, and say it while I’m awake. It’s nothing crazy,but it IS kinda cool.

    I’ve tried saying the dream I want over and over, but it won’t work ):

  25. Sometimes I wake up jumping out of my bed. I really don’t know what it is, but I alaways find myself shaking in the whole body afterwards. It’s really a weird feeling. I always think “what the hell was I dreaming?!”

  26. Sleepwalking can be very dangerous. Once a person is in a sleepwalking state they still remain in their semi-concious mind but end up getting out of bed naturally. They say it occurs due to a delay in one’s maturity. And from what i heard it might also be because one’s muscles still react to the action commands still being given in the person’s dream. ie* if one dreams of cooking a steak the brain sends commands sayin: “get up and cook a steak.” It is very odd, However; what makes sleepwalking so dangerous is that, yes, they can cause harm to others but if woken up while in this state will 90% of the time cause the person to go through shock, which could cause stroke, seizures, etc.

    Strange, I know, but i know through experience for i have. I was 8 at the time and I was walking to the bathroom 2 doors down my hallway when 3 bubbles came down from my ceiling. its quiet silly, but inside each bubble were characters from the Disney Pixar film Toy Story. one of my favorite movies. but not for long. i reached out to touch the character, Woody, and as the bubble popped it grabbed me hard on the arm and i started to panic. i struggled and fought only to find myself in my mother’s arms and its was her hand that was grabbing me. she took me to the doctor the next day and found out that i went through shock. strange eh? hah!

  27. “People who are blind from birth too dream. It is just that the dreams of these individuals are formed by other sense such as the touch, smell, sound and taste.”

    wow i didn’t know that 0.0

  28. rainey wrote: #
    I had a dream once that I was falling for like…. 5 minites, and wen i woke up it felt like i fell into my bed….i dont sleep walk so i couldnt have jumped into bed. really weird

    I’ve had a dream like that more then once one time I was in the car and we were going down hill but in my dream I thought I was falling from a tree. Another time I was in my bed and woke up face down on my bed it was weird because I know I don’t sleep walk because that night my mom was in the living room the whole night.

  29. I’ve done Masters in Psychology & know dat dreams are the reflections of the repressed impulses, deep seated in the unconscious …..upon resistance they emerge in our dreams in some symbolic form……the feeling associated with dreams can give the person some idea about the real conflict and his own intetion about the same issue

  30. Ai, the reason you have dreams comes from back in the day when humans were still in the wild. By dreaming we can prepare ourselves for the dangers and joys of life without risking physical damage, sort of like a simulator. Many people have dreams of being chased by predators etc this is for preparation. Good dreams can make us aspire to things too. Through evolution dreams have helped greatly with survival. I have been told that when you dream your falling and you suddenly wake up and ‘land’ in your bed, it is from the early days of evolution when humans (apes at the time) slept in trees, the feeling of falling is to keep you aware of the danger of falling, therefore assisting with primitive survival.

  31. i’ve had a dream about having a dream.. that was weird, but the dream in the dream was soo scary, cos my day kept replaying over and over again and i was the only one that knew, and then i came out from the dream in the dream, to find my mum shaking me waking me up, and then i did actually wake up and no one was there. was strrrangee, i love reading about dreams though!

  32. i had a dream my teacher telling me that i have passed my IGCSE exams. i was told that i have really done very very but the grades he mentioned were to higher compared to my capability so i told him that i can get such results immediately after saying this i wake up.same morning i received a call that i have passed my exams with flying colors but next day i received an e-mail containing my grades but they were not good as i was told on the phone but exactly the grades i predicted in my dream.Did my dream affect my grades or my ream was affected by my grades? i nether had a dream that was as realistic as this

  33. uhm , the body is not paralyzed during dreaming to stop us from acting out our dreams. people obviously move in their sleep & what about all the people who sleep walk & talk & stuff like that? they’re clearly dreaming, & they’re clearly not paralyzed..

  34. chaoss. wrote: #
    uhm , the body is not paralyzed during dreaming to stop us from acting out our dreams. people obviously move in their sleep & what about all the people who sleep walk & talk & stuff like that? they’re clearly dreaming, & they’re clearly not paralyzed..

    People are only paralyzed during REM sleep, which only takes up about 20% of the time you are asleep. Your brain cycles through different wave patterns all night, and only during a specific time in these cycles are we paralyzed and dreaming. So, people experience bouts of motility and immobility during the night.

  35. warshon wrote: #
    what about recuring dreams ive had multiple dreams were i would repeat word for word a dream that i had months ago its very strange and i also wonder what makes you dream about certain things such as how your day went or what you were thinking of right before you fell asleep? i really dont know dreams are weird

    in my experience if a you keep having the same dream, you should try to figure out what it is telling you. my father kept dreaming that he was in a car accident, someone else driving and that at the last moment in stead of ducking he throws himself behind the driver. at he dreamed for years that dream, until he was in a car with his two best friends and a truck suddenly appeared in front of them blocking the way, so he ducked behind the driver and that the only reason he survived, because the part of the car where he would have been went under the truck and was smashed.

    as for dreams about stuff you did that day, those are irrelevant, it’s just your brain processing the things that happened. (according to Yung – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Jung)
    and there is a 3d type of dream but i can’t remember now..

  36. ive done a fair bit of reading on lucid dreaming an astral projection, never thought either would happen to me, but recently i have had several lucid dreams and dreams inside dreams. one more recent dream i had, had a degree of lucidity and had two dreams intertwined.

    i was driving on a bridge and kept crashing off the side into water, this repeated 4 or 5 times until a friend of mine appeared and we rode a bicycle together. i told him to pull the handles back and we began flying as we were flying i actually yelled “I AM CONSCIOUS INSIDE A DREAM” at the top of my lungs.
    in the next dream, i ran into this friend at a festival and began to tell him about my lucid dream in which we were flying a bike, he thought it was weird but some other people over heard me talking to him and began to marvel at the idea of a lucid dream…

    i write my cool dreams down so i can remember them

  37. I can attest to the lucid dreaming. I didn’t know back then that there was such thing. So here is my story, I fell in love with this girl that I worked with for 4 years. She had a bf back then so I never tried to break their relationship, but she was the person who made me realize who I am. I would go to bed early at night, so I can wake up early and go to work to see her. I talked to her for 8 hours a day for 3 straight years. I had her phone num and stuff, but never tried to be break the relationship she had with her bf. Anyways, long story short, after 1st year passed, I couldn’t stop thinking about her, so I started dreaming once a while and keep forgetting it. I slowly trained my brain to control what I dream, how I dream and what I would like to do in my dream. For two years, every single night I had a dream about her and I forced my mind and my environment I suppose to have her the same dream as I did. 95% of the time we both had the same dream. One of us would start talking about our dreams and the other one would finish it. It’s scary, but it’s like the theory in secret, you have the power to control your surroundings and environment which I was able to. Now, I =choose not to dream about her because it makes me upset, so I don’t.

  38. I had a dream when I was 5 years old that a man had a hammer and cracked the earth in half. I then started seeing all the people that I loved rip each other apart with their bare hands and blood being splattered everywhere. What does it mean when you have this graphc dream at 5?

  39. When I was 4 I moved to Illinois with my great aunt and uncle because my dad broke both of his legs and could not support me and my brother for awhile. The first night I was there I had a dream, in the dream, I was in a blizzard and this woman was infront of me and infront of this woman there was a drop off in the distance. And I just assumed it was hell because i could see red and sparks(like in a fire)in the horizon. To the left of me in the distance there was a hobo barrel(with fire in it)and behind it was a guy croutched over looking at me and the woman. I always thought he was the devil. Anyways, me and this woman were walking through this blizzard and we got to the edge of the cliff and she turns around and looks at me. The look on her face, I will never forget. She looked at me, without saying words, as if she was saying “forgive me”. She fell backwards and I reached out for her but I was not fast enough. The next morning I went into the kitchen and my aunt and uncle were at the table, I went and sat on my uncles lap and he was looking at the obituary. The woman in my dreams was in the obituary. I have had 7 more of those dreams, all the same sense but different people, same guy behind the barrel, but different looks on the people’s faces. This one man was upset, then there was another man’s face who showed no remorse. A woman who was afraid, another crying. One was a girl about age…mmm I’d say 15, her face was scarred up and mangled. I actually tried talking to her because I have Lucid dreaming, I remember all the previous people I’d seen, and I asked her before she fell back, why she was here. She told me “It wasn’t my fault, stop him.” I saw her in the obituary the next morning and she was beautiful. Completely different from when I’d seen her in my dreams the night before.

  40. I remember once in a dream that at some point, it gets really scary and i think to myself “Man Up”, I keep going and when it get too much i just think “I need to wake up” and i do Weird or What! :)))

  41. Wierd, I once had a dream when i was like 4, that i went to the swimming pool with my bro & dad and that because i was 4, i said, Dad I can’t swim. He goes alright and send me and my bro to ‘Mystery Land’. This is all very weird but we were in a giant room with a MASSIVE globe and loads of book shelves around the room. The globe suddenly turned into some guys face and he said “The sun is going to turn black unless you find the small sun in this room and put it in the globe. The globe will show the sun”. so we start looking and the globe starts going black. We find it on top of a bookshelf and just when i reach for it, I wake up. like 8 years later i go to sleep and the dream carries on from exactly where it left off. Weird or what!!! :)))

  42. I remember when I was very little I had a dream that I could control and in my dream my Grandma walked in my bedroom and said hi and I said I am dreaming and you are in my dream she was like are you crazy! so we had an argument about her being in a dream with me o.O XD

  43. When I was younger, I use to fall asleep and actually wake up, but I couldn’t move any part of my body. I could only breathe. I would feel paralyzed and I couldn’t scream I was just awake but couldn’t do anything! I told my grandmother and she said it’s because I was asleep on my back and that’s how people who are deceased sleep in their coffin and that means my soul traveled out of my body. That’s why whenever you notice somewhere you’ve been it was your soul that has been there.

  44. I remember once when i was about 8 i fell asleep, in my moms bed because i just moved in, then i started 2 dream. I my dream i dont remember much of it though, but i remember something strange; my mom was standing by the stairs then for some reason i said ” LEAVE ME”in my dream then i said alone screaming in real life when my mom and bro were sleeping the bed. I actually screamed ALONE! Just alone in my dream i screamed leave me but not alone.

  45. Charmayne wrote:
    When I was younger, I use to fall asleep and actually wake up, but I couldn’t move any part of my body. I could only breathe. I would feel paralyzed and I couldn’t scream I was just awake but couldn’t do anything! I told my grandmother and she said it’s because I was asleep on my back and that’s how people who are deceased sleep in their coffin and that means my soul traveled out of my body. That’s why whenever you notice somewhere you’ve been it was your soul that has been there.

    When I was younger I had a dream about the same as you, I feel asleep in the living room Im not sure if I woke up in real life or if in my dream I woke up in the same settings, but anyways when I woke up I couldnt move or breath I felt paralyzed like you said, I was on my back but for some reason I looked at the back door and I could see a black figure of a man I couldnt see a face or anything it was like a shadow with out a body I wanted to scream and get up an run I was so scared but couldnt move. I will never forget this dream.

  46. Charmayne wrote:
    When I was younger, I use to fall asleep and actually wake up, but I couldn’t move any part of my body. I could only breathe. I would feel paralyzed and I couldn’t scream I was just awake but couldn’t do anything! I told my grandmother and she said it’s because I was asleep on my back and that’s how people who are deceased sleep in their coffin and that means my soul traveled out of my body. That’s why whenever you notice somewhere you’ve been it was your soul that has been there.

    This is called sleep paralysis and it’s totally normal! See, when a person falls asleep, his body relaxes as it goes into REM. Sometimes you can wake up while your brain is telling your body to relax, leaving you unable to move. An easy way to gain mobility is to move smaller parts of your body like fingers or toes. It’s a scary experience, but it’s nothing that can harm you.
    Sleeping an adequate amount of hours each night can help prevent sleep paralysis.

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