The Ultimate Brain Massage? 8 Surprising Facts About The Science Of Dreaming

We all dream, though not all of us remember dreams. Those who remember them usually try to understand and interpret them. Since times immemorial, people indulged in explaining what dreams mean and, according to their meaning, classified dreams into meaningful and meaningless. Now, with advancement in neuroscience, we know more about dreams than knew our ancestors. We know more even than Freud, because we have learned that dreams are not repressed wishes and desires. Here is what dreams are.  

1.Recurrent Dreams About Flying

If you go to a blog where people discuss their dreams, you will see that they share many of them. Some dreams, as it becomes clear, common to people in general. We all dreamt at least once that we lost our teeth; we also dreamt about flying. Neuroscientists say that lately people started seeing themselves flying in dreams, because the humans invented planes, helicopters, and rockets. If we are on board of a plane a lot, we often dream about floating in the air like birds.

2.Lacking Confidence Leads To Dreaming

Neuroscientists say that people unsure of themselves dream different dreams from confident people. They also see dreams more often. Dreams of people who lack confidence are also more emotional than dreams of those who have no uncertainties about their abilities.

3.Position Change Interrupst Your Dream

If you woke up from a pleasant dream and want to slow down its disappearance, do not move then. Any change of posture during sleep, will interrupt it, switching it off like a television. On the other hand, if you are having a nightmare, all you need to do to shake it off is to move. Try to change your position in bed, and your bad dream will inevitably fizzle out immediately.

4.Dreaming Helps Us Think

During dreaming, our brain is working and is encoding information for the short-term and the long-term memory. If you are trying to memorize something but not succeeding, just have a nap. Chances that once you wake up, you will remember what you have tried to memorize before.

5.Remembering Dreams Gets Harder With Age

As we get older, we are able to recollect less and less dreams. The older we become the less dreams we remember upon awakening. Men recollect less dreams with age than women.

6.Pregnant Women Dream Different Dreams

It is no secret that our thoughts influence our dreams. So, it is understandable that pregnant women often dream about giving birth and babies. Such dreams become particularly frequent by the end of pregnancy. Also, their dreams are often negatively colored.

7.Our Brain Erases Our Dreams For Good

We dream multiple dreams while sleeping. Most of them our brain erases without a trace. Once a dream gets deleted, there is no way to restore it. The only dreams we can remember are those in the middle of which we woke up. And even then, to remember what we have just dreamt, we need to make an effort and memorize it. It will help to tell yourself your dream or even to write it down as soon as you woke up. Otherwise, your dream will quickly vanish from your memory.

8.There Are No Limitations Connected To Disabilities In Our Dreams

Disabled people have dreams where they act as if they have no disabilities. Deaf people report dreams with sounds; paralyzed people see dreams in which they are physically active and move freely.

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