15 facts about sleep and dreams

15 facts about sleep and dreaming about which you may not have heard, so mute can be useful.

We are paralyzed during sleep

Believe it or not, our body is practically paralyzed during sleep - mainly so that the body does not repeat the movements that occur during sleep.

External stimuli affect our dreams

Each of us has experienced this for ourselves at least once: the subconscious mind makes part of a dream the physical sensation that we are experiencing at the moment. For people who are thirsty, the subconscious mind "throws" the image of glasses of water. They try to get drunk (in a dream, of course), feel thirsty again, see a glass of water again, and so on - until they wake up and realize that they really want to drink and get drunk already in the real world. Thus, the subconscious mind “suggests” that you need to wake up.

Former smokers have more vivid dreams

Former smokers have richer, more real dreams than other people. Most often, they dream that they have started smoking again and feel guilty about it.

Dreams are never literal

Our subconscious uses the language of signs and symbols. Therefore, you should not take every dream, even with the most logical and rich plot, literally. The subconscious mind sends us signals, not clear images.

Not everyone can see colored dreams

About 12% of sighted people see only black and white dreams. Others dream in color. There are several typical groups of dreams that everyone sees without exception: situations at school or at work, trying to escape from pursuit, falling from a height, death of a person, tooth loss, flying, failure in exams, accidents, etc.

We only dream of what we saw

In our dreams, we often see strangers, but we have no idea that our consciousness does not come up with their faces. These are the faces of real people, those whom we saw during our life, but did not remember.

Dreams Prevent Psychosis

Recently, scientists conducted an experiment: the subjects were allowed to sleep for the prescribed 8 hours, but they were woken up in the initial phase of each sleep. After three days, all participants in the experiment, without exception, had difficulty concentrating, hallucinations, unexplained irritability, and the first signs of psychosis. When the subjects were finally given the opportunity to dream, the scientists noticed that the brain compensates for the lack of dreams in the previous days by spending the body in REM sleep longer than usual.

Everybody dreams

All people (with the exception of people with severe mental disorders) dream, but men and women dream differently. Men mainly dream of representatives of their own sex, while women in dreams see representatives of both sexes in approximately the same proportion.

We forget 90% of dreams

Five minutes after waking up, we no longer remember half of our dreams, and after ten minutes we can hardly remember 10% of them. There are cases when poets, writers, scientists saw dreams in which they wrote poetry, prose, or came up with a new scientific theory. Lucky for those who thought to leave a pen and paper at the head of the bed. It is to dreams that Samuel Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan", the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, as well as the famous periodic table of elements, aka the periodic table, owe their birth to the world.

The blind also “see” dreams

People who are blind after birth can dream in the form of pictures. People who are blind from birth cannot see pictures, but their dreams are filled with sounds, smells and tactile sensations.

A person does not dream at the moment when he snores.

Young children do not see themselves in dreams until the age of 3 years. From 3 to 8 years old, children have more nightmares than adults in their entire lives.

If you are awakened during REM sleep, you will remember your dream to the smallest detail.

A third of a person's life, about 25 years, is spent in a dream.

In camps and prisons that are already inactive, sleep deprivation is recognized as the most effective torture method.