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11 Remarkable Facts About What Happens When You Dream

You may be asleep, but your brain sure isn’t.

1. The average human being spends six whole years of their life dreaming.


That’s more than 2,100 days spent in a universe that only exists in your head!

2. There is no such thing as a human who doesn’t dream.

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Those who claim they don’t dream simply don’t remember that it happened. This is common as a majority of dreams are forgotten in the first five minutes we’re awake.

3. “Dreams usually get progressively more positive as you sleep, so you wake up in a better mood than you were in when you went to bed,” says Rosalind Cartwright, PhD, an emeritus professor of psychology at Rush University Medical Center.


If you’re waking up to negative feelings, it could be because you’re stressed. Too much life stress can cause you wake up more often, disrupting your REM sleep and allowing unpleasant imagery to recur all night.

4. Dreamers who are awakened right after REM sleep (the phase during which dreaming happens) are more likely to remember their dreams than those who slept through the night until morning.


5. People who were born blind dream still have vivid dreams, but instead of seeing images, they often experience smells, shapes, sounds, and tactile sensations.

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6. Some people only dream in black and white.


The absence of color in dreams is common among senior citizens, who are more likely to have grown up with black and white televisions. As that technology has become obsolete, the percentage of people who dream in black and white has gradually decreased.

7. Dreaming helps you learn.


Any time you make a memory, that new information has to transfer between several different parts of your brain in order to stick around for awhile, and those same patterns correspond with the patterns of brain activity during dream sleep. So “sleeping on it” really can help you absorb and process new information efficiently.

8. “Being cheated on” is one of the most common dreams.


Author and dream analyst Lauri Quinn Loewenberg found that “the cheating dream is most often caused by feeling that your mate is spending too much time and attention on something that does not involve you like too much time at work or on the computer, etc. Essentially, whatever they are spending so much time doing begins to feel like a third wheel in the relationship.”

9. “Hypnic” or “hypnagogic jerk” is the scientific term for “sleep starts,” aka that crazy convulsion that sometimes happens as you’re drifting to sleep, or if you dream about falling.


Scientists theorize that some dreams are so real the brain believes that you are really falling or in some sort of danger, so it sends signals to the body to start “fleeing.”

10. The average person has about three to five dreams per night, but some may have up to seven dreams in one night.


Dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses. During a full eight-hour night sleep, two hours is spent dreaming.

11. Both men and women can be sexually aroused–and even orgasm–while dreaming.


Women experience increased in blood flow to their genitals during REM sleep, just as men experience increases in blood flow to their penis, which contributes to nocturnal erections.

So, what are you waiting for? Get dreaming!



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