Thursday, February 16, 2012
After I had my little guy, I ended up with a mild form of Post Partum Depression and was put on an antidepressant to help stabilize my moods. The pills do the job, but they also give me really crazy and wacky vivid dreams – I had the same dream last night two times, each with a different set of characters but the same plot. This happens normally. So, in honor of my wacky, crazy dreams, I present you with 13 facts about dreams:
1. We forget 90% of what we dream within ten minutes of waking.
2. The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. That’s about four per night.
3. Blind people dream – if they lost their site after birth, they dream in images. If they were born blind, they dream with their other senses.
4. One of the most infamous precognitive dreams in history was President Lincoln's in 1865. The president envisioned his own demise just a few days before he was assassinated in Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865.
5. Elias Howe (1819-1867) said one inspiration for his invention of the sewing machine came from a nightmare he had about being attacked by cannibals bearing spears that looked like the needle he then designed.
6. Falling dreams typically occur at the beginning of the night, in Stage I sleep. These dreams are often accompanied by muscle spasms, called myoclonic jerks, and are common in many mammals.
7. The Iroquois have an annual dream-sharing festival in which they act out their dreams, either literally or in pantomime
8. While we may not recognize them all, every face we see in dreams is based on a face we have seen before, and because we see so many people, we provide an endless supply of characters for our minds.
9. 12% of people dream exclusively in black and white, and you’re more-likely to dream in B&W if you watched black and white T.V. as a child.
10. During REM sleep the body is paralyzed by a mechanism in the brain in order to prevent the movements which occur in the dream from causing the physical body to move. However, it is possible for this mechanism to be triggered before, during, or after normal sleep while the brain awakens.
11. Our mind interprets the external stimuli that our senses are bombarded with when we are asleep and make them a part of our dreams. This means that sometimes in our dreams we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it in a way. For example you may be dreaming that you are in a concert while your brother is playing a guitar during your sleep.
12. Men tend to dream more about other men. Around 70% of the characters in a man’s dream are other men. On the other hand, a woman’s dream contains almost an equal number of men and women. Aside from that, men generally have more aggressive emotions in their dreams than the female lot.
13. You can not only have sex as pleasurable as in your real life while dreaming, but also experience an orgasm as strong as a real one without any wet results. The sensations felt while lucid dreaming (touch, pleasure and etc..) can be as pleasurable and strong (or I believe even stronger) as the sensations experienced in the real world.
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