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Strange and Unusual Facts about Dreams

Posted by Jennifer Hines

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on May 18, 2019 9:02:00 AM

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Counting sheep, warm milk, and tea are all some traditional methods used to fall asleep. But what happens after that? Why do we dream what we do? Why can’t you always remember your dreams? Dreaming is a mystery. Sometimes they are enchanting and other times we can’t get wake up fast enough to get out of them.  

Here are some strange and unusual facts about dreams.

  • 12% of people dream in black and white
  • Blind people can still see images in dreams
  • You can only dream about faces you’ve have already seen
  • You become physically paralyzed during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep (where the most vivid dreams occur)
  • REM sleep occurs every 90-120 minutes of sleep with each succeeding REM period becoming longer and longer. This explains why you may recall dreaming on weekends as you may sleep in longer an awaken from this stage of sleep.
  • Within five minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten
  • The average person spends six years of their life dreaming
  • On average you can have anywhere from four to seven dreams a night

What will you dream of tonight? Nighty night. 

Topics: alaska sleep clinic, REM, REM sleep

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