The psychological facts about dreams.
We all dream when we fell asleep. Sometimes we clearly remember the content of our dream. But sometimes, we think we haven’t dreamed of the previous night. But the truth is that we always dream every time we sleep.
What causes the seemingly inconsistent tendency of dreaming is the time when the dream occurs. Dreaming happens in different stages of sleep. There are four major stages of sleep. Each stage is characterized by Alpha and Delta waves.
These waves are believed to be instrumental in the recollection of dreams after you wake up in the morning. Dreams that occur in the third and fourth stages tend to be lost when you wake up. While those that happen during the first and second stages tend to be retained.
This is the basic reason why some of the dreams are retained and are not when we wake up. The next interesting question is what do dreams have meaning?
The answer to this is, it depends. Sigmund Freud, for example, believes that dreams have meaning. While the Neuroscience suggests that dreams have no meaning.
Either side can be true to anyone. It is just a question of what you personally perceive. But regardless of whether a dream has meaning or not, one thing is for sure: a dream is a wonderful or a terrifying experience.
In dreams, you see pictures, you hear sounds, voices, and other sensations. But there are other psychological facts about dreams that you might not know.
Not all people see color in their dreams
Only a few people dream in color. Most of the people only see the black and white picture in their dreams.
We forget about the ninety percent of our dreams
The reason behind this is discussed above. It is assumed that most of our dreams are lost as we wake up in the morning.
The emotional content in our dreams are real
Whether you believe that your dreams have meaning or not, one thing is fascinating; the emotion you feel in your dream is actually real. This is one of the most fascinating psychological facts about dreams. Some people experience stress and other negative emotions in their dreams. While only a few dreams contain positive emotions.
We experience 4-7 dreams per night
How many times do you dream per night? Generally, we experience about four to seven dreams per night. And dreaming occurs within one to two hours each night.
Some dreams are recurring
You might be thinking that your dreams occur once. But actually, dreams may reoccur sometimes. However, they may appear in different occasions. That is, no single dream would appear in the same scenario twice.
Blind people have dreams too
Dreams have nothing to do with a person’s vision. It appears during asleep. Blind people can see images and other pictures in their dreams.
You may be thinking that you or others do not dream. But as discussed above, all of us have dreams. The only thing you think you don’t dream is because you forget all of them when you wake up.
Animals dream too
Dreaming is not just for humans. Scientific evidence suggests that the same brainwave in the human brain was also found in sleeping animals. Body movement during animal sleep may indicate corresponding dream experience.
External stimuli tend to incorporate in our dreams
This means that the sensation that is picked up by the body during sleep may incorporate to the images you see in your dream. The sound you hear outside while you are asleep can also be heard in your dream.
You have my simple list of psychological facts about dreams that you might not know. If you want to add something to this list, feel free to leave your message below.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.