I know I dreamt last night. I’ve had a nagging feeling all day that there was something significant about the dream. I can’t for the life of me remember what the dream was about!
All of which has led to me browsing the internet, reading all sorts of fascinating things about dreams.
Of all of the random facts I found, these five are my favourites:
2) Every person in your dreams is someone you’ve encountered in your waking life
Your dreams might be full of people that you don’t know, but your sleeping brain hasn’t just made them up! They’re all people that you’ve come across in your waking life. Which I guess is why sometimes you dream of someone that you don’t know, but they seem really familiar to you, because you have actually encountered them in real life you just don’t necessarily remember it happening!
3) Men and women dream differently
Research has shown that men and women generally have different types of dreams. Men tend to have dreams that are more violent and aggressive than women’s dreams. Also, about 70% of the people in men’s dreams are other men, whereas women dream about men and women equally.
4) You can’t read or tell the time while dreaming
I found this one really interesting! I’m also a bit frustrated that I couldn’t find any studies to back the statement up, but it was a fact that popped up several times when I was researching dreams. Apparently hardly any of us are able to read or tell the time in our dreams!
People report that, when they try and read, the text jumps around or the letters are all mixed up and not forming proper words. And when they try to tell the time they find that the clock tells a different time whenever they look at it, and that the hands don’t seem to be moving.
I can’t remember ever trying to read something or tell the time in a dream, but it’s something I’ll be looking out for in the future!
5) Weird sensory experiences are really common in dreams
I was quite pleased to find this fact, because I often have dreams where I’m moving really slowly, or I try and scream and no sound comes out, and I thought this was a bit odd. But it turns out this sort of thing is really common! Feeling like you’re falling and being unable to control your body’s movements are also often reported.
I find the whole process of dreaming fascinating and love looking at the dreams that I can remember and seeing if I can make any sense of them! There are definitely a few themes that pop up quite regularly in my dreams and I’m planning on doing a bit of research and writing about them and what they mean soon.