Weird Things About Dreams. Did You Know Them?
Let's talk about dreams.
You never know what will happen after you put your head on the pillow to go to bed. You may dream that you are flying, that you are talking to dead people, that you have returned to school, or that you have a difficult exam tomorrow. Dreams are strange and mysterious, and scientists have been studying them since time immemorial to try to make sense of them.
Here are some weird things about dreams. Did you know them?
People who can't see have more nightmares
Blind people dream of seeing. Even people who were born blind, in a dream, "see" various objects around them in a dream. However, experts say that people lose their ability to dream of objects, the longer they go without sight.
Another conclusion reached is that blind people have more nightmares. The explanation would be that blind people have a higher risk of being prone to injuries in everyday life and are more stressed.
You can control what you dream
According to researchers, people can control their dreams. For example, they may sleep with the idea of finding a solution to a problem they have, and dream of it. Or they can sleep with the thought of a loved one (missing or not), and this will appear in their dream.
You can control what you do in a dream
You can control not only what you dream, but also what you do in a dream. This phenomenon is called lucid dreaming, in which you are aware that you are dreaming and can control what you are doing, even though you are sleeping. Lucid dreams, however, require a lot of mental training. But it's worth it, especially if, for example, you like to dream of flying.
Babies don't dream
She's not a parent who hasn't looked at her baby sleeping like an angel and wondered what she was dreaming about. However, neuroscience experts say that babies do not dream.
During REM sleep, she develops neural grooves that will help her speak later. In addition, the brain consumes a lot of energy to grow and no longer has "time" for dreams. It seems that dreams appear after 4–5 years when the ability to imagine things develops, but only after 7–8 years and realizes that they are dreaming or remembering their dream.
Dreams help you learn
According to a study conducted at Harvard Medical School, afternoon sleep helps you learn. The researchers analyzed a group of 99 participants who played a video game in which they had to cross a maze. The group was divided into two teams.
One of them was sent to bed, while the other team was kept awake. Then the two teams were put to rebuild the route through the maze. To everyone's surprise, those who slept and dreamed of getting out of the maze succeeded in real life. Those who did not sleep or did not dream of the labyrinth did not do as well.
Dreams can predict neurological disorders
Did you know that in sleep, the muscles almost paralyze? People who do not do this during sleep are prone to neurological diseases such as dementia and Parkinson's. During sleep, these people become violent and can even injure themselves, even though they are asleep.
Researchers at the University of Montreal studied more than 100 adults diagnosed with REM sleep disorder and found that 18 percent of them were prone to neurodegenerative diseases in the next 5 years, increasing the risk to 52% in the next 12 years. years.
In a dream, your body does not look like the real one
The dream body has nothing to do with reality. Paralyzed or deaf people often dream that they can walk or hear. Some people dream that they can fly or breathe underwater.
In one study, people with disabilities were asked to tell what they dreamed, and others - without disabilities - were asked to read these stories. No one realized that the stories were written by people with various problems.
The dream dictionary is useless
What you dream of has a personal character, and what is explained in the dictionary of dreams is a general matter. Psychotherapists recommend telling your dream (written or audio) as soon as you wake up.
Were you sad, angry, happy? Did these feelings hold up when you woke up? Were there other people in your dream? These can be facets of your personality. The things you come across in a dream can be thoughts and emotions.
Dreams can reflect experiences, thoughts, emotions. Ask yourself next time what contributed to this dream and you will understand its meaning.