Sunday, February 20, 2011

Amazing Facts about Dream.

I had a very rare nap earlier today. During that nap I had a lucid dream (most of which I no longer remember). As I was waking up, I was thinking about my dream and thought that it would be a great idea to search and peacefully write something closely related to dreams. And I've made some research(getting very diligent nowadays,didn't I?). The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history.This is what I've found. And the credit goes to the owner. Let's put on some new data,folks.

10. Blind People Dream


People who become blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion. It is hard for a seeing person to imagine, but the body’s need for sleep is so strong that it is able to handle virtually all physical situations to make it happen.

9. You Forget 90% of your Dreams


Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone. The famous poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, woke one morning having had a fantastic dream (likely opium induced) – he put pen to paper and began to describe his “vision in a dream” in what has become one of English’s most famous poems: Kubla Khan. Part way through (54 lines in fact) he was interrupted by a “Person from Porlock“. Coleridge returned to his poem but could not remember the rest of his dream. The poem was never completed.

Curiously, Robert Louis Stevenson came up with the story of Doctor Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde whilst he was dreaming. Wikipedia has more on that here. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was also the brainchild of a dream.

8. Everybody Dreams


Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder) but men and women have different dreams and different physical reactions. Men tend to dream more about other men, while women tend to dream equally about men and women. In addition, both men and women experience sexually related physical reactions to their dreams regardless of whether the dream is sexual in nature.

7. Dreams Prevent Psychosis


In a recent sleep study, students who were awakened at the beginning of each dream, but still allowed their 8 hours of sleep, all experienced difficulty in concentration, irritability, hallucinations, and signs of psychosis after only 3 days. When finally allowed their REM sleep the student’s brains made up for lost time by greatly increasing the percentage of sleep spent in the REM stage. [Source]

6. We Only Dream of What We Know

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Our dreams are frequently full of strangers who play out certain parts – did you know that your mind is not inventing those faces – they are real faces of real people that you have seen during your life but may not know or remember? The evil killer in your latest dream may be the guy who pumped petrol in to your Dad’s car when you were just a little kid. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces through our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

5. Not Everyone Dreams in Color

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A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color. People also tend to have common themes in dreams, which are situations relating to school, being chased, running slowly or in place, sexual experiences, falling, arriving too late, a person now alive being dead, teeth falling out, flying, failing an examination, or a car accident. It is unknown whether the impact of a dream relating to violence or death is more emotionally charged for a person who dreams in color than one who dreams in black and white. [Source]

4. Dreams are not about what they are about

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If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. The unconscious mind tries to compare your dream to something else, which is similar. Its like writing a poem and saying that a group of ants were like machines that never stop. But you would never compare something to itself, for example: “That beautiful sunset was like a beautiful sunset”. So whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself.

3. Quitters have more vivid dreams


People who have smoked cigarettes for a long time who stop, have reported much more vivid dreams than they would normally experience. Additionally, according to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology: “Among 293 smokers abstinent for between 1 and 4 weeks, 33% reported having at least 1 dream about smoking. In most dreams, subjects caught themselves smoking and felt strong negative emotions, such as panic and guilt. Dreams about smoking were the result of tobacco withdrawal, as 97% of subjects did not have them while smoking, and their occurrence was significantly related to the duration of abstinence. They were rated as more vivid than the usual dreams and were as common as most major tobacco withdrawal symptoms.” [Source]

2. External Stimuli Invade our Dreams


This is called Dream Incorporation and it is the experience that most of us have had where a sound from reality is heard in our dream and incorporated in some way. A similar (though less external) example would be when you are physically thirsty and your mind incorporates that feeling in to your dream. My own experience of this includes repeatedly drinking a large glass of water in the dream which satisfies me, only to find the thirst returning shortly after – this thirst… drink… thirst… loop often recurs until I wake up and have a real drink. Same goes to when you experience going to the toilet for the nature's call but it keeps on recurs though you have done that for so many times in your dream. (Okay, I've never experienced this)

1. You are paralyzed while you sleep

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Believe it or not, your body is virtually paralyzed during your sleep – most likely to prevent your body from acting out aspects of your dreams. According to theWikipedia article on dreaming, “Glands begin to secrete a hormone that helps induce sleep and neurons send signals to the spinal cord which cause the body to relax and later become essentially paralyzed.”

Bonus: Extra Facts

1. When you are snoring, you are not dreaming.
2. Toddlers do not dream about themselves until around the age of 3. From the same age, children typically have many more nightmares than adults do until age 7 or 8.
3. If you are awakened out of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, you are more likely to remember your dream in a more vivid way than you would if you woke from a full night sleep.


As for me,this is what I would say. Dreams are symbolically have many interpretations ; according to the way you wish. Though it should be clearly explained why it is classified as an abstract. And even up until today, there is no scientists could scientifically prove the mystery that lies beneath it. Well,there is nothing much to be bother. Just keep on dreaming. Trust me, nothing could be better than to experience your own dream. It gives a perfect blend of colours in life. Because you won't be having the same dream as your mother,aren't you?


  1. woah tul. btol pulak. aku bila bangun je lupa dah mimpi ape. ingat sket2 je. naseb aku tak ambek pen pastu tulis. haha

  2. mimpi aku selalu pelik2 je akhir2 ni. haih. -.-'

  3. ana ; samalah..masa baru2 bgn tu ingatlah. bila nak cerita balik,dah lupa dah.

    mira ; haha. aku pun mimpi pelik2 je skng ni. semua mcm tah pape doh. siap bleh ngigau2 lagi. haha

  4. We only dream of what we know? mimpi aku memang pelik sebab aku tak rasa aku kenal makcik molly yg pernah muncul dlm mimpi aku hahah.

    tp agak menarik kan segala info pasal mimpi ni sebab mcm misteri je and yeah, cuz everybody dream :)

  5. mimpi pasal result spm ta yah cter,segala bagai ade...

  6. eqa ; oh. yeah. mengikut fakta gitulah kan..hehe.. kalau kau rasa kau tak kenal makcik molly yg dtg dlm mimpi kau tu,cuba kau refer balik no.6. kan dia kata munkin ko tak kenal,tapi ko pernah nmpk muka tu cuma tak ingat. haha. mimpi is indescribable doh! hehee..

    syaheela ; mimpi result itu adalah mimpi terfamous skrg ni. haha


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