Sleep is an integral part of our life. Even while we were in the womb, most of us traveled to the kingdom of Morpheus. In dreams, we swam or flew, but, apparently, did not attach special importance to this, and therefore did not remember. So what do we know about the dreams that come to us every night?
Get ready to be surprised! We see them quite often. However, unlike biblical stories, dreams do not exist to predict the future. They play an important role in the normal functioning of the brain. Dreams help process the information received during the day. Before you close your eyes and once again plunge into the magical world of dreams, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with 9 interesting facts about dreams. Believe me, this data is still not known to many.
A person who lives without dreams
The ricochet injury that injured Yuval’s head in the war puzzled doctors around the world. Until 1982, one thing was clear to everyone – a person cannot live without sleep and dreams. Studies in which rats and cats were deprived of the stage of dreams, proved that experimental animals died within a few weeks from the start of testing. These experiments did not leave any doubts with the doctors – the phase of dreams is extremely important for the continuation of life.
The situation with the wounded Yuval made experts doubt it. From the moment of the incident until today, he does not see any dreams at all. The man was checked by many professors and it turned out that the rebound got into that part of the brain called the “ponce” or “bridge”. It is she who is responsible for the formation of night pictures. Doctors believed that without dreams, Yuval would have severe memory problems. But he remains a successful lawyer, artist and lives a full, happy life.
Dreams in the womb
The ability to dream is already in its infancy. Especially common is the dream in infants. Infants sleep 70% of the day and 50% of this time they view a variety of pictures. The first years of life are devoted to accelerated development, learning, studying the world around us and ourselves, so sleep plays a very important role in the formation of mental activity.
90 minutes of dreams
We spend about a third of our lives in a dream. Every night we see about 5 dreams, the total duration of which is one and a half hours.
Life in a dream
The paradoxical part of our sleep, during which we see dreams, makes the brain work as intensively as when waking. In most phases of sleep, physical processes in our body slow down, the body rests, and the frequency of brain waves decreases. But during the phase of dreams, our gray matter functions 100%! Pulse and breathing are accelerated, but the muscles remain paralyzed.
A chaotic world without meaning
Unlike everyday thinking, there is no logic in the dream. You can be in one place, and then suddenly, at the same time, find yourself in a completely different location and start doing strange things.
Who needs this chaos? Of course, to ourselves! It is necessary in order to reorganize our memory. In a dream, the subconscious mind lays out all the new information and experience. Studies show that the brain of people who have lost dreams performs their functions worse, and their memory is significantly weakened compared to those who sleep and dream.
Fall and swimming
You must have repeatedly seen a dream in which you had to swim or fly. Studies show that a similar phenomenon occurs with representatives of all cultures, races and genders. This is one of the most common types of dreams. From a physiological point of view, such flights are not particularly important. Dreams in which you swim or soar are related to the psychological reaction to changes in the body that occur when you are immersed in various stages of sleep. Your body gradually gets rid of muscle tension during wakefulness and comes to relaxation during the phase of dreams.
The development of a new MRI scanning device has led mankind to a breakthrough in understanding what happens in the brain of an individual during sleep. Doctors were able to monitor blood flow in parts of the cranium. Thus, they were able to establish that the working elements in a dream are: the hippocampus (deals with memory), tonsils (associated with emotions) and a bridge in the brain stem.
Mixing past and present
And although scientists were able to successfully display the state of the brain during sleep, there are still many questions about this complex mechanism that have not yet been answered. Apparently, in a dream, the brain randomly takes information from a memory bank. This data is on the timeline in different places. The subconscious then mixes the memories in random order. Elements for a dream can be taken from the previous day, from the past week, or even from events that occurred several months ago. This means that if you accidentally meet a person on the street, you can see a dream about him even after a few weeks, perhaps in a different set of situations and in another place.
The most common dreams:
- failure in exams at school or university;
- appearance in a public place naked;
- flight of the aircraft or its fall;
- paralysis or difficulty in movement;
- flight from someone;
- abduction by people, animals or fantastic creatures;
- sexual experiences;
- natural disasters;
- tooth loss;
- violence against sleeping or other people;
- a situation in which the sleeper is abandoned or humiliated;
- being late for a bus, train or plane;
- search for hidden rooms in the building;
- search or loss of money;
- meeting with people from the past or present;
- pregnancy and childbirth;
- meeting strangers in unfamiliar situations.