Dreams are fascinating to humans. Many people place a lot of weight in their dreams and what they can potentially mean. Dreams are very powerful in the human mind. We have tried repeatedly to understand why we dream and what it means. It remains fascinating and mysterious and we still don’t know everything about dreaming. There are, however, a few things we do know. They include:
Dreams have a science dedicated to them
Oneirology is the science of studying dreams. This is not about finding the meaning of dreams like in dream interpretation. Oneiroloists are more focused on what makes us dream and where dreaming happens rather than the meaning of a specific dream.
We all dream about the same things
Studies have shown that most people dream about the same things. In a study where people were asked to identify dream themes, most of the subjects indicated dreaming about the same things at least once.
Everyone dreams about sex
Both men and women have been found to dream about sex. The content range from simple, passionate kissing to the R-rated scenes we cannot mention here.
Dreams aren’t always color
It has been established that about 1 person in 8 dreams in black and white. The color in which we dream wasn’t always the same. There is evidence that shows people dreaming in black and white before we started dreaming in color. Interestingly, evidence also shows that very far back in history, people dreamt in color even before any form of television was available.
We are almost paralyzed during dreaming
When we enter REM sleep, our body’s motor neurons stop firing to prevent us from injury while dreaming. This means that our bodies are practically paralyzed while in REM state.
Animals dream too
Studies have shown that other mammals, birds, and reptiles have brain activity that is similar to that of humans while dreaming.
There is still a lot that we don’t know about dreams. We don’t fully understand the mechanisms of sleep or what causes dreaming. Studies will continue and maybe one day we will understand this fascinating phenomenon of dreaming.