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12 Fascinating Facts About Dreams

The average person experiences three to five dreams a night and they can last for a few seconds or as long as 30 minutes. They can be funny, fascinating, scary, sensual or downright odd. And the most frustrating thing about dreams is the memory of them vanishes almost immediately after waking.

Easy Rest is a reclining beds manufacturer that makes adjustable beds that dreams are made of and whose praises are sung by thousands of positive online reviews. Our customers enjoy many years of sweet dreams after purchasing an Easy Rest adjustable bed. We’re happy to present you with these 12 fascinating facts about dreams. If you’re looking for more frequent dreams in your night, learn how you can get more information on our adjustable beds at the end of this article.

Did you know…
  1. We can only dream about faces we have already seen, whether or not we actively remember them or not.
  2. While approximately 80 percent of all dreams are in color, there are a small percentage of people who claim to only dream in black and white. In studies where dreamers have been awakened and asked to select colors from a chart that match those in their dreams, soft pastel colors are those most frequently chosen.
  3. Dreaming is normal. People who do not dream generally have personality disorders.
  4. Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten. Within 10 minutes 90% is gone.
  5. Sleep controls heat regulation and appetite. If you’re cold and hungry, you won’t dream much, if at all.
  6. Blind people can still see images in dreams. If they were born with sight they visualize things they remember. Those born blind experience dreams involving emotion, sound, smell and touch instead of sight.
  7. Men have dreams about other men 70% of the time but women dream about women and men equally.
  8. Most dreams turn out to be rather mundane. Contrary to the common misconception that dreams are nothing but a “mish-mash” of random nonsense and bizarre fantasy, research shows that dreams usually include fairly realistic portrayals of familiar people, places, and activities.
  9. Many aspects of dream content are accurate, honest reflections of people’s emotional concerns in waking life. Whatever you care most about in waking life, it’s likely to appear with special frequency in the content of your dreams.
  10. The graphic, repetitive nightmares suffered by victims of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often change in the course of healing to more ordinary nightmares with a more diffuse range of imagery.
  11. You are paralyzed during your dreams. REM sleep, the stage of sleep during which dreaming occurs, is characterized by paralysis of the voluntary muscles. The phenomenon is known as REM atonia and prevents you from acting out your dreams while you’re asleep.
  12. Many dreams are universal. People from all over the world frequently dream about being chased, being attacked or falling. Other common dream experiences include school events, feeling frozen and unable to move, arriving late, flying and being naked in public.

Do you dream about getting a good night’s sleep? Do you spend your night’s tossing and turning or poking your partner to get them to stop snoring? Easy Rest can help, after all, we’re the adjustable bed that dreams are made of. To download our Color Catalog and Better Sleep Guide simply click on the orange “request information” button in the upper left corner of this page.