25 Facts About Dreams That Won’t Put You To Sleep

Posted by on November 5, 2012

Humans have been trying to figure out the meanings of their dreams since the beginning of time. In the past, dreams have been interpreted as omens of the future, representations of reality, and even divine messages from the gods. Even though we think of dreams today in more scientific terms, a lot of us are still fascinated by these enigmatic scenes that take place in our minds. To subdue your curiosity, here are 25 facts about dreams that won’t put you to sleep.


6 Whole Years

6The average human spends six years of his or her life dreaming.

Up for Interpretation

Ancient Roman SenateThe ancient Romans submitted their significant or unusual dreams to the Senate for interpretation.

Ancient Artifact

Beatty PapyrusThe Beatty Papyrus is the oldest dream dictionary in existence. It was written around 1350 B.C. and discovered near Thebes.

Sibling Rivalry

Birth orderBirth order influences the role of aggression in dreams. Men generally dream about more violent subjects than women, yet first-born females tend to have more aggressive characters in their dreams. On the other hand, first-born males see themselves in a more positive light than their younger male siblings.

It’s Not All Black and White

black and white tvPeople who grew up watching black-and-white television as children tend to have more monochrome dreams than children who grew up watching color television.

Dreaming in the Dark

BlindfoldVisually impaired people dream too. Those who lost their sight later in life can see visual images in their dreams. However, dreams don’t have to be visual. Blind people who don’t dream visually can experience dreams through sound, smell, and touch.

Familiar Faces

collage of facesWe can only dream of faces of real people we have encountered, but we might not remember because people usually see hundreds of faces in a single day.


Crystal ballBetween 18 and 38 percent of people say they have experienced at least one precognitive dream and 70 percent have experienced déjà vu.

Daydream Believer

DaydreamingAccording to psychologists, daydreaming may be related to dreams that occur during sleep. However, they involve different mental processes.

Forget About It

Don't forgetWithin five minutes of waking, half of the average person’s dream is forgotten, while 90 percent is forgotten in just 10 minutes. However, people are more likely to remember their dreams if they’re awakened during the REM stage.

Human Nature

DunceDreams of unpreparedness, flying, falling, and public humiliation arise from common human anxieties and seem to transcend cultural and socio-economic boundaries.

Not “Sew” Bad

Elias HoweInventor of the sewing machine Elias Howe said the cannibals who chased him in his nightmares held spears that looked like the needle he then designed. I guess nightmares aren’t always bad.

Free Falling

fallingFalling dreams, which affect many mammals, typically occur in the early stages of sleep. The muscle spasms experienced during these dreams are called myoclonic jerks.

Tiny Dreamers

fetusEven fetuses in the womb dream despite the lack of visual stimuli. Scientists suggest their dreams are composed of sound and touch sensations.

Temporary, Yet Terrifying

Sleep paralysisSleep paralysis, a phenomenon experienced by nearly 40 percent of the population, occurs when a sleeper awakens, recognizes his or her surroundings, and is unable to move for as long as one minute.
Mary Reyes


Mary is a journalism student at the University of Florida. She loves vintage fashion, The Rat Pack, superheroes, and all things Disney. Someday, she hopes to dazzle the world with her writing skills by becoming the next J.K. Rowling.

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  • Manish

    and the romans were supposedly smart

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    Nice, thank you very much for these awesome facts about dreams!

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  • Sophie

    I though there was more?…
    Ever single person has never seen thenselves apart from a reflection or a photo!
    -and something is ALWAYS touching you.

  • Rishiv

    sometimes i have VISIONS in my dreams!!!!!! really in my holidays i had a vision in the dream that in coming 5 mins my dad’s gonna be wake me up so, i woke up just when my dad was gonna be switching on the light and wake me,and sometimes i have a picture just above my eyes and few minutes later it really comes above my eyes,so if a doctor will read this comment , my question is is it works in reality?…………………

  • Elaol

    Really? Nothing about lucid dreams?

  • Lynn Hughes

    I’m a consular at Ball Ground Elemetary School, and oh how I love dreaming, if only the good ones would come true right away. :)

  • Bennet

    In a dream , we can never realize that it is a dream

    • Kenzie

      Not true. You can Lucid Dream. I do.

      • Bdawgz4Jaysus

        true.. a great technique to enter a lucid dream is to (once it occurs to you to check, that’s the key) look at your hands. If youre dreaming you’ll know right away because they’ll shift shape or change hue as soon as you focus on them. its a handy trick from carlos castenada

  • Abdi

    I love facts about this topic.

  • pato lato

    The average human spends six years of his or her life dreaming. is true lol how can he or she sleep that long i hardly sleep for an 10 hours starting at 10pm i go to sleep and at 8 am i wake up exept for school day i go to sleep at 9pm and wake up at 7:20am lol

    • pato lato

      lol wat a slepy head i am huh peeps

  • babjich

    really very good expecting more …

  • kirthik

    Really informative and good …
    I expect more!

    • grace

      i wish there were more

  • gayathri