Dreaming is one of the most mysterious and exciting experiences in our lives, so it is only natural, that we want to know as much as we can about the psychology of dreams.
Dreams played an important role in people’s lives as early as 3100 BC when the Mesopotamian civilization was born, and most of the governing decisions of this culture were based on the meaning of dreams. During the Roman Era, some dreams were even submitted to the Roman Senate for analysis and dream interpretation. They were thought to be messages from the gods. Dream interpreters also accompanied military leaders into battles and campaigns! And even to this day, we seek answers about our vivid dreams meanings, though most of the facts about dreams have been demystified and are now based on psychology.
You Forget 90% of Your Dreams
Within 5 minutes of waking half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone.
In Our Dreams, We Only See Faces That We Already Know
Our mind is not inventing faces – in our dreams, we see real faces of real people that we have seen during our life but may not know or remember. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.
Animals Dream Too
Studies have been done on many different animals, and they all show the same brain waves during dreaming sleep as humans. Watch a dog sleeping sometime. The paws move like they are running and they make yipping sounds as if they are chasing something in a dream.
Our mind interprets the external stimuli that our senses are bombarded with when we are asleep and make them a part of our dreams. This means that sometimes in our dreams we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it in a way. For example, you may be dreaming that you are in a concert while your brother is playing guitar during your sleep.
If you are snoring, then you cannot be dreaming.
This fact is repeated all over the Internet, but I’m a bit suspicious whether it’s really true as I haven’t found any scientific evidence to support it.