You go to sleep and have a dream, whether a sweet one or a nightmare. Why? What makes our brains create scenarios in our heads while we sleep? I mean, I once had a dream where I trapped a raccoon in a bathroom that didn’t have a door–so the raccoon escaped right away. So, what’s the deal? Here are five things you probably didn’t know about dreams.
1) Dreaming helps you get smarter
If you have a test or something similar coming up, taking a nap and having a good nights sleep can help, and not just from being well rested. According to WebMD, researchers claim “that dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and understanding new information” (source: WebMD).
2) Multiple dreams a night
Apparently, none of us has just one dream per night. In fact, we have multiple (even dozens) throughout the night, but we don’t remember them. WebMD reports that dream expert Lauri Quinn Loewenberg has claimed “We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night, with each cycle of dreaming being longer than the previous” (source: WebMD).
3) Dreams help you slim down
According to Oprah.com, “the more time you dream each night, the less hungry you are for fats and carbs” (source: Oprah.com). So, if you want to slim down a bit start dreaming more! If I were you, however, I wouldn’t use a Dream Diet as your primary way of losing weight.
4) We only dream things that we actually know
Though our dreams can be constructions of our mind, the Philippine Psychiatric Association claims that the people we encounter in our dreams aren’t make believe but are based off of people we know or have seen in passing throughout the day. They say that ” Because we meet a lot of people everyday during our lifetime, it is only natural for us to have an endless supply of characters that our brain could use when we dream.” (source: ppa.org)
5) People don’t actually have better sex in their dreams
In fact, HuffingPost.com reports that William Domhoff, in his book Finding Meaning in Dreams, claims “Sex happens in only 4 percent of women’s dreams and 12 percent of men’s” (source: HuffingtonPost.com). Ultimately, this means it’s just a stereotype that people dream of the best sex.