10. Blind People Dream

While people who are born blind dream in terms of more ambiguous shapes and lights, those who become blind after birth actually dream the same way non-blind people do, complete with colors, people, and things that were once visually experienced (and never quite completely forgotten). Sleep must be all the more exciting miraculous for those […]

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9. R.E.M. Sleep Deprivation Can Cause Insanity

This is true. Studies show individuals who frequently have their deep sleep cycles (a.k.a. R.E.M. cycles, those in which we dream and achieve the greatest rest) interrupted, tend to become more easily agitated and ultimately can start to hallucinate and not to care about taking part in a conscious reality. So rest assured, fighting imaginary […]

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8. You Can Control Your Dreams

This is called lucid dreaming, metaphysical states in which you become sentient in your dream and realize you are dreaming, allowing you to manipulate the dream Inception Matrix-style. One way to learn how to lucid dream is to record your dreams in a dream journal as soon as you wake up, which sort of helps […]

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7. We Only Dream About Familiar Faces

No new faces are invented in your dreams, which shows how creative your subconscious truly is. Faces you may not recognize and assume are new people are actually the faces of people we’ve encountered at one point or another, people we thought we had for¬gotten about, but who were actually stored in some deep, fleshy […]

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6. We Become Paralyzed When We Sleep

While we may run from monsters in our sleep, or fly in passenger jets, our bodies remain petrified in place the whole time. This is due to the brain’s recognizance, as a defense mechanism, that moving around could result in injury by way of falling off the bed. Although that doesn’t explain sleep walkers, who […]

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5. Animals Dream Just Like Humans Do

Studies have shown that animals, in spite of their inability to speak English, dream in the same user-participatory scene style us humans do. And they also have night¬mares (visible in the twitching paws and eye lids if you’vfe ever watched Fido or Mr. Whiskers while sleeping), although you can only imagine what about (perhaps they’re […]

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4. Dreams Speak in a Secret Code

Our dreams use an obliquely symbolic language that isn’t based on direct associations we make in a conscious state. These symbols carry a meaning that only our unconscious minds–acting as a sort of rogue, non-linear sense-maker–can truly make sense of. These things tend to be deeply visceral, more than rational or logical, and there are […]

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3. Dreams Can Provide Solutions to Waking Questions

Countless inventors, scientists, and artists (e.g. Alexander Graham Bell, Isaac Newton, and David Bowie) have finished equations, found inspiration that provided that one missing link, and unlocked material the conscious mind can’t readily access, all in dreams. It’s true that sometimes the best way to deal with a problem is to sleep on it.

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2. We Break Rules in Our Sleep

Much like in a video game, our wildest tabooed fantasies come to fruition in a reality without consequences. In dreams, you might steal, kill, do weird/dangerous drugs, or anything else society generally frowns upon, which may even include cheating on your diet. It seems subconscious, but your brain is aware of how few consequences there […]

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1. The Dreamworld Can Be Directly Influenced by the Real World

This sounds like an inverse of the plots for movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, The Matrix, and Inception, but its true. What you experience in your dreams can be directly linked to your physical state; for instance, if you are thirsty or have to pee in actuality, your dreams may rewrite themselves to inform […]

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