7 Things About Dreams

I found this one article in YAHOO that I thought might be quite useful. Everyone dreams right? And we tend to know so little about our dreams. Read this before snoozing.

1. Dreaming can help you learn.
If you’re studying for a test or trying to learn a new task, you might consider taking a nap or heading to bed early rather than hovering over a textbook an hour longer. Here’s why: When the brain dreams, it helps you learn and solve problems, dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and understanding new information. To improve the quality of your sleep—and your brain’s ability to learn—avoid noise in the bedroom, such as the TV, which may negatively impact the length and quality of dreams.

2. The most common dream? Your spouse is cheating.
If you’ve ever woken up in a cold sweat after dreaming about your husband’s extramarital escapade with your best friend, you’re not alone. The most commonly reported dream is the one where your mate is cheating. It rarely has anything to do with an actual affair, but rather the common and universal fear of being wronged or left alone.

3. You can have several—even a dozen—dreams in one night.
It’s not just one dream per night, but rather dozens of them, you just may not remember them all. We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night, with each cycle of dreaming being longer than the previous, the first dream of the night is about 5 minutes long and the last dream you have before awakening can be 45 minutes to an hour long. It is estimated that most people have more than 100,000 dreams in a lifetime.

4. You can linger in a dream after waking.
Have you ever woken up from such a beautiful, perfect dream that you wished you could go back to sleep to soak it all. You can! Just lie still—don’t move a muscle—and you can remain in a semi-dreamlike state for a few minutes. The best way to remember your dreams is to simply stay put when you wake up, remain in the position you woke up in, because that is the position you were dreaming in. When you move your body, you disconnect yourself from the dream you were just in seconds ago.

5. Recurring dreams may be your mind’s way of telling you something.
Do you have the same nightmare over and over again? Experts suggest looking for underlying messages in recurring dreams so that you can rid yourself of them. For example, a common recurring nightmare people have involves losing or cracking their teeth. For this dream, she recommends that people think about what your teeth and your mouth represent. To the dreaming mind, your teeth, as well as any part of your mouth, are symbolic of your words. Paying attention to your teeth dreams helps you to monitor and improve the way you communicate.

6. You can control your dreams.
Dream control, or “lucid dreaming” may be a real thing. Taking charge of the content of your dreams isn’t a skill everyone has, but it can be developed. The technique is particularly useful for people who suffer from recurring nightmares. Give yourself a pep talk of sorts before you go to sleep by saying: “If I have that dream again, I’m going to try to remember that’s it’s only a dream, and be aware of that.”, when you learn to be aware that you are dreaming—within a dream—you not only have the power to steer yourself away from the monster, but you also train your mind to avoid nightmares in the first place.

7. You don’t have to be asleep to dream.
Turns out, you can dream at your desk at work, in the car, even in front of the computer. Wakeful dreaming—not to be confused with daydreaming—is real and somewhat easy to do, it just involves tapping into your active imagination. The first step is to think about a recent dream you had. Then find a quiet contemplative place and bring a dream that you remember back into your waking awareness and let it unfold, let the dream re-energize. Wakeful dreaming can be used as a relaxation tool, but it can also help your mind process a puzzling dream. It creates a more fluid interaction between unconscious parts of the mind and wakeful parts of the mind.

yeah well; i think it's quite true.

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