1. The average person has at least 5 dreams each night.
2. Most dreams are 5 to 20 minutes in duration.
3. Over a lifetime, you’ll spend approximately 6 years dreaming.
4. There are 5 stages of sleep and it’s only during the final stage (called ‘REM sleep’) that you dream.
5. Dreams are an expression of your real life thoughts, feelings, concerns and experiences.
6. Everybody dreams; even those people who can’t remember having any.
7. When you are snoring, you are not dreaming.
8. A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color
9. Toddlers do not dream about themselves until around the age of 3. From the same age, children typically have many more nightmares than adults do until age 7 or 8.
10. Believe it or not, your body is virtually paralyzed during your sleep – most likely to prevent your body from acting out aspects of your dreams.
11. We only dream of what we know. The evil killer in your latest dream may be the guy who pumped petrol in to your Dad’s car when you were just a little kid. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces through our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.
12. People who become blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion.
13. If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. The unconscious mind tries to compare your dream to something else, which is similar.
14. Men are more likely to dream about other men than they are to dream about women; whereas women dream of women and men equally.
15. A particular dream that recurs and persists over a period of time is a strong indication that an important issue in your life needs to be resolved.
16. Whilst dreaming, some people realize that they’re dreaming and are able to control what happens in it; this is called ‘lucid dreaming’.
17. Before trying to sleep, spend a few minutes thinking about the good and bad points of your day; doing so clears your mind and improves the quality of your dreams.
18. Watching television or reading a book immediately before going to bed increases the likelihood of you dreaming about what you watched / read; such dreams tend not to have hidden meanings.
19. 5 minutes after waking up, people forget 50% of the content of their dreams; 10 minutes after waking up, 90% has been forgotten.
20. Questions you should try to answer about your dreams: who was in it?; where did it occur?; was it day or night?; what did you do?; did any images, items or symbols stand out from the others?; how did you feel?
21. Dreams about your teeth are the most common type of dream.
22. Types of teeth dreams include: teeth falling out; rotting teeth; swallowing teeth; spitting teeth.
23. Teeth dreams may arise as a result of: saying something you regret; hurting someone with your words; gossiping about others.
24. A more direct interpretation of teeth dreams is that you’re concerned about some aspect of your physical appearance (not necessarily your teeth).
25. Dreams that involve being naked in public is that you’ve been hiding something in your life from other people.
26. Wearing no clothes in a dream can also represent you not being prepared (or being prepared but not feeling so) for an upcoming situation such as an exam, presentation, date etc.
27. If you dream that you’re naked, but no-one in the dream realizes that you are, it means that whatever you’re hiding or are worried about is not an issue for other people.
28. If you dream that you’re naked, but you don’t care who sees you, it means that you’re feeling comfortable and relaxed about whatever happens to you in your life.
29. If you’re flying in a dream but feel scared whilst doing so, you may have confidence issues and not feel that you’re up to the challenges that you’re facing in your life.
30. If you have difficulty maintaining flight in your dream, someone or something in real life may be preventing you from having the level of control that you want to have.
31. By identifying what it is in your dream that stops your flight progressing, you can identify what it is in your life that stops you progressing.
32. Many people have reported having dreams in which they’re falling and can’t stop themselves from doing so.
33. Some say that dreams involving falling come at times of loneliness; having no-one to hold on to being represented by having nothing to hold on to.
34. Feeling inferior to other people in your life can also result in falling dreams.
35. It’s been said that you can die in your sleep if you don’t wake up from a falling dream before you hit the ground; however, there’s never been any evidence to support this.
36. Dreams involving drowning are very similar to dreams involving falling and are interpreted the same way.
37. It’s common to have a feeling of being chased in your dreams.
38. The typical chase dream scenario involves being pursued by someone or something that wants to hurt you, whilst you run away or hide.
39. Chase dreams represent the way you’ve been dealing with an issue in your life; running away from and avoiding something rather than confronting it.
40. If you don’t recognize the person pursuing you in a dream, it may be part of yourself (your own feelings of anger, fear, jealousy, stress) that you’re running away from.
41. A more direct interpretation of chase dreams is a literal fear of being physically attacked; this may be based on something that’s actually happened to you in the past.
42. Some people dream of either the death of themselves or the death of someone they know.
43. Dreams involving death may occur when you feel emotionally hurt or have a fear that someone or something is about to hurt you emotionally.
44. Death can arise in a dream to signify the end of a phase in your life and the beginning of new one.
45. If it’s you dieing in your dream, there’s likely something within you (typically a strong feeling you have) that you need to let go of so that you can move on with your life.
46. The death of yourself in a dream could also indicate a deep regret of something you’ve done.
47. If it’s someone else dieing in your dream, it may mean that your relationship with that person is suffering and needs attention.
48. The death of someone else in a dream could also signify either a fear of losing them or a desire for them to leave your life.
49. If you experience a disaster in your dreams and find that you’re dealing with it alone, it can indicate that you’re feeling lonely in your real life.