Interesting Facts About Sleep and Dreams: Its Role and Impact
Sleep is a human's natural process of relaxation and recharge. Such an ordinary thing is supposed to be well-studied and fully described, but numerous mysteries still remain around it. Even the latest findings do not have clear-cut answers to all the questions related to sleep. As new research is released, we make very useful discoveries. The most interesting, amazing and even scary facts about sleep are put here. Expand your knowledge horizons and find out how humans and other creatures sleep or how we see dreams.
Top 10 Amazing Facts
- Absolutely all people see dreams, but many people simply forget them. Dreaming may be an exception for those who suffer from serious mental disorders.
- Blind people have dreams as well. If once people were sighted, their vision returns to them in dreams, while those who were born blind see the dream world the way they're used to — totally dark and conceivable by ear, smell and emotions.
- A man aged 70 has spent about 23 years sleeping: 8 years for dreams and the rest 15 years for sleeping.
- More intelligent people are more likely to have vivid and fascinating dreams, remembering numerous tiny details. However, sleep quality, emotional state, and experiences during the day are essential.
- Some people can influence their dreams. If they failed to see out the last interesting dream but want to, they can even make it continue. It may take some experience and practice.
- Dreams may well be inspired by real-life events, such as another person's touch, the tap dripping, the clock ticking, or road traffic noise.
- Scientists haven't solved yet the secret of somnambulism (sleepwalking), an episode when a person gets up, takes either simple or complex actions (ranging from walking around the room to driving a car and cooking), and ends up remembering absolutely nothing.
- Snoring while dreaming is impossible. The thing is that we see dreams only during the rapid eye movement phase of sleep and snore while the non-rapid eye movement sleep.
- Leonardo da Vinci
had a very unusual sleep habit. As he felt performance slowdown (that took
place about every four hours), the genius went to bed for 15–20 minutes. So sleeping
took him only 2 hours a day, thus freeing 22 hours for the efficient hard work.
- Somniphobia is a fear of sleep. People with this phobia are afraid of dying in their sleep or losing control over the current situation. It simply makes them unable to sleep properly.