Here are 15 scary facts about dreams that will leave you breathless:
They say that you are safest when you are fast asleep, but is that a reality? Are you really safe when you are sleeping, or are you lulled into a false sense of safety when in reality, the truth about your dreams is scarier than what you encounter when you are awake.
1. There are things you can’t do while dreaming:
You can’t read while dreaming, or tell the time. You probably won’t notice it or even think about it when you are dreaming however. We aren’t sure why you can’t do either of those activities, but it’s a fact of life. If you can remember it next time you are in dreamland, try it out!
2. Lucid Dreams
There is a whole group of people who can actually control their dreams! They choose what actions to take, where to go, and how the dream will turn out. Many people think that your dreams are manifestations of your subconscious, but you can actually learn to control your subconscious. Be your own master!
There have been people who have actually made inventions in their dreams and then went on to make them! Some of them include Google, alternating current generators, DNA’s double helix, the sewing machine, and the periodic table. Oh, and the invention of the guillotine also came to the inventor in a dream.
Have you ever had the feeling that you were somewhere before or that you are reliving something? That is called Deja Vu, and many people get it. However, it can be scary. Abraham Lincoln predicted his own assassination, some people had dreams about running through the Twin Towers, and Mark Twain’s brother dreamed about his demise.
5. Sleep Paralysis
Some people have a condition where they wake up, but cannot move. They can only hear the room around them, but they often can’t see or feel anything. Worse is that they often think that someone or some evil presence is in the room with them – which adds to the scary feeling!
In the REM (rapid-eye-movement) stage, your body is normally paralyzed to give it the most amount of rest. Some people never get to that stage, however, and actually act out their dreams. This has resulted in broken arms, legs, broken furniture, and in at least one case, a house burnt down.
7. Happy Dreams
Studies have shown that men actually have an increase in testosterone in their dreams – which leads to an often hard or sticky situation. Actually, studies indicate that men get up to 20 erections per dream.
Sleepwalkers don’t just end up falling over a corner or tripping down the stairs. They can actually do some pretty scary stuff! Some people have had sex while sleeping, walked out a window, and gone shopping. However, the scariest story is about a man who drove 22 miles and murdered his cousin – all while sleepwalking!
Some people love dreaming so much that they never want to stop. So they take a highly illegal drug called Dimethyltryptamine that causes severe hallucinations. It causes the dreams to continue throughout the day and some pretty nasty reactions if taken for too long.
10. Dream Catcher
The dream-catcher is one of the most well-known Native American symbols. It is a loose web or webs woven around a hoop and decorated with sacred objects meant to protect against nightmares. Some legends also say that they help to protect against anyone getting harmed from their dreams or the spirits that lurk in them.