July 21, 2014

Our Dreams: A few Fun Facts

“A dream is a wish your heart makes,” as the old Cinderella song reminds us. When we dream, we often find ourselves doing things that we can’t do, haven't done, or want to do in real life. It’s also a time for us to work out our inner thoughts, explore alternate realities, and react to bizarre and even irrational situations.


“A dream is a wish your heart makes,” as the old Cinderella song reminds us. When we dream, we often find ourselves doing things that we can’t do, haven't done, or want to do in real life. It’s also a time for us to work out our inner thoughts, explore alternate realities, and react to bizarre and even irrational situations. Dreaming is also something that everybody does: men, women, children, and even tiny babies experience the images, emotions, and sensations of dreaming. While most of us tend to forget much of what we dream, occasional snippets of our dreams can remain very memorable for a long time. Read on for some interesting and unusual facts about what goes on in our minds while we snooze.

The Dreams We Have in Common

If you’ve ever woken up confused and agitated over a nerve-wracking dream, you’re not alone. Research indicates that negative emotions like anxiety, fear, anger, and sadness are more common in dreams than more positive emotions like happiness and calm. We also tend to share some dream themes in common: who among us hasn’t had the dream where we’re standing in public without clothes, or we’re late to an important appointment, or we haven't studied for the big test, or even that a significant other is cheating? Also adding to the unsettling nature of many dreams is the revelation that most of us can’t read or tell time in our dreams. That lack of self-reliance can certainly be anxiety-inducing! However, many people are capable of lucid dreaming, or dreams that they are able to control, which allows them to do things that are impossible during waking hours, such as flying or traveling through time.


The Differences in Our Dreaming

Given the marked differences between men and women during our waking hours, it may not come as a surprise to learn that men and women dream differently as well. Men tend to dream more about other men, while women typically dream about both men and women. Also, men often report their dreams as being more aggressive in nature than women do. Additionally, many of us dream in color, but there are some of us who dream in black and white. While there’s no solid explanation for why this is, some researches suspect that people who grew up watching black and white television may dream more in black and white. Finally, some people have reported having dreams of events yet to come. Perhaps the most famous example of a premonition dreamer is Abraham Lincoln, who reportedly had a dream about his assassination.

Beds for a Good Night’s Sleep

What’s the best way to make sure your little ones have sweet dreams all night? With comfortable, well-made youth bedroom furniture like Bolton has to offer. Bolton makes bunk beds, twin beds, storage beds, and all the kids furniture needed for a comfortable, cozy bedroom that will last from the toddler years through the teens. Click on the Dealer Locator link above to find the Bolton Furniture dealer near you.



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