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99 Interesting Facts About . . .Dreams

  1. Various famous authors attribute their classics to dreams. For example, Mary Shelly claimed inspiration for Frankenstein came directly from her Children who watched black and white television are more likely to dream in monochromenightmares and Robert Lewis Stevenson accredited his classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to the same.

  2. Those who watched black-and-white television as youngsters tend to have more monochrome dreams than children who watched color television.

  3. Ancient Hebrews are unique in that they did not believe dreams originated in the realm of the dead, but that they were prophetic messages from God. Therefore, and unlike their neighboring societies, they did not actively seek to induce dreams. An entire section of the Talmud is devoted to systematic analysis of dreams, nightmares, and visions.

  4. One of the most infamous precognitive dreams in history was President Lincoln's in 1865. The president envisioned his own demise just a few days before he was assassinated in Ford?s Theater on April 14, 1865.

  5. Lucid dreaming occurs when there is a state of partial or complete awareness during the dream state. Researchers have begun to explore the possibility of using lucid dreaming for the treatment of nightmares and other therapeutic purposes. An oneironaut is someone who lucidly dreams. The first reference to lucid dreaming is Aristotle?s On Dreams.

  6. Morpheus is the principle Greek god of dreams and sleep. His name is from the Greek word morphe, meaning ?he who forms, shapes, and molds.? Hypnos, the god of sleep, is his father; Pasithea is his mother; and Thanatos, the personification of death, is his uncle.

  7. Chronic smokers who suddenly quit report more vivid dreams than they had when they smoked.

  8. If a dreamer is awakened directly from REM sleep, he or she is more likely to remember the dream than if awoken during another stage of sleep or after a complete night?s sleep.

  9. When deprived of dreams, individuals become irritable and disoriented, hallucinate, and show signs of psychosis. They will also dream excessively the first chance they get in a phenomenon known as ?REM rebound.?