Now on to the randomness. How do your dreams inspire you? I know of a lot of writers that get their work or ideas from dreams. Whether from dreams deep in REM sleep or dreams from daydreaming, I'm not sure. For me, usually nothing useful comes from my REM dreams. Daydreaming, however, is another story all together. Especially if I can control where it begins and then let my subconscious take over. Do either of these work for you?
Random Dream Facts:
- You cannot snore and dream at the same time.
- By the time we die, most of us will have spent a quarter of a century asleep, of which six years or more will have been spent dreaming—and almost all of those dreams are forgotten upon waking. (If this would include daydreaming, I'll probably double that average....for me...)
- About 80% of neonatal and newborn sleep time is REM sleep, suggesting a tremendous amount of time dreaming.
- According to Plato, dreams originate in the organs of the belly. Plato describes the liver in particular as the biological seat of dreams.
- Aside from those who experience certain kinds of injury, it’s a biological fact that everyone dreams. However, not everyone remembers his or her dreams.
- Dreams of losing teeth or having teeth extracted can signify many things, including fears of helplessness or of some sort of loss in one’s life. Women experience more teeth dreams than men. (So THAT'S why I kept having those weird dreams during my mom's divorce...)
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), like his Greek playwright predecessors, used dreams in his dramas to help advance plot and develop characters. For example, dreams in Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard the III, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear offer key psychological and symbolic insights into the motives and internal landscapes of important characters.
- People who are born blind report no visual imagery in dreams, but they experience a heightened sense of taste, touch, and smell. Those who become sightless between the ages of five and seven may have visual images in their dreams, while those who lose their vision after age seven continue to “see” in their dreams, though images tend to fade as they grow older.
- (And for anyone dreaming about Edward...) Vampires are important fixtures in folklore, and their appearance in dreams can represent our general fears and anxieties or can embody anxieties about our sexuality.
Random dream facts found at Random Facts.