40 Interesting Dream Facts

dreamTake your time and look over these 40 interesting dream facts. Do they help you understand why you dream and your dreams? If you want help with understanding your dreams contact us today.

The “40 Interesting Dream Facts” are from the dreamdictionary, the compilation is from: http://neurolove.me/post/37125945376/40-interesting-dream-facts

  1. Every human dreams. There are tons of people who can’t remember their dreams when they wake up, but they still get them
  2. Human beings spend roughly around 6 years of their lifetime dreaming
  3. Sometimes we dream outside of our REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement)
  4. Thousands of years ago, the Egyptians were the first to create a dream dictionary in 4000 B.C.E
  5. We roughly spend around 1/3 of our lives sleeping
  6. People who suffer from a personality disorder lack dream activity
  7. Our brains tend to be way more active when we sleep, than when we’re awake
  8. Humans tend to have around 3 to 7 dreams a night. We dream around 2 to 3 hours in a whole night
  9. 90% of the dream is lost the first minute we wake up
  10. Men tend to dream about men more than women, and women dream about people of both genders
  11. Drug withdrawal can cause more intense dreams. People who also quit alcohol and smoking experience heavier dreams and nightmares
  12. You can lucid dream for up to 30 minutes if trained properly
  13. It’s impossible to dream when you’re snoring
  14. Babies don’t dream of themselves until they reach the age of 3
  15. More women than men experience deja-vu in their dreams (eg. you have been in the dream before)
  16. People who experience Sleep Paralysis hear voices and see strangers in their rooms
  17. Nightmares happen more to kids than adults
  18. Blind people dream. Their dreams are auditory if they were born blind. If they became blind at an early age, they still dream of what they remember
  19. Did you know around 100 000 drivers a year crash going in and out of sleep in their cars
  20. Thousands of people suffer from sleep apnea in America
  21. Men get erections in their REM sleep and women have an increased blood flow to their vaginas
  22. You can translate over 5000 dream symbols
  23. The word “Nightmare” was used a long time ago for a female spirit who besets people at night while sleeping
  24. On average, dogs sleep around 10 to 13 hours a day
  25. The colder your house is, the worse your dreams are. They say that if your room is at an average temperature, you have better sleeps
  26. Your body burns more calories sleeping than it does in the day time
  27. Information that we learn before we go to bed tends to stick with us longer than information any other time
  28. On average, cats sleep 10 to 15 hours a day
  29. If you avoid your sleep for more than 10 days, you will die
  30. A giraffe sleeps for only 2 hours a day
  31. Most dreams are based on visual images (Except in people who were either born blind, or who lost their sight at an early age). Occasionally, dreams will include sound and touch.
  32. The normal rules of logic do not apply in dreams. For example, the dream may be taking place in one location – then, abruptly, the dreamer is translocated to a completely different place.
  33. Most dreams occur in a house – but this is usually not your own home. The most frequently reported room is the living room. People rarely dream about their work place or school.
  34. The most frequent scenario is the dreamer plus two other people.
  35. Famous people seldom appear in our dreams. The vast majority of people dream about people who are significant to them, especially if there is an ongoing conflict.
  36. Mundane activities (such as brushing your teeth) rarely appear in dreams.
  37. Dreams tend not to be happy events, and the three most common reported emotions are anger, sadness and fear.
  38. Some themes are so common that they are reported the world over. These universal themes include the loss of a tooth, falling or flying, exhibition, arriving late for exams or other important events, and being chased or attacked.
  39. Cross-cultural research indicates that our dreams reflect normal life events in our own country and culture.
  40. There appear to be some differences in the content of dreams between the two sexes. Specifically, women are more likely to dream about their children, family or household activities; men are more likely to dream about strangers, violence, sexual activity, achievement, and outdoor events.

Credits: Facts 1-30 – http://www.dreamdictionary.org/dreaming/dream-facts/

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7 Facts about Dreams You Might Not Know



Dreams are amazing and at times leave you puzzled as to their meaning. Here are just a few facts you might not know.

Dreams reveal our subconscious, sometimes they can be completely  random and they don’t make sense, on average humans tend to have around 3  to 7 dreams a night, we dream around 2 to 3 hours in a whole night and  the most interesting thing is that a 90% of the dream is lost the first  minute we wake up, also if you have a partner who snores and keeps you  up all night, he or she mustn’t be dreaming much, since its impossible  to dream while snoring. These are just some facts and statistics about  the science of dreaming,

credit: http://positivemed.com/2013/07/11/really-cool-facts-about-dreams/

The easiest way to remember a dream is to give it a title as soon as you wake up.

1] Every person in your dream is you

The people you see in your dreams are representative of aspects of yourself. If you would see yourself in situations that you are using others for, you would immediately wake up. It would be too scary. You are using specifc other people to represent you for what they mean to you in your awake life.

2] REM sleep

Dreams occur during REM sleep. While you are in REM sleep your muscles are voluntarily paralized. So, if you have a nightmare or a bad dream and wake up it will take a few minutes for your muscles to respond

3] You dream in pictures/symbols

Remember that every dream is symbolic. You dream in pictures and symbols, but speak a language to express yourself.  That’s the reason why it is not always simple to understand your dreams. You have to learn to interpret and translate your symbols into your everyday language.

Keep in mind that the interpretation of symbols you find in ‘dream dictionaries’ give you the archetypal meaning of that symbol. Then on top there is your own personal interpretation of the symbol.

4] Lucid dreams

Lucid dreams are the dreams you can actually control, because you are aware that you dreaming even though you are still asleep.

5] Erotic dreams

Erotic dreams are a safe way to express  and explore your erotic impulses. They are actually quite common and can lead to orgasms for both men and women.

  • Men get erections during REM sleep, whether or not the man is having an erotic dream
  • Women get their genitals engorged and lubricated during an erotic dream.

6] Male and female dreams

  •  Men’s dreams are more often about strangers, violence, sexual active, achievement and outdoor events
  • Women’s dreams are often slightly longer and have more characters. Women also tend to have more nightmares than men. Women’s dream are more often about their children, family or household activities.

7] Precognitive dreams

The problem wiht precognitive dreams is that often you don’t know when your are dreaming that you are having a precognitive dream. You only find out that you had a precognitive dream after the event you dreamed of occurs.



Is There an Easy Way to Remember Your Dreams?

I just came across this interesting and helpful article by Dr. Judith Orloff (May 9/2011) with tips on how you can remember you dreams so that you can find their meaning.

Tapping the Power of Your Dreams: Strategies for Remembering and Interpreting Their Life-Changing Messages (VIDEO)

As a psychiatrist, I believe that dreams provide extraordinary insights into improving your health, relationships and career. I consult my dreams for all important decisions using a technique that I describe in “Emotional Freedom” and below. You’d be surprised by the invaluable advice that your dreams give, either spontaneously or on request.

Science magazine reports that sleeping on a problem, which results in “unconscious thought,” can lead to smarter decisions than over-thinking — especially when it comes to important choices. For instance, if you’re going crazy analyzing the pros and cons of a relationship, the Science study suggests that that won’t get you very far; rather, it proposes that you think less and sleep on the dilemma, to give your subconscious an opportunity to solve the problem.

I subscribe to the “sleep on it” school of decision-making, which involves drawing on the wisdom of dreams. Why do we dream? To find answers, resolve emotional conflicts and discharge negativity, as well as to stabilize our biochemistry and mood. However, to me, another interesting question is why we wake up. Native American and Aboriginal cultures revere dream-time over waking life; they base tribal law on information obtained there. The Maoris believe that when we die, we return to the dream world. Kalahari Bushmen say, “There is a dream, and it is dreaming us.” So, in your own life, your dreams can contain advice that goes beyond the Annals of Internal Medicine.

How To Remember And Interpret Your Dreams

I recommend the following 5 strategies to remember your dreams:

  • Keep a dream journal and pen by your bed.
  • Write a question (just one!) in the journal before sleep.
  • Wake up slowly. In the morning, spend some quiet moments remembering your dream. Luxuriate in a peaceful feeling between sleep and waking, what’s called the “hypnagogic state.” Those initial moments provide a doorway.
  • Record your dream immediately; otherwise it will evaporate. You may recall a face, object, color, scenario, feeling or emotion. It doesn’t matter if it makes perfect sense. Do not censor anything. Nothing is too “strange” or “weird.”
  • See how the dream answers your question. Act on this answer and see if your life improves.

Try this every day for a week. Keep at it. You are programming your subconscious to remember. Soon it will become second nature to you.

How do you interpret dreams? One key is to notice the most highly charged emotion in the dream — for instance, anger, fear or joy. Next, ask yourself, “Where in my life am I feeling these emotions?” Then, consider how you can heal the situation or else celebrate a success. In addition, here are some common dreams and their interpretations.

A Guide To Interpreting Common Psychological Dreams (From Emotional Freedom)

Dreams About Your Fears, Anxieties and Insecurities:

  • You’re standing buck naked in front of a group of people who are pointing at you. 
    Meaning:You feel exposed, vulnerable and unsafe about a situation.
  • You’re taking a test and panic that you don’t know the answers. 
    Meaning: You feel unprepared to meet a challenge or solve an emotional dilemma.
  • You’re being chased by a horrifying pursuer. 
    Meaning:You’re trying to escape a scary person or emotion (past or present) instead of facing it.
  • You lose your wallet and are stranded without credit cards or cash. 
    Meaning: You’re afraid that you’re without the emotional resources to cope with one or more aspects of your life.
  • Your teeth fall out, crack or decay. 
    Meaning: You feel that a source of power has been taken away in your life; you can’t bite back or assert your needs in a situation. Also you may experience a lack of energy or nurturing from others. (Without strong teeth, it’s hard to chew food and assimilate its nutrients necessary for vitality).
  • You’re wandering around lost, unable to find your way home. 
    Meaning: You lack a sense of inner or outer direction. You don’t know how to get back on track with a situation or relationship and don’t feel emotionally supported.

Dreams Affirming Your Strengths, Emotional Achievements and Largeness of Spirit:

  • You’re able to fly, a natural, joyous feeling. 
    Meaning: You’re empowered, creative and unfettered by the drag of negativity.
  • You triumph over impossible odds; for example, there is a flood, landslide or a war and you survive.
    Meaning: You have the courage, strength and heart to overcome difficult emotional obstacles.
  • You give birth or watch someone give birth. 
    Meaning:You’re coming into your own, thriving. It’s a time of new beginnings for relationships, career or revitalizing health and emotions.
  • You feel vibrant, eating (not overeating) a delicious meal in good company. 
    Meaning: You’re nourishing yourself emotionally, and others are nourishing you.
  • You’re getting married or celebrating someone else’s wedding. 
    Meaning: You’re becoming whole! Your physical, emotional and spiritual sides are becoming integrated. You’re ready for more of an emotional commitment to yourself, your work or another person.

Dreams let you pinpoint an emotional conflict so that you can solve it. For instance, if you’re standing naked before a group of jeering co-workers, ask yourself, “Might I have feelings of being exposed or berated at work?” Then take steps to feel more protected in that environment. Or if, in a dream, you’re wandering aimlessly, consider, “Where am I lost in my life, and how can I find my way?” Also, it’s crucial to honor the messages of encouragement that dreams send. Emotional freedom comes from removing blocks as well as acknowledging your own clarity and power.

How Effective is Dream Counseling by Phone?

Telephone Dream Counselling

Telephone Dream Counselling

People often ask if Dream Counseling is better done in person or by phone and which one is better?

How can I actually assist somebody via the phone with a dream-related question? And it appears the answer is both simple and surprising. Recently a young man phoned, and asked if I could help him with a family-related dream that he couldn’t seem to let go of. After a short conversation and dream description, he spontaneously talked about his associations, past family problems, and various feelings that the dream has evoked. Finally he expressed great appreciation, and further told me that the insights obtained through me acting as a “dream-window” were further enhanced by the fact that he and I had never actually met, resulting in a non-threatening objective environment for him. The result – a new enhanced insight into his feelings, guilt, and anxieties regarding his long-term family relationships. He now hopes that the dream, now better understood and acted upon, will have lost it’s power over him, and should now also fade from his consciousness as well as future dreaming.

We started the conversation as complete strangers, but by the time of our friendly goodbyes, some safe and trustworthy feedback has resulted in a new personal insight for a young dreamer.

Is telephone dream counseling possible? Judge for yourself!

Learn How You Can Control Your Dreams

Who needs to spend years of one’s life studying university-level Psychology in order to become truly knowledgeable of one’s innermost beliefs,values, and dream interpretive skills? After all, we all have access to the wisest, truest, and most easily accessable teacher in the world – our personal dreams!



A recent Scientific American article, “How Can You Control Your Dreams”, discusses this theme in a simple, short, accurate, and very readable format. A quick overview of this article makes it immediately clear that each of us has access to the world’s best dream analyst/therapist – our own personal dreams! And with a simple little practice, meditation, and direction, each of us has the potential of developing world-class skills in not only remembering and comprehending our dreams, but furthermore, taking this path one step further, and learning to use, control, and direct our dreams towards true inner growth and transcendence.

Many of us find it tough to do this on our own. I would be more than happy to help you in this endeavour. I offer a 20 minute FREE consultation.

Check it out. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised!

Why Do Nightmares Rerun?

face your nightmare

face your nightmare

Why do we have nightmares and how can we stop them? Part of the problem is that “We take our problems to sleep and we work through them during the night”. By taking care of your nightmares while awake, helps eliminate them from our sleep.

In today’s Globe & Mail newspaper in the “Social Studies” section was this small blurb from the Wall Street Journal. I could not find the article online, so I am copying it from the printed newpaper.

” ‘We take our problems to sleep and we work through them during the night,” says Rosalind Cartwright, an emeritus professor of neuroscience at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who has spent nearly 50 years studying sleep and dreams. Her new boo, The Twenty-four Hour Mind, explains that the mind latches on to some thread of unfinished emotional business from the day. Then, in REM sleep (the rapid-eye movement period when most dreaming occurs), it calls up bits of older memories that are somehow related, and melds them together. ‘That’s why dreams look so peculiar. You have old memories and old memories Scotch-plaided into each other,” she says. ‘They are emotional connections rather than logical ones.” Usually, people work through the most negative emotions first, and their dreams become more positive as the night goes on … But nightmares interrupt that process; people usually wake up before the frightening emotion is resolves, so the dream keeps repeating.”

So how do I stop a nightmare from reoccurring, is the logical question? The answer is: It is quite simple to stop a nightmare, but not as easily done alone as we need some help confronting the “monster”. Once we understand the meaning of the nightmare and have confronted the “monster” in the waking state, we have taken away its power and the nightmare will not return.

Talking to a dream guide about your nightmare can free you from it. Give it a try today. We offer a free 20 minute phone introductory consultation.

What Do Dreams Really Mean from CNN



Earlier this year I came across this interesting article on CNN about what dreams really mean. We all have dreams, but we don’t always remember them. The dreams we remember have a message for us, the ones we can’t recall have served their purpose and have let them go.

The key thing to remember is that the same dream can have a totally different meaning for another person. Dream interpretation is very specific to each individual, so books that tell you the meaning of a dream symbol might not always be accurate depending on your life experience with that symbol.

Here at Dream Guide we don’t interpret your dream, rather we guide you to interpret your own dream as you are the only one who can truly interpret your own dream. If you have repetitive and scary dreams, understanding them can completely eliminate them, so that they never come back.

What are your experiences with your dreams, we’d love to hear from you.

Baby Dreams? Sigmund Might Not Agree

Recently my wife, Marlies, awakened from a normal night’s sleep relating what she considered a strange and untimely dream. Having just celebrated her 57th birthday, Marlies found it unusual that she should have such a powerful, visual, and emotional dream about suddenly becoming pregnant and giving birth to a beautiful healthy baby. Her first question was: “Mal, why would I, at this stage of my post-menopausal life, suddenly dream about babies?”


Of course, a conventional Freudian interpretation would probably view this sort of dream in a sexual perspective. However my observation and experience has clearly illustrated otherwise.While personal sexuality might be a factor in this sort of dream, I have found that universally baby dreams are subconscious inner statements regarding personal creativity, change, and growth. There are, in fact, no universal interpretations, because these dreams are by their nature subjective, individual, and personal. However by viewing “the baby” as a new and original creation, the deeper and personal significance of this genre of dream is amazingly easy to comprehend and work with.

I recommend a few simple steps;

  1. Immediately recall the dream on awakening, and write down a short summary of the dream as soon as possible.
  2. If possible, discuss the dream with your mate, or other close friend.
  3. Focus on the emotion (s) that the dream, characters, format, etc evoked.
  4. Ask yourself what associations come to mind with the dream imagery.
  5. Finally analyze your “post-dream” feelings following steps 1-4. Is there a sense of change, growth, insight, release etc? Answers to serious/long-standing life traumas, conflicts, and crises often spontaneously appear thanks to your inner teacher.

I have found that following these few simple steps generally results in universal insight, liberation,and growth. This technique applies equally well to nightmares,violent, destructive and repetitive/reoccurring dreams. Who would have thought that getting pregnant, giving birth, and raising a baby could be the equivalent to a University degree in “Self-knowledge”!

Listen to dreams, blossom, flower and liberate your full persona!

A Note from Marlies:

The thing that struck me the most of the dream that I was fighting the idea of having a baby while I was dreaming. I tried to stop the dream from going in the baby direction a number of times, but it always went back to it.

When I woke up in the morning, I realized that the baby was not a real baby but a symbol of something creative and new was on the way and my dream was giving me a heads up signal.

“Are You Dreaming?!!”



How many times in your life has this terrifying question been thrown at you. But now consider what this accusation really means and signifies.

Whether it is spoken by:  mother, father, sister, brother, priest, teacher, etc etc etc, the intention is generally similar —an accusation of being different or unusual from the socially accepted norm.

For example, if you happened to see an unidentified flying object slowly hovering over a neighbour’s house could very easily be accepted by mommy as only “imagination”, or “silliness”, or even “fibbing”! But perhaps the actual experience is real, and whatever the UFO might actually be, you really did see it!

Are you dreaming? I should hope so! Because, in reality, the act of dreaming is actually the ultimate act of creativity, Whether the dreamer is dreaming unconsciously (sleep), or consciously (fantasy) the truth is that the ultimate experience of human creative genius manifests through the dream. Without the dream there could be no evolution, no better future,and no personal spiritual development.

So the next time you are accosted by: “are you dreaming”?  remember what this truly means, and proudly respond: “I sure hope so!”

Until the next dream,


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Dreaming Within A Dream

Is it possible to dream that you are dreaming? And if so, what does it mean? Recently I experienced a very unusual and interesting nighttime dream. Although my dream itself was nothing unusual, it did offer me a new and potentially educational scenario and inner learning potential.

Without going into unnecessary detail, my “weird” dream began with me asleep. As I was sleeping, I became aware that I also was dreaming that a couple of acquaintances had accidentally blown themselves up resulting in the death of one of them. As my dream progressed, I increasingly became aware of my “dream-within a dream”, and attempted to prevent the activity and possible death of my friend. To make a long story short, I never succeeded in this attempt, and my”dream-within a dream” ended up actually occurring.

So what, you might ask? Is this psychic knowledge? Is this a warning? Or is this truly “nonsense”. For me, none of these potential meanings resonated. But this dream turned out to be truly significant and educational. Dreaming is such a subjective and personal phenomenon, that this dream for me proved to be a means of both philosophical and spiritual insight, resulting in a much improved knowledge of my own personal beliefs about free will and control/influence of significant others, EVEN IF I MIGHT KNOW BETTER! My “dream-within a dream” was actually was actually teaching me that I have no moral right to enforce my beliefs and/or will on anybody but myself…

And I learned this valuable lesson not from any formal course, lesson, or expert, but simply from dreaming a “dream-within a dream” paying attention, and acting upon my new-found inner knowledge! Every time you remember a dream, regardless of how small,silly, or seemingly insignificant the dream might appear, the potential is also there for new, true and deep personal insight and growth.

Please contact me if you too wish to learn more about yourself.