Saturday, December 11, 2010

10 Recurring Dreams & What They Mean

Since the previous post talks about sleeping, let me share something related to sleeping now then — Dream.

This is not plagiarize or what since it is there to share with public. Anyway, I would eventually talk straight to the main points because the actual article is very long and I think nobody will actually go to look at it if I just simply add the link here.

Alright should we start now? ^^


Do you ever have really, really weird dreams? Events and emotions in your waking life trigger your dreams. If you repeatedly have the same dream, your subconscious is trying to send you a message.

In fact, most of the recurring dreams on this list might be more accurately described as nightmares. Perhaps this is because scary dreams are more memorable.

1. Chased

If you dream you are being chased – you are probably trying to get away from something.

You are running away from or trying to hide from something you need to face. It could be a feeling you are avoiding, a conflict you don’t want to handle or a difficult memory you would rather forget.

2. Falling

Falling is definitely a sign that you are out of control. These dreams signify a loss of control as well as “a sudden lack of foundation in your life, such as a situation where ‘the rug is pulled out’ from under you”.

3. Lost or Unprepared

If you are dreaming about being lost or unprepared, you probably feel unprepared or lost in your real life. If you can’t get your locker open, can’t find your classroom or your house; or, you’re late for something (a test, a train, a meeting) then you find yourself in this category.

School, career, even a new home – these settings all represent change.

To dream that you are late for something — You are fear of change and your anxiety about seizing an opportunity. You may feel unready or unworthy in your current circumstances. You may also be conflicted over decisions about your future.

Dreams about being at school often — You are feeling insecure about your social status, your abilities or your performance in a situation.

Dreams about locks — You are frustrated and need to express your feelings about a situation in real life.

Dream that takes place in school may also be a metaphor for the lessons you are learning in your life.

Dream of a school locker — Hidden feelings and thirst for knowledge.

4. Public Exposure

If you have recurring dreams that you are naked in public, you are afraid you will be exposed. Is there something you are hiding? When you are naked in a dream, you are revealing the real you.

5. How's Your Dental Plan?

You feel something hard rolling around in your mouth and spit it out, only to discover it is one of your own teeth. Or, you look in the mirror and your teeth are all missing. Have you had this dream?

This dream would be that you are feeling that things are decaying or falling apart in your life. Dreams about losing teeth are common and suggest the dreamer feels powerless or out of control in a real life situation.

There are 2 additional interpretations :

i. You are having difficulties related to self esteem and speaking your mind.

ii. It could be time to see a dentist.

6. Going Nowhere

Dream that you are moving in slow motion — You are currently facing hardships and obstacles.

Dreams of paralysis — You are feeling unable to make progress of your own accord in your life, or in a particular situation or you’re feeling held back. Perhaps even feeling self-sabotaged.

7. Flying

Dreams about flying — “Freedom of expression”, “doing the impossible”, and “creativity”.

But what if your superhero dreams go south? See dream no.2 (Falling).

8. Wet Dreams

If you regularly dream that you are drowning, large waves wash over you, or floodwaters rise over you – You might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by something in your life.

Drowning indicates overwhelming circumstances in real life, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, or something feeling out of control.

One huge wave could represent a challenge in your life.

A flood might represent feeling like you are ‘over your head’ or things are out of control somehow in your life.

9. Excuse me, where's the washroom?

Have you had a dream that something like you search for a bathroom but when you get there, the toilets are either broken or missing completely? Or you wait in line for a long time, but when it’s your turn, the stall doors are all gone?

To dream that you are in a public restroom with no stallsYou're frustrated about getting enough privacy.

10. Trapped

What about you dream that you are locked in a room, trapped in a mine, or buried alive in a box? Did you? If so, then there is some aspect of your waking life that makes you feel trapped or claustrophobic. Did you make the wrong career choice? Is there a mountain of debt on top of you, stifling the lifestyle that you thought you would have?

To dream you are caged — You may feel like you cannot change your situation and are feeling trapped by it.

This type of dream indicates “you may feel like you are not being allowed to live up to your full potential because somebody is holding you back”.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Things You Didn't Know About Sleep

1. What goes on when you sleep :
     Your brain recharges --> Your cells repair themselves --> Your body releases important hormones

2. You need different amounts of sleep depending on your age :
     Babies --> 16 hours
     3~12 --> 10 hours
     13~18 --> 10 hours
     19~55 --> 8 hours
     Over 65 --> 6 hours

3. Men have dreams about other men 70% of the time. But women dream about women and men equally.

4. We can only dream about faces we have already seen, whether we actively remember them or not.

5. Parasomnia is a type of sleep disorder that makes you do unnatural movements, despite being sleep.
    Crimes committed on parasomnia include :
            Sleep driving, Writing bad checks, Murder, Child molesting, Rape.

6. 12% of people dream only in black and white. This number use to be higher but since the advent of color television, more people dream in color than before.

7. Dreaming is normal. People who do not dream generally have personality disorders.

8. Sleep positions may determine your personality. The most common positions :
    a. Fetal (41%) - People are gruff initially, but have warm and open hearts.
    b. Log (15%) - Social butterflies.
    c. The Yearner (13%) - Perceived as open, but truly suspicious.
    d. Soldier (8%) - Reserved.
    e. Freefall (7%) - Fun and fantastic at parties.
    f. Starfish (5%) - Excellent listeners.

9. 1 in 4 married couples sleep in separate beds.

10. British soldiers were the first to develop a method in staying up 36 hours without sleep. When fatigued, they put on special visors that emulated the brightness of a sunrise and it woke them up.

11. Longest sleeping mammals :
           22 hours a day - Koalas
           19.9 hours a day - Brown bat
           18 hours a day - Pangolins

      Shortest sleeping mammals :
           1.9 hours a day (in 5~10 minute sessions) - Giraffes
           3.09 hours a day - Roe deer
           3.1 hours a day - Asiantic elephant

12. When dolphins sleep, only half of their brain shuts down. The other half stays awake to help with breathing cycles.

13. You'll die from sleep deprivation before food deprevation. It takes 2 weeks to starve, but 10 days without sleep can kill you.

14. Blind people can still see images in dreams. Those born blind experience dreams involving emotion, sound, smell, and touch instead of sight.

15. Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten. Within 10 minutes, 90% is gone.

16. 1 out of 50 teenagers still wet their beds.