You standing alone in the dark, stormy night and your heart is pumping like a drum. A murderer is following you in a black coat and you are his next victim. When your body is shivering and you hardly can walk, you still running for the life. Then suddenly…you wake up. Sounds familiar? This is one of the most common dream seen all over the world. Dreams and questions associated with it have always been a mystery from the beginning. Why we dreams? What they mean? The list of questions is long, but the answers are blurred. The following are the 10 most fascinating facts about dreams.
Inventions inspired by dreams
Dreams have always been inspiration for writers. But some dreams inspired for the discoveries and inventions. One dream inspired Madame C.J. Walker to invent hair products that made her the first female American self-made millionaire. Elias Howe invented the sewing machine inspired from one of his dream. Some other discoveries are; The idea of Google - Larry page Alternating current generator - Tesla DNA's double helix spiral form - James Watson Periodic table - Dimitri Mendeleyev
Premonition dreams are to see the glitch of future. There are many cases where people claim they saw some event prior to its occurrence in their dream. You can say it is a coincidence but they claim that the things happened exactly in a same way that they saw in their dreams. Some of the famous premonition dreams are: Abraham Lincoln dreamt of his assassination . 19 verified precognitive dreams about the Titanic catastrophe . Mark Twain's dream of his brother's demise. Many of the victims of 9/11 had dreams warning them about the catastrophe.
DMT (A Dream drug
Some people have such addiction to dreams so that they create them artificially by using a drug known as DMT. "DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) is a chemical created in trace amounts by the pineal gland during normal metabolism, and may be released in massive amounts during birth, death, hallucinations and dreams" says Dr. Rick Strassman. It is illegal and most wanted psychedelic drug which is rare to acquire. In an experiment with this intense psychoactive compound between 1990-1995, Dr. Strassman found some subjects experienced alien abduction, mystical, religious and saw things which was not there.
Dreaming can help you learn
Remember the movie "The Matrix" where Neo got all his training through dreams. To learn things while dreaming may sound fictional, but it is not. A study found that dreaming about a task we've learned is associated with improved performance in that activity. In an experiment in 2010, 99 participants were asked to navigate virtual maze on a computer screen. Half of them then allowed to sleep after the task and half were not allowed. That study found students who dreamed about a computer maze task they had learned showed a 10-fold improvement compared to participants who didn't dream.
Men vs Women Dreams
Despite there are some common dreams, they varied depending on gender. A women's dream world is different than a men's dream world. Women tend to see more frequent and nightmares than men, and more likely to remember their dreams as compared to men. When 67% characters of men's dream are other men, 48% characters in women's dream are other women. When men often dream about aggressive encounters with other men, women more often dream about family and familiar surroundings.