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10 Fun Facts About Dreams From An Expert Interpreter

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Dreaming is a mysterious act. A mashup of stories that your brain is telling you while you’re asleep, working with images, feelings, and memories. For insights on understanding the mindboggling world of dreams, we turn to the expert dream interpreter, Jane Teresa. Below, she’s presented “10 Fun Facts About Dreams”. I’m particularly drawn towards Fact #9. Who isn’t guilty of this one?

Jane Teresa’s 10 Fun Facts About Dreams:

Fun Fact #1.
Your dream symbols represent something about you. One way to discover their meaning is to have a chat with them while you are awake. Turn off your sensible editing mind, and chat fast. The symbol will soon reveal itself. For example, imagine you dreamed of a bouncy ball. Your chat might go something like this:

  • Hello ball!
  • (Ball) Bounce, bounce!
  • How are you feeling today?
  • (Ball) Bouncy!
  •  In my dream you were way too bouncy! You wouldn’t stay still. 
  • (Ball) Bit like you really then, hey?

The ball in this dream represents the dreamer’s overly bouncy attitude, too much for some people, and perhaps the dreamer really needs to find some stillness.

Fun Fact #2.
In an 8-hour sleep, you have about 5 dreams, and the last is usually the longest.

Fun Fact #3.
When you feel fear in a nightmare, your brain releases fear hormones into your bloodstream, which is why you can wake up in a lather of sweat, or, the opposite, frozen in fear, with your heart racing or with goosebumps on the back of your neck. When you wake up feeling all the real symptoms of physiological fear, it’s easy to believe that something scary really did happen. Such bad dreams or nightmares ask us to name and face our fears so that we can move forward in life.

Fun Fact #4.
You can enjoy all your senses in a dream: you can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. If you don’t remember ever tasting something in a dream, just reading this, and thinking about it, may trigger a tasty dream tonight.

Fun Fact #5.
Have you ever had a dream where you got outrageously mad at someone? So mad that you were quite violent? Or so mad that you shouted so hard that you ran to the end of your breath? People who tend to hold back their anger, often release it in their dreams. It can feel really good, but you might like to explore why you find it difficult to talk about what makes you angry. When you work with dreams, it often turns out that the person you’re most angry with is yourself.

Fun Fact #6.
What’s the most fun you can have in a dream? If you wake up to the fact that you’re dreaming but stay in the dream, you can take control and do whatever you want, knowing it’s a dream. Most people begin with flying. Because you’re still in the dream state, you have a full sensory experience. Flying seems real, a huge elation, even though you know you’re safely tucked up in bed. After flying, well, you can choose whatever other fun you want to indulge in.

Fun Fact #7.
 If you stop someone from dreaming – which you can do in a sleep lab, letting them sleep but waking them up whenever they begin to dream – they become extremely sick. Animals subjected to dreamless sleep in the lab eventually die. It turns out that dreaming is physiologically necessary for our health and wellbeing, whether we remember them or not.

Fun Fact #8.
 Dreams can incorporate external stimuli into their storylines. Is there a mosquito biting your neck while you sleep? Your dreaming brain may turn that into someone pricking you with a pin, or threatening to chop your head off, or giving you a tattoo. You might wake from your dream and put two and two together, but don’t brush off the dream. It’s significant and meaningful to explore what your dreaming brain made of the intrusion.

Fun Fact #9.
When you have sex in a dream with someone you probably shouldn’t have sex within waking life – your boss, for example – there’s no need to feel ashamed, to avert your eyes from your boss, to wonder whether your boss had the same dream, to worry that you have a secret desire or that you’re flirting with being unfaithful to your partner. Your dream sex partner represents something about you, something you’re getting intimate with. If the dream sex partner is someone you know, think about their personality or approach to life. If you decide, for example, that the person is adventurous and risk-taking, then maybe you’ve been embracing a more adventurous, risk-taking approach. Interpreting the rest of the dream will help you to see whether this is a good thing or not such a good thing.

Fun Fact #10.
Eating cheese before bed doesn’t give you nightmares, contrary to what you may have been told. If you find a late-night bite of cheese difficult to digest, you may have a more fitful sleep. We are at our most wakeful at the end of a dream, so if you are tossing and turning with indigestion you are most likely to wake up just after a dream. Eventually, when morning comes, you might say you had more dreams than usual, and blame it on the cheese, but you actually had the same number of dreams as usual but, this time, you were more aware of them.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these factoids. If you’re interested in taking a deeper dive into your personal dream patterns, schedule a session with Jane at janeteresa.com/.

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Shannan Slevin

Shannan Slevin is a leading expert in driving organizational, community, and individual well-being. She pulls from a wide range of methodologies with a background in Communications, Astrology, Pilates, Yoga, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, Integrative Health Coaching, Nutrition, and Mindful Leadership. Shannan has taught more than 5,000 students, including high-integrity CEOs, Venture Capitalists, entrepreneurs, business owners, and C-suite executives—she encourages self-awareness, creativity, and consciousness through all of her endeavors.

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