For 90 minutes to two hours or more each night, every single person on Earth dreams.
The best creative ideas occur while we’re sleeping.
Dreams can be a rich source of inner wisdom.
Most dreams operated on the level of stories, myths and archetypes — making them a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration.
No longer dismissed by psychologists as random neuron firings or meaningless fantasies, dreams are now considered an ongoing thought process that just happens to occur while we are asleep.
In 1816, the story of Frankenstein, often cited as the world’s first science fiction novel, was inspired by a vivid nightmare..
In 1845, Howe, invented the sewing machine based on a famous dream that helped him understand the mechanical penetration of the needle.
Niels Bohr, saw the nucleus of the atom, with electrons spinning around it, much as planets spin around their sun.
Einstein As it happens came to the extraordinary scientific achievement – discovering the principle of relativity – after having a vivid dream.
Ramanujan said that, throughout his life, he repeatedly dreamed of a Hindu goddess known as Namakkal. She presented him with complex mathematical formulas over and over, which he could then test and verify upon waking. Once such example was the infinite series for Pi:
In 1886, Stevenson, dreamed up three key sequences from the infamous fantasy thriller novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Otto Loewi, a German-born pharmacologist upon awakening went directly to his lab to prove the Noble Prize-winning theory of chemical transmission of the nervous impulse.
August Kekulé, insightful dreamed of the structure of the Benzene molecule
Frederick Banting, had a dream telling him to surgically ligate (tie up) the pancreas of a diabetic dog in order to stop the flow of nourishment. He did – and discovered a disproportionate balance between sugar and insulin.
John Lennon, wrote a best-selling song — one of his most iconic solo works — based on a dream he had.
Surrealist painter Salvador Dali, has called many of his works “hand-painted dream photographs,” and one of his most famous renderings was inspired by an actual dream. “Persistence of Memory,
Paul McCartney, composed the melody for “Yesterday” — the most-covered song in music history — in a dream one night in 1964.
Edgar Allan Poe, suffered from nightmares throughout his life, and they were said to sometimes inspire his poems and short stories.
Stephen King, dreams formed the basis of the 2001 novel turned film Dream Catcher.
James Cameron, had a fever dream — there was an explosion, and coming out of it was a robot, cut in half,after he awoke, and once back in the United States, he hammered out a draft of what would become The Terminator.
Carl Jung, “The Red Book,” is a massive collection of years of Jung’s dreams, fantasies, surrealist dialogues and psychedelic drawings.Like Nolan, director
Richard Linklater, used his dreams as inspiration for some of his greatest films, including the animated film “Waking Life,”
On Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
But dreams don’t always tell a simple story, and the field of dream research becomes even more fascinating when people from different cultures and backgrounds report having similar dreams.
“Dreams are a universal language, creating often elaborate images out of emotional concepts.”
What are dreams for?
No one really knows the precise function of dreams.
We’ve evolved to dream about scary situations more than positive ones.
Dreaming sleep starts late, and can erupt into consciousness.
“During rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, our muscles become paralyzed — a good thing, since that keeps our bodies from acting out jumping, running, punching, etc.
You may not always remember your dreams, but scientists say we all dream at some point during sleep.
You can try to control the content and stickiness of your dreams — if you believe the many new smart phone apps that are available.
App-influenced dreams are exactly like the movie “Inception” — not yet, anyway.
The fewer fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field (geomagnetic activity), the more dream-inducing sleep hormone the body produces.
The more you play video games, the more control and awareness you’ll have in your dreams — like playing your “character” in your sleep,
The prefrontal cortex, which usually keeps these things in check, goes offline as you dream.
The fantasies you deny or otherwise make taboo are also likelier to play out in your sleep.
Unfortunately most of our dreams are about >
Being Chased: The fear of actually being chased, but rather what we’re running from.
Water: Our emotions or our unconscious minds.
Vehicles: What direction we feel our life is taking.
People: Dreaming of a lover.
Paralysis: Lack control in our waking life.
Death: The end of one thing, in order to make room for something new.
Falling: Letting go.
Sex: Outlet for sexual expression. Sex happens in only 4 percent of women’s dreams and 12 percent of men’s. Erotic and perverse dreams are more common among stomach sleepers than among those who favor other positions, found a Hongkongese study (face down in the pillow, privates pressed, you can imagine how).
House: The dreamer’s mind.
Baby: Represents something new.
Flying: Control we feel we have in our lives.
Money: Wining the Lotto. All problems solved or just beginning.
Are you desperate to wake up and be able to recount all your bizarre dreams to some poor friend or unsuspecting colleague?
If you want to be that person start taking Vitamin B-6.
Your dreams will be more vividly and it will help you to recall the dreams the following morning, according to a study. But hold back on those bananas as too much of the vitamin can mean you won’t get to sleep at all.
Ninety percent of us have had a nightmare in the past year.
Nightmares can be good for your mental health.
On a subconscious level, dreaming about conflicts helps to resolve inner turmoil at the times when we need to most. This is how we work through our emotions.
Oh, and incidentally, women have more nightmares than men.
Nightmares may actually result in a shorter labor, found researchers at the University of Messina in Italy. Eighty minutes, on average — that’s how much faster women with nightmares gave birth, compared to those who had pleasant dreams. (They also have a lower rate of postpartum depression.)
A day’s events often come back to us in dreams that night — but just as often, they show up a week later. It’s the “dream-lag effect.”
During REM, the hippocampus takes five to seven days to transfer select memories to long-term storage in the neocortex, found a study led by Mark Blagrove, director of the Sleep Lab at Swansea University.
This means that if you spot your ex today, next week’s dream will put him in a softer, kinder light than tonight’s.
Happy Dreams, don’t let the flees bite.