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Before Your Head Hits Your Pillow at Rittenhouse Claridge Tonight, Read These 5 Facts About Dreaming

March 6, 2014

Did you know that if you’re over ten years old, you have between four and six dreams every night? And that you forget 90% of your dreams within 10 minutes of waking? Surprised? Below, find five additional facts about dreaming. 

1. Dreams occur during periods of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. During these periods, which last between five and thirty minutes, the body is essentially paralyzed. While this may sound scary, it’s for our own safety, as it prevents us from physically acting out our dreams.

2. Every single face that makes an appearance in your dreams is one that you’ve seen before in real life, whether the face is that of your loved one or simply a passerby. This is because our brains can’t “invent” faces. Who knows? One of your neighbors at Rittenhouse Claridge might have a starring role in your next dream!

3. Can’t tell if you’re dreaming? Try to tell time or read. These two actions are impossible mid-dream.

4. Some people, especially those experiencing recurring nightmares, practice “lucid dreaming.” Through this learned skill, a person can control his or her dreams.

5. Do you have a black and white television in your living room at Rittenhouse Claridge? If so, you’re more likely to dream in black and white. In fact, according to a study, 12% of people—mostly aged 55 and up—dream in black and white. 

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