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15 interesting things that happen to you in a dream

Вещи, которые происходят с вами во сне

Sleep (Latin somnus) is a natural physiological process of staying in a state with a minimum level of brain activity and a reduced response to the surrounding world, inherent in mammals, birds, fish and some other animals, including insects (for example, Drosophila).

In addition, the word “dream” refers to a sequence of images (formed during the so-called “fast sleep” phase) that a person can remember (see also a dream). Physiologically, normal sleep differs from other states similar to it - suspended animation (the so-called "hibernation" in animals), hypnotic sleep, coma, fainting, lethargic sleep.

Most people sleep about a third of their lives. But, oddly enough, we know very little about the lesson that we spend so much time on. There are separate clinics that help people with sleep disorders, and a lot of medical research focused on the incredible things that happen when we fall asleep. About fifteen of them we will tell today.

1. You are excited

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It may seem to you that you are excited in a dream because of your fantasies, but there is a more scientific explanation for this phenomenon. During the fast phase of sleep, your brain is so active that it requires more oxygen. As a result, blood flow in the body increases. And you know very well what the rush of blood leads to the lower body. In a dream, both men and women are excited. In rare cases, some people even have sex in a dream or exhibit other sexual activity - a phenomenon known as sexnia.

2. You think your head exploded

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You probably haven’t even heard of exploding head syndrome, but this is the strangest thing that can happen to us in a dream. People who experience this crazy phenomenon hear stunning fictitious sounds (such as a bomb blast) right before falling asleep or waking up. Horror! In fact, people who suffer from this syndrome often have high levels of stress and fear. It is believed that instead of “turning off” before bedtime, the brain cells responsible for sound are triggered simultaneously, which creates an explosion of energy, which the brain takes for a loud sound. Fortunately, this syndrome is not very widespread.

3. Or just send a message right away

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A new phenomenon that appeared due to abundant SMS correspondence. Yes, a nightmare when you accidentally send a message to the wrong person is a reality for some people when they go to bed. This is a growing phenomenon among adolescents and those who are constantly in touch during the day. To protect yourself from this disaster, just remove the phone from the bedroom, or at least away from the bed.

4. You can still talk

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About 5 percent of people speak in a dream, but this harmless disorder is more common among children than among adults, and more often among men than women. Most people do not remember what they talked about in a dream, but many of us know from our own experience that these conversations are very strange!

5. You can even walk

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Perhaps you either walk in a dream yourself, or you know someone who does this - after all, this is a fairly common phenomenon. Usually it manifests itself early at night, when the body falls into a semi-conscious state, right before the REM phase. Scientists are still trying to find out why some people go in a dream, while others do not. Of course, walking in a dream can be dangerous, so contrary to popular belief, a person in this state can not only be awakened, but even necessary.

6. You secrete growth hormone

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When we were children, we were always kicked out of bed early so that we slept all night - and there are many reasons. One of them is for us to grow and develop. When we sleep, the secretion of growth hormone in the pituitary gland reaches a peak. This hormone, which is obviously responsible for the growth of muscles and bones. It is also important for regulating the metabolism and stimulation of collagen, which gives skin youth

7. It seems to you that you are falling

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A common but rather strange thing that 70% of people experience is that you experience a feeling of falling right before you fall asleep or wake up. Also known as hypnagogic twitching, this sleep disturbance can be caused by the remaining energy, which is manifested by random movements. There is also a version that this is the result of brain confusion - it seems to him that you are falling, because all the muscles are relaxing, and he makes them strain to “catch” you.

8. Your dreams are repeated over and over

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Have you ever had the same dream over and over again? Do not worry, you are not alone. Many people experience recurring dreams, and perhaps it's time to pay attention to them. It is believed that recurring dreams symbolize unresolved problems that we encounter while awake. Although a dream does not always specifically indicate what is happening in your life, it most likely includes significant topics. For example, when you worry about a failure in

9. You blow gas

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When you sleep, your body relaxes, and with it the muscles. Unfortunately, this also applies to the anal sphincter. Because of this, gases escape more easily. This fact may confuse you the next time you are planning to go to bed with your other half, but do not worry - fortunately, we do not smell in a dream!

10. Your sense of smell is dull

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You can wake up and smell the divine smell of a delicious breakfast and coffee, but these wonderful smells cannot wake you up. Because we do not smell in a dream. The cause is not exactly known, although this may be due to the loss of contextual incentives. Therefore, it is so important to get a fire alarm. Even if the smell is very harsh, you cannot smell it if you sleep. Although some people dream of smells, they are actually created by the brain.

11. You solve problems

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Have you ever gone to bed with an unresolved puzzle in your head, and woke up with an answer? This, oddly enough, is not uncommon, and explains the phrase "morning is wiser." Although it may seem to you that your brain is resting during sleep, it actually focuses on solving problems that haunted you during the day. Researchers believe that sleep provides access to a network of associations in the head, which allows you to solve a problem (this is called “activating a wide network”).

12. You are paralyzed

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During the REM sleep phase, the muscles in your hands are temporarily paralyzed. This is actually very useful. Can you imagine that you dreamed that you were beating someone while you were lying next to your soulmate? Although this temporary paralysis occurs with everyone, some people have a condition called "sleep paralysis" - in this case, paralysis lasts several minutes after waking up. Sleepy paralysis is not dangerous, but, of course, quite scary for those who experience it.

13. You are losing weight

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Sleep is a kind of short post. You do not absorb anything in a dream, but at the same time lose water by sweating and exhaling moist air. This leads to a slight weight loss, especially if you manage to snatch seven or eight hours of sleep. In fact, in a dream, an average person burns about 60 calories per hour. This is a little, but ultimately leads to a result, if you do not forget about healthy eating and sports.

14. Your eyes move quickly

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If you ever watched a sleeping man, you probably noticed how his eyeballs move under closed eyelids. Pretty scary, right? The eyes move quickly from side to side during the REM phase (BDG phase, “fast eye movements”), and this is logical. This is the phase when you have dreams, so that your eyes just adjust to changing the scene or image in a dream. This is not the same as looking around in a dream - in this case we are talking about brain activity during a change in the concept of sleep. This explains why even blind people experience BDG in a dream!

15. You delete useless information

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The amount of information that the brain absorbs every day is uncountable. As soon as you go outside in the morning, the brain immediately begins to absorb the colors around you, the voices of passers-by and a bunch of other information that you do not need to remember. If you remembered all this, your brain would be overloaded, and it would be difficult for you to remember really necessary things. Fortunately, the brain sorts all this information while you sleep, and erases the unnecessary.


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