We all dream. Dreams can be mysterious, bewildering, eye-opening and terrifing and yet we know so little about it. Here are seven things you might not know about dreaming.

1. You are not capable of telling the time or reading

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Have you ever read a book while dreaming? The answer will most likely be "no". The majority of people are incapable of reading in their dreams. The same goes for clocks: each time you look at a clock it will tell a different time and the hands on the clock won’t appear to be moving. So if you want to know if you are dreaming: try reading.

2. Lucid dreaming

There are some people that practise controlling their dreams. They are called lucid dreamers and are capable of amazing things like amazing things like flying, passing through walls, and traveling to different dimensions or even back in time while they are dreaming.

3. Sleep paralysis

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Sleep paralysis can result in one of the most frightening dreams. I sometimes suffer from sleep paralysis and know how horrible it is. The dream feels very incredibly real. Two characteristics of sleep paralysis are the inability to move (hence paralysis) and a sense of an extremely evil presence in the room with you. During sleep paralysis there is an increased activity in the amygdala according to research. The amygdala is the part of the brain that is responsible for the “fight or flight” instinct and the emotions of fear, terror and anxiety.

4. Dream drug

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Some people want to continue on dreaming even during the day at all costs. That is why they take an illegal and extremely potent hallucinogenic drug called Dimethyltryptamine. The drug is actually a synthetic form of the chemical our brains produce naturally during dreaming.

5. Brain activity is increased

You might think that sleep is quiet and peaceful, but you are mistaking. Actually our brains are more active during sleep than during the day, processing all information that you received during the day.

6. In dreams we can only see faces that we have seen before

It is proven that in dreams we can only see faces that we have seen in real life before. So beware: that scary-looking old lady next to you on the bus might as well be in your next nightmare.

7. Our dreams are mostly negative

Surprisingly enough, dreams tend to be more negative than positive. The three of the most widely reported emotions felt during dreaming are anger, sadness and fear. Anxiety is the most common emotion that is experienced in dreams.

Did you already know these facts? Which one did you find most surprising?

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