What happens to consciousness and how it forms “pictures” for us in a dream is of interest to many people, including scientists. In the course of long studies and studies of sleep, some things have been found that can affect what happens after you close your eyes.
1. Sleep on your stomach
Sleeping on your stomach leads to erotic dreams. Studies confirm that people who sleep on their stomachs are more likely to have erotic dreams than people who sleep in other positions. This is due to the fact that people sleeping on their stomachs have more rapid breathing, which increases the likelihood of erotic dreams. Even more interesting is the fact that such erotic dreams are dreamed of with the participation of celebrities.
2. These different nightmares.
Genetic features of scary dreams. Scientists have proven that twins can not only have the same interests and habits, but also have the same number of scary dreams. So, almost 2700 identical twins and 4200 non-identical twins participated in the study. The study found that identical twins are twice as likely to have nightmares in their sleep than twins.
3. Earth’s magnetic field affects our dreams
It is possible that the Earth’s magnetic field has an effect on people’s dreams. Psychologist Darren Lipinski recorded his dreams for eight years and came to the conclusion that low levels of geomagnetic activity caused rather strange dreams, and when geomagnetic activity was high, the dreams were more normal and reasonable. Such conclusions, of course, are drawn, but they served as an impetus for further research.
4. Black and white TV – black and white dreams
Trying to think in black and white may seem impossible, but a 2008 study by psychology student Eva Murzun from the University of Dundee showed that the television we watched as children had a huge impact on the color of our sleep. Murzun found that her respondents, aged 55 and over, dreamed in black and white 20% of the time. Children who consistently see black-and-white television between the ages of 3 and 10 dream in grayscale, according to the study. Other studies have shown that since 1960, 83 percent of the population has been dreaming in color. This time coincides with the advent of color television.
5. The influence of cheese on our dreams
It can be a bit difficult to digest, but studies have shown that different types of cheese can interfere with our dreams. All cheeses contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which can help promote sleep and reduce stress levels. A study conducted by the British cheese company Cheese Board showed that subjects who ate cheddar cheese had dreams with celebrities, people who ate blue silton had strange dreams and sometimes nightmares. People who ate red lancashire had nostalgic dreams about their families and childhood, while those who ate blue lancashire had dreams mostly related to their work.
6. The effect of sounds and smells on sleep
Our mind interprets the noises around us while we sleep and makes them part of our dreams. This means that sometimes in our dreams we hear the sounds of reality that make sense to our subconscious. Studies show that people who hear music but are asleep at that moment adapt it to sleep, for example, they dream of a concert, or the phone rings.