The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of my book What Your Dreams Are Telling You: Unlocking Solutions While You Sleep coming out Sept. 1, 2013, published by Chosen Books.
I hear people say, “Well, I don’t dream at night.” Research shows that except in a few cases of injury (and you are probably not one of those cases), everyone has about four dreams each night. Those deprived of dreams actually become irritable, have difficulty concentrating and hallucinate. Even more significant, if you were deprived of both food and dreams, you would die sooner from a lack of dreams.
You will spend about one-third of your life sleeping and have over 1,400 dreams each year. That means by the time you are forty (about half of your life), you will have had over 56,000 dreams. About 80 percent of the time that babies are sleeping, they are dreaming. The rest of us dream about every 90 minutes that we are asleep throughout the night. Unfortunately, within five minutes of waking up you usually forget half of your dream, and within ten minutes, 90 percent is gone.
It is inaccurate, therefore, when people say, “I don’t have dreams.” More accurately, people who think they do not dream are just not remembering their dreams when they wake up. But this can be changed!
By the time we die, most of us will have spent a quarter of a century asleep, of which six years or more will have been spent dreaming. Sleep is so much more than just a time to rest your body. It is also a time to receive messages that can help you when you are awake. Why waste this time merely sleeping? Use it to receive the information you need to live a more successful, satisfied life!