How Do The Blind Dream?

In a Danish study published in 2014, researchers found that congenitally blind people tend to have many more nightmares than sighted people. The congenitally blind group of participants reported that around 25% of their dreams were nightmares, compared to 7% of dreams for people with late-onset blindness, and 6% of dreams for the sighted control group. Though the reason for the increased number of nightmares is not entirely understood, scientists theorize that it's a result of blind people experiencing more threats and dangers in their everyday lives. Learn more about dreams, and nightmares, below.

How Do Blind People Dream?

One study found that for the blind, dreams are primarily auditory.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. For sighted people, dreams are primarily visual. 00:30

  2. One study found that the dreams of blind people primarily consisted of sounds. 01:00

  3. Congenitally blind people are more prone to having nightmares than sighted people or people with late-onset blindness. 01:29

Does Eating Before Bed Give You Nightmares?

Late night snackers, listen up.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. A recent study shows that 7 out of 10 people who eat junk food before bed are more likely to have nightmares. 01:03

  2. Those who suffer from acid reflux are encouraged not to eat 3 hours before bed and to keep their heads tilted at a 45 degree angle when sleeping. 01:25

  3. It may be harder for you to sleep if you don't eat enough carbohydrates before bed. 02:39

25 Things You Didn't Know About Dreams

#1. Playing video games can help with lucid dreaming.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. According to research, playing video games may be good practice for lucid dreaming. 00:04

  2. Hypnagogia is when you dream while you're awake. 04:17

  3. Men report having men in their dreams about 66% of the time, while women report dreaming about both genders equally. 06:17

Written by Curiosity Staff April 4, 2016

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