Fact #5: Sleep paralysis
Hell is real and it is called sleep paralysis. It’s the stuff of true nightmares. I’ve been asleep paralysis sufferer as a kid and I can attest to how truly horrible it is. 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. It doesn’t feel like a dream, but 100% real. Studies show that during an attack, sleep paralysis sufferers show an overwhelming amygdala activity. The amygdala is responsible for the “fight or flight” instinct and the emotions of fear, terror, and anxiety. Enough said!
Fact #6: REM sleep disorder
In the state of REM (rapid-eye-movement) stage of your sleep, your body is normally paralyzed. In rare cases, however, people act out their dreams. These have resulted in broken arms, legs, broken furniture, and in at least one reported case, a house burnt down.
Fact #7: Sexual dreams
The very scientifically-named “nocturnal penile tumescence” is a very well documented phenomenon. In laymen’s term, it simply means that you get a stiffy while you sleep. Actually, studies indicate that men get up to 20 erections per dream.
Fact #8: Unbelievable Sleepwalkers
Sleepwalking is a very rare and potentially dangerous sleep disorder. It is an extreme form of REM sleep disorder, and these people don’t just act out their dreams but go on real adventures at night.
Lee Hadwin is a nurse by profession, but in his dreams, he is an artist. Literally. He “sleepdraws” gorgeous portraits, of which he has no recollection afterward. Strange sleepwalking “adventures” include:
- A woman having sex with strangers while sleepwalking
- A man who drove 22 miles and killed his cousin while sleepwalking (how is this even possible?)
- A sleepwalker who walked out of the window from the third floor, and barely survived
Fact #9: Dream drug
There are actually people who like dreaming and dreams so much that they never want to wake up. They want to continue dreaming even during the day, so they take an illegal and extremely potent hallucinogenic drug called Dimethyltryptamine. It is actually only an isolated and synthetic form of the chemical our brains produce naturally during dreaming.