on 07:01AM at Nov 5th, 2009
So I'm in my 20's and haven't ever remembered a single dream. Literally I lay down to sleep and half a second later *click* I'm awake and it's morning - 6 hours later...
I've never had trouble sleeping but have never had any conscious notice of time passing or dreaming while I am asleep. Anyone else in the same boat?
on 12:24PM at Mar 1st, 2010
I've never heard of such a thing. Everyone dreams...just a matter of if you can remember it or not. You should go see if there's anyone who can do anything for you. Honestly, you're missing out. Dreams are such an integral part of human creativity!
on 11:49PM at Jan 10th, 2012
I'm 42 and despite people telling me that i have a near photographic memory, I have never remembered a dream. At various stages of my life I have made great effort to keep dream journals near my bed - performed little rituals to aid in memory recollection and followed all sorts of suggestions that were intended to bring on dream recall. Still nothing.
At this point - until I find evidence proving otherwise - my best conclusion is that I do not dream! I have looked into the phenomenon (as an admitted amateur) and I have yet to find any research that actually substantiates the claim that: "We all dream - most of us just don't remember."
To the best of my findings, no such research exists. The closest I can find is an old study (using an admitted overly small sample) whose conclusion states that: most dreaming occurs during REM sleep, and most people experience REM sleep every night
. This seems to be the basis of the great myth. I have found some vague references to people and circumstances that acknowledge that no dreaming occurs for some people some times - although this is generally associated with mental disorders and their treatment.
I would love to be proven wrong - these dreams people talk about seem to be a lot of fun. I am happy to accept that dreaming is the norm and not dreaming is rare - even very rare. But for now I will state with empirical evidence of a personal nature that there are people who can function quite normally in society who do not dream and never have.
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