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Dreams! What Do They Actually Mean?

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“It’s said that time heals all wounds, but my research suggests that time spent in dream sleep is what heals”―Dr. Matthew Walker

Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to rest our brain and physical health each day. Atop of sleep, dreaming provides essential emotional first aid and a unique form of informational alchemy. Dreams can be entertaining, disturbing, or downright bizarre. We all dream, even if we don’t remember it the next day. But why do we dream? And what do they mean anyway? Have you spared a thought? Here we give you some never heard before facts about dreams. 

What Are Dreams?

Dreams are basically stories and images that our mind creates while we sleep. They can be vivid. They can make you feel happy, sad, or scared. And they may seem confusing or perfectly rational. Dreams can happen at any time during sleep. But you have your most vivid dreams during a phase called REM (rapid eye movement) sleep when your brain is most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times a night. A dream could mean different things to different people. It varies based on age, sex, time, place etc. A dream could be with or without the conscious being aware of it occurring.

Why Do We Dream? 

There are many theories about why we dream, but no one knows for sure. Some researchers say dreams have no purpose or meaning. Others say we need dreams for our mental, emotional, and physical health. Dreams are hallucinations that occur during certain stages of sleep. They’re strongest during REM sleep, or the rapid eye movement stage, when you may be less likely to recall your dream. This may be because of the emotional centers of the brain trigger dreams, rather than the logical regions. So dreams are actually good for us as they replenish our thoughts and make us fresh when we are up.

What Do Dreams Mean?

Famous psychologist Sigmund Freud believed that they are a window into our subconscious and that they reveal a person’s unconscious desires, thoughts, motivations etc. Freud thought they were a way for people to satisfy urges and desires that weren’t acceptable to society. Just as there are different opinions about why we dream, there are different views about what they mean. Some experts say dreams have no connection to our real emotions or thoughts. They’re just strange stories that don’t relate to normal life.

Others say our dreams may reflect our own thoughts and feelings our deepest desires, fears, and concerns, especially dreams that happen over and over. By interpreting our dreams, we may gain insight into our lives and ourselves. Many people say they’ve come up with their best ideas while dreaming. The reason behind your dream is unique to you.

Why Are Dreams Hard to Remember?

Researchers don’t know for sure why they are easily forgotten. Maybe we’re designed to forget our it because if we remembered them all, we might not be able to tell dreams from real memories. Also, it could be harder to remember them because, during REM sleep, our body may shut down systems in our brain that create memories. We may remember only those that happen just before we wake when certain brain activities are turned back on. People who tend to remember their dreams also respond more strongly than others to hearing their name when they’re awake, new research suggests.

Not All Dreams Are in Color

While most people report dreaming in color, there is a small percentage of people who claim to only dream in black and white. In studies where dreamers have been awakened and asked to select colors from a chart that match those in their dreams, soft pastel colors are those most frequently chosen. Most dreams are in color, although people may not be aware of it, either because they have difficulty remembering their dreams or because color is such a natural part of visual experience. People who are very aware of color while awake probably notice color more often in their dreams.

Men and Women Dream Differently

There are some differences between men and women when it comes to the content of their dream. In several studies, men reported dreaming about weapons significantly more often than women did, while women dreamed about references to clothing more often than men. Men’s dreams tend to have more aggressive content and physical activity, while women’s dream contains more rejection and exclusion, as well as more conversation than physical activity.  Women tend to have slightly longer dreams that feature more characters. When it comes to the characters that typically appear in dreams, men dream about other men twice as often as they do about women, while women tend to dream about both sexes equally.

Animals Probably Dream Like Us

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Many think that when a sleeping dog wags its tail or moves its legs, it is dreaming. While it’s hard to say for sure whether this is truly the case, researchers believe that it’s likely that animals do indeed dream. Almost all mammals and birds go through this stage of REM sleep, too. Cold-blooded animals don’t appear to go through REM sleep, though. But in humans, REM sleep is when dreaming usually begins. Because of this, some scientists think that if animals other than humans dream, it might happen in the REM stage.   Yet what it’s actually like to experience a dream if you’re not human remains a mystery.

You Are Paralyzed During Your Dreams

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REM sleep is characterized by paralysis of the voluntary muscles. The phenomenon is known as REM atonia and prevents you from acting out your dreams while you’re asleep. Basically, because motor neurons are not stimulated, your body does not move. In some cases, this paralysis can even carry over into the waking state for as long as 10 minutes, a condition known as sleep paralysis. While the experience can be frightening, experts advise that it is perfectly normal and should last only a few minutes before normal muscle control returns.

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iPhone 12 To Be Launched At $649 (48000) Only!

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Apple fanatics wait every year for the new improved apple products. The design, the look, the features- it has a certain ring to it. There are several leaks that are surfacing on the internet relating to the release of iPhone 12. We couldn’t be more excited! The company is expected to release the smartphone in the second week of October and some details about its India pricing have also surfaced online. According to a leak, the smartphone 12 mini will start at $649, with the highest price tag being $1,399 for an iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, recent reports have suggested that the new iPhone 12 series will get five and not four smartphones. The phone is expected to get a wide variety of colour options which includes Black, White, Blue, Red, Yellow and Coral.

 

Phone 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Apple 12 mini $649 $699 $799 N/A
Apple 12 $749 $799 $899 N/A
Apple 12 Pro N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
Apple 12 Pro Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

 

Each iPhone 12 version will have three memory options, with the lower two going 64/128/256GB, and the more premium duo having 128/256/512GB versions. The iPhone 12 mini is said to have a 5.4” screen and cost as much as $799.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the largest and most expensive. It will start at $1,100 its basic version with 128 GB storage. The screen will have a 6.7” diagonal, which is bigger than the already massive iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Features

  • Four iPhones
  • New physical design
  • 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″ sizes
  • Triple-lens 3D camera
  • All OLED displays
  • 5G connectivity
  • A14 chip
  • New Blue colour option
  • No power adapter or EarPods

iPhone 12

 

No power adapter with iPhone 12? WHAAAAT?

Apple has no plans to include a power adapter or EarPods in the box with the iPhone 12 models, letting the company cut down on production costs and packaging. Instead, Apple may offer a 20W power adapter that can be purchased separately. The USB-C to Lightning cable could get an upgrade, though, with rumours indicating Apple plans to offer a new braided cable design.

Delays due to COVID-19

iPhone 12 models will not ship out in September as usual due to delays caused by the global health crisis this year. Apple instead plans to introduce the iPhones in October, perhaps on October 13, and start shipping them out later that month. Rumours have suggested we can expect a staggered release, and some models might not come out until November.

Keeping all the excitement aside, we know that the difference with this iPhone and the rest won’t be that much. But we will still buy it because it’s a style statement. How else will all the tik-tokers and our beloved celebrities take mirror selfies?

But there’s one thing we are darn happy about- THE PRICE!

Read: Japanese Souffle Pancakes- Here’s How You Can Make At Home!

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DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion: A Respite From Handwashing

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7 months into the pandemic we are still washing our hands all the time. We are doing it more than ever as we’re amidst a pandemic. Most of us are sick of it by now!  Whether you have a normal skin type or sensitive skin, constantly rinsing your hands is irritating your skin now. Our hands are prone to dryness and itching. We can’t skip it altogether it will prove to be detrimental. Moreover, the World Health Organization recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds.  Don’t worry we have got you covered. Apply hand cream or hand lotion to soothe your skin and make your hands super soft. Ditch those expensive hand creams and lotion from luxurious brands, make your own instead. We bring to you an easy peasy DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion Formula:

To store: You can keep it in any glass container at home or small plastic bottle to keep it in your purse. You can purchase it from Amazon or Miniso.

To make the hand lotion, you need:

  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • Essential oils: you can add essential oils to make it smell nice. If you’re going to be using this lotion while you’re out under the sun I recommend you don’t use any of the citrus essential oils. Some of my favorite combinations are:
    • Vanilla and Lavender
    • Vanilla and Pink Grapefruit
    • Rose Otto and Vanilla
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Lavender
    • Sweet Orange

Hand Lotion

Directions:

  • Use a hand mixer and mix the shea butter for a few minutes. Make sure it looks all fluffy.
  • Then add the grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil. Mix it for a few minutes until all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Add the arrowroot powder a little at a time and mix it in until it’s not grainy.
  • Then add the Aloe Vera gel.  Mix it a bit more until it feels like a fluffy, soft lotion.
  • It will look like this:

Hand Lotion

 

  • Keep it in a small mason jar or transfer it to a small glass jar like this one to carry in your bag.
  • Apply as often as you want.
  • You can also use this lotion on your kids.

 

Read: Akki’s Bell Bottom: First Movie To Start and Finish Amidst A Pandemic

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Marijuana: How It Effects Your Mind & Body

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Marijuana, weed, pot, dope, grass. They’re different names for the same drug that comes from the cannabis plant. You can smoke it, vape it, drink it, or eat it. Most folks use marijuana for pleasure and recreation. But a growing number of doctors prescribe it for specific medical conditions and symptoms.

Marijuana has mind-altering compounds that affect both your brain and body. It can be addictive, and it may be harmful to some people’s health. Here’s what can happen when you use marijuana:

 

It May Affect Your Mental Health

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Not everyone’s experience with marijuana is pleasant. It often can leave you anxious, afraid, or panicked. Using pot may raise your chances for clinical depression or worsen the symptoms of any mental disorders you already have. Scientists aren’t yet sure exactly why. In high doses, it can make you paranoid or lose touch with reality so you hear or see things that aren’t there.

 

Your Thinking May Get Distorted

What are the health benefits and risks of cannabis?

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Marijuana can cloud your senses and judgment. The effects can differ depending on things like how potent your pot was, how you took it, and much marijuana you’ve used in the past. It might:

  • Heighten your senses (colors might seem brighter and sounds might seem louder)
  • Distort your sense of time
  • Hurt your motor skills and make driving more dangerous

 

You May Get Hooked

You may get hooked on it- Teens smoking marijuana

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About 1 in 10 people who use pot will become addicted. That means you can’t stop using it even if it harms your relationships, job, health, or finances. The risk is greater the younger you start marijuana and the more heavily you use it. For instance, the odds of addiction are 1 in 6 if you use pot in your teens. It might be as high as 1 in 2 among those who use it every day.

You could also grow physically dependent on marijuana. Your body could go into withdrawal, leaving you irritable, restless, unable to sleep, and uninterested in eating.

 

It May Impair Your Brain

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Marijuana can make it harder for you to focus, learn, and remember things. This seems to be a short-term effect that lasts for 24 hours or longer after you stop smoking.

But using pot heavily, especially in your teen years, may leave more permanent effects. Imaging tests with some — but not all — adolescents found that marijuana may physically change their brains. Specifically, they had fewer connections in parts of the brain linked to alertness, learning, and memory, and tests show lower IQ scores in some people.

 

Your Lungs May Hurt

How Smoking Marijuana Affects Your Lungs

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Pot smoke can inflame and irritate your lungs. If you use it regularly, you could have the same breathing problems as someone who smokes cigarettes. That could mean ongoing cough with colored mucus. Your lungs may more easily pick up infections. That’s partly because THC seems to weaken some users’ immune systems.

 

Though some might also say, that Marijuana has ZERO deaths recorded directly linked to it. Which is true. Some may also suggest that alcohol is more dangerous. Which may only seem fair to say. But do you really want to take the gamble?

Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Also read- Do your dreams have a deeper meaning?

You should also visit- https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-are-marijuana-effects

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