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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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Free Apps To Limit Your Screen Time

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During this pandemic many of us have become addicted to social media and our mobiles. It is harmful for our physical as well as mental health. Social media apps tend to consume your mental energy to a vast level. For such reasons, you may need to limit your screen time. Moreover, start using apps that track your screen time for your own good. Furthermore, these are free apps! They are diversified in terms of functionality to restrict the screen time. Several screen time apps enhanced the interface while others have increased the cost of using the program. Apps of this nature have been created, with the need to restrict the screen time on children’s phones. So, if you’re concerned that your kid will spend more time fiddling with his phone than normal. Additionally, if you’re concerned about your own health as well but don’t know how to restrict screen time. These apps will help you monitor your screen time and further make a schedule to execute your daily plans.

Read the guide below to learn some of the best free apps to restrict screen time on both Android and iPhone

FamiSafe 

For a lot of stylistic features and the ability to control the screen time for children, you can be confident that this will help you with other restricting issues. For example, you’ll be able to block or limit screen time using Screen Time. The app is also capable of monitoring Suspicious SMS and can help parents get warnings from suspicious messages such as word bullying.

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Unglue

Designed simply to please the Unglue Parental Control App makes screen time limits to our list of the best free software. The app has been built with an agenda which encourages children to have fun on the internet, with moderation.

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ScreenTime

ScreenTime software is among the best screen time-limiting Android Free apps. It has a free 14-day trial period in which you can take advantage of the free bundle or get a subscription.

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OurPact

With a litany of features, this comes among the best free applications for iPhone to limit screen time. The software has a sleek interface and there’s even a demo to check out the software before you decide whether to use it. This is also cross-platform applications, and has some unique features.

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Moment

It is an iOS app that has a very special feature-Moment Coach to limit screen time. It’s a feature designed to help you get some of the time lost over your phone use back. It tells you on how to develop a good relationship with your phone or how you are using it.

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FamilyTime

This iOS app with features such as robust monitoring abilities of tracking calls, texts, etc. FamilyTime is considered one of the best apps to limit screen time on your phones.

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For more details and features about more apps, read- https://famisafe.wondershare.com/screen-time/free apps to limit screen time on android and iphone.html

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Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language!

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Language is a means of communication in all species of animals. Be it humans or other animals, all use language. However, humans are the only species that are blessed with a rich vocabulary. In addition, the human system of language is also universal to a great extent. For instance, the Hindi spoken in different parts of the world may be different. For example, the tone, the use of words, the accent. However, in all these cases the underlying rules of the language are universal. A means that brings together and binds different words of the language is a dictionary. In this post, discover the Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language through this very means.

Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language

What changes in language are we talking about?

There are a lot of rapid changes which the language of today has gone through. However, the language that we are referring to here is only English. 

In Dictionary Terms…….

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There is a trend of releasing the “Word of the Year” that dictionaries follow. This is usually done by the end of each year. For example, in 2013, the “Word of The Year” was Selfie. However, this year, 2020, has been more eventful as it has to it more than just one Word of the Year.

There are already a lot of changes in the language that have taken place.

The popular US dictionary, Marriam-Webster Dictionary, has made its fasted update in these times of pandemic. For instance, the word Covid was coined by the WHO on February 11. However, by 18th, the word has spread across the globe and had also made a place in the dictionary for itself. This progress is the fasted ever.

In addition, they are also considering to add newly seen words like ‘doomscrolling’ and ‘doomsurfing’. Both of these are pretty recent words. The first one appeared on twitter in 2018. Later, the second one has been recently seen in March for the first time ever.

A huge shout out to the Marriam Webster Dictionary for their decision earlier this year. When a young university graduate sent them a mail pointing out the inadequate nature of their definition of ‘racism’, a pleasant change in language took place. According to the new graduate, the definition should include ongoing systemic oppression as a part of the definition. Later, the editors agreed to this. This extension of the definition will be soon available in the dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is looking forward to an update with words like ‘WFH’, ‘Social Distancing’, ‘community spread’, ‘contact tracing’, ‘self-isolate’ and ‘contactless’ in the new edition.

In the Press…….

This one is a subtle yet important change. The news and the press companies will not be capitalizing the ‘Black’. For instance when race ethnicity or culture is being referred to.

The Scrabble Shines As Well………

We all know of the popular game scrabble. The North American Scrabble Players Association has come up with a new stand. They have a demand for restricting the use of 238 words that may stand out as racist or sexist slurs. For example, the N-word, ‘bitch’ or ‘culchie’ are all not welcome. However, the stand they have taken is indeed a welcoming one.

In India…..

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It’s not just in the US or UK, but also in India. For instance, a popular company has brought changes in their language. This is a big change in terms of their identity but a pleasant one. For instance, the brand ‘Fair and Lovely’ has taken a decision to drop ‘Fair’ from their name. The word has been a part of the brand’s identity and many households for many years now.

Brands ………

In addition, other brands that are re-branding are Uncle Ben’s rice, Beso de Negra cookies, Redskins lollies, Chico’s sweets, Eskimo Pie ice-cream, Aunt Jemima syrups and Darlie toothpaste.

Indeed seeing the change in language when it comes to using of derogatory terms or black mascots is a proud one. The idea of saying no to racial stereotyping for gaining profits shall soon end is all we happily hope.

In addition, read Anti-Racist Books That Everyone Should Read!

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Hygiene Tips For COVID-19

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These are really unusual times for everyone in the world right now. And Hygiene, which probably isn’t your priority is now a priority for everyone in the world. So here are few tips to prevent COVID-19 to spread, for you and your loved ones. Because we wouldn’t want you to fall sick :).

 

Washing/Sanitizing Hands Regularly

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Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Because washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. Further, If you cannot carry a sanitizer, refrain from touching surfaces.

 

Maintain Distance

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Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others. Because when someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID- 19 viruses if the person has the disease.

 

Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose & Mouth

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Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Because Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you. Also, you might do it unconsciously, maybe to adjust your glasses or itch your nose. That is why washing and sanitizing your hands is of utmost importance.

 

Sneeze/Cough Correctly

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This is not just for COIVD-19, but actually any disease, even a common cold. If you’ve been sneezing or coughing and covering it by your hand, then you’ve been doing it wrong. Because it is usually your hands which are the carrier of disease. It is advised to sneeze/cough on your elbow or shoulder. Further, you could also use a paper tissue.

 

Clean Maks & Gloves

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Face masks are the key to fight the virus. If you are using masks and gloves, you are doing a great job! But are they clean? Face masks are directly in contact with your face. Therefore it is of utmost importance to wear clean ones. If you have been using one mask over-and-over, it is advisable to either clean it or replace it. As for rubber/latex gloves, it is better to sanitize or wash it, the world doesn’t need more plastic!

For more information on COVID-19, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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