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Dreaming 1 year 6 months ago #4824

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Last night I finally remembered one specific moment in my dream, so I guess I do dream still haha. I have my guardian angel numbers (337) tattooed on my left forearm and I remember looking at my arm, I guess to show someone or something my tattoo, and it wasn't even there. Now, when I woke up I didn't even realize I had a dream, I was getting breakfast ready and glanced at my arm and all of a sudden I remembered that scene of my dream.
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Dreaming 1 year 6 months ago #4826

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I dream every night but I don't dream pictures, I dream a story and although it feels normal at the time when I wake up I can't recall what anyone looks like.
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Dreaming 1 year 5 months ago #4912

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I do dream, in color, in images. I don't recall smells or tastes but do recall sounds in my dreams.
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Dreaming 1 year 2 months ago #5182

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I often wake up and think, "whoah, I was somewhere else in a totally different reality that split second before my eyes opened and I woke up." Sometimes I cannot remember what exactly it was, but that it was real and visual and often vivid. Occasionally it will come to me a while later.
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Dreaming 1 year 2 months ago #5203

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Yep, I do dream in colors (and hear sounds, music) - sometimes when I'm half awake/asleep I can hear/see these things even in my conscious state for like 1-2 secs; then they fade away.
Last Edit: 1 year 2 months ago by Bobby. Reason: correcting punctuation
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Dreaming 1 year 2 months ago #5226

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I don't dream much, but when I do, I don't see images, just "ideas".

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Dreaming 1 year 2 months ago #5232

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I do dream and I do actually see what I dream, but I cannot see those images again once I wake up. Sometimes I will have the exact same dream again, but It won't happen the same way or something. It's like I remember what happened in the previous dream and I just sort of alter the way things happen and in what order they do.

I have ONCE remembered exactly what happened in a dream, but I think that's because that dream was situated somewhere I frequently visit and with someone who I frequently see.

But yeah, I do dream and I do see the dreams, I just can't "see" the dream again once I wake up. I sometimes even remember what I dreamt and how it looked. It weird, this whole thing is weird tbh. Are we the next step in human evolution, or the previous one? I don't know.

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Dreaming 1 year 2 months ago #5233

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Also, As I forgot to add, I don't actually seem to dream every night, but this might just have something to do with something else I have, not Aphantasia. Not sure if it's relevant, just wanted to mention it :)
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Dreaming 1 year 2 months ago #5238

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My guess for the "I don't actually seem to dream every night" is that you're simply normal, if enough time (~a few minutes) passes after the REM phase before you wake up then you will not remember it.

The explanation is something like that during sleep your mind is doing maintenance, it does not behave "normally" so what you see in your dreams is usually garbage. It would be harmful to mix these false memories with the real ones so it's kind of a protection that your mind tries not to remember to them. This does not work sometimes - e.g. if you wake up quicker - and that's when you remember.

You can test this by asking someone to watch you sleeping and when you start moving your eyes rapidly, wake you up; in this case you should be able to remember your dream (and maybe still "see" those images for a few secs if you're the type of aphantasiac whose imagination is just switched off when awake).
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Dreaming 1 year 2 months ago #5240

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That's really interesting, but what I was referring to when I said "Something else I might have" was the fact that I struggle a great deal with ADHD and for some reason I don't seem to enter REM-sleep that often (this has been tested when I was younger and also more recently with me resting while they monitor my brain activity in certain areas). For some unknown reason, my brain doesn't "shut down" as it normally would (think of it as sort of an "alert state") when I am sleeping, causing me to be in a constant state of lucid dreaming (I'm not sure if this is right, it's just the words my doctors used to describe it) and seldom ever really fall into deep sleep, causing me to feel mentally fatigued when I wake up.

Again, I'm not a scientist in this and it's not an exact science as the "degree" of ADHD I have is apparently uncommon. I was just referring to the fact that my brain stays awake when I "sleep" so that might be the explanation as to why I don't dream much :)

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Dreaming 7 months 2 weeks ago #39607

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I think my dreams vary, i have definitely had dreams where i remember composition and general storyline, but sometimes its like if you were to paint everything black, it would all still be there going about like normal and you know whats what but good luck pinpointing anything. and also i often switch from first person to out of body throughout. And i had crazy sleep apnea dreams (nightmares) when i was little that lead to being able to lucid dream so i could go back and change the ending. Which is great for dreams when you can fly but terrible when you're dreaming about being at work.
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Dreaming 7 months 1 week ago #39643

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I know for sure that I dream, but I can never remember it once I wake up. I honestly can't describe a single dream that I've ever had. When I wake up, I'll remember the emotion or vibe of the dream, but never what actually happened.
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Dreaming 4 months 4 days ago #39951

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I can see that there are as many different kinds of afantasias as there are people. I have a suspicion (and I’m sure its wrong) that people’s claims of there visualization skills are exaggerated. I can’t call up a picture of my mother , my children , or my own face but I know them / me when I see me/ them ! The crazy thing is I can visualize music especially voices ,melodies, harmonies, bass lines etc. Also my dreams are very vivid and visual to the point of competing with my waking life !
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Dreaming 4 months 1 day ago #39957

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Popgun wrote:
I have a suspicion (and I’m sure its wrong) that people’s claims of there visualization skills are exaggerated.

I struggle with this one a lot. When I answer the questions on an aphantasia quiz I get zero, or whatever the minimum score is; I don't have any mental images at all, in any real sense. I do "know what people look like" if I know them well, but not because I see any images in my mind. But then, sometimes, I start wondering if this is all that anyone ever means when they say they see mental images. Are they really just experiencing the same totally pictureless sensations that I have, only they are describing them in an exaggerated and overblown language? I wish there were some more definitive way of understanding what other people's "mental imagery" really means!
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Dreaming 3 months 2 weeks ago #39971

Not until my mid to late 20s did i dream in color. Before then it was always black and white. Or some sort of sepia tone. And now even though they are in color its always either very saturated or the hue is off. Also in my dreams I realized when I am with a friend or group of friends. None of them look like their real life counter parts. They are just random people of similar sex the races are often time wrong as well. Does anyone else experience this when viewing someone they know in real life in a dream? I mean in the dream they feell and smell and sound like my friend but visually they are not.
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