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    • The average person will dream about 1-2 hours a night and have about 4-7 dreams.
    • According to certain studies, brain waves are more active while dreaming than when you are awake.
    • Every year, there are at least 8 million people in the United States who have a mental disorder but do not seek proper help.
    • Six years of the average human life are spent dreaming.
    • People who lost their sense of site later in life still can see visual images in their dreams. Even people who have been blind their whole life can dream through sound, smell, and touch.
    • There are at least two Nobel Prize winners that have claimed tripping on LSD helped in their discoveries.

    • It is proven that women eat more when there are no men around to watch.
    • Mental illnesses are usually develop earlier in life, usually during adolescence or early adulthood.
    • An estimated 46.9 million adults in the United States had some sort of mental illness in 2012.
    • Suicides are actually most common in the spring, and least common in the winter.
    • Those who grew up watching black-and-white TV often have dreams that are monochrome.
    • Sometimes it is not so obvious. More than 65% of those with a mental illness will still lead a normal, productive life.
    • No matter what your age, race, religion, or income is, a mental health can affect you. Just like asthma, allergies, or heart disease, it is simply a medical condition.
    • 50% of the dreams you had in your sleep are forgotten from short term memory within 5 minutes of waking up.
    • It is estimated that 13.7% of the population have received some sort of mental health service within the last year.
    • By being proactive and seeking help for their mental illness, between 70 and 90 percent of people experience tremendous reduction of their symptoms and live a better life.
    • About 70% of people have experienced deja vu.
    • Almost 40% of the population has experienced sleep paralysis, a frightening experience when you are awoken in your sleep but can’t move for a short period of time although your mind is awake.
    • Out of the 10 leading causes of disability in the United States, 4 are mental disorders – bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and OCD.
    • Visualizing yourself doing something before it happens can greatly effect your success in a positive way.
    • The human nervous system can relay messages to the brain at speeds up to 200 miles per hour.

  • People who stay up later are more likely to experience nightmares than those who go to bed early. However, people that stay up later tend to have higher I.Q.’s than those who fall asleep earlier.
  • Although uncommon, there is a condition called “hematidrosis” that can cause one to sweat blood. It is caused by too much stress and high blood pressure.
  • Scientists say a higher I.Q. is positively correlated with higher numbers of dreams.
  • The human brain can store five times the amount of information located in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
  • Depression is defined as “sustained sadness and loss of interest along with psychological, behavioral and physical symptoms.” It is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

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