Living in a 'young' nation, we are conditioned to think of ambition only in the context of youth. The idea that older adults in their 50s, 60s or 70s can have the desire to seek new or exciting life experiences rarely occurs to us. We assume that they 'had their chance' to figure things out, and eventually made peace with what life gave them. Then, there's the traditional notion that once you raise children, you live your dreams mainly through them and their achievements. After all, which middle-aged adult goes on adventure trips or has career angst close to retirement? We're glad you asked.
Americans Spend 24 Full Work Days a Year Daydreaming About Vacation, Study Finds (Video)
Dream States: A Peek into Consciousness - Scientific American
This stunning sequence, an homage to M. Escher, is testimony to the bizarre nature of dreams. Watching it made the neuroscientist in me reflect on what dreams are and how they relate to the brain. The first question is easy to answer.
Getting caught in a daydream is a totally natural part of life. Some 96 percent of adults admit to daydreaming at least once each day, and many of us drift off into our own little worlds even more often than that. And, it turns out everyone is spending their absent-minded time thinking about the same thing: taking a vacation. The study, conducted by OnePoll in partnership with Apple Vacations, found that 82 percent of people daydream about their next trip.
Whether you remember it or not, you dream every night. While experts are still divided on what our dreams mean, research has given us some very eye-opening information about dreams. Our most vivid dreams happen during rapid eye movement REM sleep , which happens in short episodes throughout the night about 90 to minutes apart. Most of your muscles become paralyzed during REM sleep to prevent you from acting out your dreams.