Ask SleepBetter: How Long Are My Dreams?

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Last week’s question was about bed longevity.  Today’s question is about dream longevity:

“Is it true dreams only last a few seconds long when you’re sleeping ? Seems like they are much longer.”
-Audrey (via Facebook)

This is a persistent myth.  Dreams last much more than a few seconds.

We found a great article in Woman’s Day that has a wealth of information about dreams, so we’ll quote our answer from that article:

“We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night, with each cycle of dreaming being longer than the previous,” explains [dream expert Lauri Quinn] Loewenberg. “The first dream of the night is about 5 minutes long and the last dream you have before awakening can be 45 minutes to an hour long.” It is estimated that most people have more than 100,000 dreams in a lifetime. 

Loewenberg says, by the way, that the most common dream involves a spouse cheating.  Fortunately, she says, it rarely has anything to do with actual cheating.

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