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The Dreams of Blind People
First, blind people do dream. Dream sleep is often associated with the sleep stage called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. It is generated deep within the brain. As it is a function of the brain, and not the eyes, blind people dream as much as a sighted person would. No matter the cause of the blindness, this remains true. It is interesting that the timing of the blindness in life may in fact impact the content of the dreams, however.
Blind people are more likely to report feelings of touch, taste, and smell in their dreams compared to sighted people. This likely corresponds to their waking experience which relies more on these senses. They do not have dramatic differences in dream content, except that they seem to have less aggression in their dreams.
originally posted by: FlyersFan
a reply to: cody599
Blind people can taste things in their dreams? Really?
In my dreams I eat things, but they never have taste.
And I have sjogrens in real life which screws up my being able to taste.
I wish I could taste things in my dreams. That would be awesome.
But in my dreams, when I eat things, I immediately panic because I have such a restricted diet in real life. The other day, I dreamed I was sucking on a candy cane and that it was Christmas. But the candy cane tasted like nothing and in my dream I went into a panic because I am not supposed to have sugar.