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The Edge of Dreaming

Premiere Date: August 24, 2010

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1. On average, how many years of people's lives do they spend dreaming?
           A. 1 year
           B. 2 years
           C. 4 years
           D. 6 years

Source: Discovery Health: Dreams and REM Sleep

2. Dreams only occur during REM sleep.
A. True
           B. False

Source: Frequently Asked Questions about Dreaming; University of California - Santa Cruz

3. What part of the brain is switched off while a person is dreaming?
A. Visual processing areas
           B. Limbic system (emotions and memories)
           C. Smell processing areas
           D.Frontal lobe (rational thought and encoding memories)

Source: Research gathered by Amy Hardie in the making of The Edge of Dreaming

4. In the recent Leonardo DiCaprio film, Inception, his character was aware of when he was dreaming and was able to actively participate in his dreams. This is called:
           A. Awake dreaming
           B. Lucid dreaming
           C. Tripping
           D. Altered states

Source: "Inception is a clunker, but lucid dreaming is cool" by John Horgan, Scientific American blog, Aug. 2, 2010.

5. When people are snoring, they aren't dreaming.
           A. True
           B. False

Source: Discovery Health: Dreams and REM Sleep

6. If you hold your breath in a dream, you hold your breath in real life, too.
           A. True
           B. False

Source: Discovery Health: Dreams and REM Sleep

7. Those who dream in black and white instead of color are often:
           A. Blind
           B. Over 55 years of age
           C. Babies
           D. Male

Source: "Black and white TV generation have monochrome dreams" by Richard Alleyne, The London Telegraph, Oct. 17, 2008.

8. Who are particularly good lucid dreamers?
            A. Filmmakers
            B. Gamers
            C. Teachers
            D. Children

Source: "Videogames train you for lucid dreaming?" BoingBoing, May 28, 2010.

9. Nightmares are:
           A. More common in women than in men
            B. More common in children than in adults
            C. Most often about being pursued or attacked
            D. All of the above

Source: "How to turn nightmares into good dreams" by Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, Nov. 16, 2009.

10. The best way to remember your dreams is:
           A. When you go to bed, tell yourself you will remember your dreams
           B. Set your alarm to go off every 90 minutes so you'll wake up at the end of REM sleep cycles
            C. Keep a dream journal next to your bed
            D. All of the above

Source: Discovery Health: Dreams and REM Sleep

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