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Science Explains Why Pregnant Women Often Have Strange Dreams

Ever noticed how dreams seem to be spookier and more vivid when you’re pregnant? Here’s why!

As if having bad dreams weren’t terrible enough, it seems they get stranger and happen more intensely when a woman is pregnant. Have you ever noticed this, ladies?

For example, pop star Cardi B tweeted about having “weird, crazy, spooky dreams” that were “too vivid” during her pregnancy. Her experience, of course, isn’t unique as studies have likewise discovered that pregnant women do have more nightmares compared with women who aren’t. Furthermore, it is said that pregnancy during the last trimester brings more frequent nightmares compared with the earlier trimesters.

According to experts, it’s all because of troubled sleeping.

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As explained by the National Institutes of Health, human sleep cycles have five stages and it is during REM (rapid eye movement) when dreams occur the most.

Dr. Ryan Donald, physician and assistant professor of sleep medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said in a LiveScience interview:

“Quality of sleep is the poorest right before you’re about to deliver the baby. You have to get up to pee at night, or you might snore, or have sleep apnea.”

The feature also tells us that people who suffer from sleep apnea “experience very shallow breathing or pauses in breathing while they’re asleep.”

Additionally, restless legs syndrome may also manifest during pregnancy and interrupt a woman’s sleep. This could lead to waking up during REM and would increase the possibility of having intense, strange, and vivid dreams.

“Lower sleep quality, shorter sleep duration, more interruptions during sleep: These all can increase the likelihood of remembering dreams,” added Donald.

The struggle is real for pregnant women.

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Meanwhile, a 2016 study published in the BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth journal reveals that 406 expectant mothers ages 17 to 44 reported twice as much nightmares as those who weren’t pregnant.

In 2014, a separate study published in Sleep Medicine found out that out of 57 last-trimester pregnant women surveyed, 32% of them admitted to having nightmares every week while 21% reported having more than one nightmare weekly.

Some mothers even confess that their nightmares were baby-related.

Dr. Julie Levitt, OB-GYN and clinical instructor at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, pointed out:

“You have these dreams, and you’re like, ‘What in the world? Where did that come from?'”

“I think it’s based on things people might worry about on a day-to-day basis. A lot of the daytime fears that we walk around with tend to reveal themselves in dreams at night.”

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NASA Had Evidence Of Life On Mars 40 Years Ago But Accidentally Destroyed It

The evidence may have been burned by mistake back in the 1970s.

For the longest time, people have wondered if there truly is life on Mars. Now reports are telling us that although NASA's Curiosity Rover has found evidence of ancient organics on the Red Planet, the discovery may have been delayed by a previous error. There are speculations that the organization found organic molecules almost 40 years ago but unfortunately, the evidence was destroyed before it could be studied.

The Curiosity Rover has been on Mars since 2013 but the rover only recently gathered organic molecules from sedimentary rocks this year. Needless to say, NASA was extremely excited with the discovery, which included seasonal changes in atmospheric methane. However, there is a possibility that these revelations may have been found by the Viking mission during the 1970s.

Curiosity is credited for being the only rover that has discovered ancient organics on Mars.

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Science Explains Why Some People Hate The Taste of Beer

Apparently, some individuals are genetically-programmed to dislike beer.

We all have that one friend who always declines when we offer him or her a beer. The reasons may vary as some would cite health, religion, or others. It appears, however, that genetics can also be blamed for it.

According to science, our genes can actually influence the way our brains react to cold or bitter beverages. This is exactly why some people plainly dislike the taste of beer and refuse to drink it no matter what.

Apparently, some people are genetically-programmed to hate beer.

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NASA Is Preparing This 17-Year-Old Girl To Be The First Human In Mars

This teen is seriously determined to make her space dreams come true!

Most of us, as kids, fantasized about becoming astronauts but only a few really make a serious effort to achieve that dream. Today, we’ll introduce you to a teen who’s really been working out to make her space goals a reality.

Alyssa Carson is merely 17 years of age and yet she is already an astronaut in training. In fact, she is now being prepared for a special mission – in Mars.

Alyssa Carson is headed to Mars come 2033.

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