Many people have believed for years that blind people do not experience dreams. Turns out, they really do. Of course, unlike those with sight the dreams differ extremely. An article I stumbled upon talked about the variation of dreams and how they differed among blind people. According to a study conducted at the University of Hartford in 1999, it was finally deduced that blind people may in fact dream. They analyzed a group of 15 blind individuals and around 400 dreams. This study provided results which concluded that those who went blind from age five or younger, did not see images in their sleep. This was different for those aged seven and older who did experience visual dreams during their time of rest. It turns out though, that the longer a person goes through blindness, the more rare this visual dreams become. What astonished me the most however was the other senses involved in a blind person’s dream. While regular sighted people usually have only audio during their dreamtime, blind people experience the use of other senses such as touch, taste, and smell.
This article was extremely informative and has answered my long thought about question. Have you guys found this to be as astonishing as I have? Or was this already common knowledge to many of you?