Quick Answer: How Long Do Dreams Last?

20–30 minutes

Can a dream last for hours?

Adults and babies alike dream for around two hours per night—even those of us who claim not to. In fact, researchers have found that people usually have several dreams each night, each one typically lasting for between five to 20 minutes. During a typical lifetime, people spend an average of six years dreaming.

How often do you dream?

Just because you don’t remember dreaming doesn’t mean you’re not doing it! You generally dream at least four to six times per night, usually during the most active REM stage of sleep if you’re over 10 years old. (Kids younger than 10 dream only about 20 percent of the time in REM sleep.)

Do you have dreams every night?

Yes, we dream every night. Some people even claim that they never dream. But aside from those who have experienced certain kinds of brain injuries, everyone dreams whenever they sleep. It’s been estimated that more than 2 hours out of each night’s sleep are spent dreaming or in a dreamlike state.

Why do dreams happen?

Dreams are basically stories and images our mind creates while we sleep. Dreams can occur anytime during sleep. But most vivid dreams occur during deep, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, when the brain is most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times per night.