During our nightly sleep, it’s likely that we’ll have around five dream episodes ranging from 15-40 minutes each – that’s a lot of time spent dreaming in our lifetimes! But what does it all mean? Supposedly the dreams that we have are metaphorical and represent where we are in our lives, what our needs are, and what we desire. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at eleven of the most common dreams and the meanings behind them.
1. BEING CHASED
It’s said that because the anxiety that we feel when were being chased in our dreams is so intense, this type of dream is often of the most well-remembered.
Being chased in your dreams can suggest that youVe running away from something that’s causing you distress when youYe awake and that you may have a tendency to run away from your problems in general.
The person or object involved in chasing you, usually a threatening figure, may represent your own emotions, such as anger, jealousy, or fear.
Dreams of falling aren’t always bad. Falling slowly and peacefully can represent etting go of something in your life and can also indicate serenity. However, falling uncontrollably, often from a high up place, suggests that you’re not quite feeling in control of your life.
3. BEING IN AN OUT OF CONTROL VEHICLE
Dreaming of being on a journey (such as a car journey) can reflect the journey of our lives and the direction in which it’s going. So, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s said that dreaming of being in an out of control vehicle suggests that you’re going off-track in your life.
Nudity and self-exposure in dreams can be distressing and it,s usually a way to express the dreamer’s vulnerability and psychological or emotional exposure.
Dreaming about death can be extremely traumatic for the subject, but rarely does it represent death in its literal form. In many cases, dreams of death symbolise dramatic changes happening in the life of the dreamer; it can even represent letting go of the old to make room for something new.
When we’re sleeping, our bodies experience a form of paralysis which, for the most part, prevents us performing the acts which we’re dreaming, so dreaming of paralysis can indicate the period between REM sleep and waking. On a deeper level, dreaming of paralysis can represent the dreamer feeling as though they have little control in their life.
Having a dream that you’re flying is said to represent how much control you have over your life: the better your flying ability, the better control you have over your life and ambitions. Because of this, flying dreams can be a real mixed bag of emotions. Flying high can be a great experience, whereas flying near to the ground and encountering obstacles along the way can be unpleasant.
Food appearing in dreams is said to symbolise nourishment energy, and knowledge and falls hand in hand with our own intellect, emotions, and spirituality. Dreaming about food may also represent the commonly used idiom ‘food for thought, and suggest that we,re hungry for new experiences.
9. TEETH FALLING OUT
If you dream about your teeth falling out, that could suggest that you’re insecure about your appearance and how you’re perceived by others. It is suggested that dreams about your teeth in general may be due to a fear of rejection, being unattractive, or embarrassment.
10. Being PREGNANT
Although dreaming about being pregnant can represent the dreamers literal desire to have children, it can also show a need to start something new, such as a new project or a new job.
11. BEING LATE
If you feel as though you need to take a new direction in your life or that you’re running out of time to do so, you may have dreams about being late. This could be your subconscious mind telling you that it’s not too late to do the things you want to do.