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Dreams and their Meaning - examples and possible explanations

Do you often experience weird dreams and wonder what they might mean? Dreams are images, thoughts, sounds, voices and subjective sensations experienced in certain stages of sleep that may or may not say something about what is currently happening to you.

Dream definition
They can be about events and activities that happened earlier in the day with familiar people and places or completely unknown. Dreams can also be your secret fantasies or deepest fears. Literally, anything can happen in your mind and no explanation on how you end up dreaming about it. However, some psychologists or so-called ‘’dream-experts’’ can explain the dreams and their meaning.

Dream interpretation

Have you ever woken up wondering "'What does my dream mean?" That is totally normal because most dreams do have a meaning or reason to occur and there are many ways to do a dream interpretation.

  1. Try to remember as much as you can about your dream and write it down, if it helps.
  2. Think about how you were feeling during the dream.
  3. Focus on the things that made a bigger mark on you.
  4. Try to understand what happened recently that might explain some factors and how the dream might help with something that is currently on your mind.

You may or may not be able to do the dream interpretation by yourself. If you're really interested in finding out the true meaning of a dream, you can go to a "dream expert" or visit this website called "dream moods". It can help you find out the meaning behind your dreams.

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Some common dreams and what they might mean

Dreaming about being pregnant

Have you ever had a dream where you were pregnant and afterwards thought that you could actually be pregnant? Unlike what most people think, dreaming about being pregnant may mean that you have a new idea, project, goal or direction. It usually indicates your personal development and growth. If you’re not trying to get pregnant and dream about it, then it may mean that you’re afraid of new responsibilities. If you are trying to get pregnant while dreaming about it, then it may be a wish fulfilment. Moreover, dreaming about not knowing that you were pregnant means that you are denying something.

Pregnancy dreams can be scary but you shouldn't be too worried about them.

Dreaming about death

What does it mean when you dream about someone dying? It can mean that you want to escape or terminate a relationship, career path, a job or the past. Perhaps, someone you know is facing death or illness. In real life, you might feel depressed or strangled by a person or situation.

You can also consider this a wake up call that is being sent to you or something related with a spiritual meaning.

Dreaming about teeth falling out

Dreaming about teeth falling out symbolizes lack of power and confidence due to a wrong action. Rotten, decaying, broken or knocked-out teeth imply that you have misspoken about some matters and it has caused consequences. If you’re trying to put your teeth back means that you’re embarrassed or it means lack of self-confidence. However, if you acted calm, it means that you make the best out of any circumstances.

Dreaming about being chased

The meaning of dreaming about being chased often relates to anxiety feelings or stress. In those dreams, you are often chased by anyone or anything, that wants to hurt or kill you. As a result, you run or hide away, which can be correlated to your real life situation. This sort of dream usually means that instead of facing the problems, you tend to avoid or run away from the issue.

Dreaming about your partner cheating on you

Having a dream like this does not necessarily mean that your partner is actually disloyal or not being honest. It can also mean that you feel abandoned by him/her. If your partner is spending more time at work or in activities where you are not involved, this can make you question yourself, creating trust or self-esteem issues.

Dreaming about meeting a celebrity

Dreaming about a celebrity can mean that you admire his or her beliefs. It can be related to how they have become famous or activities that they have been doing, that somehow reflect what you want to achieve or believe in. It is also not rare if you dream about a celebrity when you are a fan.

Dreaming of falling

It is very common to dream that you are falling from a higher ground whether it is a cliff, building or airplane. You break a leg or die and sometimes the shock even wakes you up. It can mean that you have lost control about a situation or insecurity: in your personal life, work environment or at school. It can also mean that you are revising some poor decision or recalling heading the wrong way in life. Dreaming about falling can also be a sign that you’re falling into deep sleep.

You might be scared when you wake up, but... It was all a dream :)

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Advantages and disadvantages of dreaming

Dreams and nightmares

Although dreaming might sound fun and interesting, there are a lot of downsides to it. Dreaming has both positive and negative effects, especially affecting your good mood.

Advantages of dreaming

  • Helps process emotions.
  • Improves memory.
  • Helps store memories and things we have learned.
  • Might help you overcome certain fears.

Disadvantages of dreaming

  • Poor sleep quality, since your brain is too busy processing the dream.
  • Nightmares may cause sleepiness during the day.
  • You may wake up feeling tired.

There is still a lot of information missing about dreaming. Even researchers and scientists aren’t 100 percent sure what the function of dreaming is. There are many theories about it, but one is known for sure - our brain is too mysterious. The more we find out about the meaning of dreams, the more questions arise. However, what we do know is that dreaming occurs during the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Roughly an hour is spent on normal regular sleep (including the time you need to go to sleep in the first place), followed by some 20 minutes of REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement, in which dreams are most likely to occur) and then a short period of non-REM sleep. This would make up one cycle, which is then repeated. A complete sleep cycle takes approximately 90-110 minutes. The first sleep cycles have relatively short REM sleeps.

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Do babies dream?

A study revealed that babies and infants only start having vivid dreams around the age of two. Instead, sleep allows their brain to develop pathways, connections, and eventually, learn languages. also states that at the ages 5-9, kids start "seeing moving images and characters in action".

How long do dreams last?

According to another study, both children and adults dream around 20-30 minutes per dream. "People are more likely to remember the dream if they are awakened during the REM phase. The average person has three to five dreams per night, and some may have up to seven".

How to stop bad dreams

Nightmares are something that we do not wish to experience, as they can wake us up and put us in a bad mood. They often occur due to:

  • Having an irregular sleep schedule.
  • Consuming more than 4/5 cups of caffeine per day.
  • Not exercising.
  • Too much stress and anxiety.

So, how can we prevent nightmares from coming trough?

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Sleep routine

At the end of a busy day, we often find ourselves very tired, without motivation to cook, stressed and with our brains full of tasks that we still want to accomplish. These factors contribute to a disturbing sleep and guide us to a more negative environment.

One of the best things you can do before going to bed, for the sake of a peaceful and restful night, is to meditate. A deep sleep meditation is something very beneficial to do right before bed, as it reduces stress, anxiety and pain. Try implementing this a couple of nights per week, at first just to observe if there will be any positive results.

Here's a short youtube video with a guided meditation for sleep that is especially good for beginners.

Furthermore, having a healthy morning routine is beneficial in many aspects. It gives you the energy and motivation you need to start your day and it also makes you feel better at night, improving your sleep.

Especially when you wake up early in the morning, use your extra time to cook or make yourself a nourishing delicious breakfast as well as a morning stretch. Even if you're not a morning person, just take 10 minutes to do a quick stretch. Your body will feel much better after you leave home and your energy will rise.

Check this video for a quick guided morning stretch.

It is normal if you feel sleepy after eating, and that is why we advise to do a stretch after eating breakfast.

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To summarize, dreams are very common and can be scary at times, as they can turn into nightmares.

Try some techniques such as meditation or a healthy morning routine to make sure that these bad dreams don't disturb you throughout the night and also the day.

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