Why Do We Dream?

Turns out, dreams do matter. “Dreams are your subconscious thoughts. They’re a continuation of your thoughts of your day. While you’re sleeping, your brain is conjuring up around five dreams per night (yes, even if you don’t remember them). That’s a lot of subconscious thoughts to unpack. And although every dream is unique, but they do tend to follow certain symbolic patterns

A dream includes the images, thoughts, and emotions that are experienced during sleep. Dreams can range from joyful to frightening to sad, from extraordinarily intense or emotional to very vague, fleeting, confusing, or even boring.

Find out what yours means below:

Being chased
You may be avoiding an issue or a person that you feel might be harmful to you, triggering your fight-or-flight response.

If you’re fearful in the dream, it could mean you feel out of control about a situation.

Being in school
You may have unresolved issues about not living up to expectations, or feel that you’re unprepared for something important.

Flying or floating
You may feel a sense of freedom or hope, especially if you can control your flight path in your dream. Flying is often interpreted positively as freedom from obstacles.

Running late
Dreams about rushing for trains, planes, or buses may represent a missed opportunity. They could also be related to a fear of not living up to expectations, or general insecurity.

Being stressed at work
These dreams tend to literally reflect anxiety about a professional situation. Maybe you’re anxious about botching a big presentation or missing a deadline.

Teeth falling out
At a basic level, losing teeth, breaking a bone, or experiencing some other physical health issue often all reflect deep personal loss of some kind, but can also refer to concern about upcoming changes.

Seeing someone who’s dead
Dream interpretation here leans on how you felt about that person. If the person was beloved by you, this could simply reflect that you’re still mourning. If the person hurt you or caused fear, that could mean you’re still carrying those feelings.

Being frozen with fear
This could mean you feel cut off from your feelings, but it may also be a response to sleep paralysis, which happens during the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stage. If REM is still in progress, but your mind wakes up, you may experience a few seconds of actual paralysis in your body.

Having sex
Interpretation here will depend on what’s happening in the dream and how you feel about it. These dreams are very common, and may indicate normal sexual arousal or a desire for more intimacy and connection.

Being naked
This could tie to feelings of insecurity, vulnerability, or being judged (especially if people around you in your dream are fully clothed).

Being abandoned
If you’re relieved to be on your own in your dream, being “abandoned” may be interpreted as a step toward independence. If you feel left out or left behind, that could reflect feeling neglected or unseen in everyday life.

If you are concerned about your dreams and/or are having frequent nightmares, consider speaking to your doctor or consulting a sleep specialist.

(source by healthline)

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