Most Common Dreams and Their Interpretations
Dreams are an inescapable part of life. Many believe they don’t have dreams every night simply because they don’t remember them. While it is nearly impossible to prove otherwise, brain scans of sleeping subjects show it is likely that dreams happen each time proper REM cycles are achieved.
But what happens when dreams just aren’t happening any more?
A recent review from Rubin Naiman, PhD, a sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Center, was published in a special edition of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences that details the effects of a lack of REM sleep can have on sleepers. This lack of REM sleep means no dreaming occurs, and Naiman claims that this is detrimental to the physiological and psychological well being of the sleeper.
His data seems to suggest an “epidemic” of dreamless sleep is occurring on a large scale, and that this could spell disaster.
Even if a person is getting proper REM sleep they can wake up remembering their dreams then quickly forget details or even the entire thing. Scientists believe this is due to the flood of chemicals found in the brain only when you sleep. That’s why those who study dreams and their meaning, recommend keeping a detailed journal, in which you record the previous night’s unconscious adventurers as soon as you wake.
But even when you remember your dreams it can be hard to know exactly what your dreams mean. Many experts believe that dreams are the mind’s way of processing real life events.
“In my research I have found that dreams tend to be a continuation of our thought stream from the day,” Professional Dream Analyst Lauri Loewenberg explained. “Whatever we dream at night can be connected to what happened, what was on our mind or what we talked about the previous day.”
While many experts disagree with his findings, the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud actually spent a lot of time studying dreams and their relation to the psyche. He believed that dreams were the subconscious mind’s way of relating wish fulfillment to the conscious mind. What this means is that the literal content of the dreams (what he labeled as manifest content) had a hidden, psychological meaning (latent content), and uncovering this latent content was not always as straightforward as a direct interpretation.
Despite each dream’s meaning being personal to each individual, there are general themes and occurrences within dreams that are shared by most of the population. Loewenberg, who also runs whatyourdreammeans.com, labels these common dreams “archetypes” saying that they may even mean the same thing for those that dream them.
“These archetypes are so common and hold common meanings because we all have these common waking life stresses that trigger these dreams,” Loewenberg stated.
So let’s take a look at 5 of the most common dreams and their interpretations.
5 Common Dreams
and Their Interpretations
One of the most common and frightening dreams is a dream about falling. Often this is not connected with a specific situation within the dream, but in real life it can mean that you are trying hard to hold on to something. It’s commonly held that if you are falling in your dream, that there has been some let down or depression within your waking life.
This dream is a common stress dream. Physiologically those who grind their teeth at night are highly likely to dream about their teeth falling out at some point. Psychologically, many experts agree that this dream can be associated with miscommunication, primarily caused by the dreamer regretting something they may have said or done.
Naked in Public
This one may seem obvious, because of the visceral feelings of embarrassment this dream can provoke, but experts believe that finding yourself naked in public within your dream can indicate feelings of vulnerability. You may fear being exposed in some way.
Being chased is another quite frightening dream, and often reflects the dreamer’s fear and subsequent avoidance of something specific in their waking life. While the entity or force chasing the dreamer may relate to the real life thing being avoided, often the dreamer may not even know or feel they know what it is while asleep.
Being Unprepared or Late
Walking into a test you haven’t studied for, or being very late for an important appointment is actually very common in the dream world. The most common dream for those who are confronted with deadlines, being late or unprepared in your dream can be an expression of constant pressure. In some cases the dream can be related to self-imposed deadlines or opportunities. Often when a person has set lofty goals for themselves the reality of the struggle to achieve those goals is what promotes these kind of dreams.
We hope this information is useful for those looking for answers within their dreams. What dreams have you had and what have they meant to you? Leave us a comment below.