During a typical lifetime, people spend an average of 6 years dreaming!
Whether we can remember them or not, the average person has 3-6 dreams per night and each dream typically lasts between 5-20 minutes. They can be fascinating, exciting, terrifying, or just plain weird. While there is no clear consensus on why we dream, researchers have learned quite a bit about what happens while we are dreaming. For example- we forget the majority of our dreams before we wake up, not all dreams are in color, animals dream and it’s even possible to control what goes down in our dreams! Seems pretty cool, right?
However, our emotions also hugely come into play in our dreams- our sub conscious mind is always ticking away and it can form situations which leave us feeling anxious, stressed, scared or confused. Negative emotions are the most common in dreams because it’s what our mind focuses on over happy, joyful emotions, so if you feel like your dreams were so much more fun when you were younger, this is why. Growing up makes room for more stressful situations and this is what dominantes our mind during sleep- I know, being an adult sucks!
By reading and interpreting your dreams you can discover things about yourself, such as what your brain is trying to tell you, or what you really want in life. It can also be used to tell you what you’re afraid of and what you truly desire.
We’ve researched the most common dream themes and what they mean. So, prepare for a few home truths…
1) Teeth falling out
This is probably one of the most common dreams that people have. This is a sign of insecurity. It represents feeling insecure about some part of yourself or your life. The anxiety that you feel in the dream about having missing teeth can symbolize your concerns over self-worth, self-image, or how you are being treated by others.
2) A loved one dying
This is one of those dreams which leaves you feeling sick and panicked when you wake up and you may think it can only mean that awful things are going to happen. However, dreams are not premonitions so don’t worry! This dream normally means that you are undergoing a transitional phase and are becoming more enlightened or spiritual. Although such a dream may bring about feelings of fear and anxiety, it is no cause for alarm as it is often considered a positive symbol. Dreams of experiencing your own death usually means that big changes are ahead for you.
3) Dreaming of water, the sea or a tsunami
Water related dreams can mean you feel overwhelmed or unsupported by your loved ones. To see a tsunami specifically in your dream means that you are being overwhelmed by some repressed feeling or subconscious material that is rising up to the surface. You may be worried that you’re going to be swept away by the stresses in life. This can also been that you’re drowning in financial difficulties.
4) Being trapped
This is pretty self explanatory. You’re feeling trapped in life. It’s thought to mean that you need a change or a fresh approach to your life or your current situation. Look for another job or think about going on a small holiday.
5) Being naked in public
Becoming mortified at the realization that you are naked in public, reflects your vulnerability or feelings of shamefulness. You may be hiding something and are afraid that others can see right through you. Metaphorically, clothes are a means of concealment and nudity can symbolize being caught off guard.
6) Cheating on your partner
When you dream cheat on your partner this can often symbolize feelings of guilt and self-betrayal or that you have compromised your beliefs or integrity. It doesn’t have to necessarily have anything to do with sex or dating — sometimes cheating dreams represent a situation where you cheated or where you were being dishonest.
7) Being cheated on
Being cheated on in a dream can often feel so real that you actually go and accuse your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other of it and wake up FURIOUS. These dreams are unsettling and disturbing, however dreams about infidelity are rarely about cheating, but rather more about your own feelings of insecurity.
8) Dreaming of animals
These dreams can usually be linked to survival or the instinct to keep going no matter how difficult things are. It can mean you’re holding things back that you should express.
9) Falling in your dream (which often makes you jump and wakes you up!)
This means that you’re thinking about letting go of something you’ve been holding onto for a while now. It could also mean that no matter how hard you’ve tried at something, you keep failing at it and you need to let it go.
10) Dreaming of a car crash
Car crash dreams are common and usually mean that you’re in a conflict with someone close to you and it needs resolving ASAP.
This can mean you feel like you’re not in control, and you’re being excluded by someone or a group of people from something they’re doing together. It’s common to dream about spiders after you learn you’re being cheated on by a partner.
12) Desperately trying to find a toilet
This symbolizes your need to express yourself and meet your own personal needs. If you dream about searching frantically for a toilet and then finding one clogged up and horrible, it means you feel like no one is listening to you.
13) Being late for work
Dreaming about being late for work can represent a lack of control over your career. It can manifest as a fear of change in your work life, a feeling of unworthiness of your job or an upcoming promotion. It can also symbolize an unconscious fear of missing an opportunity or missing out on something critical – for example, developing your relationship, raising a family, etc.
14) UFOs or aliens
If you’re dreaming about being TAKEN by the aliens, it can mean you’re scared of losing your home but if you’re just dreaming about aliens talking to you, it can mean you want to try new things and meet new people.
15) Dreaming of horses
This can symbolize speed and freedom and if you’re dreaming about being ON a horse and riding it away, it might mean you want more freedom in your life.
16) Dreaming about dismantling a bomb or preventing an attack
A dream about disarming or removing a bomb or preventing an attack can suggest that you are trying to control your own anger, or it could suggest that someone’s anger is out of control and you are trying to make them feel better at peace.
17) Being in prison
This represents your fear of being held back or being STOPPED from doing what you want to do.
18) Dreaming that you’re pregnant
This can either mean that you ARE pregnant, or you’re growing as a person and want to develop further.
19) Dreaming your on the toilet in public
This connects to the dreamer’s need and desire to have a sense of privacy and individuation which is somehow being challenged in their current life.
20) Demons or monsters
This tends to mean that you’re looking to change aspects of yourself. If you keep seeing YOURSELF as a demon, you need to think about what you don’t like about yourself, and change it!