Common Dreams

Dreaming can be more than a simple state of the brain. We can experience waking dreams, daydreams, even dreams that appear to be shared or prophetic. Some people are lucid dreamers a special skill that not everyone can master. Some people experience specific recurring dreams, while certain sicknesses can bring on night terrors. Sometimes we can even experience false awakenings, where we think we have woken up, but are still dreaming. Here we will explore some of these phenomena.

Daydreams

Daydreaming was once thought to be a lazy pursuit,  I am  sure most of you have been reprimanded for daydreaming at one point or another. It is, however, a metabolically intense mental process, and can be very rewarding. In recent years, scientists have demonstrated that daydreaming is a fundamental feature of the human mind – so fundamental, in fact, that it’s often referred to as our “default” mode of thought.

Daydreaming is a crucial tool for creative thought, and allows the brain to make new associations and connections. It can spawn new ideas or methods; the daydreaming mind is free to engage in abstract thought and imaginative ramblings, and as a result, we’re able to imagine things that don’t actually exist.

Nightmares and Night Terrors

Chances are everyone here has experienced a nightmare. A horrible dream, complete with emotional turmoil, which causes the dreamer to wake and stay awake, nightmares are fairly common occurrences. The main purpose of a nightmare is to wake the conscious mind — usually to change sleeping position.

They can also be caused by stress or over-exhaustion. Surprisingly, children under the age of five do not experience nightmares at the same rate as older children, while children over five seem to have nightmares at a rate of once per week.  Night Terrors, however, are not as common.

A typical night terror episode usually occurs in the first hour of sleep. The subject sits up in bed and screams and appears awake but is confused, disoriented, and unresponsive to stimuli. Although the person seems to be awake, they do not seem to be aware of any surrounding presence and usually do not talk. The person may thrash around in bed and does not respond to comforting by others. A person’s heart rate can escalate during the terror, along with sweating and harsh breathing.

Researchers have found that nightmares can serve as a benefit to the human mind. The intense feeling of dread and uncertainty might be preparing the dreamer for a tragic event or a stressful situation. The nightmare may occur for you to either come to terms with a traumatic past and emotionally heal.

Lucid Dreams

Some people, referred to as Oneironauts or Lucid Dreamers, are able to control the setting and plot of their dreams. A lucid dream can begin in one of three ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes that he or she is dreaming, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state with no apparent lapse in consciousness.

A mnemonic-initiated lucid dream (MILD) can happen when the dreamer intentionally affirms to himself or herself that he or she will become lucid during the upcoming sleep. Reaching lucidity can sometimes occur due to dream-signs or spontaneously upon remembrance. These dreams can be fantastical, where anything is possible, and can often be very real — complete with touch, smell, and taste sensations.

Recurring Dreams

Recurring dreams are quite common and are often triggered by a certain life situation or a problem that keeps coming back again and again. These dreams may recur daily, once a week, or once a month. Whatever the frequency, there is little variation in the dream content itself. Such dreams may be highlighting a personal weakness, fear, or your inability to cope with something in your life – past or present.

Common recurring dreams themes often revolve around either being chased, water, tests, falling and teeth dreams. Recurring dreams usually start during a time of uncertainty or reflecting a stressful event in ones life.

False Awakenings

Have you ever thought you have woken up and gone about your daily morning routine: getting up, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast and going to work, only to wake up “again” and realize that what just happened is just a dream. That sensation is referred to as a false awakening. Some people can experience four or five false awakenings before they truly wake. This phenomena was the basis for the film Groundhog Day.

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rei
rei
1 day ago

i just had a dream… where my late mom and grandma came to me and asked me to come with them, coz i wasnt loved by my family anymore…. she even said she would buy me a car :’) i didnt know what she meant but i thought if my alarm didnt wake me up, i would be happy to go with her :’)

rei
rei
Reply to  The Dreamer
21 hours ago

i had few dreams about my late mom. its been 5 years but i feel like she just passed away few days ago 🙁
sometimes i cant remember the dream clearly, but i just knew that it was about her 🙁

racc
racc
18 days ago

i have a lot of dreams involving people like favorite content creators. like youtubers or streamers. not sure what it means. i always thought it was just because i think about them a lot so they are just in my subconscious

Beatrice Francis
Beatrice Francis
1 month ago

I could remember a few in my dream and wat I remember was I was eating watermelon and red apple in my dream and I was told that eating in the dream is not good thing then everything changed I went back home and I saw someone celebrating a birthday and I wanted to help the person take a picture then I noticed some of the cake have fallen on the floor so they picked it and dusted it they brought the cake to my house them all of a sudden I saw someone stole a black basin from my… Read more »

Janet
Janet
1 month ago

I dream constantly and I only remember small details that are just enough to know they would be great fiction books. I also have several recurring dreams, one is where I am shopping at a mall or visiting a busy business and come out to find my car is gone. Instead of reporting it to the police, I start walking around thinking I will find it, which often times ends up in other situations. The only common theme is the missing car and walking a long way. Sometimes I end up in a strangers house with many people, children and… Read more »

Janet
Janet
Reply to  The Dreamer
1 month ago

Thank you for that insight. I will give that some thought.

Dee
Dee
2 months ago

My recurring dreams involve either rushing to pack a suitcase for a trip, usually snow skiing, or arriving at the destination without all the ski clothes needed. Note: I haven’t been skiing in 25 years and when I do travel, I’m usually very organized and prepared well in advance. What can these dreams mean?

See: Suitcase dreams in search bar and how to stop recurring dreams

Jessica
Jessica
2 months ago

Why do I dream every night and if it not every night it is every two nights (I don’t have a problem it’s nonsense I dream about) but I was just wondering …and it is never a nightmare only funny stuff that makes no sense?

John
John
1 year ago

I frequently dream of living in two apartments at same time. Either because I forgot to cancel one contract, which in fact I did in real life or for some other reason.

Colette Roden
Colette Roden
1 year ago

I had a dream of my dead dad and he was giving me Christmas presents , but I said to him that he forgot my birthday and he just shrugged what does this mean .

regan
1 year ago

i had a dream about inappropriate stuff like making love for like a month straight and it was the same thing over and over

Gay
Gay
1 year ago

… I had a dream that my mom had a bunch of clones in a where house and i killed them.. what does that mean (btw i killed them with a knife and scissors.

Ronda
Ronda
1 year ago

i constantly dream of a half empty (almost abandoned) apartment building or house with lots of hidden room. Some of the rooms are wonderful and some are scary even terrifying. There is other peoples furniture and i can take it if i choose to. it seems I’m always packing to move also. In my dream I’m fearful of losing everything and I can never move out in time. Sometimes someone else comes in and claims everything.

Katy
Katy
Reply to  Ronda
1 year ago

With few exceptions, when you dream about a residential place (house, apartment, etc) – even if it isn’t one you recognize in real life and even, in the dream, if it isn’t “yours” (ie if in the dream you are visiting a friend)- houses symbolize the dreamer. With that in mind, you can reflect on what the dream of your apartment symbolizes/reveals about your life- externally and/or internally. It could reflect external circumstances, internal emotional, mental, spiritual feelings, etc. Without interpreting it for you, some examples/hints to get you started would be: The fact that it’s abandoned leads me to… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Katy
M.A.M.B.A
M.A.M.B.A
Reply to  Katy
1 year ago

ohhhhh Well said! The apartment is your mind. I had a similar dream… Always a new door. OPP (Other People’s Property) is always there just showing me that I let people get to damn comfortable in my mental space, thus draining me emotionally and mentally. You can choose to lock the doors or leave them open, explore them or just stay afraid and leave them alone. Either way You hold the Skeleton Key. Don’t make a copy of it… that way nobody can get into your head and claim everything. Dis-ease in the mind leaves a dirty abandoned house. Clean… Read more »

Jade
Jade
1 year ago

When I was little in kindergarten I had this recurring nightmare that me and my sister and babysitter were playing outside for hours and my babysitter invited her friends over it was night and my sister was sleeping in her room and I was outside playing jump rope and then all of a sudden I notice in the corner of my eye i seen 4 red dots I get closer and I see that it is a 2 headed dog with red eyes and it tried attacking me and then my babysitter and sister started atacking me for no reason.… Read more »

M.A.M.B.A
M.A.M.B.A
Reply to  Jade
1 year ago

Being attacked in a dream is no joke. But to me I always felt that being attacked in my dream space was just a sign of how great I really am. A mental demon per say. It tries to attack you mentally to break you down.It is a mixture of different things and it really depends on where you are spiritually but dis- ease in the mind is disease in the body. It literally traumatized you mentally until you physically couldn’t sleep…

S.M. Sodes
S.M. Sodes
1 year ago

When i was little, I dreamt i was outside by a neighbors house on a sunny day in the summer. I suddenly got this feeling, and a witch(you don’t see her, you don’t hear her, you just feel her and know she’s there) comes and takes me away. She then cuts my legs off(mid thigh, i don’t see or hear it, i can just fee the lack of leg) and i die, but my mind is somehow awake. Throughout, my friends and family cant do anything. They just know and feel that they cant do anything to help, and cant… Read more »

Dorcus
Dorcus
1 year ago

Hi

its being three day know and i always dream walking in the water and inside the house what does that mean for me.

#potatosack
#potatosack
1 year ago

i always have dream that can predict the future and some are obvious some not as obvious it usually happens a week after the dream but it can extend to up to a month (with my experience)

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

my recurring dream is I fly out of my window screaming and can’t get back home as I’m going faster than a car

David McArthur
David McArthur
1 year ago

My most recent dream is a pleasant one that puts me in a series of connected high school corridors as I and a pretty girl wander through them, talking. She stops to place an object in one locker, then takes out another object. This continues, and as we walk I sketch various people and objects along the way. There is tenderness
and closeness as we go along, almost approaching love.

Amanda Smith
Amanda Smith
2 years ago

My most common dream or should I say a nightmare is my house being haunted. I know when it haunted there are some personal issues I need to sort our in my life. These would be unconscious but eventually being open minded you become more aware of what the dream was hinting at. Great article and I will check out the dream forum the next time I get stuck on the meaning of my dreams.