Dreams About Falling: Meaning Of Falling Dreams

Falling dreams are the most frequent among all the common dreams we experience in our lifetime. Researchers say the average human will experience falling in a dream up to five times in their lives.

These vivid nightmares often revolve the dream Falling, Slipping, Jumping or Being Pushed from high above ground. Researchers tend to believe falling in dreams may be a result from a natural disorder called Parasomnias, whereas dream analyst feel it is to do with not being grounded.

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Reasons For Falling Dreams

A phenomenon called Hypnagogia is a common yet natural experience that occurs during the transition state between wakefulness and sleep. Similar to the state experienced from sleep paralysis, falling in dreams is considered a “hypnagogic state” known to make the dreamer feel like they are actually falling.

According to the American Academy of Sleep say there are many reasons why one experiences these disturbances. One theory suggests falling dreams are connected to what is taking place in our waking life. Whenever we dream of falling we have lost control in some aspect in our life that needs to be identified. Possibly a metaphor for a need to be  grounded or lost touch with reality.

  • afraid of losing your job
  • connecting to relationships
  • not having control in a situation
  • lack of confidence
  • embarrassed that you wouldn’t make the cut
  • your not in control of your destiny
  • hitting rock bottom
  • insecurity
  • need proper grounding
  • spiritual grounding

Falling In Dreams & Waking Up

Hypnagogic jerks are involuntary muscle spasm that occurs right before you go to sleep or just walking up. Researchers say that these consistent, yet strong  unexpected contractions happen up to 70 percent of sleepers. However not all falling sensations will force you out of sleep, most go unnoticed sleeping right through them.

Also known as hypnic jerks or sleep starts which are accompanied by hallucinations; sensations of falling, bright lights and exploding head syndrome. Some scientist believe certain factors, such as stress, anxiety, fatigue, caffeine and sleep deprivation, may increase the frequency or severity of hypnic jerks.

Another scientific take on this is when the brain sends electrical signals to muscles to test for this paralysis, but it has not yet kicked in. However this mystery still remains inconclusive.

Another popular theory takes a more evolutionary approach to falling dreams, suggesting that the jerks are an ancient primate reflex to the relaxation of muscles just before sleep — the brain essentially misinterprets the relaxation as a warning connecting to the primate falling off of the tree. This causes the brain to react quickly by sending signals to the muscles.

How To Stop Falling Sensations

  • avoid caffeine
  • do not oversleep
  • reduce stress
  • mediation
  • avoid stimulants
  • check medications for symptoms

Falling Dreams

#1. Losing Balance In Dream Meaning?

Dreams of losing balance are metaphoric in nature reminding you of your own lack of balance in life. Currently you may be unstable as you need proper grounding – a need to explore areas where you may be vulnerable or slipping that will cause a disturbance. The location and the people around you might give you a hint of what to look out for.

#2. Pushed In Dream?

A common dream is we are pushed by either an unknown person or someone you may currently know. These dreams are symbolic showing you that a person might be responsible for this lack of control or possibly yourself.

If you are unable to see the face of the person that pushed you might be connected to the shadow side of your personality. This is your neglected side or the unknown part that pushes you to your own troubles.

If you were pushing yourself to please other for example, this dream might be appropriate. If it was someone you may know they could be the person responsible or a reflection of someone who carries these similar traits.

This dream would imply you might be pushed to your limits. You could be a push over suggesting being to agreeable. Someone might catch you off guard.

#3. Lost Grip In Dream?

Trying to hold on for your dear life in your dream is a common occurrence. These dreams suggest a need for grounding in your life. You might feel a lack of control and it is unconsciously affecting your path.

You might want to explore different areas in your life where you feel you are just hanging on; or if you feel someone has the upper hand on you. You might need some more support in your life as you may experience a lack of control.

#4. Holding or Slipping In Dream

Holding on for dear life in your dream suggests that you are trying your best to fix a situation you may have no control over. This can either be with a relationship, friends or even your family.  It could also be connected to your emotions as you are trying to hold on before you crash.

Slipping and plummeting to your death is a quite a scary experience.  Slipping to your death suggests that you will eventually “slip up” in a particular situation that will cause emotional distress. Where you able to regain your grip? Did you fall to the ground? Where was your location? How did you feel when you slipped?

Trying to hold on for dear life at the edge or balancing on a cliff implies possible danger. Could it imply you live on the edge, or maybe you make risky decisions; hence being on the edge.  It’s quite possible you need some grounding physically and spiritually.

#6. Falling From A Building Dream

Buildings appear in our dream as things that have been previously built, metaphorically speaking relating to a new idea or project. It may also relate to your belief system, relationships, ideas, projects that has been “built” by you in the past. Falling from a building in your dream represents a loss of control or abandonment.

#7. Somebody Falling In Dreams

You might see the person who is falling as a metaphor for losing them in a particular way. You may feel the person is out of your control, or some other force has affected them. You might be witnessing distress from other people around you in your life.

Finding out who was with you, your emotional state and location are all clues to better decode the dream. If you feel helpless then it might imply you are not in control in helping others in danger.

#8. Falling Down A Staircase Dream

Stairs are symbolic in the sense as they show us advancement or progress in our lives. In this case falling down the stairs suggest you may experience a setback or delay in this area. If it was in your house could represent your mind/psyche in some personal development.

#9. Falling in water

Dreams about falling in water bring our attention to our emotional state of mind.  There could be a loss of control or unwillingly plunging into a part of yourself that makes you apprehensive.

#10. Landing at the bottom

This could suggest an ending of some sort of your life. Something where you might need to get to the bottom of things. Do you feel that you might hit rock bottom in life? Could this relate to your job or relationship?

Remembering how you fell on the ground can suggest what needs to be fixed in your life. If you fell on your back implies that you need more support in your life. If you fell on your hands means that you need more of a hand with people that are close to you.

If you fell in water means that you are emotionally breaking down and need to address your problem asap.

Spiritual Meaning Falling From Dreams

If you had the ability to land on your feet after the fall reflects overcoming a obstacle in your life. Falling then gliding yourself to safety shows you will find another way out of the difficult situation. Find out how to stop falling in your dream (r).

Quotes

“People who fall the hardest, bounce back the highest.” – Nishan Panwar.
“Just because we fell one time doesn’t mean we can’t get up and let our light shine.”
“When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep walking.

Falling dreams should never be overlooked especially if they are recurring. This dream could be unconsciously hinting at our insecurities and our beliefs in life . Though all falling dreams are not always bad symbols, but indications for us to open to change that is taking place.

Sometimes we need to hit rock bottom before we start a new stage. Dreams of this nature alert us to becoming more cognizant of our actions and behaviors in our life.

Famous dream analyst Carl Jung stated that falling is a warning as being too high in life, trying to impress others. This would be referring to the comparison to one’s neighbor as a benchmark for social class, or the accumulation of material goods. To fall in the dream would be perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority.

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christina
christina
1 year ago

I had a dream 2 nights ago that i was walking along a bridge with these massive pillars going along the middle and i had the ability to jump very high so i jumped up and grabbed one on the edge and it fell into the river taking me with it and i had just hit the water when i woke up. what did it mean?

Dylan
Dylan
1 year ago

I had one where I was on this massive crane way above the entire world and when I looked down I saw skyscrapers and clouds way below me, I was having trouble breathing and I had gone there to jump, then I remember thinking it through and deciding to not jump but a gust of wind knocked me off balance and I kept falling and falling, and the longer I fell the more it felt like my heart and soul was above my body, after hitting the cement I woke up very stressed.

Danielle whitaker
Danielle whitaker
1 year ago

I had just came outside with my aunt and grandma on my dads side we where at my great grandma’s (who is dead) and we went outside on the porch there was this black man in a yellow dress wearing make up but it wasn’t like drag but he had muscles on his shoulders and chest but his legs and arms where skinny so then I called him skinny and I knew he got mad so I ran inside and down to the basement I think I was only half way down when I felt something suddenly push me forward… Read more »

Shelly Proctor
Shelly Proctor
1 year ago

Can someone help me interpret my recurring dream? I’ve had a similar dream since childhood that I’m driving and I approach a tall bridge over the ocean. I attempt to drive over it. Rarely do I make it safely to the other side as the bridge either gives way and collapses when I’m at the top or the bride is not finished and my car falls from the very top and I fall i.to the ocean.

Tyson Henry
Tyson Henry
1 year ago

I closed my eyes and I went out of town as my parents said not to do, I went to chick-fli-a believe it or not but as I came back I realized I forgot my phone on the bench. As I was coming back I felt the wind blow though my face like I was sitting on the beach wind in my face and hot sand under my feet but only the wind was vicious and the trees dead, the grass dried, the walk way cracked, the sky shattered with all the pieces falling on me. By the time I… Read more »

Foxyoctopus
Foxyoctopus
1 year ago

My dream was quite positive actually.

I was falling off of a cliff in a car, but then the wind ripped the door open and I fell out of the car, I was scared first, but then I was completely calm. And I fell through someone’s roof, on their floor in the living room, and was absolutely fine, not even a scratch. The car was destroyed though. And I had the idea that I wanted to make a bike out of the spare parts.

Jenna Ackroyd
Jenna Ackroyd
1 year ago

So I dreamt I was on the side of a cliff like a goat I suppose and I couldn’t figure out how I got there and how to get back up. There was over grown shrubbery near my feet but it was a drop. To the left I got hold of some branches and pulled my way over into another ledge and got myself to safety.

Justice Krukoff
Justice Krukoff
1 year ago

I was on a ride similar to a ski lift in the city. Don’t know what it’s called but it was my best friend and I with about 5 other people who we didn’t know. I was on one end and my best friend was on the other directly across from me. A couple others were standing and one was next to me. I don’t know where we were heading or why we were on the lift but out of nowhere, the guy next to me says “wouldn’t it be funny if this just broke and we fell?” Then laughed.… Read more »

e t
e t
2 years ago

i was just having a regular dream and then it cut off and, completely unrelatedly, i felt like i was falling and when i hit the ground i woke up and gasped and my whole body jolted. i thought maybe it was something to do with my breathing??

Savana picou
Savana picou
2 years ago

I was laying down in my bed sleeping and I just had a vision that I fell out my bed and into darkness and I just jumped out of bed sweating and deep breathing. It was crazy. But I don’t know what it means

Sam Young
Sam Young
2 years ago

I was in a mall walking up a set of stares and I saw some I knew so I walked up to them and we greeted one another and went our ways I took a step back and I fell through a slight hole between the safety rail and the walk way at first I was able to grab on and hold on for a moment I was hanging there screaming for help but everyone both above me and below just stood there watching before I could scream again I felt my hands slipping and I accepted my fate and… Read more »

Jaiden B
Jaiden B
2 years ago

I’m confused. I had my first falling dream the other night. I was next to a rooftop, on a platform with my ex, and two really popular girls. I think I slipped the first time, but I also think it might have been on purpose. The two girls tried helping me up, but I pulled myself up and my ex didn’t care. It was almost like she intended for it to happen. we were on the platform for a bit, and then my ex pushed me off. There was an incredibly small time frame I could’ve caught myself in, but… Read more »

Kai
Kai
2 years ago

I had a dream recently where I was falling from a very tall building. I woke up gasping for air and when I finally went back to sleep the dream had continued. It didn’t stop until I woke up my girlfriend by texting her and asking if I could come over to her night the next day, she gave in. I still had the same dream when sleeping at my girlfriends’ house. I was totally shocked by the dreams I had and tried to do some activities before bed, luckily such thing worked. Thank’s for the article!

amanda
amanda
2 years ago

I woke up at 3:30am from a dream ..In the dream I woke up standing on the rail of a balcony I can see ppl standing below me.i was about 4 or5 stories up.but I didnt fall But almost I got myself down telling myself to think amanda think so I wouldnt fall..Then I was down at the bottom telling everyone what had just happen to me…Kinda flipped me out..it was so real…

Suzanne
Suzanne
2 years ago

I dreamt that I was skiing and at some point I jump way to high from a ledge or ramp or just jumping. Then I get really scared because I know I will fall and hurt and my heart starts racing. I fall and hit the ground, it hurts but also not really because it’s a dream and usually I wake up after that or I start dreaming something different. This dream reoccurs every once in a while and it’s hard to shake off the anxiety when I’m awake. The dream is often in a different setting, but usually somewhat… Read more »

blink-182
blink-182
2 years ago

I had a dream last night that was going seemingly normal (or as normal as dreams can be). Sure, there was a few weird bits here and there but that’s just how dreams are. However, at the end of my dream, me and a boy from my class (who I don’t really talk to) approached a large silver elevator that was built into our school. The whole school was made up, nothing like my real school, but for some reason I knew where everything was. It felt extremely familiar and I knew how it worked; you had to press the… Read more »

Sam
Sam
9 years ago

I jumped and didn’t make it to my destination, I died in front of one of my younger friends. I had my eyes closed as I was falling but I’m pretty sure it was on my hands and feet. What does it mean if you did it on purpose and died in front of a friend?

Steven
Steven
9 years ago

In my dream one second i was on the ground just walking around then next thing i know im falling from the sky heading towards the ground i dont remeber hitting the ground but when i got close to the ground i was falling from the highest point again\

Jessica
Jessica
9 years ago

So I’ve recently had a dream where my sister And I were in her car. She antes to return something at a Forever 21 store at a mall. And for some reason the mall was in a very high structure. The setting was very modern. My sister looked like se knew where everything was but I was just along for the ride. As she was driving she missed the first enterance to the store so we kept driving. As I was in the passenger seat I was really confused about why I was there. But as we both were looking… Read more »

Taylor
Taylor
9 years ago

In my dream I was holding on to the top cliff of a waterfall, and I just simply let go. I didn’t slip, lose grip, and I wasn’t pushed. I just let go. Does any one know what this means?