Types of 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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James
James
9 days ago

I had a dream about my deceased aunt and her children that I had no seen for 50 years. They were happy and the same age as the last time I seen them. They were very happy to see me and gave me gifts of clothing. Bright colored shirts and pants and a hat. My aunt smiled and her and the children vanished.

Ally
Ally
12 days ago

I had a dream I ran into my bathroom with scissors. I had angel wings alion /human face and a tail I was trying to cut my wings off but something happened and I ran out of the bathroom to protect my kids my wings sprawled out around my kids to keep them safe. What does that mean?

Anthony
Anthony
14 days ago

I used to have this recurring dream of a wolf in who was terrifying. The wolf stood 7 ft tall and had rotted and tore up skin, almost like a zombie warewolf. It was brown and had pearcing red eyes. In my dream, it would always try to push some type of satanic belief in my head. When it spoke to me it had the most chilling voice which was very quite and alien toned. I couldn’t speak to the wolf nor could I move. It was in control of my entire body. When it was done speaking to me,… Read more »

Zelia
Zelia
1 month ago

I had this dream once when I was on this strange island of some kind and some classmates of mine were there too, but like 5 seconds later a giant earthquake or some kind of natural disaster came and all I saw was different shades of blue and green and red for a while, and I also think I heard screaming. Then it ended, and my view was like I was a bird flying over the island. I saw some of my classmates dead and scattered around the island. Then I saw myself, standing normally, but someone I didn’t know… Read more »

August
August
1 month ago

Just under a year ago I had a dream of a monster made of yarn on the top half and had a long spike for an arm on the left and normal on the right. I went to school and found everyone dead. Then it trapped me and I died. Then the day restarted and I was alive and I stayed from school but it came up my driveway anyways and killed me. In the end my mom was driving me to the store, and I saw it following the car. It walked slowly but was never out of sight… Read more »

Sami
Sami
1 month ago

My dreams can be scary, happy, fun, funny or very deadly. Night dreams usually tell the story of what’s going on in my life. Usually I cannot bring the dream back to mind but occasionally, like this one I remembered it. Well, here’s the jist of the dream. I dreamt I was in a prison hospital. 2 other people in the room with me, one I thought i knew and the other, I definitely did not know. We somehow left the prison and went to the unknown girl’s house. Once there I wanted to write a letter to her parents… Read more »

April
April
4 months ago

A field trip into brown woods with some friends, a teacher, and a baby (my sister I believe); and we are headed back (in a roofless jeep type car) and I realized I left the baby (in her car seat) at the woods beach area. The teacher would not turn back for her. I also remember my phone floating in the water and me picking it up.

Either portal
Either portal
4 months ago

When I was about 7 years old I had a dream where I was playing with my friends when we saw a spider and it chased up my street. Then we where running up to the oval and for some reason the spider was now enormous. I ran along the side of the oval dbt tripped and fell into the bank. The spider jumped down and killed me. I woke up and ran to my mums room opened the door and told her about the dream.

Esther
Esther
5 months ago

I had a dream about my former classmate who in real life is obsessed with me. In the dream I repulsed and shunned him, yet he still kept on stalking and following me. What does that mean?

W247
W247
5 months ago

I had a false awakening before as when I was a teenager in 2017 and I even documented it(albeit sloppily)! I woke up rather late as I always do but was suddenly dragged under a stormy ocean with a lighthouse and I felt like I was drowning and I tried to scream but i woke up like 5 seconds later. It definitely terrified me at the time and I was super confused after because it never happened to me.

kiley
kiley
6 months ago

I have been having the same recurring dream/nightmare since I was a child, and I had surgery and I woke up on the operating table. I was 13 years old when it started and I am 43 years old now and I still have it every so often and I wake up in a panic then and now. If I think of the dream even when I am awake I have a panicked feeling and can’t breathe.

LadyJBug
LadyJBug
6 months ago

I had an reoccurring dream that my boyfriend at the time was sitting in a chair and he had a girl on each knee but he appeared to have zero interest or knowledge they were even there and I’m yelling at the top of my lungs at him but no sound comes out and it appears he can’t hear me or see me.. now this dream I had more than once actually turned out to be an internal Warning I’d ignored for 16 yrs..
what do you think the dream meant?

Joanna
Joanna
6 months ago

I am not sure what it means but I am woken up sometimes twice a night by someone calling my name. Tonight they had a whole different voice and I woke up right away. It was a raspy voice and I immediately felt like I was in danger and sat up in bed looking for the source but there was nobody here. Should I be concerned?

Lisa Miller
Lisa Miller
Reply to  Joanna
25 days ago

Yes you should be concerned you need to do a cleansing of the evil spirits who are following you. They are holding you back In your waking life that’s why things are not working out the way you planned get some black candles and light them every night before you go to bed it’s a easy start to drive away the bad spirits hope this helps

Annette
Annette
6 months ago

In my dream I am almost asleep. Just between wake and sleep. And suddenly random thoughts with images start flitting by. Passing threw me or over me. It’s like these thought and images are on a conveyor belt. Just flitting to me then gone. Any clues?

Kelly
Kelly
6 months ago

Woke from a horrible ‘dream’ of being forced into a straight jacket and taken to an asylum. I’m screaming for it to stop but I’m being ignored.

Savannah
Savannah
7 months ago

Lastnight or sometime this morning I had a dream I was at a gender reveal party I’ve been racking my brain all day trying to figure out what it means no luck yet

Marie
Marie
8 months ago

I have recurring dreams, that my Mum didn’t Die. She pretended to Die, because she didn’t love my Dad. (P.S. I know she died and loves my Dad) She comes back eventually for some reason, last night was she wanted Documents.

kaiden
kaiden
9 months ago

I have lucid dreams by thinking about water and swimming and such things a bunch before bed and then if you’re underwater in your dream then you’ll know you’re dreaming because you’ll be breathing underwater.

Lisa
Lisa
9 months ago

As anybody had recurring dreams about being able to be in a swimming pool and walk further down, different levels still being able to breathe.

Brianna
Brianna
9 months ago

I had a dream where I appeared in my childhood home but it was all broken down and old, full of dirt/rust. I was walking around calling out names of unfamiliar people. I then saw a clear sliding door after about 10 minutes.I jumped against it thinking it would break but it didn’t and I saw it was already open. I went out and called out to a truck which appeared to have a chili logo. I then saw my grand mother in a car,I called out to her and she didn’t recognize me. I asked her if she had… Read more »