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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Requell
Requell
1 month ago

I keep dreaming of my high school best friend and I don’t know why. I’m a girl and he’s a boy. Don’t know if that says anything. But from what I know I don’t be thinking of him. We have no sort of communication either.

Melanie
2 months ago

I keep having a dream that I have nowhere to live so at night I sleep in the house I grew up in (noone new lived there yet). The new owner would come and make me leave the premises but I always went back at night to sleep.

Beverly Chupik
Beverly Chupik
2 months ago

Every night for 4+ years my dreams are made up of all important places and people in my life, although some are 1,000 miles apart in reality, combined into one town, which I have named my town. I have actually started mapping it out, due to curious loved ones. They are always good, happy dreams. I’m actually quite the tour guide in “My Town”. Also, the map of U. S. and world change often. Once the US was in the African desert and next to Iran.

Tia
Tia
3 months ago

One of my most current, somewhat “recurring dreams”, even though when I awake, can hardly grasp or remember the contents of, seems to be in a setting of either a school, or a hospital. I am either a student or a nurse. I am usually studying to become a nurse and am about to sit a test to this effect and I usually fail it. I am usually lost and wandering the halls, staircases and rooms of the hospital or school. And sometimes am looking in lockers along the way. It seems neverending. In some of the cases of the… Read more »

joyjoy
joyjoy
3 months ago

I dreamed someone I was once a good friend with was at my front door. I wasn’t dressed and hurried to dress, I had been asleep. I was having trouble getting dressed, and was yelling thru the door just a minute hold on and then I remembered they were deceased. ?? I never was able to answer the door

Jennifer
Jennifer
4 months ago

I dreamed of a cop pulling me over and then he got out and asked me if a perfume bottle was mine and stated he would get me another one then told me to meet him over their in the catacombs
Very different for sure I even remember the location where he pulled me over
I dont really remember my dreams but when I do I try make since out of them ✨

Emily
Emily
4 months ago

i had a dream where i apparently moved into a new house completely gutted out. smooth cement floors. i remember there was a black couch and a little more furniture. my mom and sister visited and i was terrified to go upstairs. it was almost as if my intuition was telling something very very bad was up there. there were also 6 six cats but i only saw 2 of them. one of the was a white cat named “sally” i think. what does this mean?

Tracey
Tracey
5 months ago

I have recurring dreams where my boyfriend and I are on the run from the bad guys . We have ‘operatives’ in every country, cool gadgets and cars to get away in and people who set up fancy hotel rooms for us too. When the heat is on us these people “clean” our room for us , get our bags packed and shipped out and leave us earbuds , keys and clues to help us escape . . We always make it out .
My boyfriend says I have issues that need to be settled . Any thoughts ?

Brianna Thorne
Brianna Thorne
6 months ago
  • Last night, I was sleeping with my Lapis Lazuli crystal and I used a Frankincense essential oil in my diffuser and as I slept through the night, I had a dream about a couple of characters from Hellboy: The Golden Army (Prince Nuada and Princess Nuala) and they were talking about me while looking into a water mirror/portal and messages appeared in the mirror. I wonder what could have triggered this dream. Any ideas?
rian
rian
1 year ago

for some reason i had a dream that i kept on trying to date some guy (i dont know him, im assuming hes supposed to be my classmate), and i joked with him all the time. i offered to go to the mall with him to pick out some clothes n stuff for him and he accepted but another girl started tagging along and he started picking clothes out for her. then i got really angry and jealous and wandered off to another isle where i just looked at phones and stuff. the guy came up to me and told… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by rian
Steve
Steve
Reply to  rian
11 months ago

Great article about common dreams. I often have dreams about flying or being chased by a faceless killer. I am not sure why but when I stood up to my dad the next following dream I killed the attacker. I no longer have these dreams so it was based off of the fear that was created.

rei
rei
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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 year 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 year ago

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

Dee
Dee
1 year 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
1 year 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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.