“I was falling!” “I was being chased!” “I was naked!” No matter what the topic of your dream, there is always a meaning behind it, whether you are aware of it or not. Understanding what your dreams mean can help you have a better insight into your own life.
A typical 4 stage sleep cycle lasts around 90-120 minutes. You can have dreams during any stage of your sleep cycle, but your most vivid occur in stage 4, or REM sleep. Your first dream of the night usually lasts about 5 minutes. However, your last dream before you wake up can take up to 45 minutes. Along with your body almost waking up, this long dream is another reason you remember your last dreams better than the first.
With so many different types of dreams and new meanings coming out all too frequently, I thought I would be fun to share some meanings of common dreams!
1. Naked Dreams
Whether you are feeling insecure, vulnerable, or fear exposure, naked dreams may be a common occurrence for you. Lacking clothes means you have nothing to hide behind, which leaves you helpless for everyone to see. Maybe you are hiding a secret and are afraid others will find out or are able to see right through you to the core. Naked dreams can also occur during a time of change in your life when you are worried about people judging or criticizing you.
2. Death Dreams
I have heard many times that if you dream about yourself dying, then that means you will die soon. Who comes up with stuff like that? That statement could not be more false, and has not been proven to be true. If you died in your dream, it means you are embarking on a new beginning. Metaphorically, death means an end to something and possibly starting over. Maybe you are going through a transition in your life, such as a breakup, new job, or school. Maybe you have quit a long-time bad habit and are working to better yourself. So if you do have a dream in which you die, do not freak out! Simply think about the changes currently going on in your life and analyze why you had that dream.
3. Falling Dreams
Whenever I have falling dreams, it always occurs the second I fall asleep, which is usually caused by a body twitch when I transition into a sleep stage. It seems as if I am falling and I suddenly jerk back awake. This is very common for people to experience.
However, the falling dreams that have meaning occur in your normal sleep cycle, not when you’re falling asleep. Feeling as if you are of control of a situation can lead to a falling dream, and when you fall, you are completely out of control and do not feel like you can save yourself. Falling dreams can also indicate insecurity in your life.
4. Chasing Dreams
Words cannot describe how much I loathe these dreams. No matter how hard I try to get away from the person chasing me, I can never run fast enough! And it’s these dreams that seem the most real and wake me with a fright. One cause of this type of dream is because you are avoiding something in your life. Big or small, running from that bad guy or monster signifies you would rather hide than face the issue at hand. Chase dreams can also symbolize fear. Whatever you are afraid of might be what you are running from.
This might be why I had to many dreams about being kidnapped and running away from bad guys…I was terrified of being taken!
I think it is so interesting that our body is trying to subconsciously tell us something important about our lives. Whether we listen to it is another question.
What do you dream about? Do any of these dreams fit a description of your life?
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