On average, we have about five dreams every night – lasting between 15-40 minutes each.
Some we can remember in detail the morning after. Some we can’t remember at all. Some follow a logical narrative. Others are abstract and irrational. But what on earth do they actually mean?
Here at Dreamers, we have a particular interest in this area. We’re all about making sure that people have the right bed to drift off into a deep sleep and enjoy their nightly dreaming session. And here we take a closer look at dream meanings and what the most common dreams are likely to signify.
What do dreams mean?
Truthfully…the jury is still out on whether they mean anything at all.
In fact, despite considerable research into both the neuroscience and psychology of dreams, sleep experts are still unsure why dreams happen. And over the years, there’s been many different theories regarding the purpose of dreaming – and what they could potentially symbolise.
One of the most famous was that proposed by renowned psychologist, Sigmund Freud. He believed that dreams were the ‘royal road to the unconscious’, and revealed our subconscious wishes and desires. Another is called the Threat Simulation Theory, which describes dreams as a defence mechanism, allowing us to face our fears in a safe simulation. Some researchers simply believe that dreams mirror human behaviour, and reflect who we are, what we need and what we believe in.
It’s still a topic of much debate. But whilst the meaning of dreams certainly isn’t black and white, many so-called interpreters and analysts have published ‘dream dictionaries’ – which identify some of the most common themes that people experience and what they probably mean.
5 common dreams and their probable meanings
1. Being chased
Dreams about being chased can be pretty scary. You may not know what or who is chasing you and, often, people feel as though their legs aren’t working or they can’t run fast enough.
According to the analysts, this particular type of dream could mean that you’re trying to avoid something in your daily life. For example, you may be trying to run away from something that is causing you fear or anxiety. Or in some cases, the chaser may even represent an aspect of yourself, such as your own feelings of anger or jealousy or your concerns about a particular situation.
Falling in a dream can be interpreted in two ways.
If you’re overcome by fear, it could be a sign that something in your life isn’t going very well. It’s likely to signify your insecurities and worries about a situation and may suggest that you need to rethink a choice or take a new direction. On the other hand, if you feel happy, free-falling in your dream may be a positive thing – suggesting that you’re not afraid and ready to embrace change.
3. Naked in public
If you’ve ever had a dream about being in your birthday suit in public, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common dreams that people have and interpreters believe that, essentially, it symbolises a fear of social embarrassment. It may indicate that you’re worried about your appearance, uncomfortable in your skin, or afraid of revealing your imperfections.
Alternatively, some people suggest it could symbolise a fear of being wrongly accused or exposed.
4. Teeth falling out
Bizarrely, people often have dreams about their teeth – either that they’re loose or falling out.
Such dreams typically stem from self-confidence issues, such as anxieties about your appearance and how others perceive you. And some analysts believe they may be caused by a fear of rejection, feelings of powerlessness, or concerns about your ability to communicate effectively.
5. Failing an exam
Although they’re most associated with children and young adults (who are taking exams), at least 1 in 5 people will experience a ‘failed exam’ dream at some point in their life. These are renowned for feeling particularly real, with people convinced they have sat and failed a test when they wake up.
What do they mean? Again, they’re believed to reflect a lack of confidence or an underlying fear of failure. They may also indicate that you’re not ready for a certain situation or the next stage of your life.
Dreaming of a new bed?
Ok, so we’re by no means an expert in the meanings of dreams. But we are experts in beds. And whilst we can’t properly explain the night-time journey that happens inside your head, we can help to create the ideal environment – to ensure you get your full five dreaming sessions every night.
We have a comprehensive range of beds and mattresses to choose from – all high-quality, supplied by some of the industry’s best brands, and available for a competitive price. And there’s something to suit all sleep preferences. So why not take a look and treat yourself to the bed of your dreams?
Our team are always happy to help. Therefore, if you have a question or would like to find out more about the products available, please feel free to get in touch. Either give us a call on 01942 275 464 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.