dailyrecord: Today is World Sleep Day, the annual awareness event celebrating the simple act of getting some good rest.
It’s also a time to look at the way you dream – and what it can mean.
Whether or not we remember them, everyone dreams an average of 90 mins to two hours.
Here are some of the common recurring dreams people experience and what they could mean.
If you dream you are falling through the air it’s an indication there are things in your life that are overwhelming you or are needing changed, or that you need to let go of or take a new direction. It’s also been described as a symbol of your real-life fears of failing.
If you find yourself being pursued in a dream, it’s a sign of stress, pressure and a need or want to escape from that fear and distress. As one of the most common dreams, the anxiety can be very realistic – but it’s not the chase we are frightened of, it’s what we are running from in real life.
If the pursuer is an animal, we may be hiding from our passion and anger and if it’s a person, it may represent past issues or relationship problems past or present.
These can be some of the most resonant dreams. Sometimes they are about sexual expression but they are not always about making love – it can be about wishing to copy or match the abilities and strengths of the other person in the dream.
It’s also a symbol for a passionate connection with yourself and others. If you dream of cheating or being cheated on, that could be a sign that there are trust issues in your relationship.
Another dream staple, this is a sign that there is an element of your life which leaves you feeling vulnerable or afraid of exposing your insecurities. It could be a sign that you need to open up to others to display your figurative worth.
Dreaming of your death or the death of a loved one, is unsettling and commonly interpreted as fear of the unknown or imminent change.
The death in the dream is the ending of one phase of your life, making way for the new experiences to follow. It can also relate to children or loved ones reaching age-significant milestones.
Dreaming you are stuck in exams or tests, and usually not doing well, is a sign you are putting your own life and real-life performance under examination. It’s also symbolic of a fear of failure and a sign we perhaps have lessons to learn from the past.
This is a cathartic celebration of being released and freed from circumstances and experiences which have been dragging you down during the day.
You may have recently made a big decision and are now free to rise above the problem or crisis you have passed. It’s also a symbol for independence and may represent a confidence in sexuality.
This is a sign you are struggling with confidence as you deal with issues of power and importance in real life.
Losing teeth in a dream can symbolise losing power and the ability to be assertive and strong.
Nightmares about monsters or demons mean there is something about your life or yourself that you wish to change. It is a sign of being unsettled, and can also represent repressed emotions.
If you find yourself trapped in a claustrophobic space, this is about needing a minor change in your life or a new take on the world. It can be about how people feel trapped in a career, love life or cash problem.
Source: Published by dailyrecord