10 Common Questions About Dreams

10 Common Questions About Dreams

Are You Questioning Your Dreams?

What are dreams, why do you dream, and where do dreams come from? By day, you consciously process tons of information and experiences. They impact your decision making, life path, and ultimately who you are. By night, your subconscious mind springs into action, accessing that databank on a deeper level and offering insight into that part of yourself that is elusive to your waking persona. You could call it the link between your two states of mind that channels relevant messages through mysterious images. Or, you can call it dreaming.

Ever wonder what your dreams mean? Call a dream analysis psychic and find out!

Understanding dream symbolism can provide heightened awareness into your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical state of being. A dream analysis psychic can help you solve problems, enhance creativity, and facilitate a better understanding of your authentic self. A dream analysis reading can be both revealing and enlightening.

As you prepare to delve into the world of dreaming, check out the answers to 10 common questions about dreams.

1. Why Do We Dream?

The answer to this question depends on who you ask. There are multitudes of theories about why we dream, but when dealing with such an ethereal subject, it’s unlikely we will ever be 100% certain. We can only hypothesize based on limited empirical support.

Some researchers believe we dream to process intense emotions that our conscious minds refuse to confront. Others claim dreams serve to consolidate our emotional memories into data that we can understand. Another theory is that dreams offer hallucinatory fulfillment of libidinal desires. At the opposite end of that spectrum is the idea that they simulate daytime threats to help us avoid them.

Still, others feel dream content protects our feelings and helps us cope with trauma. And, of course, there is a school of thought that insists there is absolutely no reason why we dream—we just do.

2. Does Everyone Dream?

Yes, everyone dreams. This includes mammals and birds who experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. When someone says they don’t dream, what they are really saying is they don’t remember their dreams. Remembering a dream is more likely if you wake up in the middle of it or almost immediately afterward. That’s why light sleepers who wake up frequently during REM sleep generally have better dream recall than people who snooze more soundly.

Perhaps your dream recall is better on the weekends or while on vacation because you don’t use an alarm clock. That jolt can be enough to abruptly disconnect you from your fantasy land, immediately erasing your dream and dropping you directly into the real world.

3. Why do Different People Dream the Same Things?

Whether you’re falling from a cliff, being chased or flying, there are universal dream themes that are timeless and without cultural or geographical boundaries. We often have similar dreams because they relate to the anxieties all humans share. Have you ever had a dream where you’re taking a test you’re not ready for, where you’re naked in public or where your teeth fall out? These dream symbols indicate your hidden fears—humiliation, loss of beauty, not being desired, or not being capable of succeeding at something.

4. What are Recurring Dreams?

According to the experts, intense, frightening dreams are both common and normal—as long as you don’t have them every night. However, uncomfortable recurring dreams are typically linked to an unaddressed anxiety. For example, let’s say you had a recurring dream about being gagged just before your mother comes to live with you. This recurring dream could mean you’re anxious about this change in your living situation but aren’t able to express those feelings. A reading with a dream analysis psychic could help you understand and examine your feelings so you’d be able to communicate them. Then, the recurring dreams may stop.

5. What is a Nightmare?

A true nightmare is usually brought on by a real-life event, like moving to a new place or a trauma, such as being the victim of a crime. However, nightmares, though disturbing, can be illuminating and instructive too. Use them to access emotions that should be dealt with.

Children are more prone to nightmares than adults, as they have not yet developed the skills to deal with their emotions in a waking state. Their nightmares about animals and monsters can be a sign of all the big things in life that they can’t understand yet.

6. Why are Some Dreams so Weird?

The answer is part biology, part your list of memories. The prefrontal cortex of the brain, responsible for logic and reasoning, is inactive during sleep. While it’s off duty, the other parts of the brain allow all sorts of crazy imagery to run amok. And as your subconscious mind grabs bits and pieces of your experiences to link old memories to new ones, it’s an associative conglomeration, not a logical, linear storyline.

However, when you discuss dream meanings with a dream analysis psychic, you may find that what appears as a haphazard array of images can actually be a group of symbols pertaining to the same theme. But then again, some dreams might just be crazy dreams of absolutely no significance.

7. Can Dreams Be Predictive?
Maybe. Although we don’t recommend thinking every dream is a glimpse into your future, there may be times when something you dreamed came to fruition. One famous example of dreams predicting the future is the time President Abraham Lincoln told his wife that he dreamed of his own assassination days before it actually happened. Was this just a coincidence?

8. How Long do Dreams Last?

REM sleep, the sleep pattern associated with dreaming, can last up to 45 minutes but it’s impossible to tell whether you’re dreaming the entire time. Some dream experts suggest that a dreamer’s memory of the dream is proportional to its actual length. This supports the theory that dreams can indeed last longer than merely the flash of an instant, as earlier theorists supposed.

9. What are Lucid Dreams?

Lucid dreams are dreams in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may have control over the environment, characters, and narrative. Some prefrontal neural networks exhibit higher activation levels during lucid dreams than during ordinary dreams.

10. How Can I Remember My Dreams?

Start a dream diary and keep it next to your bed. This will make it easier for you to record your dreams as soon as you wake up. Another great thing about keeping a dream journal is that you can have it to refer to during a reading with a dream analysis psychic!

There’s more to your dreams than you think! That’s why a dream analysis reading can get to the bottom of your dreams and discover what they have to say about your past, present, and future. Our dream analysis psychics know that no two dreams are alike. Aren’t you curious about your dreams?

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28 thoughts on “10 Common Questions About Dreams

  1. Trixi

    I used to have the same dream like every other week. I would be looking up some stairs. It wasn’t always the same stairs, but there was a powerful feeling like threat, but I never saw what it was. It was like unholy-scary! Then I thought if I have this dream again I’m gonna say-Go Away, what do you want. The next time I did that and I never had that dream or feeling again. ✝️

  2. Pam Boyd

    Whenever I was pregnant (5times..lol) I always dreamed of my teeth falling out. I could be in the middle of a conversation and all the sudden have to put my hand up close to my mouth to catch them. My daughter had the same dream during her pregnancies.

  3. Mary R

    Dreams are the brain’s wiring trying to connect random info/data, and trying to process emotions to that random info/data. Dreams are also a way the brain tries to resolve UNresolved emotion and events. OUr brain is very much like a computer..it has to defragment and organize date and process it or purg info/data that is now not needed. REM state allows for that happen and it refreshes the body. Weather peaceful dreams or not…it is needed for us to maintain a stable mental and physical state. We as human have to rationalize our dreams by giving them meaning and reasons as to why they were dreamt. If that help a person to deal with an emotional or to resolve an issue…then it’s a good thing.

  4. charles manning

    Dreams are a recapitulation of what happened after the last time you woke up. If you’re thinking a lot during that time about events that occurred long ago, the events related to those thoughts can also be recapitulated. However, because we have to be able to distinguish between dreams and events that occur while we’re awake, in dreams the events are disguised so that they make no sense after you wake up, if you even remember the dreams. Dream emotions are as real as emotions felt while awake, but due to the disguising in dreams, we don’t, normally, confuse dreams with reality. The purpose of dreams is to prioritize events we recall, making some remembered long term and allowing forgetting others that have little significance to our lives.

  5. Pebbles

    i some times have a dream where im at a place and i don’t like it. i hate it its so scary. and me and meh mom were there

  6. Larry

    I just dreamt about trying to figure out how many zeros are in a trillion and then a zillion. I wonder if that has to do with my frustration of not being able to figure out things mathematically beyond the basics. Also I have often dreamt about losing my dogs and am frantically looking for them. The best dreams are the ones where I am having a conversation with a loved one who has passed.

    1. Pebbles

      i have nightmares when im at the Strong. I go into a place that creeps me out. Then sombody yells at me. i hate it. its so dark and scary. there r ppl who hav kids and they r mean. its sooooo scary.

  7. Gary

    I often have night mares of the first time I experienced an attack on my US Army unit by the enemy in Vietnam, I was in a Tank recovery and rebuild, heavy equipment maintenance Battalion, I had only been in my unit 3 days when we were attacked. I spent the next 18 months in Vietnam, but that first experience is what has stuck in my mind. It’s like it was yesterday, but has been 50 years.

  8. Becky

    I’ve had dreams of a house with many hidden rooms I discover in my dreams. I’ve had dreams that someone has broken in during the night to harm me, I never see them but I can’t move or scream – I’m trapped. I’ve also dreamed of rats crawling over me. The last dream I had there was a blanket hanging and as the blanket blew in my direction coffee grounds were coming from it. In each of these dreams I’ve had I would google the main topic and get the reason behind such dreams.

  9. linda

    have had 5 dreams of an ex who i deepy love but had no contact around 42yrs. dont want to move on only want him. all day all nite he is in my heart

  10. snap211

    I have had dreams, that as I look back now, they were warnings about my future. In one particular dream I as riding alone in a taxi at night. It’s a small town similar to where I currently live. It was back in the 70 & it’s late at night. There’s very little traffic on the road. Back then there were no cell phones & I want to make a call so I need to ask the driver to pull into a nearby convenience store on the corner. As we’re coming to a stop light I start to lean forward to ask the driver to please turn into the store but then I’m shocked to find that there is NO driver. I had this dream around the end of 2014 or middle of 2015 & my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2016 & passed away that same year, two days after Thanksgiving. My husband always drove us everywhere. He insisted & I got used to it. I think this dream was only one of my things that I have had happen to me as warnings of what was to come. Many warnings that came to me have actually happened while I was awake.

    1. jana barlow

      Linda, you’re not alone. I had a premonition that my lost love had passed away-he had told me, 42 years ago that “if anything dire happened to him, I would know.” When I googled him, sure enough there was his obituary where he had passed away on the day that I felt the premonition. As I was grieving, he came to me in a lucid dream. He said in his own voice, ” I came back to get you, but you were already gone.” I told him, “but I was easy to find.” He told me that he had always loved me. I didn’t want to wake up. I found this to be a great comfort but am still struggling with the loss now and 42 years ago.

  11. Pebbles Stone

    Why, can I see clearly, and hear plainly, the voice of my boy friend , he sounds as he does when I am awake. I can never see nor hear my self in these dreams. There’s also a woman who he is blaming me for their ended friendship in these dreams, that we fight, and are considering parting ways.

  12. GrannyNow

    I have the most terrible dreams sometimes, like on a road and the car lights won’t work and I struggle to make my way down
    the road in the dark, gas pedal barely functional. It’s not good. I have this dream a lot. No need for me to write down my dreams. It’s usually a pleasure to forget them.

    1. George Grier

      Remember that we only use 10% of our brain powers… Maybe dreams are the remainder of cognitive powers waking up from dormancy… I once use to do meditation and breathing exercises.. which culminated into vivid Clairvoyant experiences that scared me so bad , i stopped doing that shit..! De ja vou is not to be fucked around with… Trust me..!!
      Imagine knowing beforehand some great catastrophe before it actually happened… I don’t want THAT kinda cognitive powers..!!

  13. mark

    Intuition (only) tells me my dreams are pathwAYS I will be familiar with when entering a pure spiritual world (physical death). It is instructional, sometimes warnings, sometimes maps to follow, choices we make to determine our destination in the afterlife. We will not be entering unknown territory…thats my thoughts. If you think they are bullshit, I don’t care. Bless you.

  14. Marlyne

    I dreamed my ex boyfriends mother called me, and he was at a trauma center. But when I saw him in my dream he was lying in a coffin. I remember my sobbing, and when I did wake up I had tears running down my face.


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