Whether it's a series of images or random events, or maybe something you were thinking about before you went to sleep, we wake up every morning wondering what on earth our dreams really meant. From unlocking memories to getting to grips with unresolved real life issues, there is no concrete evidence of why we dream of certain things.
Here are some of the most common dreams that people report:
Dreaming about snakes can have many different meanings. If the snake is biting you, it reflects abusive and hurtful remarks made by you or others. However, if you are running away from a snake that is chasing you, this can symbolise someone or something that you are afraid to face. Dreaming about a specific snake can be very revealing: a boa constrictor can represent something that is restricting you, a rattle snake may represent something that is evil in your life and a cobra may symbolise being hypnotised by someone's charm.
The common recurring dream of your teeth falling out is also open to interpretation. It could mean a period of change in your life, revealing the anxiety that you are going through. Another representation is feeling insecure about something, which goes back to the subconscious memory of losing our teeth when we were younger. It also could represent the loss of someone or something.
Dreams around flying reflect what is going on in your life at the moment. It could be a transitional stage; feeling that you can lift off at any moment or suggesting a happy mood. This is a very positive dream, which will hints at future luck.
On the other side of the spectrum, one of the most frequent dreams that we have is falling. One theory suggests that this signifies a loss of control over an aspect of your life, or it can imply that something in your life has been neglected.
Dreams that we remember are experienced during REM sleep (one of the five stages of sleep that most people experience nightly), but why do some people remember every single detail and others only remember fragments?
Research suggests that there is an area of the brain involved in information processing, which can be affected by sleep deprivation, pregnancy (mad dreams caused by lots of hormones) and sleep apnoea (more nightmares!).
Scientists and researchers are still baffled by what our dreams mean and even in the 21st Century they still haven't found the reason. There is not one right answer as whatever meaning you have depends on the dreamer.