The Meaning of Dreams
From recurring situations to seeing familiar faces,
we're always researching dreams and how they can affect sleep.
As well as looking at the meaning of dreams, such as
your teeth falling out or being chased by snakes, your dreams can
also highlight patterns and affect the way you act the following
Working closely with our sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan we have
highlighted some of the UK's most popular dream situations and what
If you are going to bed and frequently
experience the same dream, this could be related to a learning or
message that you need to work out but aren't quite
Dr Nerina advises;
"Try writing the dream down in a journal and ask
it to reveal its meaning to you. Look for clues in the situation
and see if they match up with anything happening in your life. By
writing it down, you can compare each dream and spot any changes to
help work out the learning.
With recurring dreams, we cannot always expect
instant answers and it can take time to receive the answers. The
recurring dream might be a subconscious fear that we don't need to
Sometimes, we remember dreams so vividly that
they could be confused as reality. Other times, we don't remember a
Dr Nerina expands;
"We all dream but everyone has a different
capacity for dream recall. Some scientists believe that it's
related to empathy, and highly empathetic people remember dreams
more readily. Creative people certainly dream a lot and are more
able to remember their dreams. We can improve on our ability to
remember our dreams by writing them down".
Many people experience a sharp falling sensation
just before they fall asleep. No one truly knows what causes it to
happen but it is estimated that up to 70 percent of
people experience them occasionally.
Dr Nerina explains that;
"This is known as a hypnagogic jerk and is
related to the release of tension that you've accumulated
throughout the day. It is often related to letting go and allowing
yourself to relax".
Seeing people you know without a face
Some people dream about their friends and family
but can't see their faces clearly. This is related to an emotional
aspect of your relationship to that person, not their physical
Dr Nerina expands;
"We can't dream of people we've never seen as
our brains cannot create new faces. Often in dreams, the level of
details is hazy so we might have a clear sense of who the person is
but we don't actually see them. This is also because our brain
doesn't prioritise this level of detail.
Do you have a question on dreams?
Whether it's repetition, understanding why we
dream or running away from your fears, ask Dr Nerina questions on
your dreams at Sleep