How often have you woken up from a strange dream and thought “what was that trying to tell me”?
While research has not demonstrated a purpose for dreams, many experts believe that dreams do have meaning.
You might head to Google and look for advice on what your night-time visions meant, where you’ll probably find that dreaming about teeth is telling you that you’re anxious and lack confidence, while a forest suggests that you’re lost. Falling supposedly means you have no self-control, and being chased signifies cowardice.
Reading this, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the brain is something of a bully, sending us disturbing, cryptic messages to remind us of personality shortcomings of which we’re no doubt already aware. Bizarrely, one of the more positive things to dream about appears to be death, which many analysts say is a sign of change, fresh starts and newfound independence.
Are our subconscious minds really this unkind, though? Do they need to traumatise us with visions of passing away just to tell us that we’re on to something new?
The majority of people do believe that dreams are “portals to the unconscious”, another opinion that people hold are believing that dreams are trying to tell us something.
From personal experience, I believe dreams can also be heavily influenced by what’s going on around you while you sleep. While your sight is lost during sleep, your other four senses remain intact. In other cases, dreams could be affected by what you hear while asleep.
Basically, this suggests that the worse you sleep, the weirder you dream. The most strange and nightmarish visions are usually the result of an overly active mind and a disturbed sleep. By sticking to a schedule, getting a sensible amount of sleep, having a quality bed, and keeping technology to a minimum in the bedroom, your mind is less likely to rebel as your body recharges.