You Dream About Your Partner Cheating
This one is a two-parter. It depends on whether you've had this dream before or not. If you've only had it once, it could mean your partner did something that broke your trust. You feel betrayed about something they did, even if it wasn't as serious as cheating on you in a relationship.
Alternatively, it could mean that you've been cheated on before, and you're scared it'll happen again. A recurring dream means that you don't trust your partner, and you're afraid they'll cheat. It isn't easy to admit insecurities, but getting it off your chest could stop these types of dreams. Thankfully, this type of dream isn't a precursor.
You Dream About Your Loved Ones Suffering
It can be the worst feeling in the world to wake up from a dream where you were forced to witness the suffering of a loved one — talk about traumatic. Thankfully, the dream itself doesn't mean something is going to happen to your loved one. It can mean that you are feeling some guilt when it comes to your relationship with this person.
If they pass away in your dream, it could mean that you're scared of losing them. It could signify insecurity within yourself. It's definitely time to re-assess your relationship with them and communicate more often. This should renew the relationship, calm any worries, and put the dreams to rest (so to speak).
You Have a Recurring Dream
Recurring dreams are the worst, and often the scariest, but it may not be all bad. If you keep having the same dream over and over again, it is a sign that something is nagging your subconscious. Your subconscious has few ways to speak to you, and dreaming is a big one. Specific aspects of your recurring dream may be important.
However, other times, it could just be your brain shouting, "Hey you! Pay attention!" And most of the time, it's worth your while to try and decipher what your subconscious is trying to tell you—figure out what’s bothering you before it gets so bad that your dreams become a reality!
You Dream About Experiencing a Plane Crash
A plane crash dream is extremely distressing. Literally no one wants to experience something like that, but it thankfully doesn't mean you're going to go down in a plane literally. Dreams about a plane crashing are very common whether you're flying or just riding on the aircraft. It could mean a few things.
One of the biggest is that you're failing to reach a goal because of a problem, and that's weighing very heavily on you. It could also mean you've failed at something and feel less confident than you did before that. Finally, it could mean you feel as though your life is out of control. This is especially true if you're flying the plane and none of the controls are responding.
You Dream About Being Unable to Speak
Being unable to speak in a dream is unfortunately common, and it's almost always linked to repressed feelings and emotions. Speaking is a huge way most people communicate, and you've lost that ability. In the waking world, you can speak your mind, but you avoid doing so (for various reasons). Are you feeling conflicted about something? Or do you feel some unresolved emotions?
However, if you find this happening often, you may seek out a physician's help. During REM sleep, our bodies are paralyzed naturally to prevent us from acting out our dreams. Sometimes, people wake up, but our bodies don't realize it. This could result in your inability to speak or move. A sleep study should help you determine what's really going on.
You Dream About Moving Slowly or Being Physically Stuck
Dreams about moving slowly or being stuck can be scary and vivid. Like many of the other dreams on this list, it's a sign that you're stressed. Maybe you're working longer hours, waiting for some test results, or not taking enough time to relax and unwind before bed. Only you can determine the cause.
Stressful times certainly manifest themselves in scary dreams, almost going into the nightmare category. It’s time to slow down and take some time for yourself. Unwind before bed and the nightmares should cut down. Certainly, don’t watch TV immediately before bed. Spend an hour listening to some dreamscapes or reading a book before calling it a day.
You Dream About Embarrassing Yourself
Some of the worst dreams are the ones that aren’t exactly nightmares but leave you feeling embarrassed when you wake up. Whether it's just wearing nothing but your underwear in class or being laughed at by your coworkers, it doesn't mean that's going to happen to you in real life. Instead, it often signifies anxiety.
Your subconscious is telling you that you feel overwhelmed or stressed. It may not be a bad stressor, but it can still cause these dreams. Something like starting a new job could cause you to have dreams of embarrassment. However, if you are unhappy, it may be time to evaluate what's going on around you.
You Dream About Falling
Some researchers claim that falling is a huge red flag from your subconscious mind. It means that you’re having a major life problem. This could involve work, relationships, or anywhere in your life. It usually comes because you feel as though things are out of control somewhere in your waking life.
The specifics can also be pretty important. If you are pushed off a cliff in your dream, you don't feel secure with others. However, if you trip off a cliff, then you lack self-confidence. Alternatively, if you dream about parachuting out of a plane or diving into a safety net, it's a sign that you're letting something go and setting yourself free.
You Dream About Being Back in School
Dreaming about school very much has to do with how you feel in the dream or when you wake up. If you feel a lot of anxiety and stress when you wake up, your subconscious feels overwhelmed by something in your life. Something is causing you major anxiety, and it needs to be dealt with as soon as you can identify it.
Alternatively, some people who dream about school may wake up feeling refreshed or ready to take on the day. This could be a sign that it’s time to continue your education. Maybe you have a desire to learn something, and you haven’t been able to work it into your schedule.
You Dream About Doing Horrible Things
Some people have dreams where they commit a crime, and it can be beyond nerve-wracking. When they try to cover it up, a whole host of other dream crimes come to the surface. This could mean that there’s a problem inside yourself that you need to address before you have a meltdown.
A traumatic experience like this could also be a huge sign of post-traumatic stress disorder. If you've been the victim of a crime in real life, it's important to seek professional help rather than trying to decode the dream yourself. It means you're still very much dealing with the event, and you need additional help to overcome it.
You Dream About Winning the Lottery
These dreams are actually really good ones, and we love to see them! According to those who interpret dreams, winning the lottery is a good sign. It indicates progress, growth, and good luck. It could also mean sustainability. The root of it is that winning the lottery brings a lot of happiness.
Something like this might occur after you get a tax refund, a raise, or a bonus from work. Maybe you also won money on a scratch-off! Unfortunately, like many of the dreams on this list, it doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be getting millions soon. However, we can't say it 100% won't happen!
You Dream About Cheating on Your Spouse
Dreaming about cheating on your spouse shouldn't make you feel awful because it isn't like you did it in the waking world. Dreams where you are the cheater in the dream (rather than the victim) mean that you feel guilt or that you've betrayed yourself in some form or fashion.
You've compromised your integrity or morals. It may not necessarily have anything to do with your romantic life. However, if you do know there's a disconnect with your partner and you dream about cheating, this means it’s time to get back in touch with your significant other. Spend an hour a day chatting at least and see if the dreams subside.
You Dream About Losing Your Teeth
Dreaming about losing your teeth is definitely is unusual, but it's also a very common dream to have. Watching body parts decay can bring to light your fear of aging if that's something you've been concerned about. This dream can help you pinpoint your fears and possibly help you overcome them.
Losing your teeth in a dream is almost always linked to anxiety. You have a lack of control in the dream, which means you have a lack of control somewhere in your life. It's a reminder that an important decision is coming your way, and you're afraid to make a choice.
You Dream About Being Trapped
Are you in a room without any doors or windows? This is a lot for you and your conscience to handle. It's definitely stressful, so let's break it down. Your brain is telling you that you may need a fresh approach to your life or a change. It's saying that the way you're looking at a problem is very closed in or narrow.
If you can’t switch up something major, it wouldn’t hurt to go on holiday for a bit. If you can't do that, maybe implement some de-stressors in your life so you have some time to unwind from everything going on around you. That might help you clear your mind and think clearer.
You Dream About Pregnancy
Dreaming about pregnancy is a sign that you may want to become a parent. Depending on the person, it could be that literal. That being said, it could mean something more. It could also mean that you’re looking for a creative project or something new to do in your life.
Some experts say that the gestation of the pregnancy changes what it means. If you've just conceived, it reflects you have something new growing and developing in your life. If you're already in your third trimester, you're about to come to the end of the road for whatever you've been working on.
You Dream About Intimacy
Strangely enough, a romantic encounter in your dream isn’t as straightforward as it seems. While we want to say it could be telling the future when you'll meet your soul mate, that isn't always the case. If you’re dreaming about intimacy, you could actually want a psychological connection with someone.
You may feel disconnected from your partner. It may also be that you feel too dependent on someone else in real life. Dreams are extremely personal so it varies for everyone. Only you can determine if it means that you feel separated from your partner or you're concerned about how dependent you are on others.
You Dream About Death
Someone or something dying in your dream doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing. If there's death in your dream, it could signify that a part of you is changing. You're moving on from one part of your life to another. While in the dream, determining how this person died can help you come to terms with if the change in yourself is welcomed or forced upon you.
The subconscious shows us death in a dream so we can better understand the finality of it. However, if you're dreaming about a loved one that's ill, it could mean you're scared or anxious that something could happen to them in the near future. It all depends on how you wake up — do you feel stressed and anxious or happy and calm?
You Dream About Repairing a Relationship
You may have a dream where you find yourself making peace with people you’ve had disagreements with. They can definitely be heavy to wake up to, but they aren't a bad thing. This could be a signal that you feel bad about how things ended and some part of you wants to repair the relationship.
In this case, the dream is very literal. Your subconscious is telling you that being in a disagreement with a friend is weighing heavy on you. It's time to take a look at your recent disagreements and talk with your friends. You never know — maybe your friend doesn't feel as bad, and there's no harm done! Your subconscious will thank you.
You Have Deja Vu in Your Dreams
Have you ever had a dream where you’re sitting on your front porch and a bird lands next to you at the same time a car drives by, then you actually experience that in real life? It could mean that you are worried about the future. This specific type of phenomona is called deja reve.
It's when a memory, scene, or feeling of familiarity is experienced in a dream and then occurs in the waking world. Deja reve is almost always tied to your feelings. Depending on the actual situation, it could mean you're nervous, have anxiety, or are scared of the future.
You Dream About Quitting Your Job
Quitting your job is a really literal dream, and it's something to take very seriously. It means that you’re ready to move on and find something new. There could be several reasons behind this dream but the meaning is clear. The most common reasoning for this dream is that you're stressed.
You might feel overwhelmed with your duties at work. Alternatively, you may feel underutilized. It may be time to find a bigger challenge. If you aren't ready to quit, you may be able to ask for more duties to increase your responsibility or learn a new skill.
People From Real Life Keep Showing Up
It’s perfectly normal to find friends and family in your dreams, but it can be confusing when you stumble upon an acquaintance. This may mean that someone made an impression on you and could become important to you in the future. It could also mean something a little less mysterious.
Naturally, if you spend a lot of time with someone, you may end up seeing them in your dreams. That person left an impression on you. It could mean that you're confused about them or you feel as though something is unresolved. Think about the person who keeps showing up in your dream and really spend some time thinking about how you feel about them.
You Dream About Flying
Flying in a dream is extremely freeing – unlike many of the others on this list. Your dream could be encouraging you to let go of issues and let things fall into place que sera, sera style. That’s a dream we can get on board with. It's a good thing!
Flying represents control, especially if you're doing it with ease. You're literally on top of the situation. It also gives you a new perspective of the world around you. You can look down on things while taking in the broader picture. Maybe you just need to look at a situation in a new way.
You Dream About Someone Who’s Passed Away
Depending on the person, it could feel very calming and warm to see your loved one or it can be very stressful and make you upset. If you're dreaming about a relative, friend, or acquaintance that has recently passed away, it means you miss the person. That’s okay and perfectly normal!
Dreaming about them could be your way of mourning the loss of that person in a way to help you move through the grief. It could also be the desire to see the person in a different light, which could be the case if the last time you saw your loved one, they were extremely ill or in a hospital bed.
You Dream About Being Chased
If you find yourself dreaming about being chased, you may have some insecurities that your subconscious is trying to get you to address. You could be worried about what people think about you at work, how people will react to new developments in your life, or anything else that gives you anxiety.
Most people experience this type of dream during a stressful event. Alternatively, it could also be a reflection of your day, so it may not be something extremely deep. If you just watched a horror movie, it could be your mind recalling the film in your head. No one wants Jason or Freddie in their dreams.
You Dream About Water
Water-related dreams can be pretty scary depending on who you are and how comfortable you are with water. You may be lost somewhere in the middle of the ocean, or maybe you’re drowning. Water-related dreams you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsupported somewhere in your life – either by your loved ones, friends, or at work.
If you're drowning, you may feel overwhelmed by something in your life. Alternatively, if the water makes you feel calm and relaxed, the water symbolizes healing and cleansing. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, and it's all about how you feel in your dream and when waking up.
You Dream About Test Taking
Nothing is more stressful than a test. Most of us thought we were done with that after high school or college, but nope! That's why dreaming about taking a test is even worse. Perfectionists may have this dream quite a bit and could signify that they're stressed or anxious. For everyone else, it's a little different.
It reminds a person to stay alert. It could literally mean you're being put to the test. This dream could also come from someone who has recently graduated. Others believe that these dreams mean you’re under a lot of pressure, something which isn’t uncommon if someone is in school.
You Dream About Celebs
Did you finally meet a celebrity only to find yourself waking up without your phone in your hand for a selfie? Well, you’re the culprit of another message from your sneaky subconscious. If you’ve been binging a certain music or movie star, they could show up in your dream for this reason.
Others believe that it could mean something deeper, like you may not feel recognized or appreciated in life. If the celeb shows up as a specific character, it could mean that you relate to that character in some way. You may not have noticed it at first, but your mind keeps track of all this stuff.
You Dream About Food
Not gonna lie — dreaming about food may be one of the best dreams you could have (or at least it is for most). The meaning could be pretty straightforward. Maybe you just went to bed hungry, and it's time to get yourself a big breakfast with some extra toast.
However, that isn't all it could mean. Dreaming about food could be something deeper. Food symbolizes energy, knowledge, or nourishment. So, when you dream about food, you could be longing for more knowledge or insights. After all, if knowledge isn't food for your mind, we don't know what is.
You Dream About Being Late
You’re late, you’re late for a very important date! White rabbit, aside, being late can cause some to panic., especially if they pride themselves for being on time. This dream could mean that you feel overwhelmed. Maybe you have a meeting or some other important event coming that you've felt stressed about.
That isn't the only thing this dream could mean, though. Lateness in a dream could also mean you feel as though you’re making promises that you can’t keep. It's another type of "feeling overwhelmed," but this one can feel a little harder to pin down. What were you late for? That could be the important part.
You Dream About Clothing (or the Lack Thereof)
Have you ever woken up in a dream to find yourself completely naked? If you feel at ease in the nude, it could mean that you are comfortable in your own skin. However, if you are scrambling to find something to cover up with, it could be that you are vulnerable and not completely satisfied with who you are right now.
Another interpretation is that it indicates fear of exposure. As an example, someone may pretend to be someone, but they're actually entirely different in reality. That person may have a dream of being naked because they want to hide their true self. Have a heart-to-heart with yourself to determine what your dream is about.
You Dream About Being Paralyzed
Being paralyzed is one of the scariest things that can happen to someone in a dream. Dreaming about paralysis could indicate that you feel as though you have a lack of control in your waking life. Sleep paralysis can occur at the moment between REM sleep and the waking stage of sleep.
If you wake up and can't move regularly (have sleep paralysis), you may want to speak to your doctor. Sleep paralysis can be a very serious thing, and a sleep study may be required to make sure you're not experiencing anything that could be detrimental to your health in the future.
You Dream About Empty Rooms
Dreaming about empty rooms is actually a fairly common dream. It usually comes about when you need to get back in touch with yourself. The empty room symbolizes discovering a new or neglected part of yourself. It’s often a skill or talent you’re not utilizing in your waking life.
Some interpreters believe that the room plays a huge role, too. An empty living room means troubles, unpleasant events, and difficulties in your daily life. An empty bedroom could signify that you're disappointed and something huge is missing from your life that you need to approach head-on.
You Dream About Your Car
Some people find themselves driving their own car in their dreams, and this can tell you about the state of your health. If your car is in pristine condition, you’re probably physically and mentally fit. If you find that your car is run down, it may be time to schedule a checkup.
If in the dream, the driving is reckless and feels too fast, it could be seen as a warning. You're concerned about something, and your subconscious is telling you to pay attention to it to prevent the anxiety from getting worse. Cars often represent our life and our journey through life so if it's going too fast, maybe it's time to slow down.
You Dream About Discovering a Secret Room
Finding a secret passageway sounds fun, especially in a dream. It's your subconscious inviting you to explore a new part of yourself and your mind. It could also mean it's time to get to know someone a little better, especially if the room or passageway features things you know they like.
Finally, some dream interpreters believe that it could mean new experiences are coming your way, and you should be open to trying these unexplored things. If this dream happens often in the form of a recurring dream, your mind is trying to tell you that you're missing something. Look at the dream and your life in another way.
You Dream About Being Unable to Find a Toilet
Few things are worse than needing to use the restroom but being unable to find the toilet. Having this type of dream is rough, but it may soothe you to know that it’s pretty common. As you may have guessed, it doesn’t mean you can't literally find a toilet in the waking world.
Not being able to find a toilet usually means you have anxiety and worries in the waking world. Something is weighing heavily on you, and it's up to you to figure out what needs to change. One big reason people may have this dream is if they're changing careers or making a massive life-changing decision.
You Dream About Being Lost
Whether you're in a car, unable to find your destination, or you're walking around a city, dreaming about being lost is very literal. It denotes anxiety and evokes feelings of confusion or frustration. Your life has some stressors in it that have been giving you anxiety whether you see it or not.
Did you recently get a new job? Many dream experts believe that being lost has to do with you fitting in. You may not feel like the right puzzle piece for the spot. That doesn’t necessarily mean this is true though. It could be linked to feeling like an imposter. Just ground yourself, and you’ll be okay!
You Dream About Being Crushed
Being crushed in a dream can be quite literal. You have some sort of overwhelming stress or pressure that can't be mitigated and has to be dealt with immediately. It's too much for your subconscious to handle. The subconscious can’t directly communicate to you, so your dreams are an essential way for your mind to say, “Hey! Look at this now!”
In the waking world, steps need to be taken to decrease the amount of stress in your life or it could start representing itself in other ways. Other interpreters believe that it symbolizes that you're feeling neglected in some way. Take some time to yourself — go have a spa day or do something that pampers yourself.
You Dream About Spiders, Snakes, or Other Creepy Crawlies
This type of dream can be scary for some, and that's the type of dream we want to focus on. The type of creepy crawly you dream about changes the meaning. Spiders indicate emotional distance. You may feel like an outsider or maybe you're protecting yourself from your own urges.
However, snakes could represent a toxic person in your life. They bother you, and it may be time to re-evaluate the relationship. Finally, other bugs mean something is quite literally bugging you. Someone in your life is bothering you. The bigger the bug, the more of an issue it is. A full colony is an infestation that's warning you that a negative issue is becoming too overwhelming.
You Dream About Home Invasions
No one wants to be the victim of a home invasion. The home is your personal bubble. It's where you feel most comfortable and having someone come in uninvited is jarring, to say the least. If an invasion occurs in your home (or childhood home), it means you feel insecure not just in your residency but in your mind as well.
The person breaking into your home also matters and could signify where this emotion is coming from. Was it your boss barging into your home? You feel overwhelmed by their hovering. If it was a friend or family member, this could mean you feel betrayed by them or that they’ve done something that is bothering you deep down.
You Dream About the End of the World
The end of the world is a lot to handle, but it's a very clear sign from your subconscious that needs to be acted upon immediately. Dream interpreters look at this in a few different ways. First, you're going through a lot of emotional turmoil right now. Maybe you sense a long-term relationship coming to an end or you lost a loved one.
Alternatively, you may feel out of control. This is particularly true if you're the only person in the dream. If the dream doesn’t feel bad — which sounds weird, we know — it could represent a spiritual awakening or revelation. Pay special attention to these dreams because they’re very personal and vary from person to person.
You Dream About Being a Part of a Movie or TV Show
Dreaming about being in a movie or TV show is pretty great for the most part, although it really depends on the movie. If you're in a general film (and you don't know the genre), your dreams are telling you that it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Time to stop going with the flow and make active choices in your life.
If you can discern the genre, things get a little more specific. Being in an action film means you're ready to face whatever is coming your way — a new job? New school? You got this! A thriller or horror is a lot like having someone chase you in a dream. You feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Then there’s drama. Drama is a feeling of insecurity or feeling betrayed.
You Dream About Losing or Forgetting a Child
No parent wants to have this dream, but the good news is that it doesn't mean your child will go missing. It’s your mind telling you that you feel separated from yourself. You may feel lost because of a major life change such as a breakup or a job loss.
As a parent, losing a child in a dream could also signify a strained relationship between you and your child. However, if you forget a child, it could be your subconscious thinking about an old friend and desire to reach out to them again. Think about someone you haven’t spoken to recently and reach out!
You Dream About Demons
If you’re having dreams about demons, whether you’re the demon or not, it could mean that you secretly feel as though you should change your behaviors. Your subconscious is telling you that you’re worried about your behaviors as of late. You've committed an indiscretion you feel terrible about, and it's time to focus on it for a second.
If you aren't the demon in your dream, then it could mean something is off in your waking life. Something is wrong and you feel very uneasy and conflicted about it. Now, you'll just need to figure out what the issue is and rectify it so you can go back to sleeping peacefully.
You Dream About Meeting a Stranger
Strangers can show up in your dream in a variety of ways. They may show up as a full figure, but most appear to us in our dream world as shadow figures. Shadow figures often represent what we've rejected, denied, or never knew about ourselves.
They're there to teach us. Strangers in your dreams are your best friends because they can give you insight into something you would have otherwise missed. It may be easy to shun them, but that’s why they’re showing up in your dream in the first place — you shunned them in the waking world.
You Dream About Vacationing in a Wonderful Place
Who wouldn't want to dream about a vacation? That seems like one of the best ways to have a vacation (and one of the cheapest). The clearest sign of you dreaming about a vacation is that it's time for you to take a trip somewhere similar to what you saw in your dream.
If you dream about lying on a beach in Hawaii, maybe see if you can make that happen in the waking world. Vacation dreams often depend on your life situation, too. A dream-world vacation could mean you're trying to escape something in your life whether it's personal issues, family drama, a rocky relationship, or another kind of stressful situation.
You Dream About Making an Important Discovery
Massive discoveries in your dreams shouldn't be shoved aside. There's lots of amazing stuff that's been dreamt up that changed our world. Rene Descartes discovered the scientific method in a dream. Otto Loewi had a dream one night and that led to the discovery that nerves transmit signals chemically.
When you have a dream about a magnificent discovery, you've likely been thinking hard about something. That thing has made its way into your subconscious, and you might look at it in a new way. Alternatively, if you’re frustrated in your dream, it might be time to take a step back from the project.
You Dream About Having Glass in Your Mouth
No one wants glass in their mouth, but sometimes people do dream about glass making their way in there. The interpretation depends on how the glass got in there. If you're swallowing glass, that means that you've had to compromise on something, and it's now bugging you. Maybe it wasn't so much of a compromise as you giving up something very important to you.
If you're eating glass, there's some news in your life that you're trying to ignore, but your subconscious is telling you, "no, no, no!" You have to face that news head-on. Alternatively, if you're spitting out glass, you likely are making some challenging choices in your life, and these decisions aren't to be taken lightly.
You Dream About Animals
Animals can symbolize habits, but it really depends on the animal you're dreaming about. A predator changes the meaning when you compare it to a cute little house pet. If you are gleefully playing with a basket of puppies, you are likely satisfied with your daily routine. However, if a terrifying wolf is chasing you, there may be some destructive habits you need to work on.
Animals often represent a physical characteristic of yourself and your primitive desires. Alternatively, dreaming that an animal can talk is a little different. It could mean that your subconscious is attempting to communicate with you. Saving the life of an animal? That means you may feel inadequate or overwhelmed by your current life.
You Dream About Using Technology That Doesn’t Work
Having technological issues in a dream could mean a few things. First of all, it could mean that you're learning something, and you're having a hard time grasping what it's all about. The meaning of the dream could also depend on what type of technology. Some technology is specifically designed to communicate.
Are you trying to call someone but find it impossible? This means you have a serious disconnect with that person. If it's any technology, it could mean that you’re experiencing an emotional disconnect with yourself. Take some time for a hobby you enjoy and get in touch with yourself again.
You Dream About Achieving a Goal
You may find yourself dreaming about making a huge scientific discovery when you’re only a lowly, undergraduate research assistant. This kind of dream can serve as an inspiration for you and may even show you the steps you need to take to make that dream a reality!
Its generally interpreted as a really good sign. You've probably already taken the first step toward achieving the goal, but if you haven't, you care about doing this thing really deep down. You may want to put a little extra time and energy toward reaching your goals.