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types of dreams

Updated on January 17, 2008


Studies show that we all tend to daydream about 70-120 minutes a day. It occurs during our waking hours and we let our imagination carry us away. Not a lot of emphasis seems to be placed in our daydreams as they're often thought to be fleeting thoughts. The content is helpful in understanding your true feelings and help in fulfilling your goals.

Lucid dreams

This occurs when you realize you're dreaming. "Wait a minute. This is only a dream!" Most dreamers tend to wake up once they find out that it's a dream while others have cultivated the skill to remain in the lucid state of dreaming.

Lucid dreaming gives us the ability to control our dreams and steer them towards the direction we want. It can help us to rehearse the events before it actually occurs. At least half of the adults have had a lucid dream in their lives. Many have even reported that they had lucid dreams without even trying. Often flying is linked with lucid dreams.


Many of you most probably had this already. This is a disturbing dream that causes you to wake up feeling anxious and frightened. Nightmares may be a response to real life trauma experienced. They may also occur due to us refusing a particular life situation. Nightmares are an indication of fear that needs to be confronted.

Because of its frightening or disturbing content, you tend to remember nightmares. They have a bigger impact on you. One of the reasons for nightmares is that it might be a way of our subconscious telling us to take control of the situation in life that you are ignoring.

Recurring dreams

They repeat themselves with little variation in story. They may be positive but often, they're nightmarish in content. Dreams may recur as a conflict in the dream might not be resolved. Once you have found a solution to it, your recurring dreams will stop.

Other dreams may have a message for you but you tend to forget it. But with recurring dreams, the message might be so strong that it just will not go away. (I have had this happen to me but back to the topic. J)

These dreams are so frequent that they cause you to take notice. It's desperately trying to tell you something. These dreams are common and might be caused by a life situation or problem. They may recur frequently but there's little variation to the story. It usually points to a personal weakness or fear in your life, be it past or present.

Here are some tips in overcoming them:

  • You must be willing to accept some sort of change or go through some transformation.
  • You must be willing to look within yourself no matter how difficult it may be.
  • Look at the dream from an objective point of view.
  • Be patient. Don't be discouraged even after you have thought that you have understood it.
  • Learn to accept yourself truly and fully.

Often, once you discover your dream's message, they will simply stop recurring.

Healing dreams

Many experts believe that dreams can help avoid potential health problems and help to heal. Dreams of this nature might be telling us to go to the dentist or doctor. They serve as messages in regards to our health.

Prophetic dreams

From its name, you're most probably able to deduce that these seemingly foretell the future. One logical theory to this is that our dreaming minds put together bits of missing pieces that we miss out or do not consider. In other, our unconscious mind knows what's coming before we consciously put together the same information.

Epic dreams

They're so compelling and vivid that it's hard to ignore them. The details of such dreams remain with you for years as if you dreamt it last night. When you wake up from such a dream, you feel like you have discovered something amazing about yourself or the world. It'll feel like a life changing experience. (I've had this too. J)

Facts of dreams

  • 1. One third of your life is spent sleeping.
  • 2. Everybody dreams. Just because you don't remember your dream doesn't mean that you don't dream.
  • 3. A lack of dream activity can mean protein deficiency or personal disorder.
  • 4. We often have 4-7 dreams in one night. We dream for about one to two hours.
  • 5. Blind people do dream. Visual images in their dream depend on whether they became blind at birth or later in life. Dreams can be based on other sense such as sound and smell too.
  • 6. Men tend to dream more about other men while women dream equally about men and women.
  • 7. People who're giving up smoking tend to have longer and more intense dreams.
  • 8. Toddlers do not dream about themselves. They do not appear in their own dreams until they are 3 or 4. (my son dreams. Hehe)
  • 9. If you're snoring, then you can't be dreaming.
  • 10. Nightmares are common in children, beginning at around 3 years old and occurring up to ages 7-8.
  • 11. In a poll, 67% of Americans have experienced déjà vu in their dreams, occurring more often in females than males.


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      sminut13 6 years ago from singapore

      wow your dreams seem really scary, although i have had some that were scary as well but just reading yours beat mine hands down. why don't you try thinking something pleasant before going to sleep? hopefully that'll help. best of luck.

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      sarahhepps 6 years ago

      I have dreams that I'm being held.down and I am awake it seems but it eventually let's me go what ever it is and I dart screaming or run out if the room I still don't know what this means I've been ridden by the devil where u couldn't move at all while I try to scream but can't but never what I've dreamt lastnight I could.move my head but it hand down and I wanted it to reveal its self and it reavealed a red sleeve and its hand it was behind me like I was on its lap it was a man's hand stiff too wtf help I told it to come back tomorrow which is tonight and it let me go

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      sminut13 7 years ago from singapore

      hahaha actually i have tried too. well i don't exactly think of what i want to dream. but i just think to myself, tell myself i want my dreams to be good or unique but not frightening. and sometimes, it works because when i wake up, there are times when i don't remember exactly what it was about, but inside my chest is this really warm feeling or a happy feeling, you know. like it was a dream that i was happy in. i try to remember but sometimes i really can't unfortunately. i'm just left with that warm feeling which i try to hold onto but in the end after some time, i forget about it. but there are other dreams that i do remember and give me really great feeling when i think about them even till today. hehe

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I heard before you go to sleep you tell yourself what you want to dream.Through practice you can dream about subjects you like and tell yourself you also want to remember your dreams.I have been trying this method but no success yet.I will let you know.

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      sminut13 7 years ago from singapore

      haha hi dream on, well, i don't think you can increase your dream power. well i don't know of any anyway. but you're similar to my husband in that both of you rarely remember your dreams.

      in a way, that's good. you will be refreshed. if you're the superstitious type, you might get influenced by your dreams at times.

      going to sleep at any time?? i think that's a good thing lol it shows that you'll adjust easily to any situation i feel. thanks once again.

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      Very exciting and Interesting topic.How do you increase your dream power?I want to remember all my dreams. I don't know why but I rarely remember my dreams.I go out like a light and always wake up refreshed and very relaxed. I have learned to take naps in the afternoon and dream then.I could go to sleep at any time.It is always fun and enjoyable.I wonder is that good or bad?Great hub!

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      sminut13 8 years ago from singapore

      thanks skye2day lots, really appreciate your comments. well there seem to be some scientific reasons as to why we dream but in my own opinion, most of the things we dream is because deep in our hearts, we are thinking about them so it comes as a dream.

      like for example, when i was pregnant with my second child, sometimes i would wonder how my child would look like, and at times, i would actually dream that i had already given birth to my second child and was in fact playing with her and all. of course when i woke up, i would forget her face, but i'd still remember the dream some what. of course the scientific version is a little complicated to understand though i do understand ehehe

      it's something like how our sub consciousness will pick up on small details that we, when conscious, miss out on. and those small details will form our dream or something. so what happens is that, you'll be like, 'hey this is deja vu, i think this took place before' something along those lines which has happened to me as well. ^_^

      confusing i know but still, thanks for responding.

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      skye2day 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I like it. Nice hub. Question Why do we dream? I saw your comment on Lady G hub pages. I like what you shared with her so here I am. I wish I were an angel,as well. Maybe in the after life we will be assigned angel positions. Check out my hub, 'angels on my path'. I took a picture of an angel, she was watching over me. True story. Enjoy. I love new fans as well. I will be back. Cheerio  ro now

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      sminut13 9 years ago from singapore

      hi frito, i too just learned about that snoring fact while researching on this article. and yea, i think any type of dreams are possible. it doesn't have to be just the ones mentioned here. these are only the more common ones you could say. thanks for responding^_^

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      Frito Chip 13 9 years ago

      Cool facts, i didn't know that if ur snoring ur not dreaming. I have a question, what if you have had dream that is completely different than all of these types of dreams, is this possible?

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      sminut13 9 years ago from singapore

      yep i certainly pay attention to them. i've had lots of deja vu as well as some good and bad stuff happen to me after seeing some dreams. thanks for your response.

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      cterak23 9 years ago

      dreams are real pay attention.

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      Abhinaya 10 years ago

      I think I have gone thru all these types in my life time.But I love dreamless sleeps.Great hub!Thumbs up to you.

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      sminut13 10 years ago from singapore

      lol hahaha i get what u mean shailini. sometimes i really wanna do tht too esp when it's such a gd dream. hehehe

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      shailini 10 years ago from Bangalore, India

      My sleep is never without dreams. Sometimes, I tend to oversleep just to finish off a

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      sminut13 10 years ago from singapore

      thks g-ma. appreciate it. for one recurring dream i had when i was small, it took me ages you could say. the dream was absurd too, i had it frequently, was so freaked out tht i had to have my younger sis near me, had to touch her to know tht she was there. tht's how scared i was. i still remember it and till now, i'm confused. like was it for real?? it doesn't come now though when ithink abt it now, it's not tht frightenin. jus tht i was young then. i think around 5-6.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Sometimes they lead to important decisions..or make me realize what needs to be done.It may BE A DAY OR A WEEK THOUGH BEFORE IT SINKS IN. nice Hub my dear.. G-Ma :O) hugs

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      sminut13 10 years ago from singapore

      thks lots compu smart.

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      Very intersting facts;)

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      sminut13 10 years ago from singapore

      grins thks mr marmalade. i always did have an interest in dreams since i had them lots you could say and some like it's mentioned here, were deja vu. appreciate your comments.

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Very good hub, many of your subject matters I knew of, but there were just as many that I knew nothing of.

      Thank you


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