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Dreams and what they are made of

Updated on March 20, 2014

Dreams and memories

Dreams can be wonderful, fascinating or frightening and it can leave you feeling confused or happy.

Your personal movie that plays on in your mind as you sleep can have many different meanings and there are books and psychologists that can interpret dreams and what they mean.

They are able to do this as dreaming comes from our memories and experiences that we do not consciously recall.

Our dreams can be consolidated by experiences without interference from every day life.

Rapid eye movement (REM) is when we are in our deepest sleep and that is when you have the most dreams and in many cases we cannot remember our dreams and those that have an impeccable memory will only remember a few minutes of their dreams.

Dreams have meanings that can be interpreted into your every day life. Picture taken from huffingtonpost
Dreams have meanings that can be interpreted into your every day life. Picture taken from huffingtonpost

What is in a dream?

Dreams can be a form of therapy as they help us sort through memories, thoughts and feelings from our waking life that can improve our situations or help you with planning or performance. Not many of us know how to work through our dreams but for some, they can interpret their dreams and bring ideas into their reality.

High temperatures mean nightmares and for most it is women that have them, especially during their monthly cycle when the temperature rises and hormones fluctuate.

Eating indigestible foods late at night can also cause nightmares and have you waking up screaming. Your body needs to work harder when you sleep and neurotransmitters switch off our body's movement in order to prevent us from injuries during dreams, which would cause nightmares for those that eat late, as the body is not in full working mode when you are asleep.

Anxiety, fear, surprise and sadness are common emotions that we experience when dreaming.

Most people have more negative then positive dreams and their fears come out in a dream.

The more sleep you get the better you will function and feel when you are awake. Our bodies need sleep in order to function correctly and REM is what gives us the edge to perform better.

Dreams can curb your appetite for carbohydrates as we know that you can still burn calories in your sleep. People who lack sleep will crave carbohydrates and fatty foods because their body's need help to function.

Having minimal dream time can slow down your metabolism, causing you to want starch.

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Dreams and what they mean

When you have a dream you should remember certain things that are there;

Are you walking on a wooden plank, swimming in a large wave or travelling?

All our dreams can be interpreted and they have meanings to help us in our every day lives.

Dreams about spiders means that you feel or are being manipulated by someone as spider weave beautiful webs to trap their prey.

It could also mean that the dreamer could be the manipulator, depending on the dream and what the spider is doing.

Dreaming of a poisonous spider indicates a deadly force which in your every day life could mean that the dreamer is using too much alcohol or that a relationship, career or situation has turned bad.

Naked people in your dream could mean that you do not feel safe or you have trust issues with this person.

Should you dream that you are naked and you feel horrified, this could mean that you are ashamed or feeling vulnerable in your real life. You might be hiding something or you might be unprepared for a project or situation.

Dreams where you are proud to be naked symbolises freedom and a lack of fear.

Being swept away by a flash flood in your dreams could represent a turbulent time in your life and could have feelings of devastation or feeling overwhelmed.

Certain types of water have different meanings and there are a number of different interpretations for our dreams with certain objects or visions.

Dreams of water could mean many different things

Ocean dreams are common for many photo taken in Cape Town by Natasha Pelati
Ocean dreams are common for many photo taken in Cape Town by Natasha Pelati

Dreams and what they mean

Dreams come from events that occur in our waking lives.

They can be interpreted and will help with decisions that we need to make.

Dreams come from rapid eye movement which takes up 20 percent of our sleep time.

The more you sleep the better you will feel.

Dreams of water

Water in your dream has many different meanings and you need to concentrate on what type of water you are in.

Flash floods has been explained but dreams of rivers could mean something different.

When dreaming of a river you need to see if you are going through rapids easily and if you are it means that you are managing with a situation or event in your life with ease.

If there is a battle and wild rapids that you fear and are unable to move through, will mean that you are not in control or ready to deal with a certain event that could be too much for you to manage.

Water dreams are usually had by intelligent and capable people who experience mind challenges on a daily basis. The way in which you handle being on the river will represent how you feel about your challenge.

Dreams of a pool could mean that you need peace in your life and if the water that you are swimming in is peaceful and you are having fun, this means that you are in need of a break and renewing your life.

Pool water that is murky or uncomfortable to swim in could mean that you are not happy with a situation that could be draining all of your energy.

Baths or showers represent a fresh start.

Ocean dreams where you are swept into the sea could mean that you are struggling with feelings or challenges.

Rain represents sadness and the harder the rain the worse the situation is for you or might be too much for you to cope with.

Floods represent anger, fear or anxiety caused by divorce, death or the loss of something.

Dreams and their meanings

Dreams of flying easily represents being in control of a situation
Dreams of flying easily represents being in control of a situation

Flying dreams

Flying on top of the world where you are in control and peaceful represents you being on top of a situation.

The ability to control your direction means that you are powerful and on top of your game, able to meet any challenge with ease.

Obstacles on your flight path could mean that something or someone is standing in your way in a situation or preventing you from reaching a goal or challenge.

Difficulty flying means that you are lacking confidence and self worth.

Fear of flying represents your fear to gain success.

What your dreams mean

Falling in your dream

You do not really die if you hit the ground whilst dreaming of falling!

Falling in your dream indicates insecurity or anxiety, it could also mean that you are wanting to give in to an urge or impulse.

Dreams of falling usually happen in the early stages of sleep when our body's are not fully relaxed yet, which is why we often wake up after a leg or body spasm.

Follow your dreams

Dream interpreters say that everything we need to resolve or figure out is in our dreams. They suggest that you have a diary next to your bed to write down your dream the moment that you awake from your sleep.

Interpretation of dreams can solve many problems for you.

The lucky dreamers can remember most of their dreams and they can also control situations in their sleep.

For the rest of us, dreams are fun and fantasy filled but they do have meaning to them and if you need to know what your dreams mean, then follow them with the diary and have them translated into your own life, to either change a situation or help mend a confused state.


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    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      when you dream of someone that has passed away you need to remember if they have spoken to you and if they have a message for you.

      I love analysing dreams!!

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      An interesting topic and actually, one of my FAVORITE. There's so much to research and learn..... very good subject matter for intriguing conversation. You've done an excellent job!

      I dream nightly....often strange, complicated scenarios....most often starring people I know well, some here....some who have passed. I too jot things down when I can remember. More often than not I can pretty much analyze them on my own as I've done it for years.

      UP++ and pinned.

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Jill - thank you! i love dreaming and when i do remember i write them down and find the meanings, sometimes its true and sometimes they dont make sense.

      vocal coach - thank you for reading and sharing!

      Sujaya - thank you!

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      quite interesting

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      You've clarified much about dreams here. A great job! Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share.

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      This is such a well written and interesting hub. I have long been fascinated by dreams and their interpretation. They sometimes tell us things about ourselves, things we might not be even aware of.

      Rated up and interesting!

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you!

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Dreams give such different thoughts to a person's mind and you have accomplished such an informative hub on dreams and its greater meaning.

    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for reading and for the great comment!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      4 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and you leave much food for thought .Well written and now I look forward to many more by you.

      Voted up and shared.



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