The 7 most common nightmares: what does each one mean?

We have talked in previous articles about the interpretation of dreams, the reasons why we dream and even lucid dreams. But so far we haven’t faced any nightmares either nightmares.

This has happened to all of us: we wake up suddenly in the middle of a dream. We may even sweat and be afraid, as if the experience had been very real. We always try to go back to sleep, we continue to have an anxiety that prevents us from doing so, and this feeling can last for hours.

Research called Nighmares, and led by sleep medicine specialist James F. Pagel Jr., which was published in the journal American Family Physician, provides insightful data on nightmares.

Nightmares: more common than you think

We’ve all had nightmares, and they are much more common than you think. To dream of something disturbing and disturbing, according to Freudian theory, could be a sign that our unconscious tries to bring to light some internal conflicts that we have not yet overcome.

For their part, neuroscientists agree that dreams have a crucial biological and psychological function: they allow us to reorganize the information we receive during the day and find solutions to the problems that plague us.

The seven most common nightmares … and their explanation

Each person has their own internal conflicts and this is reflected in the content of the dreams and nightmares he experiences. But deep down, we all dream of very similar things. What are the most recurring nightmares and what explanation can we give to them?

1. Being naked on the public highway

It is not a dream always lived with anguish, but when one perceives it as a nightmare, it may indicate that we feel vulnerable to others.

It is a common nightmare among people who feel inadequate or who do not trust their chances of coping with certain circumstances in their life.

2. Being persecuted

It is one of the most common nightmares. to feel persecuted it is a sign that we are going through a stressful stage in our life, to the point that reality is overwhelming us. It may also indicate that we are avoiding a particular problem. The main cause of this type of nightmare is the fear of facing something.

We fear facing certain situations that could mark a major change in our lives, such as marital separation (or courtship) or the need to free ourselves from an emotional burden that we have dragged on for a long time.

3. Fall into the void

It’s not always experienced exactly as a nightmare, but the truth is, it is one of the most recurring dreams. We wake up with a bad feeling in our body, as if the fall has been real, and we suddenly open our eyes when we should have hit the ground.

It is a nightmare common to all stages of life. What does it mean? Dreaming that we are falling into the void it can be a sign of fear of losing control of a life situation, Or feeling like we don’t have anything solid to hold onto. This dream can be the product of a perception of helplessness and even fear of dying.

4. Losing

It is a nightmare that often causes more restlessness in children than in adults. This usually indicates that the person perceives that they have lost control of relevant aspects of their life and does not know what decisions to make. It can also be a sign that we have made a decision, but we are not entirely sure that we have done well. And it can even mean that we are afraid for the future.

5. Feeling of suffocation

This nightmare can be imagined in different formats. The most classic form is drowning in water, but also when we are in a narrow place from which we cannot escape and we feel a painful sensation of suffocation.

In either case, the interpretation of this nightmare is that the person is overwhelmed by a vital event; maybe put a lot of stubbornness into making something go right despite all the odds. It is normal for it to appear at stages of life in which we are particularly anxious in which we do not see a short-term exit from the tunnel. We can also be too focused on our work or our school routine and be psychologically accusatory.

6. Being attacked by someone

This nightmare is very much associated with fear. When we have decided to act a certain way, we can be anxious and fearful of the reaction of others.

It is not a fear of physical assault but rather criticism, rejection and social isolation, possibly from someone we hold in the highest regard.

7. Losing teeth

It’s a curious nightmare but at the same time very common. May be symptom of a feeling of loss of control over our lives. It can also happen when we feel out of place or embarrassed in a particular situation in our daily life.

You can also save a certain relationship, by not being very consistent with personal aesthetics, not perceiving yourself as too attractive or falling short of what others are paying us.

some conclusions

It should be noted that the interpretations of each of the dreams are generic in nature and may be slightly different depending on certain details of the nightmare. In addition, of course, each person is different and we have very different life conflicts.

The interesting point about the meaning of dreams is that it allows us to realize that there are times when we can be more anxious or fearful than normal, and maybe we need a moment of calm to think about what is distressing us.

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