Dreams are a sneak peek into the workings of our subconscious. The thoughts, feelings, and emotions that slip through our consciousness when awake express themselves through dreams when we are asleep. While some of our dreams can be random, most carry a symbolic message concerning the circumstances and challenges in our daily lives. Learning to interpret your dreams can help you to make sense of your emotions, regulate your feelings and actions, and ultimately help you to evolve mentally and spiritually. To help you get a head start on this healing journey, we have compiled a list of the most common dreams and what they mean. Please note that the meaning of the same dream might differ from person to person, and it is crucial to introspect your waking life to get the most accurate interpretation. So, let’s get down to decoding dreams for your own good.    

Understanding Dream Interpretation 

Famous psychologist Sigmund Freud believed dreams were the “royal road” to the unconscious. By looking at their prominent motifs, we may learn about the underlying drives that cause neurosis. 

Deciphering dream symbols and giving them meaning has become a source of fun and reflection in popular culture. Have dreams any significance? Can dream interpretation help you uncover your unconscious desires and aspirations? 

What dreams tell you and whether they truly reflect your emotions depends on several factors. Even though some contemporary theories of dreams contend that the response is false—that dreams may have a more significant biological component or even be caused by sleep position—interpreters and analysts have continued to work on deciphering the meanings of frequent themes and symbols in dreams. 

According to studies, the seven most frequent dreams include being attacked or chased, being late, having a loved one pass away, falling, flying, going to school, and having sex. 

Let’s explore some of the most typical dream meanings in more detail and see what the books on dream interpretation say about them.

Dreams of Falling 

It’s pretty normal to have dreams of falling from enormous heights. It’s a common misconception that you won’t survive to tell the tale if you fall to the ground in a dream. But as a matter of fact, due to a rush of adrenaline in the body, these dreams end up being more memorable than the rest, decoding such dreams and reflecting upon what they signify can help you get various insights. Let’s look at what falling dreams signify. 

Falling dreams indicate that something in your life isn’t going well, according to numerous widely used dream interpretations and at least one research. It can imply that you should reconsider your decision or take a different path in some aspect of your life. 

“Dreams of falling are fairly frequent.” According to Russell Grant, author of “The Illustrated Dream Dictionary,” it represents a dread of failure in real life, such as failing at work or in a romantic relationship. The author says that falling frequently indicates a desire to relax and take more pleasure in life. 

Dreams About Being Publicly Naked 

Have you ever had one of those uncomfortable dreams when you show up at work or school wearing your birthday suit? Not to worry. It’s not rare for people to dream about being naked. 

According to Penney Peirce, the author of “Dream Dictionary for Dummies,” having a dream about being naked in public could mean feeling fake or embarrassed to admit your flaws and weaknesses. 

Dreaming of Being Chased 

Becoming the target of a known or unidentified attacker in a dream can be very unsettling. And a lot of people have these kinds of dreams. But what does dreams of being pursued might reveal about your mental state? 

Dream interpreters say these nightmares frequently indicate that you attempt to ignore something in your day-to-day existence. According to Tony Crisp, the author of “Dream Dictionary,” being pursued in a dream could be a sign that you’re trying to run away from your ambitions or concerns. 

The identity of the pursuer will play a role in helping you decipher what such a dream might indicate. 

  • If you’re being chased by an animal, it might indicate that you are hiding your rage, passion, and intense emotions. A strange or unidentified chaser might reflect the resurfacing of a formative or traumatic event from the past. When you are being chased by a member of the opposite sex means that you are either terrified of love or tormented by a failed romance. 

Dreams Concerning Losing Teeth 

What do your dreams mean if you lose your teeth? According to Penney Peirce, author of “Dream Dictionary for Dummies,” having a tooth-related dream might imply various things. 

It could imply, for example, that you are self-conscious about your appeal or appearance. It could also mean you are self-conscious about your verbal skills or fear you might have uttered something embarrassing. 

According to her, teeth’ ability to bite through, cut, rip, and grind is the true essence. Having no teeth results in a loss of self-confidence, assertiveness, and capacity for self-defence. 

Dreams of Death 

Another frequent topic in dreams is death, which has the potential to be very unsettling. Dreamers occasionally see visions of their death or the death of a loved one. According to common dream interpretations, these nightmares represent apprehension about change or a dread of the unknown. 

Lauri Loewenberg writes in her book “Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life” that the dreaming mind connects change with death because, like death, we do not know what is “on the other side” of the transition. 

Similarly, according to Loewenberg, having dreams about the death of a loved one can allude to a fear of change, particularly when it comes to our children. A parent’s imagination starts to wonder where the younger version of the child goes as the youngster grows older. Therefore, dreams of death represent a kind of lamentation over time. 

According to studies, people nearing the end of their lives and those caring for them often have profound and meaningful dreams that frequently involve a reassuring presence, getting ready to go, watching or conversing with the deceased, waiting for loved ones, distressing experiences, and unfinished business. 

Dreams Concerning Exams 

Studies have also revealed that test-taking dreams are rather typical. According to Craig Hamilton-Parker, author of “The Hidden Meaning of Dreams,” taking an exam in your dream could indicate a deep-seated dread of failing. 

Exams are stressful occasions where you are forced to acknowledge your flaws, the author adds. It indicates that you feel unprepared for the rigors of real life when you dream of failing an exam, being late for one, or not being ready. 

Dreams Concerning Adultery 

It cannot be enjoyable to dream that your spouse or romantic partner is having an extramarital affair. In certain circumstances, people even question whether the dream is genuine. Does having a dream about your boyfriend cheating indicate it might occur? Or that it’s already taking place? 

According to Trish and Rob MacGregor, authors of “Complete Dream Dictionary: A Bedside Guide to Knowing What Your Dreams Mean,” while these nightmares may be a reflection of your anxieties about your spouse straying, they are most likely not a sign that they are cheating on you or will cheat in the future. This is another “what if” dream, the authors claim, in which you are pushing the boundaries of reality. 

The writers of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide Dream Dictionary,” Eve Adamson and Gayle Williamson, contend that dreams regarding infidelity point to problems with communication, loyalty, and trust in a relationship. One of you isn’t currently receiving what you need from that relationship if you or your partner cheated in your dream, they write. 

Flying-Related Dreams 

Many people have flying-related nightmares. Flying dreams can be thrilling, even freeing, but they can also occasionally be terrifying (especially for people frightened of heights). 

Tony Crisp, the author of “Dream Dictionary,” claims that flying dreams frequently have two distinct aspects. They may stand for feelings of independence and freedom. Conversely, they may also represent a need to run away or escape from life’s realities. 

He continues that the most common instances of flying alone show the independent nature of flying. Flying, however, may also represent our sexuality because it frequently elicits pleasant emotions, particularly when it expresses freedom from social conventions and limitations. 

Dreams Concerning Pregnancy 

Dream analysts frequently assert that dreams concerning pregnancy can indicate anything from fear to creativity. According to David C. Lohff, the author of “Dream Dictionary,” nightmares about pregnancy may occasionally reflect a woman’s worries about being a bad mother. 

Tony Crisp, an author with a different perspective, contends that dreams of conception are signs that the dreamer is expanding a potential territory or strengthening a connection. According to dream analyst Russell Grant, these nightmares portend trying times. 

Dream About Discovering a Vacant Room 

The rooms in a house or building can frequently represent the various facets of your character. Finding a space or a place you’ve never been to can indicate development, discovery, or new perspectives. Some people believe that if the room is unpainted and unfinished, you are ready to start over – like with a blank canvas. 

Dream About Water 

The quality of the body of water (clear, cloudy, etc.) is said to reflect our emotional condition. Water is said to mirror our emotions. The condition of the water is also essential; is it a calm pond devoid of ripples or a raging typhoon? A calm pond symbolises a psyche that is calm and composed and does not let your negative emotions take over. It also represents that the future is bright and devoid of turmoil. If the water body has a torrential flow, it is representative of a disturbed emotional state, unresolved anger, or a future that is full of uncertainties and challenges.  

Dream About Operating an Unstable Vehicle 

Whatever the vehicle may be, it symbolizes your capacity to get consistently closer to a target or aim. Your inability to drive the car reflects your limitations in real life. 

Dream Of Being Late 

This sets up our final shared fantasy, which is being late. This signifies concern and anxiety over changing your course in life. You might think you are now entirely sure that you want to change. 

It might also imply that you feel you have less, and less time left to do something on your to-do list. Your unconscious may try to convince you that it’s never too late to fulfil your life’s goals. However, avoid making any pacts you can’t keep. You might be having this dream for this reason. 


Did most of these interpretations resonate with you as well? Though dreams can represent many different things, I hope you can decipher some of the more typical ones you’ve been having. Consider your dreams as a reflection of your waking life, reflecting your concerns, anxieties, ambitions, and hopes for the future rather than attempting to put together a perplexing puzzle of what they might represent. Your experiences in your dreams may represent the issues you deal with daily.