Do you ever wake up exhausted from your wild night of dreaming, rubbing your eyes in confusion over what exactly just happened in your subconscious?
Rest assured, we’ve all been there—and it’s never fun when you’re mad at your significant other for things they might have done in your own sleep-induced imagination.
To help you decipher those tricky scenarios, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 most common dreams out there, and what they mean!
Typically, dreaming of falling represents a fear of failure or failing to live up to somebody else’s expectations. Falling may also symbolize that you are feeling out of control or that you’re taking on a risky situation that could potentially put you in danger.
2. BEING CHASED
One of the most memorable dreams due to the anxious feelings it tends to give us is being chased. Sometimes you’ll be chased by something you know, but other times you’re running away from something you can’t even see. In general, being chased represents that you’re running away or avoiding a situation that you don’t want to deal with in real life. It can also mean that you’re scared of being caught for something you said or did—or have to face an aspect of yourself that you’re in denial of.
Linked with a feeling of euphoria, flying in your dreams typically means that you are feeling high on life, soaring through the sky and happy about where you are (or where you’re going) in your real life, whether it’s in relation to your career or your personal situation. Flying can also mean that you have freed yourself from a negative situation and you are finally able to spread your wings and soar.
4. PUBLIC NUDITY
Are you feeling vulnerable or ashamed? Being naked in public tends to mean that you aren’t feeling fully secure with yourself, or that you are afraid that something you said or did will be exposed to the outside world.
5. CAN’T FIND A TOILET
If you’re hunting for a bathroom in your dream but can’t seem to find one, it might mean that you feel like you can’t express yourself fully in your real world. On some occasions, it might also mean that you literally have to use the bathroom… so get to it!
In many cases, sexual dreams aren’t really about sex at all. They usually mean—in regards to your dream’s sexual partner—that you want to incorporate some aspect or quality of theirs in your life. On occasion a sexual dream can also signify that you lack physical love or emotional connection in the real world.
7. FINDING AN UNUSED ROOM
Think of yourself as the house in this dream. When you discover an unused room, it means that there may be a part of yourself that you aren’t using, but has always been there. This discovery could represent a talent or skill that you aren’t utilizing but you think you should.
8. A CHEATING PARTNER
This dream in particular can cause a lot of friction first thing in the morning. Who wants to wake up feeling cheated on? And who wants to be yelled at over a dream? Luckily, the cheating dream rarely indicates that your partner is actually cheating on you—at least not in the physical sense. More often than not, this dream means that you might feel neglected by your partner in other ways—maybe their attention has been focused on work, their Sunday softball league or fantasy football. But definitely not on you.
Although dreams about death can feel very real, and in turn very disturbing, they aren’t premonitions. Rather, dreams about death represent changes, or something new appearing on the horizon. If you dream that someone you love is dying, it most likely means that they are beginning a new chapter in their life. If you dream about yourself dying, it represents you’re embarking on a new venture or journey, leaving the old you behind.
10. A CELEBRITY
Most likely, meeting a celebrity in our dreams is just a wish fulfillment. It tends to mean that we look up to them, or that we might feel we share some traits or characteristics with them.
11. UNPREPARED FOR A TEST, A PRESENTATION OR A SPEECH
Dreaming about being unprepared for a big exam may mean that you have a fear of failure or that you lack self-esteem. You might also feel like you cannot live up to somebody else’s expectations.
12. BEING LATE
Being late in your dream may reveal that you are spreading yourself too thin in your waking life. It might also represent your concern about having poor time management skills or that an important deadline is coming up and stressing you out.
If the baby dream is positive, it can convey the start of something new or a new responsibility. A baby could also symbolize trust, vulnerability and innocence. In a negative light, a baby represents immaturity.
14. TEETH FALLING OUT
Generally, teeth falling out of your mouth in your dream means that you are insecure about your appearance and how others perceive you. It could portend that you are feeling embarrassed, rejected or unattractive. Being that teeth are used to bite, tear and chew, losing them might indicate a feeling of powerlessness and a lack of self-confidence.
15. TRAPPED IN AN OUT-OF-CONTROL VEHICLE
In dreams, cars represent our drive in life and where we’re going. If you’re trapped in a vehicle that’s spinning out of control, it might mean that you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing with your life. You might be thinking you’re going off track, but this dream is telling you to get back on the road and keep moving forward.