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

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

April 29, 2024

We have already spoken in previous articles about dream interpretation, about the reason why we dream, and even about lucid dreams. But so far we had not dealt with bad dreams or nightmares .

It has happened to all of us: we wake up abruptly in the middle of a dream . It is even possible for us to sweat and feel fear, as if the experience had been real. Although we try to fall asleep again, we still feel anguish that prevents us, and this sensation can last for hours.

An investigation called Nighmares, and directed by the physician specialist in Sleep Medicine James F. Pagel Jr, which was published in the journal American Family Physician, provides some relevant data about bad dreams.


Nightmares: more common than we think

We've all had nightmares, and they are much more frequent than we think . Dreaming 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 have received during the day and find solutions for the problems that torment us.


The seven most common nightmares ... and their explanation

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

1. Being naked on public roads

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

It is a common nightmare between people who feel inadequate or who do not trust their possibilities to face any circumstance of their life.

2. Being persecuted

It is one of the most frequent nightmares. Feeling persecuted it is a sign that we are going through a stressful stage of our lives, to the point that reality surpasses us . It can also indicate that we are avoiding a particular problem. The main cause of this type of bad dream is the fear of facing something.


We are afraid of facing some situations that can mark an important change in our lives, such as a separation of marriage (or dating) or the need to free ourselves of some emotional burden that we have been carrying for some time.

3. Falling under vacuum

It is not always lived exactly like a nightmare, but the truth is that it is one of the most recurrent dreams. We woke up with a bad feeling in the body, as if the fall had been real and we opened our eyes abruptly at the moment when we should have hit the ground.

It is a nightmare common to all life stages. What is its meaning? Dream that we fall into emptiness it can be a sign of fear of losing control over some life situation , or to be experiencing the feeling that we do not have anything solid to hold on to. This dream can be the product of a perception of helplessness and even fear of dying.

4. Getting lost

It is a nightmare that usually causes more unrest in children than in adults. It usually indicates that the person perceives that he has lost control over some relevant aspects of his 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 may even mean that we are afraid for the future.

5. Feeling of drowning

This nightmare can be dreamed in different formats. The most classic form is drowning in water, but also when we are in a narrow place from which we can not escape and we feel an anguishing sense of suffocation.

In both cases, the interpretation of this nightmare is that the person is overwhelmed by some vital event; maybe putting a lot of effort into something going well despite all the obstacles . It is normal to appear in stages of life in which we are especially anxious in which we do not see exit to the tunnel in the short term. It is also possible that we are too focused on our work or academic routine and we are accusing him psychologically.

6. Being attacked by someone

This nightmare is quite associated with fear. When we have decided to act in a certain way, We can be anxious and afraid of the reaction of other people .

It is not a fear of receiving physical aggression but rather criticism, rejection and social isolation, probably on the part of someone we hold in very high regard.

7. Losing some teeth

This is a curious nightmare but at the same time very frequent. Can be symptom of a sense of loss of control over our lives . It can also occur when we feel that we are out of place or ashamed in a specific situation of our day to day.

You can keep a certain relationship, too, with not being very satisfied with personal aesthetics, not perceiving yourself as too attractive or being below the expectations that others pour into us.

Some conclusions

It should be noted that the interpretations of each of the dreams are generic and may be somewhat different depending on some details of the nightmare . Besides, of course, each person is different and we have very different life conflicts.

The interesting point of the meaning of dreams is that it allows us to realize that there are times when we may be more anxious or fearful than usual, and perhaps we need a moment of tranquility to reflect on what anguishes us .


Most Common Nightmares And What They Mean? (April 2024).


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