The 10 Most Common Dreams and What They Mean.

Yup, we’re all unique flowers who are special and individual in every way.  Except when it comes to our dreams.  However different we might seem as humans, how similar we really are all shows up in our dreams. The top 10 dreams everyone has and what they mean.

Woman sleeping on disheveled bed.

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In the great tradition of people who bore other people by recounting  their dreams, I … am going to recount my dreams to you. Don’t worry. You’re gonna get the chance to bore everyone else, including me, later.

Since I was young I’ve had nightmares. Lots of them. Death, destruction, chasing, kidnapping, murderous heart pounding dreams. You name the nightmare and I’ve had it. Oftentimes over and over again.

In the past few years I’ve switched over to general anxiety dreams that are still very disturbing but not quite as death filled. I’ve never thought much about these nightmares of mine. They’re just who I am and believe it or not, and this will sound really insane, but … I find them kind of comforting now.

I’m sure it’s some sort of subconscious appreciation of how my dreams are dealing with the real life problems I have. Not that I feel like I have any at the moment, but my dreams know better – they know we’re all dealing with something.

That’s generally what dreams do. They deal with all the stuff you aren’t dealing with in your waking life because you’re too busy paying bills and wondering where you hid the vodka.

According to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders only a small percentage of people have nightmares on a regular basis. Nightmares aren’t just scary dreams, they’re terrifying.  They can wake you up and the fear will stay with you. Here’s a bit more about them  from the psychological perspective.   

About half of all people who suffer with nightmares also suffer from psychiatric disorders. I don’t think I have a psychiatric disorder, at least not one fierce enough to cause nightmares every night so I’m more inclined to go with the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorder’s other rationale for people with nightly nightmares which is the fact that artistic or creative people are at a greater risk of nightmares. Mainly because they have better imaginations.

5 or so years ago, around the time my fella of 11 years ran away from home,  I was having nightmares that revolved around cloudy, scary, turbulent water.  And I was in the scary water. I wasn’t afraid of drowning, that wasn’t the feeling – it was just dark and ominous.   The dreams were me finding my way.  

1 year ago, just after I had the relief of finding out that I *didn’t* have breast cancer (I really encourage you to read that post here), I started having anxiety dreams. 

It’s amazing that there are so many of us with such different brains and personalities – yet we all have the same themes in dreams.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s a look at 10 of the most common dreams.  I’m guessing you’ve experienced at least half of them.

If you’re looking for a little more information on dream interpretation get The Dream Dictionary for Dummies.

Dreams Analysis

 

Being Chased

Having a person chasing you in a dream can mean you feel threatened by something in your life or you’re avoiding something. You are running from something in your conscious life; emotions, a relationship, worries or even your taxes.  

It’s a classic anxiety dream.

If you’re being chased by someone who is trying to to kill you, you can take that as a pretty direct translation. That something or someone that has to do with you is bad for you. It doesn’t necessarily mean it will literally kill you, but could kill parts of you. Your creativity, your happiness or your sanity for instance.

It could be a direction you yourself are going in that isn’t healthy like hard drug use or other bad habits like eating a pound of butter for breakfast every day. 

NOW, if you’re the one doing the chasing it can mean a couple of things. You’re possibly trying to run off that morning pound of butter orrrr you’re running towards something (an ambition, person or goal). 

 

Water

If the water is calm and clear, you’re at peace obviously.  If the waters are murky or turbulent you’re struggling with equally turbulent emotions.

THIS is the dream I had a lot after my breakup. Murky, turbulent, violent water. I had no idea it was such a common dream because I don’t remember ever dreaming about it before. 

 

Teeth falling out

It’s surprising how your teeth falling out in a dream can be every bit as horrifying as it would be in real life. You’re in your dream, walking down the middle of a highway with your new florist Jeff Goldblum, as one does in dreams, and you feel something in your moth. A tooth. Then another and another and soon you have no teeth. 

This seems like a bad sign.

BUT as with a lot of dreams, something that seems negative in a dream isn’t necessarily bad. There CAN be a positive interpretation.

When you lose your baby teeth in real life it’s a step towards growing up. The meaning of the dream about your teeth falling out could be that you’re maturing and growing as a person.

On the other hand, it can have a negative connotation too. (Weirdly, dream science isn’t very sciency. Actually, that’s not weird at all)  

The negative analysis of dreaming that your teeth fell out of your head is that you’re afraid that you’re losing control over something.  It’s a symbol of powerlessness and insecurity. 

Flying

 You live in Canada where pot is legal and you’re super high.  No wait, that’s not right.  Flying dreams represent experiencing a newfound sense of freedom or control.  The next time you dream about flying make a point of thinking about whether you are experiencing either of these things in your life. You know. Just for dream analysis fun.

The most reasonable explanation for dreaming about flying is that you got a new cape, so …

Karen Bertelsen dressed as Superwoman flying over Paris.

 

 

Exam time/Audition time

Dreaming about missing exams or suddenly realizing you haven’t studied for a test make sense for someone in high school or University. But these dreams continue into adulthood. 

The ubiquitous “I have an exam or test and I never went to class and never studied” dream can happen through your whole life.  The test could be in another language or you can’t get into the exam room … whatever the case it’s a test and you’re anxious about it. This is a classic anxiety dream and usually means  you feel like you’re being judged or evaluated by someone in your life.

I have both exam and audition dreams.  Audition dreams happen more often than test dreams in people who went to performing art schools or studied music and acting.  I have them because of my career as a television host. 

omg i’m naked

You’re feeling exposed or ashamed of something if you dream you’re naked in public.  It can also mean you’re feeling vulnerable.  Or you’re just a hippie.

 

Death

Dreaming that you die means you actually died while sleeping.  Just kidding.  My 12 year old self couldn’t resist saying t hat.

Dreaming of your own death signifies starting over.  So it’s not a bad thing, it’s the chance to start over. New job, new relationship, or a new you after coming out of a relationship.

Dreaming of a parent’s death can mean a couple of things. Well, a million really, but I’m trying to keep these interpretations to what most experts believe is the most plausible explanation.  Dreaming of a parent’s death is often literal. You’re literally afraid of your parent dying either because they’re sick or it’s a deep seeded fear of yours. 

It can also mean that you’re finally a grown up – the dream is like a rebirth. Dreaming of a parent dying can mean you’re personally at the point where you can live your own life. Your own mature life where you can survive and take care of yourself without any parenting. For women this kind of dream is typical around the age of 10. For men, it’s around 73. Just kidding.  

Dreaming of a sibling’s death generally means you miss them. 

If the death of the person in your dream doesn’t make you sad do you feel like that person betrayed you in real life? Having them die in your dream is your retribution.  It doesn’t mean you actually want them dead, your dream is just giving you a chance to punish them so you can get over it.

Cheating

Cheating dreams are another common anxiety dream.  If you dream your husband/wife is cheating it can mean you’re actually worried about them cheating.  It can also mean you have trust issues with them or are feeling insecure for some reason.

Sex

Dreaming about sex means you want to have sex.  Seriously.  Well sometimes it does.

Gay Sex (when you’re not gay) means you’re secretly gay.  No it doesn’t.

Same sex dreams often mean you need to get in touch with your feminine side (if you’re a gal) or your more masculine side (if you’re a dude). So break out the nail polish or start swinging that hammer.

Falling

Dreams where you’re falling are also classic anxiety dreams. They usually mean a situation in your life is spiralling out of control. It could be your job or  a relationship.

If you’re falling but aren’t afraid, it means you’re in control of your situation and will easily get through it.


Some interesting less common dreams??  

Poop.  Dreaming about poop is NOT common. Butttttt, it’s the 3rd most Googled dream, lol. So I guess even if it doesn’t happen often, dreaming about poop is alarming enough that everyone who does it searches for the meaning of it.

So what does it mean if you dream about poop? That your life stinks? That you feel like crap? No.  Shockingly, dreaming about poop is kind of a good (albeit disturbing and gross) thing. It means you’re letting go of negativity and positive changes are ahead. But maybe buy some Immodium, just in case. 

Alligators.  Dreaming about alligators means you’re feeling vulnerable about something. It can also mean that you’re worried about a decision you’re having to make in real life. 


Keep in mind dreams can be interpreted in a few different ways.  Also keep in mind some people think dream interpretation is a bunch of hoodoo. By nature, I’m a skeptic who always wants to be proven wrong. So my inclination is to scream HOOEY about all of this.

But if that was the case, if dreams and dream interpretation was hooey, then chances are we wouldn’t all be having the same dreams as each other.   A dream may mean one thing for you and another thing for someone else but as long as you know what you’re going through in your real life you should be able to figure out what your dream means to you.

If you don’t know what you’re going through in your own life you’re very, very dead so it doesn’t matter.

If you want to delve a bit further into your dreams (and who doesn’t) I can recommend 2 books to keep on your bedside table.


The Dreamer’s Dictionary which as published in 1986  with the majority of hundreds of readers on Amazon giving it a 5 star review and  The Dream Dictionary for Dummies which includes not only dream interpretations but also techniques for dreaming more and remembering the dreams you do have.

If you want to keep track of your dreams, you need to keep a journal beside your bed to write them down immediately when you wake up. You think you’ll remember them, and you might for a few hours, but then they’re gone. 

Cover and inside of a dream journal, with the title "Strange Dreams" on the cover.

THIS is the most fun dream journal I’ve ever seen. I mean, it has a strangeness meter at the top of every page.

It’s now time for you to bore everyone with your dreams!

Can you remember what you dreamed about last night?  Lay it on me!

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284 Comments

  1. Kathy Hartzell says:

    Until I was about fifty, I would regularly dream that I was at a lake in Washingtin State, and as I waded I to the depths, I found a child’s wheelchair embedded in the mud and gravel, with a girl in leg braces, dead, of course, trapped in it. It first occurred after a trip to a lake near Spokane with extended family….in early 60’s. I was twelve. Perhaps my mother and her sister were talking about kids who had had polio? Or perhaps there had been a drowning at that lake, and I overheard the conversation? I never knew why, but it tortmented me for decades.

    My current common dream is that I forget I have rented an apartment, forget to pay rent, get evicted, don’t even remember which apartment it is…..and I have owned my own home for forty years!

    • Ami Ruiz says:

      For at least 40 years every one of my dreams includes a child of about 2 to 4 years old. I don’t know who that child is. I vacationed in Sedona, AZ and while walking to town a woman on a bike stopped me and asked what I dreamed last night (this is normal for people in Sedona). I started to tell her and she interrupted me and finished what I was saying. We both had the exact same dream the night before. Then she asked me, “Who is the little kid?”

  2. Oriah says:

    I wanted to sit down on the couch next to a friend but his pit-shund (pit bull mixed with dachshund) wouldn’t let me. Every time i tried to slip on to the couch, his pit-bill head would growl and his dachshund feet would stomp and claw). He was a terrifying dog in his big-small meanness.

  3. Allison says:

    I’m being chased through the neighborhood where I grew up by a giant excavator (yes, the construction equipment, no joke). I keep just out of reach and hide behind stuff, but it keeps catching up until finally I fall down and can’t get up to run any more. I try to crawl to keep away from it until it almost catches me. Then I wake up.

    I’ve had this dream since I was little, although less frequently in adulthood.

  4. lizzy says:

    OMG, the movers are here and I am not ready. I feel frantic in my rush to ensure the items are put in the correct boxes, or nothing ends up getting broken. I am all over the place like a a caged tiger. What am I going to do-I am not ready, this has to be done. My hair is literally standing up!

  5. Lucie says:

    Recurring dream : I wake up in the middle of the night and I realize this terrible thing is going to happen. I can’t move – not an inch. Something else has control. My body flies up to the ceiling and stops when my face is inches from the ceiling. I hover there a few seconds then BAM! I fall back down on the bed. Repeat – a different speeds. I’ve had this one since I was five. Yuck.

    • Karen says:

      Very exorcist. ~ karen!

      • dessy says:

        hey karen what could my dream mean okay i kept seeing ghosts and they were telling em i was getting ruined and i was called a drug addict and really fat ( btw i was a meth head for 4 years ) what does this mean

    • Kara says:

      I had a dream where I saved a drowing baby boy while everyone else was just standing and staring, he was in a car in a port and I jumped in but struggled a bit to get myself out, like I knew there was something else I had to do before getting out, weather that was save someone else or something I’m not sure but once I got out I had this terribke feeling I’d left someone behind

  6. Bonnie says:

    Because I am a scholar of creativity, I feel that I can say with some authority (since I even did a TEDx talk on creativity), that your vivd dreams are a sign of your creativity. Steven King has said that he has very vivid nightmares.

    • lizzy says:

      Oh boy – I certainly can believe Stephen King has nightmares – or night terrors! How else could he be so creative in his writing.

  7. BethH says:

    The operating room, though extremely brightly lit, is no larger than a doctor’s exam room. As the anesthesia kicks in someone places a large heavy radiation blocking pad over me and I begin to struggle to move, even to breathe, fighting off slumber. But it’s no use, I’m fading, fading…maniacal laughter in the background…can’t move,…can’t breathe…must be dead…

    • whitequeen96 says:

      Oooh, dreams where you can’t breathe might mean you have sleep apnea, where you actually stop breathing for a short time. This can be bad for your heart.

      I used to have dreams where I was holding my breath under water or couldn’t breathe. Then I realized that when I lay on a flattish pillow, my breast tissue sort of slid towards my neck and half-strangled me. (Also not good for the heart.) See if you sleep better on a wedge that holds up your upper body as well as your head. That worked for me. I

  8. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    There he stood in front of me…Dennis Leary with a shofar for a *%$#. What was I supposed to do with that?

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Kim. Well, Shofars are ceremonial horns that get “blown” …so hard to say what you’re supposed to do with it. (Wink). Lol

      I’d chalk it up to “you’re hot for Denis Leary”. I totally get that.

  9. Meghan says:

    The car just wouldn’t stop. No matter how much I pulled on the steering wheel and jammed my foot on the break, it just wouldn’t stop.

  10. Julie says:

    pregnancy dreams are da bomb!!!! you know that point in the dream you realize you’re dreaming and then you’re all, “no! wait!….” and then you wake up? didn’t happen for me. i’d realize i was dreaming and then continue on in this super-lucid crazy-arsed imaginary world where things were so real!

  11. Patti says:

    I’m sitting at a round table with my boss and 3 male colleagues and they’re all poking at me with their fingers, not in a funny tickling way but in a mean menacing way. I’m laughing uncomfortably and want to run but I don’t.

  12. Debbie from Illinois says:

    I rarely remember my dreams…such a bummer.

    Karen, how is your blackeye?

    • Karen says:

      It’s almost completely faded, lol! ~ karen

      • shantel montel says:

        I had a dream that I was in a big bus with my parents and other members of the family heading to somewhere I don’t remember and all of a sudden , the driver wasn’t in the car due to a reckless driving , I think he died and a lion was now driving the car all I could remember was the car started hitting other cars , I was at the top of the car trying to hold something before the car crushes ..that was all.i found myself on a bed unconscious and heard noises .when I got up, I asked for my parents but they said they where dead

  13. Mary Werner says:

    With my 3 year old brother beside me in the big back seat of the 1940 Chrysler, we are riding with Dad and Mom to the top of a hill and I can’t see the other side yet. Once at the top of the hill, the car falls into a giant pit of five-foot wide, hairy spiders that pull everyone out and are coming for me. Then I woke up.

    This was a several times a week dream I had for years as a girl before I was 8. I was deathly afraid of spiders and never saw any “gore” in my dreams but having my family pulled away was terrifying. When I was in my forties and was told that abnormal fear of spiders represented your mother I began not fearing spiders as much. Strange. (Mom was not mean to us.)

  14. JMC says:

    Recurring are dreams like this: The movers arrived nothing is packed. Suddenly we’re all on the road and I’m freaked that something was left behind.

    One time dream that started scary then made me laugh: A man walking towards me yelling at me grabs me. I start running which lifts his feet off the ground. I run him full force into a wall, he loses his grip slumps to the floor and I stand over him saying, “Are you kidding me? Doe you KNOW how much I weigh?”

  15. Katie Grace says:

    I’m 12 and our family is just getting home from vacation. My parents are unloading the trunk of the car while I’m walking towards the garage to go into the house. A masked man opens the house door (no one sees but me because they’re behind the car), points a gun at me with one hand and with the other, puts his finger to his lips in a shushing manner.

    had it ALL. THE. TIME. when i was younger.

  16. Linda J Howes says:

    I’m alone, trapped, and wolves are about to attack.

  17. Rondina says:

    For years, I’ve been able to analyze my dreams—normally right after I wake from them. I’ve gotten to the point where I believe I’ve trained myself to wake up in order to analyze them. I had chasing dreams for years. Same neighborhood, same houses. The person chasing me caught me one night revealing who they were. Those stopped. Airplanes crashing into buildings I was in.(pre-9/11) Those stopped. Tornadoes. Those stopped. Rising water. Those stopped. Not that I don’t have a significant amount of anxiety, but I guess I’ve moved past the trauma of early life.

  18. Becca says:

    Explain this one. I’m sick but have to get groceries anyway so my friend (who happens to be seriously hot but fantasy material) comes along to keep me company. I push the cart and he follows along behind, sitting cross-legged on his two-headed, orange turtle. He’s playing his mandolin and, every now and then, the turtle can’t help itself and starts to crazy dance, dumping my friend on the floor and stopping the music. FYI, the store employees are not thrilled with two-headed turtle messes.

    • Pam says:

      HA!! The crazy dancing two-headed orange turtle made me laugh so hard! I wish I had such entertaining dreams!

    • Karen says:

      LOLOLOL! ~ karen

    • Langela says:

      You feel badly that your friend is “fantasy material”–sickness
      Your feelings for him follow you everywhere you go.
      You try to distract yourself–two-headed orange turtles
      He keeps pulling you back in with his “music” and your distractions aren’t enough to distract you.
      Every once in awhile your distractions work- he falls off and music stops.
      Or maybe not any of that.

      • Becca says:

        Seems entirely reasonable. Perhaps you could shed some light on this one.

        I’m camping with a somewhat younger than his current age George Clooney. It’s a lovely night and the tent is cozy. In his most gentlemanly manner, he is attempting to persuade me to let him join me in my sleeping bag. I rebuff him gently. Repeatedly. I know it’s a dream but I keep turning him down.

        When the alarm woke me, the thought foremost in my mind was “WTF!!! What kind of idiot turns down George Clooney in potentially the hottest dream of her life?” Menopause throws some wicked curve balls.

        • Langela says:

          He’s sweet and nice to look at, but not the man of your dreams. You need more than looks to let someone close to you– in your sleeping bag. Plus, he’s sweet and you want a loud man who rides a two-headed orange turtle, casually. :)

          Age has a way of changing who I would be attracted to. It’s no longer looks, but responsibility, stability, honesty. Though looks don’t hurt.

        • Laura Bee says:

          Bruce Willis wanted me like no man has ever wanted me. I had my chance and I turned him down. It’s been ten years and I still remember that night.

  19. Jake says:

    I win the lottery, lots of money, and build six small cottages for my 4 BFF and myself. One cottage left and we end up fighting about which favorite MAN gets lucky enough to live with us. So far the winners have been, Prince Harry, Hugh Laurie, Prince Harry, Elvis, Brad Pitt and Prince Harry.

  20. Shanelle says:

    The day before High School we had to attend an Orientation evening. The night before this, I dreamt that I wore the school uniform but everyone else wore casual clothes. On the actual evening I wore casual clothes and everyone turned up in their uniforms! I might be a dyslexic psychic…

    • Shelagh says:

      Omigosh….my first day of high school I showed up wearing the school uniform….it is still traumatic to this day…and I’m over 60

  21. danni says:

    Had the most wonderful, amazing, orgasmic toe curling sex with this person…
    (woke up in a love haze… slowly realized that this person was someone I see all the time and despise!!! Made for very awkward blushing and stammering at work I tell you!)

  22. Su says:

    love the cape… rarely remember dreams…..

  23. mbaker says:

    I met up with my friend and his twin brother; he had never previously had a twin so I pointed this out. He told me that this was my body’s way of telling me that I was having twins (I’m pregnant in real life).

    Needless to say, I’m quite anxious for my next ultrasound.

  24. I have 3 disturbing recurring dream themes.
    1 is the teeth one. My teeth keep coming loose and falling out to the point i only have about half of them left.

    2 i am cheating on or leaving my husband and kids for an old boyfriend and he is leaving his wife and kids too. We are so happy together that i am sad when i come to reality and realize its not my life. mostly because i dont have that happiness or love in my life not because i dont have him

    3 is more disturbing than nightmare. I am in a house or place and i know that is a dream and i am fighting and struggling to wake up because i know its all a lie. I finally do wake up and feel a bit better and lighter but inevitability fall back into the cage of the dream. Meanwhile all this is a dream i am actually having. A dream within a dream and i know that because when i wake up for real life everything is very heavy and i am sad. I actually have fitful sleep these nights waking within the dream waking to reality and falling back asleep over and over. When i do hit reality its for a few fleeting seconds and i am unable to stay awake and feel like i am dragged back under. I am often yelling in my dream for help because i know i am trapped in the dream.

    • Sarah says:

      Your third example, dreams within dreams, is something I have experienced many times. That, and being stabbed, are the most terrifying of all my dreams. The dream is very realistic. I am always in my own bedroom. I dream that I awake from my sleep to discover a stranger in my room. A stranger with the intention to do me harm. I am trapped, paralyzed and afraid. I realize it is a dream and make myself wake up, but I have not awoken and the dream continues. This can happen multiple times. I have to force myself awake by making a violent motion. Sometimes I am able to, sometimes not. When I finally awake, I am left exhausted and with a lingering sense of terror. I have to get out of bed to break the grasp of the dream. I am always afraid to go back to sleep. Sometimes I just turn on the light and wait for morning.
      Any suggestions?

      • Kavarius Hester says:

        That is really horrible and i just had a dream where i woke up but i really didnt wake but only in my dream and i was struggling to wake from it multiple times and i am wondering do you have any advice for me?

      • Nate says:

        Perhaps if you leave a bb gun by your bed and memorize where it is in real life, you can imagine in your dream that it’s a revolver or a modern pistol. Then simply shoot the intruder in the shoulder. Run to him and scream, “Who are you and why are you in my house?”

        Alternatively, in your dream, think of your husband next to you. Don’t ask if he’s there, simply reach for him. Perhaps the dream is trying to teach you to rely on him.

  25. Blandine says:

    Elvis laughs at the cute doll house I’ve just built. I’m offended and wake up cranky…

  26. Mel says:

    I’m giving birth but there is something wrong with my baby. Something different each time. I’ve been dreaming this for months now. I am seven and a half months pregnant with my second and I had a scare with my first so I guess that explains it.
    I have frequent nightmares. One reoccurring one that I’ve had since I was a child was that I am small and hiding in the carpet under the edge of my bed. My dad is vacuuming and he can’t see me or hear me over the sound of the vacuum. I wake up before it sucks me up.

  27. Cindy says:

    wildlife dreams! #1: I’m in bed and two lions are peacefully curled at my feet. #2: I’m in a forest and all manner of wild animals–elephants, hippos, lions, wolves–are walking past me, on their way to somewhere important. #3: I’m walking on a snow road, surrounded on either side by huge snow banks. Everything is bright and white and clean. A large buck is standing in the middle of the road and as I approach it an eagle or hawk flies to land. These dreams always fill me with a sense of something quite meaningful is happening or about to happen.

  28. Beckie says:

    I am eating a meal in a nice restaurant and as I pick up the last bite, I watch a fat, but “only” 1″ long millipede crawl over the edge of the plate.

    • Biggi says:

      Hahahaha omg this happened to me in real life!!! Having a candle lit dinner in NT BUT the millipede was a 6inch long centiped crawling up the tablecloth! Never jumped up this fast in my life!!!

  29. ~JackieVB says:

    I’m on my way somewhere and I have to get there by a certain time. Along the way I encounter different people who need me to do something for them so we have to go to this place and get this thing before I can go to wherever I’m going. I can feel how frustrated I am and am starting to think I won’t be able to find the place I’m trying to get to. We always pass some sort of stormy water, or spend time in a house that has many more rooms than you would think it has (that’s actually the cool part of the dream). Then at the end I try to run so I won’t be late but I can’t run, no matter how hard I try – it’s a slow walk.
    I’ve never known where I’m trying to go, but I have a hunch it’s to the liquor store to buy more Vodka.

  30. Natika says:

    Giant snake rumors going around the beach in Australia. Later, it enters our high school classroom, but we are all saved by standing on our chairs.

    The easy to read symbolism:
    Beach in Australia = care-free times
    Classroom = my job
    Fellow students = my co-workers
    Snake = that one evil co-worker
    Chairs = her temporary contract up in two months :)

  31. Teresa says:

    I dream about my x’s (and there are a few, I’m not blushing), in all sorts of situations. I almost never dream about the one I’m with, only the x’s.

  32. V says:

    The office in the 20-story high rise is flooded, and inexplicably filled with sharks. I have to leap from filing cabinet to filing cabinet – which keep tipping under my weight – to get away from them, but there’s nowhere to go. It’s the scariest, heart-thumpingest dream I’ve ever had.

    I’ve had this dream several times a year for decades. I’ve only had it vary once: the high-rise was a mansion on the bayou, the sharks were alligators, my sister was there and I was strangely unperturbed about the whole thing.

  33. Tigersmom says:

    Strangely unperturbed by my friend wanting to spend half a day shopping for used Christmas decorations in the rented house of a group of very unlikely roommates, I am quite relaxed until a tornado-like column of bats appears in the house that somehow now has a 100 foot ceilings. My impending panic becoming obvious a random guy throws a sheet at me and says disdainfully, “Somebody tent her.”

  34. jules says:

    I’m sitting on a stool flying about a metre above the ground, scooting along at some speed. I’m enjoying this until suddenly the stool takes off and the fields are a patchwork quilt below me, then I’m terrified and wake up. I’ve lost count of the times I have that one!

  35. p says:

    Wow my crazy dream is a lot darker than anyone else’s. Makes me wonder if I should actually post this.

    I am tied up in a straight jacket in line with a few other people who are also tied up similarly. We are at a gathering place and there are lots of people watching, like an old school town square. I watch them take the person at the head of the line to a large guy who bends them over and makes them sway back and forth. Then he hits them over the head, hard enough so they are bleeding and seriously dazed but not dead. He repeats this, swaying their body for a minute before bludgeoning them again until their head is just bloody pulp. When they are dead, he throws them in the discard pile where there are already several other bodies with mutilated skulls, before moving to the next person in line.

    • Louise says:

      Good God, p! What a horrible dream!
      I think you must have seen or heard about that soldier who escaped ISIS while all of his fellow-soldiers around him were treated almost identically to what you described. This was a few months ago. I hope that makes you feel a little better!

    • Louise says:

      PS. Also, something very similar to your dream happened years ago in Uganda under then-President Idi Amin. I remember reading about it in Reader’s Digest. Maybe you read that article too.

      I’m a font of grissly knowledge.

    • WeirdDreamer says:

      Well I have had a dream where I found myself (in the dream) on the floor staring up at the ceiling where I could hear creaking footsteps and like extreme bending of the boards. When I got up I heard them stop and strafe towards the stairs every time I moved or made a sound that indicated movement. I died a couple times in this dream from a “creature” that stared at me from the bottom of the stairs and ran towards me as I couldn’t move when they charged. I had always been held in place whenever they got to the bottom of the stairwell. It was something holding me still immediately if they came down the stairwell I couldn’t do anything but be beaten by this thing. SORRY I GOT TOO FOCUSED ON WHAT MY DREAM LOOKED LIKE I ALWAYS LUCID DREAM SORRY.

  36. Gail says:

    An answered knock on the front door reveals Tom Cruise on my porch on bended knee (not tying his shoe) with ring in hand. He begins to speak. I remind him that he broke my heart when he married Nicole. I politely close the door and high five myself. I am cured of Cruise fever.

  37. Tracie says:

    I have always had vivid dreams. I dreamt once that I ate cottage cheese, which I love. The only thing was, I took a spoon of it to my mouth and ate it, but realized at the same time, that it was green and mouldy. When I woke up, I could taste mould in my mouth, and could not eat cottage cheese for many, many years. I can eat it now, but then? I could actually TASTE the mould for such a long time. I’ve also dreamed of flying, on a broomstick, but struggled to get off the ground. That’s just the tip of the iceberg…

  38. Tina says:

    I’m from Germany, so I just woke up – in my dream I had an awful screaming fight with a colleague at work. He is really nice, the reason for this dream fight doesn’t make any sense, and I don’t use that sort of language at school. Work will be strange today – I’m still furious!

    And I had those flying dreams – but I always botch the landing…

  39. Raymonde says:

    When I was about 4 years old, I dreamt that my house was being circled by a bunch of horse riding Indians. They caught me and squeezed my toes to prevent me from breathing. I laughed so much it woke me up. :-)

  40. Pat Kichinko says:

    Backstory: My Godmother gave me a stuffed clown when I was a little girl, and I didn’t like it, so I stuck it waaaaaaaaay back in my closet.

    I dreamed that it was night, and I got up to discover a glow around my closet door as though I had left the light on inside. When I opened the door, the clown was front and center on the shelf and smiling at me. Brrrrrrrrrrr……………….

  41. Jennifer says:

    I’m going on a trip overseas. On the Concord. I start packing 1 hour before the flight, when we’re already supposed to be @ the airport. I end up packing only socks and a few t-shirts. I wake up panicking.

    I have this dream before every vacation, unless I make very complete lists.

  42. Lesley says:

    Many dreams since retirement 3 years ago about my old job. Invariably either in the wrong office, or the right office but nobody recognized me, or late for something important or missing parts of my uniform. Then … don’t laugh … had my horoscope done and was told that I should never EVER work for an autocratic, authoritarian or rule-bound organization as it would wither my soul. Old job was all of those things, in spades. Since then – dreams have stopped.

  43. Ella says:

    The above should read “I keep getting so close to kissing the boy I had a crush on in highschool….” I think that might be classified as a deep Freudian slip!

  44. Joy says:

    An evil man in a mask tries to kill me in my sleep, the room is on fire. I know if I don’t attack or get through the door past him, he’ll kill my kids. Screaming with everything in me, I run towards him uncertain of what I was going to do. The light comes on, it’s my poor husband trying to use the restroom in the middle of the night and I nearly startled him to death with my waking nightmare. We can laugh about it now.
    I’ve recently discovered the link between days I take benadryl and my recurring nightmares. Has anyone else?

  45. Ella says:

    I keep getting so close to the boy I had a crush on in highschool, but it never happens. NEVER. I feel so guilty waking up next to my now husband, who is way cuter and kisses me back ;)

    • whitequeen96 says:

      Hey, I have the same dream – about getting close to the boy you had a crush on in high school, but *I* get him! LOL!

      Actually, I have the same dream about the guy I liked, but no dice either. :( sigh!

      • Aimee says:

        I have the same dream but we grew up next to each other we were neighbors and childhood friends and I always had that boy next door crush on him but nothing crazy…we graduated high school together and only see him maybe once a year, we are both married and he has 2 kids and lives downbeat South who but I constantly dream about him and last night I had a i I’d dream and he was in it again…it’s driving me crazy! Why is it alwaYs him?!?!

  46. katie says:

    Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray came to my bridal shower and gave me a very nice wedding gift. I spent the rest of the shower party wondering if I had a serious chance with him and if I should postpone or cancel the wedding.

  47. SusanR says:

    I got out of bed to get a glass of water, when I stepped in something cold and squishy. In the bedroom behind me, I could see the cats in their jammies, laughing hysterically and high-fiving each other.

  48. Mel says:

    It was incredibly nice of me to leave that daily planner for my little brother before I took off mid-year for a semester of college. I filled in all the things he would need to keep track of. (We’re both in our 30s now, reality check.)

  49. What if you have a dream of falling while cheating at having sex and your teeth are falling out while you are being chased naked at the exact time of escaping death?

    Does that mean something?

    Ps. The Cape. The most awesome thaaaaang evah !!

  50. Edith says:

    I poked at the ceiling with the broom handle and could feel that it was soggy. The walls were spongy from the wetness and in the corners mold was growing. I found an opening in the floor and could see the water below, slowly eating away at the foundation. I slowly backed out hoping the floor would hold me long enough.

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