Scientists and psychologists, old and new, tell us that dreams reveal critical aspects about ourselves. Dreams are a reflection of your recent state of mind, future possibilities, and changes that you have experienced.
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So when you dream about something inane, such as a candle burning inside the freezer, or a cow taking you hostage inside the barn, which is actually the grocery store, you may be able to learn something about yourself. While there are different theories about interpreting dreams, we'd like to share some general insights that may help you unravel your nighttime wanderings.
1. Dreams Provide Information About Your Health
Dreams come from your subconscious, and oftentimes your subconscious knows more about the inner workings of your body than you do. That's why you should pay close attention to your dream. Is there some part of your dream that is giving you difficulties? Maybe you're trying to turn your laptop on, and you just can't make it work. Or you are cooking in the kitchen, but the stove doesn't heat no matter which knobs you turn.
These could be indications that something about your health is out of control. Your mind is trying to tell you something inside you isn't working correctly.
There's another way to look at this. If you are having terrifying nightmares that are disrupting your sleep, you could have a health problem. In particular, you could have a mental health problem, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD.
2. Dreams Can Show Our Predictions to Future Situations
Have you ever had a dream that seems to be telling the future? It may actually be your subconscious predicting an outcome of something you know is going to happen.
For instance, if you dream about living in a big house next to a lake, your mind could have leaped to a hopeful conclusion that your new job leads to success and a new future home.
Sometimes something happens to you, and then you recall a dream that you think predicted that incident. In those cases, it could be that you are remembering only one aspect of the dream that fits reality. There may be other aspects of the dream that didn't come true at all. Is it a future-telling dream, or is it a coincidence? We'll let you decide.
3. Dreams Inform You About Your Mindset
One of the most striking aspects of dreams can be the unusual setting. Remember the cow in the barn, except the barn was actually the supermarket? That type of changing setting may be an indication of not where you are but rather what you are thinking. If you dream about your workplace, it could mean your brain is always thinking about work. If you dream of a school, you could be thinking about something in life that you need to learn. If your dream takes place in your childhood home, it could be an indication that you are holding onto a way of thinking that is entrenched deeply into your past. The supermarket example could be an indication that you are often hungry.
4. Vivid Dreams and Stress
If you are having dreams that are more vivid than usual, it could be stress-related. Heightened stress floods the brain with adrenaline and other neurotransmitters. These can remain activated during your sleep, which can create vivid dreams. You are not sleeping normally because stress negatively impacts the ability to fall asleep. Your brain, and its dreams, are keeping you alert, so you can be prepared for whatever it is that is causing you stress.
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