What do our dreams mean?

On average, people have 3-5 dreams per night, while some can have up to as many as 7. But sometimes we can’t always remember what we dream about- so why is this?

Dreams occur during REM, (which stands for Rapid Eye Movement) the stage were the brain activity is at its highest and resembles being awake.  It is also the continuous movement of the eyes. The reason why we can recall some of our dreams is because when we wake up during the REM stage, it’s a lot more vivid in our mind. However, dreams can also appear at other stages of sleep- but these tend to be less rememberable once we wake up. 

It is said by many experts that dreams are thoughts and scenarios from our unconscious mind. Read on to find out the meaning behind common dreams…          

Dreams and their meaning   


It is thought that dreaming of falling (whether that’s from the sky or a building, etc) can be a sign that things aren’t going particularly well in your life. It can suggest that you may need re-think a life choice or consider taking a new direction in an area of life- this could include in your work life or a relationship.


The Dream Dictionary author, Tony Crisp believes that dreaming of flying can represent two different things- on one hand it can symbolise feelings of freedom and independence, but on the other hand it could indicate a desire or escape from the realities of life.

Running away or being chased 

This is one of the most common dream symbols in all cultures. It means you’re feeling threatened, so reflect on who’s chasing you (they may be symbolic) and why they’re a possible threat in real life.

Sitting an exam

Whether you’re sitting an exam back in school or as an adult, these dreams can signify self-evaluation, with the content of the exam reflecting the part of your personality or life under inspection.

Food and drink

It is believed that dreaming of food and drink is said to symbolise knowledge, because it nourishes the body just as information nourishes the brain.


Animals in dreams can often represent your connection to nature and survival, especially if you’re an animal lover. But being chased by a predator can suggest you’re holding back repressed emotions like fear or aggression.


Keep an eye out for our second blog series on the meaning of Dreams coming soon…


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