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Nightmares – What Our Most Terrifying Dreams May Mean

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Did you know that the average person spends roughly 2 hours every night dreaming? Dreams are one of the most common yet mysterious things we do. It is believed that dreams are directly linked to the person’s conscious thoughts and feelings. Sometimes these dreams can be frightening and difficult to understand, so we have gathered the most common nightmares and explain what your conscious may be trying to tell you.

Being Chased

Experiencing a nightmare where you are being chased can mean that a person is running away from something in their life. This may be something causing anxiety or fear in your conscious life, a toxic relationship, or any number of other things. If you recognize the person that is chasing you, it could be the result of strong emotions you might be consciously running away from, such as anger, jealousy, etc.

Out of Control Vehicles

If a person experiences a nightmare where they are at the wheel of a vehicle that they have completely lost control over, they may be experiencing something in their conscious life where they feel they are losing control. This could be a result of the person feeling unsure or unclear of their path in life. It is commonly associated with instability at work or in a romantic relationship, so take some time to think about these areas of your life.

Teeth Falling Out

It is said that 1 in 5 people have reported experiencing this dream, making it one of the most common nightmares. If a person dreams that their teeth are falling out it could signify deep rooted anxieties about that person’s insecurities and how they are perceived by others. The person may feel a strong fear of being seen as unattractive and feel embarrassed. While this type of dream is most common in older children and young adults, it can happen to anyone.


Another common nightmare people experience is falling in a dream. Falling is a terrifying feeling of not being in control. This could be caused by a person feeling out of control in their life or feeling anxious or uncertain about a situation in your conscious life. Many dream experts say that falling in a dream can more generally mean that something is not going well in your life. Take some time to think about various important situations in your life and how they are being handled. If necessary, try to make some changes to improve these situations.


Probably a more morbid nightmare to experience, dreaming about dying could actually signify a more positive subconscious meaning. A person dreaming about dying can be wishing to leave a job, relationship, or some other situation in life that the subconscious is trying to tell them to move on from. Death can mean the end of something and beginning of something else.

Being Naked in Public

A person experiencing nightmares where they are naked in a public place could mean that they are experiencing something in life that causes them to feel exposed or vulnerable. That could be the result of a new job, new position, or something else to make them feel exposed.

Feeling Unprepared for an Exam

This is one of the most stressful nightmares a person experiences. When someone dreams about not feeling prepared for an exam, it could mean the person has a lack of confidence in their life and the path they are on, also feeling unable to move forward to the next step in life. Figuring out where you need to move on in your waking life can help to reduce the likelihood of experiencing this type of nightmare again.

What to Do Next

Now that you have at last a basic introduction on what various types of nightmares mean, you will want to take some action in your waking life to address potential problems. One thing you can do is write down as many details as you can remember about your nightmare as soon as you wake up. This will help you to remember what happened so you can hopefully pinpoint the root cause of the nightmare later.

If you believe you have figured out what in your life is causing a specific nightmare, take action to make a real change. Your mind is telling you that there is something wrong, and it is important to fix it. You wouldn’t ignore a physical problem that may indicate you have an illness. Don’t ignore the warnings that your brain is giving you in your sleep. If you are careful to pay attention to your dreams (and especially your nightmares) you will be able to take very positive steps to improve your life.