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The Most Common Dreams Explained

The Most Common Dreams Explained

We dream multiple times every night. Some last just five minutes; others can last up to an hour, but it’s rare that you wake up and remember this. However, when you remember your dream, it is often a jumble of images and can have you scratching your head, puzzled about what it could represent.

Are you wondering about dreams and their meanings? We’ve got you covered. Take a look below for a list of some of the most common dreams and what they mean, from everything including animals to your teeth falling out!

Explore The Meaning Of Dreams!

What Do Dreams About Animals Mean?

Cat sleeping

Dreaming about wild animals is thought to strongly reflect our primal instincts and, perhaps, an untamed and uncivilised aspect of our lives.

It is thought that to dream of a wild animal denotes a struggle we are experiencing with fighting some area of our primal self and each specific animal is thought to have a different representation of the area we are repressing:

  • Alligator/Crocodile - aggression and treachery
  • Apes - agitation, mischief or deception
  • Bears - introspection and thoughtfulness
  • Bull - power and stubbornness
  • Camel - carrying too much emotional baggage
  • Cats - bad luck, misfortune or unrealistic expectations
  • Deer - grace, compassion and meekness
  • Dogs - loyalty and fidelity
  • Dolphins - emotional trust and intelligence
  • Elephant - patience and introversion
  • Fox - cunning and insight
  • Goat - gullibility and lack of judgement
  • Hippopotamus - strength and aggression
  • Horse - endurance, power and virility
  • Kangaroo - nurture and over-protection
  • Lamb - vulnerability, innocence and purity
  • Lion - courage, dominance and aggression
  • Octopus - clouded judgement or over-possession
  • Otter - playfulness and happiness
  • Panda - childishness or difficulty in compromising
  • Rabbit - warmth, abundance and fertility
  • Rat - envy, greed and guilt
  • Shark - hostility, anger and fierceness
  • Snakes - a warning, hidden worries or fears
  • Spider - trapped, insecurity or left out of a situation
  • Tiger - power and the need to take control
  • Tortoise - longevity, perseverance and determination
  • Wolf - pride, self-confidence and solitude

What Do Dreams About Cars Mean?

Audi car

Dreaming about cars is thought to symbolise your control and, depending on the situation your dream is about, can represent that control in various cases. For instance, if you dream about being in the back seat of a car, this could be interpreted as not being in power, being overpowered by your emotions, or someone controlling in your life.

Likewise, the dream of being in a car you cannot control (if the brakes don’t work or you have no control over the speed) may also correspond to your feelings about your own life. The way you operate the car is thought to be significant in how you deal with decision making in your life, and confidence in the vehicle may directly correlate to your persona.

The type of car you dream about is also considered necessary, with pregnant women tending to drive heavy vehicles, vulnerable people driving cheap and run-down models, and people who are experiencing success dreaming of luxurious cars.

Dreams that involve buying a new car are thought to represent a new direction in your life, which could mean a new relationship, a new job or simply a new approach to life. Meanwhile, dreaming of a car that has been stolen is thought to represent loss. It’s common for older people to dream of cars that become damaged or worn out, describing the ageing process.

What Do Dreams About Chases Mean?

Woman chasing birds

Chase dreams are relatively common and stem from one of our most basic functions - the ‘fight or flight’ response. Being chased is thought to represent situations that you may be avoiding. You may believe that a specific issue in your waking life is impossible to surmount, and it may be causing you stress.

  • Being chased - Being chased in a dream can also relate to feelings of guilt, insecurity or anxiety. The person or thing chasing you is thought to be relevant to the interpretation of your dream, and they may represent somebody you are avoiding conflict with. Precisely, if you dream that your father is chasing you, then it could symbolise your inability to make the right decision, even though you know you must. Being chased in a dream is also thought to represent avoidance of illness or feelings of pressure.
  • Chasing someone or something - Conversely, if you are chasing something in your dream, this can suggest that you are ambitious but lacking in motivation. In either scenario, the distance between the chaser and who is being chased is relevant. If the gap is vast, the problem or issue is not an imminent concern, whereas if the gap is closing, it represents that the issue will not go away.

A more literal interpretation of chase dreams is a fear of being attacked.

What Do Dreams About Death Mean?

Graves on a coast

Though they can be upsetting, dreams about death are not usually considered a bad omen but rather represent some form of change in your life - a transitional phase at work, a new partner or even your personality. These can be both positive and negative changes.

To dream about your death represents a need to escape some element of your personal life, daily routine or even a person. If people laugh at you as you die, this could represent your feelings about other people treating you insensitively.

The subject of your dream is considered an essential part of the decoding, as is how you die. Dreaming about a child dying is symbolic of resolving a problem or the loss/failure of an ambitious project. The death of your parents in a dream is thought to reflect an inability to make effective and positive choices in our lives, with particular emphasis on our mothers symbolising intuition and our fathers our conscience.

In a more general sense, dreaming of bad people dying is thought to represent our overcoming negative aspects of our life with positive behaviour, and vice versa with good people.

What Do Dreams About Failure Mean?

Man falling into sea

It is thought that to experience a dream about failure represents feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and low self-esteem. These dreams may follow a rejection in your waking life or a situation where you have not performed as you would have liked.

Dreams of failure can mean you are experiencing stress, and pressures in your waking life are getting on top of you. Individuals who frequently dream of failure may be pessimistic people who expect to fail and do not invest enough effort in believing in themselves. In this respect, it could also represent a fear of success.

Failure can also be interpreted as your mind recognising that, although you may have made some mistakes, you have an opportunity to learn from them. It is also thought to signify poor organisation or planning.

It’s thought that the significance of who or what has failed is essential in finding the meaning. If someone else is experiencing failure in the episode, you may need to support someone in your waking life. Looking at what has failed could also be essential, considering why it failed and what you can learn from the situation.

What Do Dreams About Falling Mean?

Man Falling

Falling can be quite a common dream over an entire population, although it infrequently occurs in individuals. Often, people comment that they experience a jolt as they ‘land’ on the bed or other surface.

Dreaming about falling is thought to symbolise a warning signal about things out of control in your life. It is believed to be the mind’s way of telling you to exercise caution in some area of your life.

For others, it is believed to be a sign of exhaustion and that the falling signifies that you have no support and are close to ‘burning out’. It is also thought to be a sign of stress over financial difficulties. A dream where you are falling unafraid means that you don’t take life seriously, that you are complacent about things and have let go of responsibility.

Ultimately, falling is thought to denote a sense of freedom, though this can have negative connotations regarding responsibilities. Contrary to popular belief, hitting the ground after falling does not mean you are dying; instead, it represents a loss of power or status or that you have hit ‘rock bottom’. Falling from a tall building is thought to represent a fear of failure, particularly over something you have previously had total confidence in.

What Do Dreams About Flying Mean?

Plane in the sky

Most people have had a dream where they are flying, and it is one of the few dreams that is referred to as ‘lucid’, meaning that the sleeper can take control of some aspect of the dream. Dreams in which people fly are often described as liberating. Soaring through the air is believed to represent the ultimate freedom, where you can accomplish your goals without fear holding you back.

Flying symbolises an escape from a burden, transcending barriers and limits. They can occur after an enjoyable or uplifting experience or following achievement in your waking life. People who spend their time in a creative or performance-based capacity often dream of flying, as it’s thought to be a reflection of releasing their inhibitions.

It’s a more common dream to have when we are younger, and this is believed to be because we are less playful, less liberated and more closed to new opportunities as we age. Flying can sometimes represent negative connotations if it reflects on a hedonistic life or avoids responsibility.

If you are afraid of flying in your dream, this may signify that you are out of control regarding your freedoms; perhaps you are wasting time or money. Flying in your dreams can also represent a new perspective, and you may be able or need, to see something from a fresh angle.

Dreams about flying can also represent the ego and a tendency to look down on others. The dreamer may feel undefeatable and superior and need some perspective on their confidence.

What Do Dreams About Food Mean?

Table of food

While the type of food you dream of has personal symbolism, food, in general, can represent prosperity. Conversely, if you dream of not having enough food, this could be interpreted as not having the wealth you desire.

  • Meat - thoughts that are sustaining or animalistic
  • Fruit - positive thoughts or sensuality
  • Vegetables - nourishment or healthy thoughts

Some interpretations of food in dreams can take a more literal sense and relate to areas of your diet that you need to look at, such as allergies, unhealthy aspects or even creative recipes.

  • Storing food - If you hoard or store food in your dream, it is thought that this could suggest you are feeling deprived.
  • Bad taste - If the food you eat in a dream tastes terrible, it could represent feelings of resentment or exhaustion.
  • Burnt food - To dream of burnt food can signify that you are not well prepared for something or over-eager towards an event in your life. It is also thought to suggest that you feel underwhelmed about something, perhaps expecting to be disappointed by a hyped-up event.

The origin of the food is also thought to have specific meanings for some individuals, with home-cooked food being linked to a yearning for your childhood or home and exotic food representing a desire for new experiences.

What Do Dreams About Forests Mean?


Like many examples from literature, dreaming of a forest represents feelings of confusion and being lost. It can mean that you have lost self-confidence and feel insecure and unsettled.

It might be that you have had some support taken away from you, and you have lost an essential sense of security. You can also interpret it as feeling uncertain or unsatisfied about an issue. Woods can also represent life, fertility and your spiritual nature.

If you’re walking through the forest, it can indicate that you are experiencing a period of change and that you should trust their instincts. Conversely, it could also be interpreted as an escape from a complicated and demanding life. If you dream that you are lost in a forest, this means you are doing a degree of soul searching and seeking to understand yourself better.

A forest on fire could mean that you are angry, affecting people close to you. The fire can be taken to mean regeneration, but only due to hardship. Finding your way out of the forest could signify that you are clear of a dangerous phase in your waking life.

What Do Dreams About Getting Lost Mean?

Compass in hand

It is thought that to dream of being lost can indicate a feeling of insecurity, uncertainty or lack of direction. It has also been associated with being unprepared for something or need clarity.

Such dreams are believed to represent a sense of loss in your life, whether this is from losing a partner, job, or something else significant. Being lost could also be interpreted as being too dependent on someone else emotionally.

  • Lost whilst driving - Certain interpretations suggest that to dream of being lost whilst driving can mean you are not seeing the big picture and are concentrating too much on the detail of a situation.
  • Lost in a forest - If you dream of being lost in the woods, it could suggest that you are confused and unclear about where to begin to solve your problems.
  • Lost in fog - Dreams of being lost in fog are thought to relate to being unable to get clarity on a situation, leaving you feeling confused.
  • Lost and cannot get home - If you dream you are lost and cannot get home, this may be interpreted as a feeling of needing something to make you happy.

An overall sense of feeling lost in your dreams means you need to prioritise your life before making an important decision.

What Do Dreams About Hair Mean?

Woman with afro

Dreaming of hair is believed to have strong correlations to health, vanity and sensuality. The style of hair that you dream about correlates with how you think directly.

  • Messy or tidy hair - If you dream of messy hair, then your thinking is likely to be cluttered and self-critical, whereas neat hair suggests you are a logical and systematic thinker. Messy hair could also indicate some confusion in your life and that you cannot think clearly.
  • Cutting or styling hair - If you cut your hair in a dream, it’s believed to mean you are losing strength or that you are making changes in your life to eliminate bad habits. Grooming your hair is understood to be associated with vanity. Still, it can also suggest you are considering making a significant change in your life and need to assess before you do so.
  • Hair colour - The colour of the hair you dream about is also believed to influence the dream’s meaning, with:
  • white hair suggesting that you are making or should make positive changes in your life
  • black hair supposedly represents negative thoughts and having a fearful outlook.
  • orange/red hair representing shocking behaviour done in an attempt to get attention
  • blood-red hair purportedly representing cheating on, lying to, or being angry with someone

What Do Dreams About Music Mean?


Though we don’t physically hear in our dreams, you can dream that you are listening to music, and to do so is thought to represent feelings of harmony and being bonded to something or someone.

The type of music is considered very important to the interpretation, and the lyrics may also be relevant. The key to understanding the significance is to think about how the music makes you feel and whether the songs reflect some event, situation or emotion in your waking life.

  • Out of tune - If the music you dream of is out of tune or discordant, then this could indicate unhappiness, worries and a lack of harmony.
  • Playing Music - To dream that you are playing music for others is thought to symbolise a desire to influence others by projecting your stories, mood or ideas on other people.

Interpretations of music can also be influenced by the type of instrument and source of the music you hear being played, with some examples being:

  • Guitars - a desire to take a more dominant role
  • Saxophones - romantic or sensual desires
  • Radios - a connection to the rest of the world
  • Choirs - group harmony
  • Organs - dexterity

What Do Dreams About Nudity Mean?

Dreaming to be nude relates to feelings of vulnerability and can point to a personal aspect of your life being made public. It’s believed to correlate with feelings of embarrassment, awkwardness and being unprotected. It may also signify an invasion of your privacy.

Dreaming about nudity can be interpreted negatively and positively, depending on how you feel. If you are not bothered by your nakedness, then it is thought to suggest empowerment, confidence and openness - the feeling of being unencumbered and free.

  • Shy or hiding nudity - If, however, you are shy of your nudity, then it can be thought to relate to feelings of shame and being caught out over some dishonesty. If you try to hide your nudity in your dream, it can be thought to symbolise your fear that a truth will be exposed or the fact you have something to hide.
  • Other people nude - If your dreams involve seeing other people naked, then this could be interpreted as seeing the truth in an otherwise clouded judgement of a situation. If everyone is naked but you, this means you are being overcritical of others.

The location of your nudity can also have a bearing on its interpretation:

  • Nudity at work might suggest an uneasiness about covering up mistakes
  • Nudity at the beach can be thought to suggest uncertainty about something and not being able to hide from it
  • Nudity at school is believed to coincide with anxiety about not being able to escape a situation

What Do Dreams About School Mean?

Children in school

Broadly, schools in a dream are believed to symbolise a place where you think and learn. You can translate this to areas of your waking life where you find yourself overthinking a situation or something you are deeply concerned about. Dreaming about schools is thought to represent our social lives and have positive and negative connotations.

Negatively, dreaming of a school can reflect anxiety, insecurity, and worry over your performance or a sensitive issue in your life. It could also mean that you have concerns over making mistakes and feeling inadequate when being prepared for some form of test or event.

In a favourable interpretation, a dream involving a school may reflect your work life or a project you are deeply involved in. It may represent your desire to perform well in these areas and enjoy learning from these experiences.

The lessons you attend during the dream are thought to have a particular meaning, with history believed to indicate that you may need to reflect on a situation and mathematics perhaps highlighting a complex problem that requires precision in your attention.

What Do Dreams About Teeth Mean?

Chattering teeth

Dreaming of teeth reflects our self-confidence and how we feel about ourselves directly. This can be as simple as our appearance or in our talents.

  • Older people - People who are growing old or sensitive to ageing may dream about teeth falling out, and it is thought to represent losing one’s looks.
  • Young people - In younger people, losing teeth can represent low self-esteem, lack of confidence, or even losing status, money or power.
  • Losing all your teeth - When all teeth are lost in a dream, this can mean a total loss of these things but can also represent misfortune or poor health. Being toothless can also mean you are afraid people will see your shortcomings.

The rather peculiar dream that your entire mouth is full of teeth is taken to mean that the dreamer is overly defensive and aggressive about something they’ve done.

  • Rotting teeth - Dreams where teeth are rotting are thought to directly relate to something the dreamer has said that was hurtful or false and is feeling a sense of guilt.
  • Clean teeth - If you dream of shiny, clean teeth, it is thought you are content and happy.
  • Wisdom teeth - Dreams specifically about the wisdom teeth are believed to relate to acquiring new knowledge or the need to think on a situation more clearly.

What Do Dreams About Work or Your Career Mean?

Women working

Dream interpreters decipher dreams about working, the workplace and our co-workers in many ways. While they could reflect an actual situation in our waking life, it is thought that workplace elements can also be symbolic.

If you dream about your current job, it may suggest that you have feelings of needing to work harder and be more productive. A dream of your old career can indicate regression into a more comfortable place; it can also be interpreted as the need to apply an old lesson to a new scenario.

  • Your boss - To dream about a boss can indicate a literal interpretation of feeling a lack of control over elements of your life or that you are being ‘bossed around’. It can represent a feeling of obligation to a decision or task that you cannot ignore.
  • Being the boss - If you dream about being a boss, then you can take this to represent your self-confidence, authority and assertiveness.
  • A colleague - Dreaming about a colleague who you know is thought to mean that you see a quality in them that is reflected in your own life.
  • Job seeking - Dreams about looking for work, meanwhile, are believed to suggest feelings of frustration and a lack of fulfilment in an aspect of your life.
  • Losing a job - Dreams about losing your job are thought to be indicative of insecurity and instability.

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