Interpreting Your Dreams

Everyone dreams even if they don’t remember it. Not remembering a dream is a very common practice, however, sometimes there are those dreams that are difficult to shake. Here are some common dreams and what they mean.

Falling

These types of dreams are the most common and frequent of all dreams we experience in our lifetime. Dreams of falling are usually vivid and tend to wake you up before hitting the bottom. Usually when we dream of falling, we have lost control of something.

Water

Seeing water in a dream can be interpreted in various ways from the color to the type and even how you are interacting with water in the dream. Here we’ll talk about the colors of the water

  • Clear: a positive symbol letting you know your emotions are clear. Is someone else in the dream with you? Your subconscious might be trying to tell you something
  • Murky/Brown: unclear water might suggest emotional difficulties
  • Dark Blue: this dark color suggests that your unconscious emotions could be heavy and deep. How do you feel in the water in your dream? It’ll let you know your level of comfort with those emotions
  • Red: as most things that are red in dreams, this suggests anger and passion. This colors brings out your inner feelings

Dreaming in a Dream

How very Inception of you; now while this might seem like you are dreaming of the movie (and fingers crossed Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Tom Hardy show up in your dreams), it is not that uncommon to have a dream within a dream. Similar to the movie, you will be able to discover levels to your unconscious mind that you couldn’t access before.

Dancing

Ever busted a move in your dreams? Dancing in dreams can mean so many different things! So how are you dancing in your dreams?

  • Alone: you feel complete & free
  • With a partner: feel joy and safety with that person
  • Taking the lead: you are in control and in charge
  • Stepping on your partners feet: awkwardness in the situation
  • Audience or with a group: you are putting on a show, let loose and have fun!

Driving

Dreams of this nature indicate your life’s path. How the road looks will help to guide you with what is ahead of you.

Fall Asleep Fast

Insomnia plagues many Americans. This can come in an acute or chronic form. One common cause is anxiety. It is hard to fall asleep when the mind is over thinking and it is even harder to stay asleep. A lack of sleep leads to waking up feeling drowsy and potentially even more anxious creating a vicious cycle. Here are some things to try to break up with insomnia.

During the Day
It is just as important to control your daytime routine in order to produce a solid night’s sleep.

  • Exercise
    • Exercise aids in everything! It is important to exercise for overall health as well as aiding in sleep. The other side of this is to remember to exercise during the day and not too close to bedtime.
  • Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
    • Caffeinated beverages are a stimulant making it hard to fall asleep. Alcohol may help aid in falling asleep, but actually reduces the possibility of staying asleep.
  • Avoid Naps
    • Sleeping during the day makes it harder to fall asleep at night.

 

Before Bed
A nighttime routine is the second line of sleep aid.

  • Light Dinner
    • It is important to not overeat at dinner time. Indigestion could keep you up at night. Also, don’t go to bed hungry, as hunger keeps you awake. Finding a happy medium is the key.
  • Hide Electronics
    • Bedtime is the time for sleep (and sex). Watching TV, scrolling through social media, and Netflix should be avoided as the blue light from screens keeps the mind awake. If you must, limit it to more than 30 minutes before sleep.
  • Cool Your Room
    • Recent studies show that the perfect sleep temperature is between 60-68° Fahrenheit. Your body temperature drops naturally to aid in sleep, so why not drop the temperature of your bedroom?

 

Routine
A regular routine is a sure fire way to make falling asleep more manageable.

  • Sleep and Wake Up at the Same Time
    • A routine helps aid in letting the body and mind know when it is time to sleep. It is enticing to sleep in on weekends, and newer studies even suggest sleeping in on weekends to catch up on sleep could be beneficial. However, try to not sleep more than an hour.
  • Posture
    • Posture has many benefits to health. Naturally, this can be carried over to sleep. Lying on your back and side is the healthiest positions for sleep.
  • Invest in a Comfortable Mattress *wink wink nudge nudge*
    • Many complain that an uncomfortable mattress is keeping them awake. The average human spends about 1/3 of their life in bed, so why not splurge on a mattress that will provide years of benefits, comfort, and cool?