Dreams and nightmares are not just a result of the random actions of brain cells while we are sleeping.
A dream about getting married to a Hemsworth doesn’t necessarily mean you want to get married to a Hemsworth (or that you will). A nightmare about arriving to work naked doesn’t mean you’re going to forget to put on your pants.
But some believe that these dreams are revealing messages that are subtle, subliminal and existential.
We asked women of the Mamamia Women’s Network about their most recent dreams and nightmares – and worked out what they mean.
“I dream of pregnancy all the time.”
“I dreamed that I was pregnant. Then I gave birth and kept the baby in an egg in the bathroom cabinet.”
Dreams of being pregnant suggest your personal life is in a growth stage, according to dreamdictionarynow.com. The fact you are still pregnant in the dream means you are not quite ready to share your idea with the world. If you give birth in the dream that means you are starting something new. Struggling to feed a baby in a dream means you need to put more work into your pursuit. Losing a pregnancy or a baby in a dream means the idea isn’t working. If you are pregnant in a dream and the bump gets smaller that means you were about to do something new but changed your mind.
"I dream of tsunamis."
Water in dreams means emotions. Tsunamis and tidal waves in dreams means over-whelming emotion. Dreamwell.com says that the appearance of tsunamis in dreams can signify that we are either under a lot of pressure or that we are surrounded by a lot of change that is overwhelming. They are typical of those feeling stressed about a looming deadline. The fear and anxiety felt in the dream reflects fear of failure or feeling under-prepared
"I used to dream that I would walk along the top of the wave of a frozen tsunami. Not ice frozen, its a normal wave, just giant and not moving."
Applying the previous analysis here, a dream where you are walking on top of a wave would signify feeling on top of a huge project or event. The slow-moving nature of it signifies control. It could also be that you have a plan in place for getting on top of a big project or to tackle a looming deadline.
"I dream of exams I'm not prepared for."
Dreams dealing with exams signify stress, according to dreamdictionary.org. Quite often you won't yet be aware of what is stressing you out. It can also signify a lack of confidence in yourself and your abilities.
"I STILL dream regularly - maybe every week - that I'm in my high school maths exam and I haven't studied. And I'm berating myself for wagging double maths every Thursday. It's extremely stressful."
"I sometimes dream that I never actually finished uni/high school and have to go back!"
These dreams have a similar interpretation. They signify stress however the stress is more specific. They mostly signify a lack of preparedness or readiness for something. They also signify a reluctance to take a next step in either your personal or professional life, or a fear of being left behind by something or someone.