Here are some common dreams and their supposed meanings:
Being chased: You may be afraid of a new experience, or that you can't keep up with everything
Falling off a cliff or high building: You may be fearful of a new risk or new situation or crisis in your life.
Being lost: This might mean you are overwhelmed with life and don't know how to sort it out, or that you are embarking on something new that you don't understand yet
Dreams about animals, let's say snakes in particular: You perceive a threat in your life
Being Late: You might be anxious that you are disappointing someone
Water: Water usually signifies change and renewal in your life
Car out of control: You feel your life is out of control, and it's out of your hands
Unable to complete a phone call: You're disconnected somewhere in some way in your life
Here is the cycle of sleep for most people:
You are most likely to remember a dream if you are awakened during the REM portion of sleep.
A dream can last from a few seconds up to 20-30 minutes.
How do drugs affect your dreams?
- Smoking marijuana can seriously impair the REM stage of sleep, when you sleep deeply and dream
- Anti-depressant medication can interrupt your sleep patterns
- Anti-anxiety medication such as Valium can also affect sleep patterns
People who suffer from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) often times suffer from nightmares, possibly from changes in their brains and also from medications they are given to manage their condition.
Other things than can affect your sleep include
- Quitting Smoking
- Going to bed hungry
- Watching a scary movie before you go to bed
If you need some tips on getting to sleep and staying asleep, check out Triogenius "Must Get Sleep," November 5, 2012.