Types of Dreams

Published on: Feb 19 2011 by Shenron

Dreams are basically a series of thoughts, emotions, ideas, images, visions, events, feelings and sensations that happen in one’s mind when he/she is asleep. This is not an authentic definition as we don’t have any authentic definition of dreams. It is almost impossible to describe dreams in words. Among many other countless mysteries of nature, dreams are the one for whom content and purpose is not yet understood by the experts. Dreams have remained topic of interest and discussion throughout the course of history. Dreams are an inevitable part of our lives about which no one is sure off. These are always questioned and the answer is yet to discover.

Dreams are something that we cannot have control of. It can be about anything. There are no boundaries for having a dream. You can find yourself in strange places with lot of strange people doing strange things and so on. You don’t have any control on your doings or on your environment. You just cannot change anything in you dream. Although, you will see the shadows, you can never relate them to real life. Dreams are of different types where some give you sense while other are senseless and full of ambiguity. Following are given some of the major types of dreams categorized and analyzed by experts on the basis of their nature.


You will be surprised to know that everyone is involved in daydreaming. According to the research, all the humans are inclined to daydream for about 70-120 minutes in a single day. Daydreams are just fleeting thoughts which don’t require any attention. However, the content of such dreams help you understanding your emotions and also encourage you to achieve your set goals.

Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams are the types of dream wherein the dreamer is conscious about the fact that he or she is dreaming. What actually happens sometimes is that a person who is dreaming wake up in between and come to know that he is dreaming. This allows the dreamer to control his/her dream.

Lucid dreams allow a person to perform the things which he cannot do in reality. For instance, a dreamer tries to fly which in reality not possible. Different studies show that there are adults who have lucid dreams without even attempting.


If you are the one who has had a scariest dream in your life then you are well aware of nightmares. In this type of dreams, the dreamer awakes in the state of fear and anxiety. Nightmares are often considered as a response to some real life tragedy, problem, or conflict. Nightmares are scary and hard to forget.

Nightmares do have an impact on the dreamers as they feel frightened and anxious the whole day because of the vivid memories of the nightmare that they had. People often associates the nightmares with the warnings that our subconscious sending to us to make us realize to importance of handling the situation in reality which we ignore for some reasons.

Recurring Dreams

As the name suggests, these dreams repeat themselves over and over again. There are two thoughts of people regarding the recurring dreams. According to first thought, these dreams refer to some unresolved issue while the second thought state that these dreams are the response of a conscious or subconscious fear a dreamer has. Resolving an issue can stop these recurring dreams.

Another possible interpretation of recurring dreams is that they may perhaps bear a message for a dreamer. The message can be about anything that a dreamer has forgotten and these dreams remind you about that.

Recurring dreams are repetitive with little variations. These will come again and again until you don’t take notice of them. As we have explained earlier that there can be several reasons behind recurring dreams. These can base on your past or present.

Following are given few suggestions to overcome these dreams:

  • Make yourself willing and flexible to accept the change. Change in sense of your behavior or routine etc.
  • You need to evaluate yourself. You may find it difficult but you have to do it.
  • Objectivity is essential when evaluating yourself in regard to your dreams.
  • Keep your patience high and remain as cooler as you can. Avoid discouragement.
  • Accept the reality.

As soon as you find the solution, the dreams will stop repeating.

Healing Dreams

Experts are of the view that healing dreams are there to warn you for any illness or disease and consulting a doctor on time can prevent you from that illness. In this sense, healing dream serve as purpose of a message that help us avoid possible health issues.

Prophetic Dreams

Prophetic dreams are also known as precognitive dreams. In such dreams, a future event is reveled or simply, it foretells the future happenings. A school of thought says that prophetic dreams are the dreams that rejoined the missing chunks that we miss or don’t think over while planning something. These dreams are often taken as a warning from our subconscious.

Epic Dreams

These are considered as more vivid and persuasive that can bring change in one’s life. Epic dreams usually develop awareness in a dreamer about his/her natural environment. A dreamer when wakes up from an epic dream he feels as if he has discovered something grave or astounding. Whatever you see in your dream remain with you for a long period of time.

Facts of Dreams

  • We spend one third of our lives sleeping.
  • Dreams belong to everyone and everyone dreams. Some remember their dreams and some forget.
  • Personal disorder or deficiency of protein results in lessening the dream activity.
  • In a single night, one can have 4-7 dreams. Everyone dream for one to two hours in one night.
  • Like any person, blind people dream as well. The shadows in their dreams depend upon the time they became blind. Dreams can base on other senses as well such as smell and sound.
  • The characters in men dreams usually based on male while women dream about both male and female.
  • The dreams of the people trying to give up smoke are more intense and longer.
  • Infants usually less than 3 years of age don’t dream about themselves.
  • The people who snore tend to dream less or even no dreams.
  • Nightmares are usually associated with children. Adults tend to have fewer nightmares than children.

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