25 Common Dreams and Their Meanings

11. Being Back at School

Teacher explaining rules to student

No matter how many years we have been out of school, we just can’t seem to escape it in our dream-life. More than anything, this reflects the profound effect that years of schooling has on us. Often, these dreams are accompanied by anxiety-provoking situations, such as being lost, naked, or unprepared for an exam. As discussed in the entries on those specific dream topics, such dreams could indicate you are feeling vulnerable, exposed or insecure in your current life circumstances. In general, however, dreaming about school is all about your job – at least, according to author Lauri Loewenberg. Says Loewenberg, the scrutiny and pressures we are subjected to at work directly parallel those of school. I guess it’s true that high school never ends.

12. Being Cheated On

Couple's infidelity

Dreams are a place where we can express our insecurities, including sexual jealousy. It should be fairly obvious that dreaming that your spouse or significant other is cheating on you does not necessarily mean that they are two-timing you in real life, but rather, it indicates that you may have some worries about this happening. Fortunately, this is completely normal, according to threat-rehearsal theorist Keith Stevens. It simply reflects our instinctive determination to fend off romantic rivals to keep our mate. According to Loewenberg, you may have such dreams when you feel “cheated” out of quality time with your sweetheart, and you should let the dream be a wake-up call to alert you that you need to spend more time together.

13. Snakes

California Kingsnake

Being attacked by snakes is the most common type of “being attacked by an animal” dream, according to Keith Stevens. Snakes are a real threat to many people worldwide, and this dream rehearses our instinct to avoid and/or survive this threat, posits Stevens. Symbolically, snakes could represent a hidden threat, the proverbial “snake in the grass.” A snake shedding its skin could symbolize transformation or renewal, in which case a snake dream could be seen as a positive omen, according to the website.

14. Being Late

Businessman running late

Usually, these dreams occur in the context of being tardy to or missing an important event, such catching a plane, attending an important work meeting, or getting to class on the first day of school. This kind of dream could show that you are anxious about work, school, an upcoming trip, etc. It may also indicate an inability to make a connection, regret about a missed opportunity, or a need to get your life in order, according to Oprah dream expert Cynthia Richmond. If you have this dream, Richmond suggests asking yourself what are you missing in life and whom you might have disappointed.

15. Being Unprepared to Perform

Retro microphone

In this sort of dream, you may find yourself, at the last minute, woefully unprepared for some important performance, such as taking a final exam, giving a speech to thousands of people, or delivering your debut performance on Broadway. According to Ian Wallace, this type of dream shows that you are judging your own performance in life, and are afraid of coming up short. Such dreams help stimulate our determination to be prepared and ready to perform in real life, according to Keith Stevens.

  • Alfred

    great article as usual ive experienced some of these dreamss at a certain point in my childhood life, now that im a teen all i dream of is sex lol :p

  • i do have celeb dream and a annoying dream needle being inserted in my eye.

  • i do have dream of needle pinching in my eye but not one of them.

  • Desiree

    *Also have heard that dreaming of losing your teeth represents the loss of money or the fear of losing money. Never quite made the connection but thought it was interesting. Love the post!

    • suzy Q

      Not really, it means your gonna lose a relative or your parents might die… I dreamed loosing my teeth many times and i lost my grandma and 2 friends… You lose money when you dream of finding silver coins like twenty five cents

      • Chiara Fucarino

        Sorry, but I have to disagree. I think that dreaming about losing teeth can mean so many things. It could stem from the fear of losing money, family members, or anything else one couldn’t live without. As for me, it’s kind of silly. I had braces for 5 years, and after I had them taken off, I was in constant fear of losing my teeth or screwing them up somehow (because that’d mean five years and thousands of dollars down the drain). I had those dreams frequently.

      • zack randall

        suzy q was right if your dream about losing teeth it means your beloved someone will pass away…it is true proven and tested therefore if you dream losing teeth again all you have to do is PRAY for your love ones..

  • lola

    I have never had a dream about falling, yet they say it is the most common type. I actually had a dream about losing teeth the other night though.

  • Cameron

    I am a heavy lucid dreamer. I first started when I was a kid, I found out a way to wake myself on demand but now I have full control now. For example when Im up high in a dream, like a cliff or a building and i am scared of falling off, I all of a sudden figure out I’m dreaming, so I jump and keep falling and without waking up until I hit the floor, but the weird this is I land on my feet and carry on in the dream. As a matter of fact I can do this in all dream circumstances. I take what I want, go where I want and pretty much do what I want to do as if I were invincible! Is there some sort of reason for this? Am I the only one? Please help me. I would love to know the reason why I can do this. Thank you.

    • Mae Grace

      I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted to do this. Some people describe this as astral projection. I am able to wake myself up in a few of my dreams, but nothing as good as this. Try watching this video: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=8VB6h_bWR3Y&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8VB6h_bWR3Y&gl=GB you may not buy into this, but spirit science is a great series and very interesting.

      • jeffen

        I awake when I can’t explain a situation, or move a limb the problem becomes confounding and annoying and wakes me. Acceptance of the impossible, must be the answer.

  • I hate bad dreams.

  • Maria

    I have many dreams , but then again as pshycotheripist describe me as a astral dreamer, people say my dreams are very unique and mean something very special …..

    • Maria

      If a psychotherapist describes you as an astral dreamer then they are taking the p*ss out of you. Everyone thinks their dreams are unique and special, don’t get ahead of yourself.

    • cm

      But the dream is very closely relates with your real life and perfectly indirectly, that you will understand afterwards .

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  • linda

    I have dreams about my family and them dieing in my dreams or i am trying save
    Then also i dream of children crying in my dreams and i can’t find them i wake my self
    Up crying in a panic and can’t breath . My dreams seem so real

  • tom

    i dream that i was having sex with a friend and woke up to see sperm in my shot what those that mean please

    • cm

      that means many things but that is also a disease .You should go to doctor as soon you can NOR it will loose you in many times you did not even expected .
      According to your dream with real life it means that you are going to fall ill in between those days .

      • Kalvo

        or u could have a simple problem with a succibus or incibus

  • Petra cottontail

    My friend needs this dream interpreted.She has a little boy(in the dream..she is childless) who has an obviously crippled leg.Her leg is also crippled.A handsome stranger offers to fly her to Philadelphia from Italy to try to get medical help. At a house they went to, there were hundreds of rabbits all around the grounds.What’s it mean?

  • little

    I just finish reading a book called screwing in the dream otherwise called sex in the dream, by GOD ALMIGHTY. A powerful book that talked about having sex in the dream, the author talked about his own personal experience. His definition of dreams are different, heck the book out you will enjoy it.


    I dreamed that I swallowed a very long snake. Then I tried to pull it out of my mouth. With much difficulty at first but was eventually able to take out all of it which was many feet long. I woke up feeling so bad. Is it such a terrible dream? Thank you.

  • saniya

    Many times i saw shit in my dreams what does it mean?

    • jeffen

      Think of transformation – food into energy – waste product nutrient for the soil and cleanser of the body. You are the ultimate Transformer

  • Rowan

    Dreams are so facinating, i’m doing a speech on them currently and am finding so much information that it will likely be very long, but definitly interesting.

  • Nico

    Morning all i dream my girlfriend was walking hand in hand with a man and when she me she let go of the mans hand and carrys on walking

  • sue

    my latest dream was a muddle – i had lots of money i couldn`t spend -a big house that every time i left i ended back in- words popped up that i couldn`t read because they contained on vowels – i was in an old peoples home but every door i used to get out led to a tiny garden – roads i couldn`t cross – buses where the drivers wouldn`t drive and a shop where i could`nt get served …..

    • Kirmani

      Having everything but having nothing?

  • Ruth Fontanilla

    i have a dream haveing a thrie stars uponme…….and the if moving upward…pls helpi dont know wats the meaning of that dreams……………….

  • zackey

    what does it means when your dreams are opposite on what you think like i would like to run faster but i cant or i would like to jump but i cant jump

    plsss help…….

  • mar

    i dream a rode in the ship what in means?? anwser please !

  • stv

    I had a dream last night I was halfway on a staircase at the bottom it was pitch black and there was a door I was looking down and got an instant chill I turned around and at the top of the stairs there was light and people as I started to go up I started getting warmer………any ideas????

  • Lisa

    I dreamt I was enjoying a sensual bath with a colleague, leant forward to kiss him and woke up. What does it mean?

    • millicent

      I had a dream that i was given a comb to comb my hair

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  • bernadette

    i don’t know how to explain this dream of mine, its like i am floating in the middle of nowhere and seing light and dark. its like i am fighting for something, in my mind while i’m sleeping i know that i am trying to wake up or open my eyes but it is very hard and feels heavy and i cannot move my body or even my toe. In my dream i am screaming but not sure if i ever screem while sleeping but it feels like i do. all i wanted to do is to open my eyes when i am having this kind of dream but i can’t do it ( i know that i am trying to but i can’t also move my body) i would like to know what this mean????

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    • teribear

      The devil is the image of the snake and he wants to devour that which reflects the sun (representing God and/or God’s love, which brings light to the world). Thus when the snake eats the moon, there is darkness everywhere. If there is a devil, you can bet he wants to destroy you and everyone. So I think we are the moon. Just my thoughts.

  • Hello Shannon your blog is really wonderful. Once I had a dream that I am sleeping on my bed and suddenly fall down from my bed does it also signifies depression or something going in wrong direction in my life?

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  • peisi

    i dreamt of my baby getting lost in the supermarket

  • Jim

    This is a little different. My friend/coworker had a dream about us. Now normally I don’t really read into dreams that much, but I am attracted to her. Unfortunately she is already taken. Which makes work difficult.

    Anyways she dreams that we are working together in our country of birth (were immigrants). I tell her to go look for something within our department of work and she gets lost and finally comes back to tell me she was unable to find it (can’t remember what “it” is, not sure if she tells me), and then she asks me to go look for it and I can’t find it either and we are both upset at each other. I guess i was more upset. We both attempt to go look for it and get lost together in the process. She tells me that she doesn’t understand why she asked me to look for the item or thing especially when i can’t read the language. She pretty much ends on the note that we were just lost. No resolution.

    She brought up the dream randomly on the premise that I’m someone who doesn’t get upset easily, and she has this dream which is the opposite. Her outward attitude about it, was that she was slightly shocked and slightly amused. I didn’t think much of it, but it came back to me this morning about a week after she told me.

    Just curious what it all means.

  • Guest

    in my dreams i saw my husband having sex with another women.near of my side n my mom as well….i saw after sex he is getting colhes even i saw his organ…n he trying to avoid me..i was cried lots in my dreams… please please response me…..n please let me knw the meaning of my dream…m really stress of this dream…my husband is not that kind of man..he is very loyal n loving….how could i saw this…please reply me…i will be thankful….please…

  • garadis

    my dream last night theres so many lices on my hair..and so itchy

  • Tiffany

    i have dreams about needles in my eyes, being chased with a lighter, rapes, and being in the middle of burglarys and anything that involes a wepon, conflict, or death and tourture. once i had a dream my best friend (my dog lol) got stabed in the back wit a screw driver and suffered. i woke up screaming. im 13.

  • Sebernard

    I had a dream about a spider coming after me. In real life I hate spiders but in the dream I got mad at the spider and hit it away then I woke up. I am just wondering what it means when you confront a spider in a dream and win the fight lol.

  • Robert Davis

    I enjoy those dreams when i’m being chased by some giant robot and i need to run really fast. You may think this as a negative dream but it’s the best dream I can ever have. I have them nearly every night and its so fun because you can do parkour and stuff to run away. Why is this fun?

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  • nathan

    I actually dreamt about being naked but…Everyone didn’t notice that i was, they all thought i had clothes, They said i had clothes on so i acted normal but deep down inside i knew something was wrong…Could someone Answer my question to this dream?

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