What Some of Your Happy Dreams May Mean

It’s usually pretty easy to read into the meaning behind bad dreams, but good dreams can be a bit more cryptic. We decode some of the common ones here.

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Photo courtesy of Caroline So

Photo courtesy of Caroline So

GOOD DREAM 
Discovering a new room in your house

What it might mean
Learning something new about yourself

Related: How to Have Happier Dreams and Get a Good Night's Rest

 

GOOD DREAM 
Flying

What it might mean 
Rising above your cares or reaching high goals

 

GOOD DREAM 
Sex

What it might mean
Sex!

 

GOOD DREAM 
Pregnancy

What it might mean
Very creative, giving birth to a new idea or project

 

GOOD DREAM 
Swimming underwater in a beautiful location

What it might mean
A sense of freedom, “bathing” in the positive aspects of yourself

Also see: How to Get Back to Sleep After a Nightmare

Mars and Venus in Dreamland
Bad dreams differ by gender, according to research at the University of Montreal. Men report more nightmares about natural disasters: floods, earthquakes, wars, plagues of insects. Women dream more of interpersonal conflict—fights with friends, colleagues and family members.

Total Recall
Are you one of those people who thinks they NEVER dream? “We all dream. You’re just not remembering your dreams,” says Lauri Loewenberg, a dream analyst and author of Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life. Light sleepers naturally recollect more because they often wake up in the middle of theirs. Thankfully, dream recall is like a muscle—you can strengthen it with some exercise:

Don’t move.
Linger quietly in the exact position you woke up in for a few minutes. “If you leap up instantly and dash for the shower, it’s like unplugging from your dream,” explains Loewenberg. 

Find one detail.
Try to recall any thin thread you can. “You might only remember red lipstick. Ask yourself who was wearing it. What was she doing? How did you feel about her?” says Loewenberg. Other details may quickly follow.   

Write it down.
Keeping a bedside journal can help connect you to the dreaming part of your brain. Write down your dreams or sketch them out and give each one a title. Where the Heck are My Airline Tickets?