Did you know that different people dream in different ways? Some people dream in color, and some only in black and white. Some people can taste and smell in their dreams, and others can only hear and speak. Some people even dream in words and their dreams read like books! It is truthful to say the study of dreams isn't an exact science. Many people claim that they don't dream, however that is untrue. Most people do dream, in fact, but simply can't remember what they dreamed or that they even were dreaming at all. It is a widely accepted opinion that dreams are in essence a visual representation of your subconscious, often reflecting your feelings. However, the correct interpretation of dreams is open for debate. While you mostly dream at night, you can also dream at different times and in different ways. The format of your dreams can actually change. Here are a few of the many types of dreaming you can experience:

 

 

  • Lucid Dream. Unlike every other types of dream, when you are lucid dreaming, you are aware that you are dreaming, and even might be able to control certain events or actions in the dream. In any other dream, you are unaware in the dream that you are dreaming. Nobody is sure what causes lucid dreaming, and nobody really knows how to enter into a lucid dream intentionally, although some people claim that meditation and visualization help.
  • Recurring Dream A recurring dream is just a dream that you experience many times. A recurring dream is often the manifestation of a strong feeling that the dreamer is experiencing. One of the most common recurring dreams is falling, which some believe indicates the dreamer's feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Nightmare. A nightmare is a dream which causes fear and/or sadness. These negative feelings manifest depending on what the dreamer sees in their dream, and can relate to their own subconscious feelings. After a nightmare, the dreamer will often wake up in a distressed state, even leaving them unable to return to sleep.
  • Daydream. Daydreams are vivid fantasies that you experience while awake. A daydream is more than simply using your imagination. A daydream might occur if you were are imagining something and then it becomes extremely vivid and seemingly real for a short time. Daydreams are often happy and enjoyable. While some might view daydreaming as lazy or inattentive, it can actually be a sign of creativity and intelligence, as daydreaming often leads to new thoughts and ideas.


Before you lay your head on your pillow tonight and snuggle into your comfy bed, try to empty your mind. It might help you remember your dreams in the morning! If you do remember your dreams, write them down if they interest you, and keep a log. Many people dream up new ideas or solutions to existing problems while they sleep, and keeping a dream log is a good way to keep track of any ideas you might have dreamed while sleeping. What is your most common dream type?