Dreams invest our nights, and it sometimes happens that these dreams disrupt our sleep, making it more restless, distressing and not very restorative. And there we are talking about a nightmare. Where do they come from ? Do nighmares have a particular meaning? Our answers to your nocturnal questions to know the meaning of nightmares.
Why do children have more nightmares?
It is indeed proven that children have more nightmares than adults. The reason is simple: a baby, new to earth, is constantly assailed by new images, sensations, smells, sounds and beyond that, strong emotions. It is only during the period of sleep that the infant eliminates this excess of information that the brain has accumulated during the day. Often a baby’s main nightmare remains that of his mother abandoning him, as she does in the morning by dropping him off at the nursery, for example.
Up to 5 years old, children often have dreams of ghosts, dragons, thieves’ chases that they have seen on TV or in books. Some children also dream of conflicts, with their brothers and sisters or with their parents. The reason: they are not yet old enough to put their fears into words and have difficulty expressing their feelings. But over the years, their language is structured, the children manage to explain their emotions and feelings, to reason and make fewer nightmares.
Is it possible to overcome a nightmare?
When a nightmare becomes recurring, it can be very disturbing, not only during sleep but also during the day. It is then necessary to face it rather than ignore it so that it evolves into a less threatening dream. Some psychologists explain that treating nightmares helps overcome fears and facilitates spiritual development.
The best-known method is to write down or visualize your nightmare before falling asleep, reinventing another scenario . By reproducing this scenario several nights in a row in the mind, the outcome of the nightmare will gradually change, to end up with a more positive end.
Another possibility: if you have the opportunity to have a “lucid” nightmare, that is to say that you are able to wake up realizing that you are dreaming, it is possible to change the actions, to wonder about the due to this scenario and modify it.
Interpretation of the most common nightmares
• Death, illness and accidents: at first glance, it may sound like a premonitory dream. Someone announces to you that they have an incurable disease , you learn of the death of a member of your family or you witness a serious traffic accident… It simply reflects the fact that you are worried about one or more people, who are not doing well at a given time, or who take risks. Your unconscious then considers the worst, which will not necessarily happen, don’t worry!
Farewell dreams of dead people are also painful, even if the anguish gives way to appeasement upon awakening. And dreaming about your own death may have to do with a change in the situation in your life or the end of a difficult period.
• A failed marriage: D-day is approaching and you dream of a disaster for your wedding. Your companion (or companion) is not sure of his feelings or unfaithful, your dress is torn … In short, it is anguish at the idea of canceling everything. All is not, however, as gloomy as this nightmare suggests. Indeed, dreaming of an entire wedding dress portends difficulties to come. As for infidelity or an indecision of feelings, it rather denotes jealousy on the part of the dreamer. It remains to be seen whether it is justified or not. The partner can indeed be undecided but it can also be a reflection of the own indecision of the dreamer.
• The pursuit: you dream that you are being pursued by a ferocious individual or animal without being able to advance or escape from it. It may mean that you are looking to run away from someone or something that asks to be acknowledged. To get out of it, you have to find out who it is, to possibly solve a problem in your existence.
• A collapsing house: this may reflect a lack of stability and difficulty “standing”. This nightmare is common among people with depression.
• The monster (and other imaginary characters): they are mostly found in children’s nightmares. They therefore correspond to an imperceptible danger (violence, sexuality sometimes) and not controlled. A fear of the unknown or even chaos that could come touch the world …
• Vomit: some people make the painful nightmare they “emptied”. This can translate into a real fed up in a particular area, a difficulty in facing a recurring and traumatic situation, this one literally devouring vital energy and threatening health.
Image source: iStock