11 Of The Most Common Nightmares And Their Scientific Interpretation

The Most Common Nightmares

7. Frozen

11 Of The Most Common Nightmares And Their Scientific Interpretation

Dream Translation: To dream you are frozen means something in your life has been rejected, denied, or suppressed. It could also suggest your emotions have been more cold or bitter than usual.

Scientific Interpretation: Usually a result of an abnormal sleep cycle, sleep paralysis has been mentioned since ancient times, and science explains the frozen nightmare as just that. Roughly 5% of the population experience sleep paralysis regularly.

8. Taking a Test

11 Of The Most Common Nightmares And Their Scientific Interpretation

Dream Translation: You’re worried you may not be taking care of your current responsibilities, or that you’re anxious about success or failure.

Scientific Interpretation: Some scientists believe that dreaming happens while the brain is cataloging or storing information, which is why this dream is more common in those who are currently attending school.

Want to know more about some of the most common nightmares out there and the science behind them? Check out this video below!

Common nightmares and science behind them

9. Being Naked in Public

11 Of The Most Common Nightmares And Their Scientific Interpretation

Dream Translation: Dreams of being naked in public symbolize having a lot of anxiety, and feeling self-conscious or that you’re unable to truly be yourself. This dream means you’re feeling very vulnerable.

Scientific Interpretation: Anxiety-driven dreams are one of the most common examples of recurring dreams, and have been experienced by 60%-75% of adults.

10. Out-of-Control Vehicle

11 Of The Most Common Nightmares And Their Scientific Interpretation

Dream Translation: You don’t have a sense of control in your life, and you’re trying to gain control over a situation in which you may feel helpless. You’re not ready to take on certain responsibilities. If you’re a passenger, you may feel like you’re giving control to someone else and you are uneasy about this. You aren’t ready to let go of the control.

Scientific Interpretation: If you’ve been in a car accident, this dream stems from the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the event, and it’s your brain’s way of trying to work through the trauma.

Related: Decoding The Freudian Symbolism in Your Dreams

11. Dying

Dream Translation: To dream of your own death signifies big changes are happening in your life, or are about to occur. It’s usually a positive symbol of new beginnings, self-discovery, or inner changes. Also, dreams of death could represent the symbolic end of something in your life like a relationship or job.

Scientific Interpretation: If someone in your life has died, the experience of having vivid and meaningful dreams is a key part of the bereavement process. It is your brain’s way of coping with sadness and trauma.

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Written By Nikki Rutledg
Originally Appeared In Thought Catalog
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11 Of The Most Common Nightmares And Their Scientific Interpretation
11 Of The Most Common Nightmares And Their Scientific Interpretation
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