What Causes Recurring Dreams?

BY Layne Sheridan 2022-10-10 Modified date: 2022-10-10


Most dreams include messages that can help you learn more about yourself. But as soon as you get up and start your day, you tend to forget what you were dreaming about. Recurring dreams may be sending a message that is so significant and potent that it just won't go away. Such dreams keep happening, forcing you to pay attention and deal with their dream. It is frantically attempting to communicate with you. The content of these dreams is frequently terrifying or nightmare-like, which also makes it easier for you to notice and pay attention to them.

Recurring dreams are quite common and frequently brought on by a particular life circumstance, a stage of transition, or a persistent issue. These dreams might recur once a day, once a week, or once a month. No matter the frequency, the actual content of the dreams hardly varies. Such dreams might point out a weakness, a fear, or an inability to handle something in your life, whether it be from the past or the present.

Some of the most important insights into who you are can be found in the recurring patterns in your dreams. It might allude to a dispute, circumstance, or issue in your waking life that hasn't been settled or resolved. Your unconscious is pleading with you to understand an urgent message.

What Dreams Recur Most Frequently?

Recurring dreams are unique to each individual and, like other dreams, frequently feature people we know. Recurring dreams may contain the same details each time or recycle the same ideas or anxieties. There are, however, some storylines or themes that frequently appear in dreams. These consist of:

  • Falling
  • Flying
  • car accidents
  • Looking for a restroom
  • being overburdened with housework
  • being unable to communicate
  • teeth loss
  • being abused
  • Public nudity
  • going back to school
  • not being ready for work or school
  • being pursued or imprisoned
  • discovering unfamiliar spaces in a familiar building or home

Some topics are discussed more often than others. For instance, whereas only 15.5% of people have recurrent dreams about losing teeth, over 53% of people have them frequently about falling. It is also common to have recurring dreams that are either based on personal experiences or have none of these themes. Your recurring dreams could either be vague or extremely vivid.

What Dreams Recur in Children's Sleep?

Recurring dreams are a common occurrence for both adults and children, though children may have them more frequently than adults or teenagers. In one study, 35% of 11-year-olds and 15% of 15-year-olds both reported having had recurring dreams in the previous year.

Children also have their well-known storylines, like dealing with fairy tale characters, although themes like falling, being chased, and automobile accidents are also frequent. Children are significantly more likely to have recurring dreams that elicit a neutral emotional response than they are to have positive recurring dreams.

How to Manage or Stop Recurrent Dreams

Even though they may be an expected part of sleep for many people, recurring nightmares that make one feel bad can be extremely upsetting and challenging to deal with. Your doctor can assist you in selecting a course of treatment if you have concerns about your recurrent dreams or if they are making it difficult for you to sleep or function in daily life.

A change in your way of life may also be able to lessen or help you cope with your recurrent dreams. These consist of:

Therapy or Counseling: A wide range of mental health issues, from stress and irritability to PTSD, are linked to recurring dreams. In these situations, therapy and counselling can be beneficial, especially a form of care called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which has been shown to be effective in treating stress, PTSD, and nightmares.

Exercise: Regular exercisers are more emotionally resilient and can handle stressful situations more easily. Regular exercise also seems to lengthen and improve the quality of sleep.

Exercises for Relaxation: A few of the relaxation methods that have been shown to assist people in managing stress include breathing exercises, meditation, and guided visualizations. You can include these workouts in your nightly bedtime routine.

Discussing Your Dreams: There is some evidence that therapeutic dream interpretation sessions may lessen recurrent dreams.

Maintaining Good Sleep Hygiene: Even when you worry about having the same dreams over and over, having good sleep habits and a relaxing bedtime routine may help you sleep soundly. Concentrating on getting more sleep can help you feel better because getting less sleep makes anxiety and stress worse.


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