Why You Have Recurring Dreams, and What They Mean.

Why You Have Recurring Dreams, and What They Mean.

           Do you sometimes have the same dream more than once over a short period of time? Or maybe you’ve had the same dream over the entire course of your life. These repetitive dreams are called recurring dreams. Believe it or not it is extremely common. Recurrent dreams occur between 60 percent and 75 percent of adults and more often in women than men.

            But why do some people have these recurring dreams and what do they mean? Most recurring dreams are assumed to reveal the presence of unresolved conflict or stress in the dreamer’s life. Recurrent dreams are often accompanied by negative dream content, that is associated with lower psychological well-being. However, research suggests that negative recurrent dreams are not necessarily maladaptive. Students who had dreams of failing a test the night before the exam actually got a higher grades.

            To stop these recurring dreams you have to figure out what the nightmare means. You first need to find the root of your problem. Think about what is stressing you out or upsetting you in your life at the moment. You may even have to dig deep into your past to figure out if there are traumas that you have yet to deal with head on. Next you need to record every detail of your recurring dream. This will help you break down what needs to addressed. After you complete that task you then need to start connecting the dots and soon you will realize that problems you have in your life will be hinted at in your dreams. After you have figure out the problem you must work to overcome it. Whether it be relationship issues, work stress or something else, once you overcome this problem your recurring dream should go away.


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