Decoding The Meanings Of Your Dreams

During sleep you would think that this is a time for the mind to rest and take stock, and for the most part it is. However, for one reason or another the mind tends to sometimes fire off unconsciously during sleep, resulting in weird and wonderful dreams that can be interpreted as having a significant meaning to one’s state of mind or place in life. Whether you’re anxious about something or excited for the future, this can have an effect on the types of dreams you experience. To find out more about the meanings of your dreams, take a look at our rundown of the most common examples below.

Losing Teeth and Attractiveness

Your teeth falling out during a dream is a common occurrence for many and is often associated with anxiety. The cliché was that losing your teeth in a dream was symbolic of a bad omen, but there have been various studies confirming that anxiety is the driving force here. Specifically, this type of dream reflects a time of change when you may not feel that you are as attractive as you once were or you’re afraid of losing your looks in the near future. Growing old and fearing rejection are particular catalysts for teeth-related dreams, and research has found that menopausal women are more likely to experience them. The teeth are an apt focus in dreams relating to attractiveness because they are one of the most important features of the face. Our teeth are on display regularly when we smile and talk, and can have a great affect on our confidence. By association, then, losing your teeth in dreams can symbolise a broader sense of how you see yourself and your place in the world, as well as what you think the future holds. If you think that you’re losing your looks and are anxious about it then teeth crumbling away or falling out in your dreams may reflect this.

Sleep Paralysis and Mute Dreams

If you physically can’t speak or move during a dream, this could be what’s known as sleep paralysis. During an episode of sleep paralysis, your mind is awake while your body is still in sleep mode, resulting in the often frightening experience of being able to comprehend your surroundings while unable to move. People who have experienced this phenomenon often describe it as being dreamlike on reflection, rather than something that actually happened in real life. Sleep paralysis has been associated with various conditions, including anxiety disorders and narcolepsy but can also occur randomly. During an actual dream in which you can’t speak, or there is silence, there is a range of meaning you can take from this relating to communication. It may be that you need to open up more with people, or there is a romantic interest you haven’t asked out yet. On the other hand, a mute dream could be your dream-mind saying speaking isn’t necessary and listening is important. The context of the dream will determine these interpretations. If you’re searching for something in a mute dream then you could see yourself as having a purpose.
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