By:Michelle Olson


What are the different kinds of dreams you can have? And can you prevent different types of dreams?

History of dreams

  • Dream interpretations date back to 3000-4000 B.C., where they were documented on clay tablets.

  • For as long as we have been able to talk about our dreams, we have been fascinated and interested with them and have wanted to understand them more.

  • In the Greek and Roman eras they believed that dreams were seen as a religious contact.

  • They thought that they were direct messages from the gods or the dead.

  • They also thought that dreams told the future.

  • In Egypt, priests also acted as dream interpreters, The Egyptians recorded their dreams in hieroglyphics. *show what a hieroglyphic is*

  • The Chinese believed that the soul leaves the body to go into this world.

  • During the Middle Ages, dreams were seen as evil and the dreams were temptations from the devil.

  • In the early 19th century, dreams were dismissed as stemming from anxiety, a household noise or even indigestion.

  • Hence there was really no meaning to it. Later on in the 19th century, Sigmund Freud revived the importance of dreams and its significance and need for interpretation.

  • Tracing back to these ancient cultures, people had always had an inclination to interpret dreams The bible alone has over seven hundred references to dreams.


  • Daydreaming is classified as a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness

  • The average daydream is about 70-120 minutes a day

  • As your mind begins to wander and your level of awareness decreases, you lose yourself in your imagined scenario and fantasy

Can you prevent it?-

Yes you can, By following these examples get more sleep, freshen up, express yourself, distract yourself, and finally get up and do something physical!

False Awaking Dreams:

  • Have you ever thought you have waken up and gone about your daily morning routine: getting up, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast and going to work, only to wake up "again" and realize that what just happened is just a dream.

  • That sensation is referred to as a false awakening.

Can you prevent it?-

Yes you can by excising, relax before going to bed, and stop partying so hard.

Lucid Dreaming:

  • Lucid dreams occur when you realize you are dreaming.

  • "Wait a second. This is only a dream!" Most dreamers wake themselves up once they realize that they are dreaming.

Can you prevent it?-

Yes you can stop recording your dreams, and stop doing reality checks.


  • A nightmare is a dream that is disturbing and makes you feel anxious and frightened during and when you wake up.

  • These type of nightmares fall under a special category called Post-traumatic Stress Nightmare (PSN)

  • Research shows that most people who have regular nightmares have a family history of psychiatric problems, are involved in a rocky relationship or have had bad drug experiences.

  • These people may have also contemplated suicide.

  • It is a way for the subconscious to wake up and take notice

Can you prevent it?-

Yes you can by making a sleep schedule, cutting down on caffeine, and alcohol.

Recurring Dreams

  • These are dreams that repeat themselves

  • These dreams can either be nightmarish or the happiest dream you have ever had.

  • Once you find a revolution to these kind of dreams these dreams will cease.

Can you prevent it?-

Yes you can you can write about it in a journal, reading poetry, getting involved with the arts, and finally get at least 7 hours of sleep.

Healing Dreams:

  • The Ancient Greeks called these dreams "prodromic" *give definition of prodromic*

  • Many dream experts say that certain dreams can prevent you from having potential health problems.

  • Research shows that asthma and migraine sufferers have certain types of dreams before an attack.

  • Dreams can tell your body if something is wrong

Can you prevent it?-


Prophetic Dreams:

  • Are dreams that basically make you able to tell the future!

  • In other words, your unconscious mind knows what is coming before you consciously piece together the same information.

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Signal Dreams:

  • Signal dreams help you how to solve problems or make decisions in your waking life.

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Epic Dreams:

  • Epic dreams are are so huge you won’t forget them

  • These dreams possess much beauty and contain many archetypal symbology.

  • When you wake up from such a dream, you feel that you have discovered something profound or amazing about yourself or about the world.

  • This type of dream is a life-changing experience.

Can you prevent it?-


Progressive Dreams:

  • is when you have a sequence of dreams that continue over a period of time.

  • This dream leaves off where you left off the night before.

Can you prevent it?-


Mutual Dreams:

  • Mutual dreams are when two people have the same dream.

  • They may be planned, meaning that two people work to achieve the same goal

Can you prevent it?-