What are your dreams trying to tell you? Find out how to make sense of their messages
Despite dreams being a nearuniversal phenomenon, we still know very little about what they are and why they occur. However, many people believe that dreams are our way of making sense of our world.
“We dream during light sleep and go into a temporary paralysis, so we don’t act out. The body does this in a deliberate way, so dreaming definitely serves a purpose in our lives,” explains Professor Harriet Hiscock from the Sleep Health Foundation.
That purpose is to keep our minds in order, believes dream interpreter Katrena Friel. “The dreams that we remember are the way our unconscious mind talks to us – in symbols.” Because our dreams are personal, you are the best person to interpret what yours mean. “Keep a journal next to the bed,” suggests Katrena. “When you wake up, write down each element of the dream in as much detail as possible.” You can then begin to work out the different meanings of each element and begin to explore the message your dream is sending you.