A recent study by hybrid mattress brand OTTY has found that over the past 7 years searches for nightmares have risen by 146%. So to find out what those spooky images mean, they reached out to dreams expert Lauri Loewenberg, author of Dream on it, and psychic Inbaal who specialises in astrology, palm and tarot reading, to break down what our subconscious is trying to tell us.
Why are we so curious about what our dreams really mean?
When it comes to the urge to understand our dream patterns, Loewenberg explains that “we get nightmares when the subconscious wants to help us correct an upsetting or difficult issue in our life. So as frightening as nightmares are to experience, they are good for us because they are shining a light on something that is wrong, something we have been ignoring, mishandling or that has been overpowering us in some way.”
Psychic Inbaal says, “Dreams can be lots of different things, they're a way for our subconscious to communicate our own fears and hopes to our conscious selves. They can be a way for us to go over the days' events and make peace with some hard moments, or understand the reasons for some other difficult experiences.”
“I believe that sometimes dreams will be spirit messages - for example, if you have a dream about a person you have a romantic attraction to and at the same time, they are also dreaming about you.”
Looking at monthly searches around disturbing dreams, OTTY has ranked the top ten nightmares from around the world.
Below, Lauri Loewenberg breaks down each nightmare and offers an expert explanation of what they mean.
But why do we have the urge to understand our dreams?
“I think it is because dreams are a constant and renewable resource of curiosity. We keep having them every night. They are bizarre and they are emotional and they affect us all.
Sometimes we do very disturbing things in our dreams and we wonder if something is wrong with us. We naturally want to understand ourselves. It is human nature to be curious and figure things out, which is why we are the only species on this planet that has been able to create and continuously advance technologically.
We think. We wonder. We dream. We figure things out.” according to Lauri.
Psychic Inbaal says, “Dream interpretation is as old as humanity itself, and the desire to make sense of our dreams would have been one of the few sources of entertainment in centuries past.
Apart from entertainment, the urge to understand dreams would have stemmed from a time that people had to figure out 'messages' to figure out how to live their lives.
What did it mean if there was an eclipse? What did it mean if all the birds flew south earlier than usual? Interpreting the randomness of nature helped people understand patterns and consequences.
Dreams were part of the need to receive and understand messages. If someone in an ancient tribe dreamt of victory in war (as mentioned in the Greek Odyssey story), that was taken as a sign to enter a battle with true confidence.”