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What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone?

Have you ever dreamed about something or someone and immediately after wanted to find out what it meant? What are the dream means we can take for granted and interpret something? What are the dreams?

Dreams – we all have them. Some of us remember them and some of us don’t. Those of us lucky enough to remember them will often wake up and start thinking about what the dream meant, especially if we’ve dreamt of someone that we know. 

Sometimes, we will have answers but sometimes we won’t be able to answer our questions. Anyway, that’s exactly where questions come in. 

What does it mean when you dream about someone? Do you love them in a waking life? Miss them? Why did they appear in your dreams? What does it mean when you dream about their death? Does it even matter? Well, pay attention and let’s find out!

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    First of all - what are dreams?

    According to Wikipedia, dreams are “a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep”. Let’s break that down.

    an image of doors in sky in dream reality

    First of all, they’re involuntary, meaning, you can’t force a dream, although some claim that you can using a lucid dreaming. Only you are able to induce lucid dreaming and explore the dream world. Also, what we dream about has baffled scientists for a very long time and although we still don’t fully understand exactly what the logic behind dreams is– we do have a general idea of how it all works.

    Why do dreams matter to people?

    In general, people have been fascinated by dreams and the dream interpretation. They care about them, they try and find their meanings etc. But why? Why does it matter and why is it so important to be able to interpret dreams? None of the things that we dream of do not influence our reality, so, why is it important to so many of us?

    Well, the general idea is that dreams are a reflection of your subconsciousness and we often feel like that part of the brain is trying to tell us something. Whether that’s true or not – we don’t know. But since most of us think that’s true – we simply care about them.

    What can influence your dreams?

    According to various research, most of the things we do affect our dreams. There are various factors that we might don’t think of when we think about dreams, but they’re certainly influencing what goes on in our mind as we sleep.

    Now, for some of them, we’re fully aware of the effect they have on our dreams, mostly because we connected the two, but some of these might even surprise you. Things like your daily activities and the amount of sleep you had previous days affect your dreams, but so do these…


    Many believe, although it hasn’t been proven, that certain foods can affect your dreams. What we do know is that some food can help you remember your dreams better, but more on that later.

    an image of a young woman eating healthy food to remember dreams

    In general, high-carb foods are great for a quick pick-me-up burst of energy, but they also bring you down after a while. Those same foods can affect the quality of your REM sleep stage, causing you to wake up more frequently and dream more often.


    As you could probably guess, if you’ve been feeling down as of late, chances are, your dreams aren’t going to be as chipper as you might want them to be. Also, if you’re really happy, you probably won’t have any nightmares waking you up in the middle of the night. The mood and the emotions we’re feeling throughout the day can easily translate to our dreams.

    an image of a man yelling at a woman and putting her in a bad mood


    Several medical conditions have been known to cause dreams. To be fair, these dreams we’re talking about are usually nightmare caused by anxiety or depression, so, not the ones we’d want to remember. Additionally, any kind of illness that causes you to lose sleep will probably make you dream vividly and much more often.


    Taking medication can also affect your dreams – in more ways than one. For instance, the same medication you’d use to treat your depression or anxiety could cause you the same nightmares that were initially caused by the underlying condition. So, the antidepressants will help you as you’re awake, but they might disturb you during the night.

    Do animals have dreams as well?

    We can’t say with absolute certainty since there is no way for us to take a peek into someone’s brain and observe their dreams, but it is thought for some animals that they do dream. There is some evidence to support this theory, mostly by observing an animal in the REM stage of sleep. During those stages, some animals have exhibited what seems to be a similar pattern of electrical brain activity as humans do when they sleep, which has lead us to believe that they do, as well.

    What does it mean when you dream about...

    Contents of our dreams were always more interesting to us than the actual science behind them. Therefore, we’ve gone out and beyond to come up with a reason for each dream we have. Nowadays, you can read dream journals and interpretations of various dreams and find their meaning.

    Now, none of these are backed by science. The dreams reflect our internal state of mind. Basically, it’s just what people learned from experience over the years. It is exactly how some dream symbols have gotten their meanings. Now, how true these “hidden meaning stories” are? We don’t t know not much about dream meanings. However, they’re quite interesting, so, here are a few.


    Dreaming about our family has a spectre of meanings – it all depends on who you are and whom have you dreamed about. Some claim that dreaming about your family means you’re about to get in a fight or an argument with them, while others claim the complete opposite.

    According to many, it’s not about which family member you dream about – it’s about the context in which you’ve dreamed about them. If it was a good dream and you’re just hanging out with your parents or siblings – it probably just means that you should give them a call and say “what’s up”.

    Someone’s death

    Dreaming of someone’s death has many interpretations. This is probably the dream that is most often talked about. It’s never pleasant to dream that ends in death. However, a death dream does not necessarily mean that the gloomy days are ahead or that a person in question is sick or dying.

    Quite the contrary, many believe that when you dream about someone’s death, you’re actually prolonging their life in some way. Once again, the context matters. The dream could mean that you’re concerned about someone or that your relationship with that person is going through some changes, but it could also mean you’ve watched too many action movies the night before.

    Someone you like

    To put it simply – if you dream about someone you like, you dream about them because you want to be with them. You want to spend every waking moment with them, but you also want them right by your side as you sleep.

    All of these is perfectly normal when you’re attracted to or in love with someone. You think about them all the time and the same thing happens when you go to sleep. Naturally, there are other interpretations as well, but this one just sits best with us, so we’ve decided to go with that one. It just makes sense, right?

    Someone you knew

    If you dream about a long lost friend or an acquaintance you haven’t been in touch with for quite some time, it could mean one of two things, according to some dream experts. Either you’re missing them and you want to know what’s going on in their lives or they’re going through some changes and they’re missing you. Whichever of the two, your brain is telling you you should probably get in touch with them. Also, some people claim you’ve just experienced something, like a smell for instance, and that has reminded you of the said person and had caused you to dream about it.

    Unknown people

    People often dream about strangers, although, that is not quite possible, as we can’t dream of someone we’ve never seen before. Our subconscious mind can’t just invent a new face. Either way, dreaming about “strangers” is very hard to interpret and many are torn on what it means. Some view this as a symbol you’re about to meet someone new, while others feel it is linked to certain doubts about yourself and that those “strangers” are just your doubts crawling up from under the surface. In general, a person represents a new way or a new form of something.

    an image of an unknown man

    How long do our dreams last?

    Sleep science suggests that the time in a dream world passes faster. On average, our dreams last about five minutes. However, they can last anywhere from a few seconds to over half an hour. The dreams we dream in the early stages of sleep tend not to last as much as the ones we dream well into the night.

    Most people dream about three to five times a night, but unless we’re woken up during the REM phase, those dreams are almost always immediately forgotten, which we why we rarely remember any of them. That is also why we all sometimes experience those nights where we feel we’ve dreamt about 10 different dreams, but we can’t seem to remember any of them.

    That leads us to our next topic…

    How to remember your dreams in 5 steps?

    We don’t remember our dreams most of the time, but some of us want to. While there is no proven method to always remembering your dreams, there is certainly something you can do about it.

    Some people suggest replaying your dream in your conscious mind as soon as you wake up and others suggest that you put yourself to sleep by repeating to yourself that you’ll remember your dreams. All of that could work, but that’s hardly all you can do about it.

    On that note, here are a few additional tips to remember your dreams.

    Keep a dream journal

    It’s a well-known fact that if you write something down, you’re far more likely to remember it. For that reason, keeping a dream journal in your day to day life can help you remember your dreams more vividly. Not only that, but you’ll always be able to come back and relive some of your favourite ones.

    an image of a woman reading her dream journal

    Quit unhealthy habits

    You should quit your unhealthy habits regardless of whether you want to remember your dreams or not, but that’s beside the point. What’s important is that all of the common unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, junk food etc. negatively affect our minds and bodies and they cripple our ability to remember things, especially dreams. Another thing that is important to quit is playing video games before the bed time.

    Develop a healthy sleep pattern

    As we’ve mentioned before, most of the dreams happen during the REM phase and the REM phase only happens in certain conditions. Therefore, if you want to dream more and remember most of them – you’ll need to work on your sleeping schedule. What you can do also is to practice a sleep hypnosis to be able to get into the sleep faster and easier. Once you develop a healthy sleep pattern, you should be able to remember your dreams more often.

    Go to sleep & wake up at the same time

    Though this can be a bit harder to accomplish due to many everyday tasks, but going to the bed and waking up at the same can actually help you to remember your dreams. Your body (as well as mind) will have a “natural clock” to follow, which will result in more efficient sleep pattern.

    Practice the reality-check everyday in real life

    Though this is more related towards the lucid dreaming, a reality-check can actually help you to remember dreams by being “conscious”. Every time you “wake up” during the dream and realize you’re dreaming, you’ll be able to remember your dreams more vividly.


    So, what does it mean when you dream about someone? Well, it means a lot of things, depending on what you’ve dreamt. Also, there are many different interpretations for each dream, so in the end, it is entirely up to you to choose whichever one you find the most appealing and run with that one.

    Finally, don’t think too much about it. During your life, you’re going to dream about so many different things and if you focus on every single one of your dreams and you try to figure them out – your life is going to pass you by. Live your life and let the dreams be dreams!

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