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What does it mean when your dreams feel so real?

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Last Updated: 08/05/2021 at 9:59am
What does it mean when your dreams feel so real?
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December 12th, 2018 1:53am
that you should strive for better or for worse. I personally don't know if it was a good dream or a bad dream but if it was a good one then that might be a bad one then you should try to be a better self of yourself. I believe in you and if it comes from a dream then I must have come here for a reason. I believe that everything comes for a reason and you should too. I hope everything that goes in your life comes in a positive way. hope everything goes well throughout the day and spread positivity
May 20th, 2019 3:54am
Dreams are similar to real life. Some days you are very aware of your surroundings and other days you can’t seem to shake brain fog, and notice very little. Dreams have varying degrees of consciousness. It is quite normal for dreams to fluctuate in lucidity. Some people even use techniques to increase the vividness of their dreams. With practice, it is possible to gain full lucidity within your dream. That is why, not surprising, it goes by the term “lucid dreaming”. While lucid within your dream, you are able to interact with the dreamscape and change it at will. If you are interested, a quick google search of “lucid dream techniques” will explain everything.
May 1st, 2020 3:10am
i get this all the time, my dreams always feel real to the point that they happen in real life. very freaky. i just think they are things that have happen to us or are going happen to us and we see it in a dream. sometimes if your in a real deep sleep is seems like you arent sleeping at all. i think dreams are things we are ment to see. they have books on dreams to tell you what each one means. google or maybe the library. some are really cool. i always remeber all my dreams.
June 21st, 2020 5:26pm
Well, according to the activation-synthesis hypothesis, dreams are nothing but your brain randomly triggering random parts of your brain to check them. This would mean that you can't make much sense out of a dream as they are a random assortment of memories, senses and imagination. From a scientific point of view, you really won't amount a dream for much. If you dream, though, you can say that you got a good sleep, as you only dream during REM, which is when you have had 8 or more hours of sleep. A dream should feel real if you remember it after your sleep, but it shouldn't account for much.
July 24th, 2020 2:55am
Dreams feel so real because they are a simulation. When you are on drugs or having a hallucination, you have a reality to compare your experience to. By contrast, when you are sleeping no such alternative exists. Only about one in 20 times do we catch ourselves dreaming and start lucid dreaming. “spot the bizarreness of our dreams when you’re asleep could have been selected for by evolution”. This is because dreaming could have evolved as a form of threat simulation and that in order to “practise what it’s like being in the world while asleep - you have to believe that the simulation is real”
July 25th, 2020 11:14pm
Dreams that feel so real is when you can feel all the positive energy around you. You feel like your dream is a reality and that it's happening right there and right now. You feel like it's a reality. It can definitely be scary, intense, mysterious, or strange. But it can also be helpful, realistic, happy, peaceful, or just amazing. But they might be because your brain couldn't comprehend some thoughts when you were awake. This might be why your dreams feel so real. But a lot of the times, it's just coincidence. All you can do is let go and relax.
August 13th, 2020 12:33pm
It can be very intense! It depends if it is a good dream or not! Sometimes it can be amazing to feel something to real that's positive. However when it's bad it can be very scary at times. When it's positive I adore it because it can be something that I am wanting to happen or an experience that I want to feel, which can be very positive at times. But when it isn't as positive it's scary and I sometimes will need reassurance from a loved one that it was just a dream and it isn't a reality.
August 21st, 2020 7:57am
It’s called either lucid dream or vivid dream. Both are when you seem to dream in such a realistic way. When you experience Lucid dreaming, you can control your dreams as your subconscious-self. When you experience a Vivid dream on the other hand is a dream that you remember the feelings, events and everything. It feels as though you lived it, which sometimes can be difficult to know wether it was a dream or real life. Sometimes when dreams feel real it’s because your subconscious is trying to get a message across or you've been concentrating on certain things more than others.
October 16th, 2020 9:15pm
You are experiencing vivid dream which could be due to several reasons ( stress , anxiety , sleep disorder, substance abuse , pregnancy ) but it is very common with stress and anxiety . Normally, vivid dreams are nothing to worry about. Sometimes they may only affect you during a certain part of your life. But negative vivid dreams, especially if they last for weeks or months, can be emotionally disturbing and disruptive to your sleep. Everyone experiences stress and anxiety, but some people are better at coping with it than others. If you feel that your stress and anxiety levels are out of control, you might want to consider: meditation deep breathing relaxation techniques art therapy exercise mindfulness exercise
November 1st, 2020 12:01am
I think it can mean several things. I think it could certainly mean you are thinking about things in your life subconsciously that may be worrying you or you're looking forward to. I think dreams that feel real are ones that you hope are going to happen, or are thinking of all the situations and consequences of events if you act a certain way. At the same time, dreams that feel real may indicate that you have unresolved issues that you thought you may be over, but secretly aren't. On a less interesting note, dreams that feel real could mean you simply were in a light sleep cycle and got some very vivid dreams.
November 6th, 2020 4:17pm
I can relate to vivid dreams. When dreams are so real, it is usually all parts of your brain working together. You can be subconcience, and mildly conscience in vivid dreams. Whether you know it or not, your subconciense is with you and you don't even know it. If you have a vivid dream, it could mean that your subconciense is trying to help you through something with the power of dreaming. In my personal experience, I was in Middle School and just got out of a bad friend group. I had no friends to go to. I had a extremely vivid dream, about me having friends with simmaliar interests. I wrote about it, and it has changed my life.
December 3rd, 2020 5:09pm
Usually when your dreams feel oddly real, and that you remember them too well, it means you arn't getting a good night's sleep and that during the night you keep waking up to different things, allowing you to remember each part clearly. It's not usually a good thing either. Some reasons why your not getting a good night's sleep are; maybe your on some sort of medication, your room is too warm, you ate too close to bedtime, you went to bed/fell asleep looking at your phone, or your overwhelmed/stressed. However there are different ways to help fix this... .
December 5th, 2020 3:29am
When your dreams feel so real, I believe it can mean several things. Maybe something is going to happen that you dreamed about. It could be a way of releasing stress. Dreams are a time when your mind wonders. How your mind wonders or where your dreams take you, can provide information on current events in your life. Dreams can bring peace, but also cause anxiety. Thinking over dreams and reflecting on what they could mean, could provide answers to unknown questions in your life. Dreams come and go, but also relay messages.
April 7th, 2021 6:53pm
It depends on exactly what you mean. Do you feel as though you can control your dreams? That would align, possibly, with a term called lucid dreaming. Dreams are generally a cluster of things that you've looked at or experienced in your waking life in symbolic or materialistic form. That's why you will dream about horrible things after watching a horror movie. If you don't mean lucid dreaming, it could simply mean that your dreams are very vivid and feel realistic, possibly because they're based on real thoughts, emotions or experiences you have in your waking life that are being processed during sleep.
April 17th, 2021 2:56am
It means you may just be lost in the moment. You have such an emotional and physical connection to your dream that it all feels so real and visceral. I love it when my dreams feel real. They are amazing and full of life and vigor. Something that I do not get much from our pandemic lifestyle. They also seem connected to issues or experiences that I have or have had in my life so they definitely feel more real and relevant to my situation. But at the end of it all, dreams are just dreams, they may or may not have anything to do with how you are actually feeling.
June 13th, 2021 4:59am
I guess that means the dream may reflect some part of your reality. If you remember the dream, I recommend you should get ready for what may happen in the future. If you don't remember the dream, I recommend you should think about your future. Even if the dream don't come true, that helps you. Also, I guess thinking about the dream makes you feel relaxed. It seems that it's common you have a dream like a reality. I guess that doesn't always mean that something bad will happen to you. You don't have to worry about that. If you feel uncomfortable about the dream, you can talk about it with listeners.
August 5th, 2021 9:59am
It is pretty normal but usually it would be your brain processing some things you have been through or that you have been thinking about. There are definitely times where it can seem like these dreams have come to life and while that is scary and sometimes very weird, if you are spiritual this could have many different meanings. In short it does not have to mean anything when your dreams feel super real, it could just be as simple as you being really involved in that dream and it just being super vivid which makes it seem real.