Do you have the same dream almost every night?
Has a certain dream been a constant in your life, and you wonder why you keep having this night vision?
Strange as they may be, recurring dreams are quite common. According to the Sleep Foundation, more women than men have recurring dreams.
Scientifically, there are many reasons you would have the same dream or dream theme most nights.
Post-traumatic disorder, generalized anxiety, brain injury, alcohol, and some medications can induce the subconscious mind to recreate the same dream vision over a period of time.
Recurring dreams usually tend to be disturbing, scary, or weird, which leaves many people wondering: what does it mean to have a recurring dream? Generally, these dreams point to an unresolved issue in your life.
Knowing what your repetitive dream means can help release anxiety around such dreams and even empower you to stop them.
In this article, I will explain common interpretations of recurring dreams. As you will see, the exact meaning of your repetitive dream will depend on your unique life circumstances. The same dream can sometimes have a different meaning for two different people.
So, let’s get started and find out what it means when you have a recurring dream.
12 Meanings of Having a Recurring Dream
1. You need closure over a past relationship
Breakups can be painful, and if you do not deal with the emotional baggage, the experience can affect your waking life in profoundly negative ways.
Losing a relationship that once meant something to you can result in anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and cynicism.
Recurring dreams of an ex-lover are common. If you keep dreaming about your ex, it is a sign that you still haven’t processed the emotional pain and need closure, which you aren’t getting from the ex.
In your waking life, you are preoccupied with cyclical thoughts about your relationship, what you should and should not have done, regrets, and old resentments.
At night, your subconscious mind tries to resolve these unmet emotional needs, resulting in repetitive dreams about your ex.
2. You are dealing with a toxic person in your life
Recurring dreams reflect our anxiety in our waking life due to other people’s behavior and attitude.
In particular, when you have recurring dreams about snakes, this is symbolic of your conflicts with the people in your life. This could be a toxic spouse, boss, sibling, parent, or friend.
This person is a major source of stress in your life. But, you feel trapped and as though you cannot get away from them as they play a key role in how you function in the world.
It is common to have recurring snake dreams if you are dealing with a toxic boss you feel you cannot get away from. You do not want to lose your job, as you are worried about lining up a new one, but you also feel miserable in your current one because of the bad boss.
3. You should pay attention to certain aspects of your personality
Do you keep having the same dream about a specific individual? This dream is less likely a premonition about the person in your dreams and more about yourself.
When you constantly see someone in your dreams, ask yourself what this person represents in your waking life. Their significance in your life might hint at what it means to see them in your dreams.
When you have recurring dreams about someone, your subconscious mind is telling you to look inwards and identify aspects of their personality in yourself that need improvement.
For example, if the person you keep dreaming of is kind-hearted and graceful, it could be a sign that you should nurture these qualities as part of your evolutionary and enlightenment journey.
4. You desire to re-experience the past
Recurring dreams can come in the form of regularly dreaming about the same place. If you have been to this place in your waking life, it means that it holds deep significance, and you often think about it.
Remember, our dreams are often a reflection of our thoughts. If you think of a place, you will likely dream about it.
But, you should also consider the significance of this place you keep dreaming about. For example, if you have a recurring dream about a prominent place in your childhood, it could symbolize unresolved childhood trauma, or it could mean that you are holding on to the past.
If you dream about a vacation spot you once visited, it means you long to bring back that excitement in your life. Things feel a bit dull, and you are seriously thinking about adding some more spark to your life.
5. You are caught in a rut
Aside from wanting to re-live past experiences, having recurring dreams about a place could symbolize being caught in a rut and longing for an escape.
The feeling of being caught in a rut can be quite overwhelming. It can cause great anxiety and rob you of your joy. This anxiety and worry can then be reflected in your dreams as recurring night visions.
For example, if you often dream about a hospital, this is a sign you feel burdened by your everyday life. You feel unmotivated and burnt out; it has been like this for a long time.
This dream could also signify that you need to take your healing more seriously, whether physical or mental, to free yourself from the rut of unwellness.
If you have repetitive dreams about your workplace, it could mean that work is a major source of anxiety in your waking life. Recurring dreams mean your work life is monotonous and is no longer a source of excitement or inspiration.
6. You are suffering intense emotional pain
Do you often dream about your teeth falling out? You are not alone—this is one of the most common recurring dreams.
You are likely to keep dreaming about falling teeth when you are in a period of great emotional pain. Falling teeth symbolize loss, including job loss, divorce or breakup, or even the death of a loved one.
In waking life, literally losing teeth can be an extremely painful experience, physically and psychologically.
In dreams, seeing yourself losing teeth is your subconscious mind’s way of processing the loss you face in real life. This recurring dream will likely stop once you transition out of the painful phase.
On the upside, teeth are symbolic of strength and grit. Dreaming about them means that with patience, you can overcome the challenges in your life.
7. You have a low self-esteem
Recurring dreams about teeth falling are also symbolic of a loss of self-esteem or an experience of shame.
Given that teeth symbolize strength, power, and confidence, losing them in your dreams means a loss of these qualities in your waking life.
It could be that you are dealing with self-loathing and do not feel you are where you want to be. You feel ashamed about your social status and lack of achievement.
These depressive thoughts will be reflected in your dreams as falling teeth. Dealing with a loss of self-esteem can be quite difficult, but you can rise above your challenges and eventually have a more positive outlook on life.
If you feel like you cannot do it alone, consider seeking professional help to overcome depressive thoughts. You can end recurring dreams about teeth falling when you resolve anxieties around your self-worth.
8. You are concerned about how people view you
A common recurring dream is one where you see yourself naked. Many people report having this dream regularly throughout their life.
Seeing yourself naked in a public space can be disarming and horrifying, to say the least. If you regularly have this dream, you are obsessed with how others view you.
In your waking life, you spend a lot of time and energy crafting an image of yourself you think will be appealing to others. You strive to please others and have allowed yourself to get caught up in this vicious cycle.
Essentially, this dream reflects unresolved anxiety about your identity, true self, and self-esteem. This dream tells you that perhaps it is time to look inwards and start deriving a sense of worth from yourself and not from others.
9. You feel inadequate
Repetitive dreams about an empty house can be quite confusing and even scary. Houses are supposed to be a place of rest and security, but dreaming of an empty one symbolizes the opposite.
An empty house represents insecurity and a lack of peace. It could be that in your waking life, you feel insecure about yourself and fear the future.
This dream symbolizes fears about your inability to accomplish goals and be successful. You do not feel a sense of accomplishment, and you aren’t proud of what your life is like.
You are likely to have recurring dreams of an empty house if you conform strictly to societal expectations of success. In your waking life, you gain your sense of personal security from others’ definition of success.
You might stop these recurring dreams if you try to adjust your perspective on what success looks like and also take pride in how far you have come.
10. You are in denial
Another common recurring dream entails being chased and not seeing who or what is chasing you. This nightmare can leave you wondering about its significance in your waking life.
Seeing yourself being chased in your dreams means you are running away from reality. You are in denial about a certain aspect of your life, but the more you deny it, the more anxiety it causes.
This dream urges you to deal with your reality head-on. The quicker you do, the quicker you can do away with experiencing this nightmare almost every night.
Also, being present and accepting reality is a much easier and healthier way to exist in the world. You are under no illusions and are comfortable with your authentic self.
11. You are/will undergo a major transformation
When you have a recurring dream about turbulent weather, such as being caught up in a storm or a harsh winter, you will experience big changes that might disrupt your life as you know it.
Having this dream on repeat is a sign that you should prepare for a transformation that could be positive or negative. The changes that may come your way could be in the form of a job loss or getting a new job, relocation, or a change in your relationship status, for example, from married to divorced.
The change that may come your way may not be so obvious right now. But, this dream urges you to be open and prepared for whatever comes your way.
12. You will experience great success soon
Do you have recurring dreams about flying? This is a good sign! This dream represents progress, success, and well-being.
You are likely to have this dream if you are preoccupied with thoughts of success in your waking life. You haven’t got to where you want, but you are hopeful you will get there, which explains your repetitive dreams about flying.
This dream is a sign that your dreams about flying high and accomplishing your goals will come true soon.
Summary: What Does It Mean To Have A Recurring Dream?
Having the same dream over and over can leave you confused as to the meaning of this dream. When you have a recurring night vision, it can be a positive or negative sign depending on the dream’s context.
Generally, recurring dreams warn you of something happening in your life you must resolve. These dreams symbolize generalized anxiety, worry, and insecurity.
Repetitive dreams are your subconscious mind’s way of processing emotional pain, inner conflict, and psychological instability you face in your waking life.
I hope these common interpretations help you understand what it means to have a recurring dream and what you can do to stop these dreams if you wish.