Recurring Dreams


Recurring dreams are dreams that are experienced again and again over a period of time.  These dreams are messages from your subconscious to your conscious mind.  They are often an attempt to help you deal with something that is preventing you from being at peace.

In order to stop recurring dreams from returning, it may be necessary to examine the dream and find out what it’s trying to tell you.  Sometimes counseling is necessary, but often the solution can be found and resolved without professional help.

If you’re suffering from recurring dreams, the first thing you should do is acquire a dream journal.  This journal should be kept with you at all times.  The moment you wake, no matter what time of night, you should record as much or as little of your dreams as you remember.

During the day you may find something has triggered a memory of part of a dream.  Before it slips away, take out your journal and record the memory.  Examining this book and looking for symbols and patterns can help you deal with the cause of the dreams.  Once you are conscious of what the dream is trying to tell you, the recurring dreams may stop.

There are different reasons a person may be having recurring dreams.  They include:

  • Reliving past experiences, particularly nightmarish ones
  • Feelings of being unprepared for something
  • Facing a challenge you feel unequal to
  • Feelings of being unable to control a situation
  • Running away from problems
  • Precognition, or dreams that warn about some future event

Recurring Nightmares

People who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often experience recurring dreams relating to the event or events that triggered the stress, but they aren’t limited to replaying past events.  Unresolved stress and medications are other reasons nightmares may plague someone.  When the dreams are replays of past events, they tend to diminish in frequency as time goes by.

They mostly affect children, but can occur at any age.

Recurring dreams are frequently nightmares, replaying and changing incidents in our lives or incidents that may come in an attempt to get us to notice and deal with the events and/or the feelings they provoke.  Though it is believed that many types of recurring nightmares exist to alert us to stressors and help us to isolate them and deal with them, the nightmares themselves cause plenty of stress on their own.  While most dreams occur during “Rapid Eye Movement” or “REM” sleep, nightmares occur during non-REM sleep, and usually soon after falling asleep.

With a traumatic interruption of sleep occurring so early in the night, many are reluctant to fall back asleep for fear the dream will return.  One sleepless night can cause a lot of trouble for some people by affecting areas of their lives such as their ability to drive safely, work efficiently, and maintain good health.  Maladies such as irregularity, diarrhea, and other gut issues can develop from even one stressful, sleepless night.   When the dream occurs again and again, it can have a rather large impact on the dreamer’s quality of life.

Night terrors typically last between 5 and 20 minutes and frequently wake the dreamer, sometimes screaming, often bathed in sweat.

Feelings of Unpreparedness

Most everyone has dreamed of showing up in public only to find they are naked or missing a large portion of their clothing at some point in their lives.  It is a common recurring dream that alerts you to your feelings of insecurity regarding an upcoming event.  By recognizing this and preparing more thoroughly for the event, these recurring dreams may fade.


Feeling Unequal to a Challenge

Have you ever had a dream in which you have an important test to take but for some reason you can’t take it?  Maybe you got lost on the way to the test or you arrived unprepared, but something kept you from taking or finishing the test.  Or maybe you forgot you were even taking the course and hadn’t shown up for any classes or taken any notes.

There are different theories about why we dream of being unsuccessful at taking an exam, but theories include the dreamer feeling they are unprepared for something, have forgotten to do something important, or perhaps didn’t follow a path that may have led to success.

Feeling out of Control

Falling dreams often mean that the dreamer is feeling out of control over some area of their lives.  They maybe be having this recurring dream because their subconscious wants to bring a situation to the forefront of their mind so it can be dealt with.

Running Away

Another common recurring dream is one in which the dreamer is running away from something.  Often they can’t move very fast because they are running through water, mud, or some other thick substance.  They wake in terror before the chaser reaches them, if they’re lucky.  This dream can occur when you’re running away from your problems instead of facing them head on.  The problems are always there, lurking behind you, ready to chase you down.  Until they catch up with you in real life, they may haunt your dream state.  When these problems are faced and dealt with, it is likely the dreams of being chased will stop.

Precognitive Dreams

Other recurring dreams may be prophetic, warning us to prepare for an event yet to come.  Research has shown that precognitive dreams do occur, and by paying attention to them, you can allow good things to happen in your life, or prevent bad things from happening.

A dream psychologist by the name of Dr.  Arthur Bernard reported a recurring dream that gave him a tip about an obscure stock.  He felt the dream was vivid enough and happened often enough that he should pay attention, so he bought a lot of shares.  He made 1.6 million dollars on the deal.  Such dreams have also saved lives by warning us of possible future tragedies.  If you feel your dreams may be precognitive, pay close attention to them.  It just might be the best thing you ever do.



About Author

Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. I keep having a recurring dream, I know that it has plagued me many times in the past, but as soon as I wake up from it, I can’t remember what has happened. But, everytime I wake up from it I have the same feeling, panicked. My heart will be racing and I’ll be covered in sweat, but it’s always from something I can never remember. Could there possibly be something significant about this dream?

  2. Two nights in a row I have had this recurring dream that I am getting married and it starts on what is my wedding day. The dream is so vivid and detailed. It actually shows me and some man I don’t recognize out buying our rings and the entire process of setting up the venue and me preparing and dressing for the day. And it’s a beautiful event. Every time I wake up it’s like it’s paused because as soon as I close my eyes again, I go right to where I left off in the dream. I am not getting married in my real life, nor is it on the horizon as far as I know which makes this interesting. It’s a pleasant dream so I’m not much bothered by it but just curious why it keeps coming back to me.

  3. Hey, all. I want to come out with something. Growing up I was beaten, abused, made fun of and I didn’t like it. Up until I was half way through my 7th grade I had a nightmare. It was about my mother who had hurt me in many wrong ways. I felt hurt, betrayed, unloved, disliked, I felt like I didn’t belong. I recall this area very vividly because It happened to me 3 three times on the exact day she would call. I could never see my mother. She was in a state correctional facility for women. The dream started out like I was asleep, I woke up and thought huh? Must not be that tired. I get up and go to the bathroom and I turn on the light and I make sure I can see. I use the bathroom, I wash my hands, and I look up in the mirror…….. I saw something possessing my body in the mirror and it looked creepy. I was scared. I was very scared. I am still. Anyway. I heard a jetliner go over my apartment at the time and I could easily recognize it was a jet liner. The engines were loud so it drowned out the noise that was going on in the bathroom. This spirit or something evil was turning and opening its mouth and screamed. The scream was the jet liner engine soaring. It happened 3 times. My biological father passed away in 7th or 8th grade. I don’t know how long ago that was by it was a long time ago. Up until I got into high school. My mother tried to contact me from a correctional facility and I’d talk to her and I’d be fine and dandy and what not. Come 1 year before my graduation my mother passed away from a variety of diseases that she contracted in her life. Those diseases never were passed down to me. Which is a good thing. I was told my mom was going to be moving in after I graduate. I didn’t like the fact of that thought happening. I got mad. I asked my aunt why? Why can’t she stay somewhere else. So my aunt and I had an argument. I walked out got some air and went back. I didn’t want to talk about it anymore. So I tried to accept it. Didn’t work. With my up bringing I was supposed to be adopted by my aunt. Never happened. My aunt was nice enough to put me through school. It was nuts. Really was. I’m an orphan living with people who can’t adopt me cause I’m 19, about to be 20. I feel like crap. Also when I try to sleep on my back I fall asleep really quick, and I found out that I was being choked, and being internally injured when I was in a deep sleep. I always tried to sleep on my left. Can’t do anymore. I sleep on my right now. I’m experiencing problems with sleeping on this side now. I believe it may be due to not being religious, or something like that. I asked a friend what it might be. He said it was a demon that was haunting or tormenting me until I do something about it. I really done anything about it because I don’t know what to do with it. He said I have to cleanse myself with a special gem or crystal or a piece of something. I know one things for sure. I have sinned so much it’s not even funny. I’ve commited greed, lust, gluttony, hate I believe in religion is a sin. I’m not sure why. Adultery, and one or two more. Like I said I’m not sure. Any opinions?

    • You poor dear. You have too much on your plate and don’t know where to start. I don’t know if therapy is available to you, but you should really analyse your dreams to try and see where they are coming from. I don’t believe in demons. My husband on the other hand swears they exist. He keeps saying that they come in his dreams and torture him. I tried the religious path for a while as well, gave me demons nightmares. So now I really believe they are a product of indoctrination and fantasy.
      There may be more hidden in your younger years than you would like to believe. Try to remember, dealing with it will help you heal, understand that you were not helped when you most needed it, but you as a person, your core, were not the main target. Those around you have seen that they can exercise their evilness on you and get away with it, because you had no effective caretaker.
      Your mom may have had her own big luggage to drag through life and didn’t know how to get rid of it.
      Forget the religious stuff, there is too much punishment involved. Strive for a positive attitude, be good and kind whenever you have the chance and you will feel better.
      Stay strong.

  4. I dream that I’m in a desert town its dark and I’m running from a thing i don’t know what it is but it’s scaring me half to death I’m running and i have to jump fences and then dogs start chasing me as well (I’m not afraid of dogs) but I’m so scared and i see one person i run up and ask for help its as if they cant see me they keep on walking i turn around a big flash of light shines in my eyes and i wake up in tears !! It’s the exact same dream every time no difference it’s the same man that i ask for help and everything

  5. I keep having this dream that i am being chased with my relatives from something unknown. when i search about “repeated dreams of run away” its also said that i have to face it to something in real life. but i don’t really know what am avoiding or chasing, what should i do, i have to face it what? what should i do to stop to dream about it.
    my dream is like i with my relatives including my mom and we are being chased, running away from something in countryside there are no people no houses around but there are fences, i was climbing over the fence, but i saw dogs barking to me, one man helped or i don’t know one of my relative gives him money, then we continued running…and ended. it is the dream i dreamed repeatedly.
    please give your advice to me. i don’t know what to i face it.

  6. sir/mam, plz help me.. I m very stressed about 1 dream. That dream repeats 4 times. I really dont know why this is happening. I am in relationship with a guy for last 3 years. This dream is about Me and him. I luv him so much and he luves me too. i dreamed of my wedding but didint saw my self in a wedding gown and I am going to marry someone else instead of my bf. This distrub me alot. We have future plans. but i dreamed that we both are not marrying each other. I am marrying to someone else and suddenly the marriage did not take place and my bf come. I mean he didnt come to stop the marriage but i thought of him in my dream. and i wake up. This occurs 4 times in past 2-3 months. Every time it occurs with a different incident but whole story is same. I dnt know whats the significance behind this dream. I am very worried because i just wana marry him only. I dont know even a single person who can help me. thats why I am sharing with you.
    Its a humble request plz help me. I will be very grateful to you.
    waiting for your reply.

  7. It is very important to write down your dreams as well as write down key symbols in a dream. It helps to get a dream dictionary to look them up.

    Put your dream journal on your night stand or under your pillow.

  8. I have been in a on/off relationship with a woman. We’ve been trying our best to work things out, but unfortunately outside stresses sometimes get in the way. We go through short periods of not talking to each other while these things are being addressed. It’s during these times that she appears in my dreams. The dreams is not always the same, but usually ends the same. They end with her appearing, and asking me to promise to be patient and never let her go.

  9. I’ve dreaming that something is chasing me from the past 4 nights.I sleep for around 9 hrs but i wake up feeling really tired.a lot has been going on lately.exam stress and some stupid my dreams i always end up jumping from my balcony and some how survive and keep running.the attacker seems to be very

  10. I have the same dream all I mean all the time like me and my boyfriend getting marry or me getting a apartment I mean good dreams I don’t want to stop those I want to understand them when I have dream like that before it allways happen so what you think

  11. I have these precognitive dreams I , it never remember the feeling of the beginning of to how im in some dark cave like clif crawling across on my feet using my hands to hold on to rocks so I don’t go off thend edge behind me I hear a sound that has such power a massive rore like sound that feels like it reaches across the planet and its sound shakes the ground and im scared to death that im not going to be able to reach the person im trying to get to I don’t know who that person is but they are just standing there still and everything in side me wants to reach this person if only just to hold and them cause I can feel what im running from I can feel the breath on the back of neck and then I stop to far away from the other person I still cant reach I feel something on the side of my belly and as my throat fills with this fizz of thickliquid closing of air I see a white flag in shape of a shield it has a red double line in think or one solid line across it like a cross and there two horses or something one a liite different from the other both on hind legs facing at each other and that’s it this is a part in a dream that starts happenes and ends in ecact action and same emotion and same end over and over

  12. Lately, I’ve been having this recurring dream about college. I’m failing or something to that effect and I know I’ve graduated, but I can’t convince anyone. And everyone’s so angry with with me. But I succeeded. I graduated. I didn’t fail. I have a career. But I have this dream (or variations of) at least twice a week.

  13. Daniel lakes on

    Ikeep having this dream where my dead father keeps coming for me to take me to heaven…… Also last night he came for me to take me to my funeral where no one turned up so he took me to heaven to be with him… pls give me answers?????

    • Your relationship with your father sounds important. Nobody is there at yours because nobody relates to you like your father does? Im sorry you lost him. It sounds like you really miss him.

  14. There for years I would dream of the numbers 3 1 8. Then after my mom died I started having a dream that I was on the interstate, in a moroon vehicle(which I have one now but not then), an 18 wheeler(which one of my fears) had a blow out and the tire hit my vehicle. I flipped and was upside down on a high ramp(which heights is a big fear) my vehicle was on fire (another fear). I was dead but watching myself dead from outside. And I heard the rescue unit saying I was pronounced dead at 8:13 pm on 8-13. I keep having same dream. Also having dreams bout dying other ways on the days and time involving 8-1-3. Even had a few dream where my sister dies with me and we both dead watching a wreck we just died in on 3-18. I have very scared of these numbers. And wonder what my dreams mean?

    • I believe the dream may be telling you something but not what you think…. I also think that you have to take control remember in your dream that you are dreaming and that you are dreaming and take control! Turn around until you are the victor! Take control in your dream world and you can then take control in the world that we call real! Both are real when you are living in them! You send this in the third month (3) at 8:33. I think this may be your lucky numbers go play the lottery and win!

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