Do you ever wake up from a vivid dream and wonder, "What in the HELL did that mean?"
Sometimes we can write off our dreams as bizarre musings of the mind. However, there are some dreams that experts say you should never ignore. From teeth falling out to dying, they may hint at deeper issues of fear and anxiety. If you've had any of these 10 dreams, you may want to consider what your night terrors really mean.
1. Teeth Falling Out
What it means: Experts say that teeth symbolize power and confidence, so if you dream that they're falling out, it may be because you feel like you're losing control at work, home, or in your relationship.
What you should do: Find where the loss of confidence is coming from and work to resolve it. Even something simple, like a new haircut or an act of self care, might help regain some of the assurance you've lost.
2. Getting Injured
What it means: Being injured or breaking bones in a dream could mean that you are feeling a weakness in some part of your life.
What you should do: Figure out what your weaknesses are and overcome them to keep the dream from recurring.
3. Being Trapped
What is means: If you are claustrophobic, recurring dreams about being trapped are not uncommon. However, if confined spaces don't usually bother you, it may be a sign that you feel trapped by a certain aspect of your life, such as your position at work or finances.
What you should do: Consider if your current situation is worth the feelings of anxiety you are having. If not, change it.
What it means: Psychologist and dream analyst Lauri Lowenberg calls falling dreams "a red flag from your subconscious." Often, they represent a major issue at work or home.
What you should do: If you can't figure out what the issue is, talk to a psychologist or counselor. You may be repressing a bad memory or be unaware of how much a seemingly small event is really bothering you.
5. Out-Of-Control Vehicle
What it means: This one is pretty obvious -- if you are frequently dreaming about driving an out-of-control vehicle, chances are some aspect of your life is out of control.
What you should do: Identify addiction issues or other problems that are taking you off the road to success.
6. Being Chased
What it means: Dreams of being chased are more common in women than men. Often, they hint at an issue that you are scared to confront.
What you should do: Consider the dream as a challenge. Figure out what it is that you want to confront, then do it.
7. Missing An Important Event
What it means: If you frequently dream about being late to a big event, such as a wedding or test, experts say you may be taking too much on.
What you should do: Set realistic goals and schedules and don't make promises you can't keep. Remember the old saying, you can't set yourself on fire to keep others warm.
8. Showing Up Somewhere Naked
What it means: Showing up to work or school naked in a dream is often a sign of vulnerability and anxiety. These dreams may occur when you feel like all eyes are on you, perhaps before a promotion or test.
What you should do: Don't feed into the feelings of vulnerability. Do something good for yourself to up your level of confidence.
9. Seeing The Dead
What it means: Unless you've been binge watching "The Walking Dead," dreaming about dead people hints at an inability to let go, as well as a fear of personal illness and death.
What you should do: Speak to a psychiatrist or counselor. If you've lost someone close to you, identify healthy ways to keep them close, such as framing pictures or journaling.
What it means: Although the thought of dreaming about death is unsettling, columnist Lauren Lawrence says it's not necessarily a bad thing. Dreams of death indicate the desire to terminate something in your life, such as a relationship, job, or the past in general.
What you should do: Work on identifying what it is you need to shed. Then, in the words of Elsa, let it go!