Dreams are a fascinating thing... you can have all different kinds that mean all sorts of different things. There are scary dreams, stress dreams, funny dreams, nightmares, happy dreams, sexual dreams... you name it and you can dream about it.
When I was in college, I had a human development class and we started analyzing dreams. Our task was to wake up after every dream and write down the specifics of the dream. This may sound, to some, like an impossibility, but it's not. It's really amazing how powerful the mind is and what a person is capable of doing during sleep.
If you tell yourself, in the right way, to wake up after every dream, you will do it. We were all successful and what I found was that I wasn't getting any sleep. It was tough going for a while but I learned a lot of interesting things. One very specific thing I learned was how to manipulate my dreams, which has proved successful to me w/ nightmares. Matter of fact, I really don't have them any more... maybe every once in a while but it's been a long time.
I think my favorite dreams are of flying. I haven't had one of these in such a long time but I love them. There's nothing like the feeling of flying through the air w/out any fear. You can take off w/out any problem, fly so fast and land so easily... gosh, only if it were true in real life, huh.
I also absolutely love water dreams. I've had many a dream where I can breathe under water. There'll be a whole world under the water and it all seems so natural - the living under water and breathing w/out a problem. I can't remember all the details of the last one I had... but I remember parts of it. These are such calming dreams... both the flying and water ones. When I've awaken from these dreams, I've always wanted to be able to do the things that I did when I was asleep. The underwater world fascinates me to no end.
Stress dreams really get to me. Some of my LEAST favorite stress dreams are going to school w/out my shirt on or w/out my shoes or just one shoe. The weird thing is that no one seems to notice except me. I walk around completely paranoid of someone noticing but they never do, and usually when I've forgotten a shoe, I can never remember where it is. I've also had dreams to where I was naked at the pool and swimming around and so afraid that someone would see but they never do. I can never remember where my bathing suit is... it's so odd.
I used to have a lot of dreams about school. I would go to school and, come to find out, it's the last day and I have exams but I'm not ready. I can't remember where any of my classes are and I can't even remember where my locker is to get my books. I always hate these kind. They're always so frantic and so full of full blown stress. My sympathy to all you that are having these dreams... they suck.
One dream that I used to have a lot was of ppl chasing me and trying to kill me or trying to sneak into my apartment to kill me. I remember these dreams, almost every detail. I remember the apartment, the way it looked and I remember how the men were climbing up the outside beams to the porch to try to kill me and how I'd be inside hiding and watching them, and waiting. I could never find a place to hide that would protect me. I always knew they were going to get me no matter what.
Well, one thing I learned was how to confront ppl and circumstances in your dreams. I was taught how to approach the situation and it has really worked. The last time I had that dream was prob about ... hmmmmm.... 10 years ago, maybe less, I can't remember. It was the same dream but this time I screamed out asking the men what they wanted and what they were doing. They never answered me but they were gone in a flash and I woke up... I've never had this dream again. This is not to say that I haven't had other scary dreams and/or nightmares because I have and sometimes I stop it and sometimes I don't remember to do it.
I talk in my sleep during dreams especially if I'm mad. I've been known to swing my arms and hit you on accident - but never by accident in my dreams. ;) I've fallen out of bed w/ dreams.. but thankfully not in a long time. Oh yeah, when I was younger (not a little child), I would dream that I had to use the bathroom (which I did in real life), I'd get out of bed, make my way to the bathroom... and then... almost w/out fail, I would sit down and A L M O S T go to the bathroom. I learned real quick how to stop that.
When I was a teenager, we'd pull tricks on my cousins. I'd spend the night w/ my cousin and we'd sneak into her brother's room after he fell asleep and stick his finger in warm water... we always thought he'd wet the bed, but he'd just wake up and get pissed (literally!)... one of her brothers, I heard, used to sleepwalk and he'd stand at the top of the stairs and use the bathroom down the stairs. I'm sure he's never lived that down.