Falling Dreams

by Head for Dreams

Falling dreams are the most frequent among all the common dreams we experience in our lifetime. Researchers say the average human will dream about falling to his death more than 5 times in their life. These dreams can be extremely frightening and vivid, that lasts minutes before you hit the ground. Dreams of this nature tend to wake you up before you hit the bottom. For the most part, whenever we dream of falling, we have lost control in some aspect in our daily life that needs to be corrected.

Reasons For Falling Dreams?

One theory suggests that you may have lost control over a particular situation in your life. Though to identify you might have to do some thinking to what it might be linking too. This can be linked to relationships, workplace, school or home life. Falling can imply both internal or external issues that have been neglected. Depending on the context of the dream it can point to different areas that need to be analysed. Writing down as much detail of your dream can help decode it a lot easier by thinking in metaphors.

Falling Dreams Before Sleep

A hypnagogic jerk is an involuntary muscle spasm that occurs as a person is ready to drift off to sleep. This phenomenon is so named about the hypnogogic state the transitional period between wakefulness and sleep. Hypnagogic jerks are also known as hypnic jerks or sleep starts. This may scare the average healthy person but it is quite a common occurrence. According to the American Academy of Sleep say there are many reasons why one experiences these disturbances. If the person is suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, sugar overload or caffeine in the evening. Hypnic jerks can also happen during R.E.M sleep.

Types Of Falling Dreams

Losing Balance

Dreams of losing balance suggest that the problem lays within you. You are not stable at this moment and need grounding in your life. You need to find ways to become more confident with people and with yourself. Who was around you when you lost balance? The location and the people around you might give you a hint of what to look out for.


Did someone push you? Could that person be the cause of being pushed to your limits? Where are you when you are being pushed? Did you plummet to your death? Are you overworking yourself? Do you feel that you are doing something against your will? How did you feel before and after you where pushed? If you don’t recognise the person then it could suggest that you might be a pushover in life, or you are pushing yourself too hard. Usually, when we can’t see the person it might be repressed aspects of our selves we don’t want to look at. This can tie into our shadow figure, the mask we don’t want to take off.

Lost Grip

Trying to hold on for your dear life in your dream is quite common. These dreams suggest a need to get to solid ground in your walking life. You might be in a position in your life where you are not in full control and it is unconsciously affecting your path. You might want to explore different areas in your life where you feel you are just hanging on, or if you feel someone has the upper hand on you. How did the dream scenario play out? Using the symbols in metaphors helps us distinguish a clearer meaning.

Holding On

Holding on for dear life in your dream suggests that you are trying your best to fix a situation you may have no control over. This can either be with your relationship, friends or your family. These dreams are usually very scary and unless you don’t recognise the problem in your waking life. We do you think you might be holding on to that is causing you much damage.

How Did You Fall

Remembering how you fell on the ground can suggest what needs to be fixed in your life. If you fell on your back implies that you need more support in your life. If you fell on your hands means that you need more of a hand with people that are close to you. If you fell in water means that you are emotionally breaking down and need to address your problem asap.


Slipping and plummeting to your death is quite a scary experience. Slipping to your death suggests that you will eventually “slip up” in a particular situation that will cause emotional distress. Where you able to regain your grip? Did you fall to the ground? Where was your location? How did you feel when you slipped?

On The Edge

Trying to hold on for dear life at the edge of a cliff to save your life suggest a need to slow down and take one day at a time. Do you feel you live on the edge in life? Do you make risky decisions, hence being on the edge? Maybe you need some grounding physically and spiritually.

Landing at The Bottom

This could suggest an ending of some sort of your life. Something where you might need to get to the bottom of things. Do you feel that you might hit rock bottom in life? Could this relate to your job or relationship?

Reasons Why You Are Falling
  • Afraid of losing your job
  • Not the leader with friends or business
  • Afraid of your relationship
  • Not having control in a situation
  • Failure in love
  • Lack of confidence
  • Embarrassed that you wouldn’t make the cut
  • You’re not in control of your destiny
  • Things aren’t working out the way you want it to work out
  • How did you fall
  • Fall out
  • Spiralling out of control
  • Hitting rock bottom
  • Insecure
  • Need proper grounding
  • Spiritual grounding
Positive Changes

If you felt positive when you where falling might suggest a sudden change in your favour. If you could land on your feet shows you will overcome the obstacle in your life. Falling then gliding yourself to safety shows you will find another way out of the difficult situation.

Watching Others Fall

You might be witnessing distress from other people around you in your life. Finding out who was with you, your emotional state and location are all clues to better decode the dream. If you feel helpless then it might imply you are not in control in helping others in danger.

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