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If You Don’t Have Dreams, What Does That Mean?

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At some point, you have most likely met someone who says that they never have dreams. They are not lying because they genuinely don’t remember any of their dreams. The average person dreams at least seven times a night. Depending on when you wake up during your sleep cycles, you may or may not remember what you were dreaming about.

In one study, 1,000 adult Austrians were surveyed to find out if they dreamed and how often. Nearly one third of them dreamed at least 10 times a month. Another third estimated that they dreamed less than once a month. The only real way to find out for sure if you are actually dreaming or not is to take part in a sleep study. Researchers can look for rapid eye movements that signify REM sleep to see if you are dreaming or not.

All of the research indicates that essentially every human being has REM sleep, which means that every person also dreams at night. If you don’t have dreams, then that means that you just are not remembering your dream. There are several reasons why you may not remember your dreams when you wake up.

1. You Use an Alarm Clock

Your alarm clock may be good for waking you up for work, but it does not help you remember your dreams. Normally, you would remember your dreams in the half-asleep state that you enter as you gradually wake up. If your alarm clock interrupts this sleep state, you may not be able to remember your dreams.

2. You Sleep Heavily

Studies show that people who wake up frequently during the night are more likely to remember what they are dreaming about. If you are a heavy sleeper, you may miss out on this chance to remember your dreams.

3. You Are Not Responsive to Your Environment

The people who have the best dream recall are also the people who respond best to hearing their names when they are awake. While there is no way to know why this connection exists, one hypothesis says that these individuals may be more likely to respond to their environment in general and wake up. By waking up during the night when they hear a noise, they are able to remember their dreams better.

4. You Are Not Trying to Remember Them

Sometimes, you wake up in the middle of the dream and quickly forget about it. When you try to remember what you were dreaming about a few minutes later, you realize that you can’t even guess at what the main topic of the dream was. Your dreams tend to disappear soon after waking up, which could be the reason why you do not remember them.

If you do want to remember your dreams better, there are a few options. Some people use a voice recorder on their phone or a dream journal to immediately remember what they were dreaming about. Keep a dream journal and a pen next to your bed so that you can write down your dreams as soon as you have them. This will help with your dream recall and allow you to actually dissect what you were dreaming about.

5. You Drink or Take Sleeping Pills

If you are heavily sedated, you are going to sleep too heavily to remember your dreams. In addition, some medications like Ambien actually change how much time you spend in REM sleep. This means that you actually could be dreaming less if you take sleep medication. When you do dream, the heavy sedation makes you sleep so heavily that you do not remember them.

Are There Cultures That Never Dream?

The famous Greek historian Herodotus wrote about a group of people who lived thousands of years ago near the Atlas mountain in North Africa. According to Herodotus, these people did not eat any living thing and never had any dreams. Modern historians think that Herodotus was talking about a society known as Atlantis that was purported to thrive many thousands of years ago. About 8,000 years before Plato, this society achieved a supreme level of scientific, spiritual and artistic progress before natural disasters and war brought it down. The leftover members of the society fled to areas like North Africa and Persia.

In Persia, the remaining Atlanteans were thought to have worked with Zoroaster and the magi to develop new religious traditions. In North Africa, the Atlanteans were thought to work with ancient Egypt to develop the religious traditions of that culture. Other than the reports from Herodotus, it seems like no culture or society has actually reported being without dreams.

If you do not have dreams, it is unlikely that it will have any physical, spiritual or mental consequences. Most likely, you sleep too heavily or wake up too early to remember your dreams. Try using a dream journal to track your dreams and make sure to get plenty of rest at night so that you have a better chance of remembering them.

36 COMMENTS

  1. Hello I am a African American woman age fifty one I use to dream but I don’t know when the last time I dreamed it’s been some years now and it really bother me

    • Do not concern yourself with a lack of dreams. This means that your mind is sorting out your world and questions during your waking life. Enjoy a lack of dreams that may disturb your sleep or waking life. Have a great day, Cecily!

  2. Hello
    I’m a 12 year old girl. Last couple of years I’ve been going through a lot of things. I haven’t seen dreams for at least a year now, neither did I see nightmares. I’m very concerned about that. Is that normal?

    • Some people find that they have fewer dreams as they age. This may be a positive sign in your life. Continue to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that your mind remains untroubled. Have a great day, Anastasia!

      • Thank you for sharing your supportive comment. We always appreciate when members of out community share their experiences and insights. Please share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Nicky!

  3. I haven’t dreamed in a long time I’m 16 now and I can’t remebwe that last time I’ve dreamed so let’s just say it’s been 10 years since I’ve remebered an a actual dream. Any idea what this means, and to add on I’ve also tried remember my dreams when I wake up but that doesn’t work just to see if I can remember something.

    • This dream is a reflection of your influences and thoughts. Allow any negative aspects your dreams to fade. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. This will ensure that your sleeping mind is positive and supportive. Have a great day, Kalen!

  4. A few moths ago I had a dream it was a nightmare it was about me being trapped in my house with the door locked and whenever I would run to go open the door I would struggle to open the lock bc I terrified of a black tall figure in my kitchen right behind me I think it is weird that this one specific dream I still remember every detail is this normal and why was i feeling like I would never escape?

    • This dream may be influenced by various things in your life. You may be concerned or worried about something unknown. You may have watched violent or dramatic media. You will find benefit in allowing this dream to fade. Share your positive energy with the world, and you will find that these dreams will diminish. Have a great day, Aniaya!

  5. UP until about two or three years ago (could be a little longer now) I realize I don’t remember any of my dreams anymore. While it bothers me because I feel like everyone should have dreams, it doesn’t because I have not woken up from a nightmare in years either. I figure it’s sort of a trade off. However, I do feel that we were made to have both dreams and nightmares for a reason and I’m really curious to find out why I don’t have them anymore. Do I just sleep to sound at night? Also is it ok for people to not remember their dreams?

    • It is normal for people to not remember their dreams. It is possible that your mind is better able to navigate your dreams, so your waking mind does not need to actively work to understand the dream. Perhaps you has less stress and concerns in your life. You may find that you remember your dreams more if you use your imagination more frequently. Perhaps nourish an artistic skill. Have a great day, Debbie!

  6. I am a 19 year old male athlete in college and I haven’t had a dream or remembered a dream in about 6 years. I have had multiple concussions in the past 6 years and a very severe one 6 years ago. I was wondering if having the brain injuries had effected my ability to dream.

    • The injuries to your brain may be influencing your dreams and other cognitive functions. You may find benefit in abstaining from harming yourself. Speak with a medical professional. It is important to care for your body. If you are concerned that you may be harmed in the future, then speak with the people in your life about your concerns. Have a great day, Eddie!

  7. Let’s just say I don’t dream at all, maybe here and there but that’s rarely for me. Usually when I go to sleep, I don’t dream at all. All I see it just pitch black when I sleep, no dreams, no nightmares, no nothing. Does this affect me in any way? Is it bad that i just see only black or just pitch black darkness with no dream?

    • This is likely a sign that your mind is not attempting to organize and understand the events and influences that are in your life. Enjoy your silent and contented slumber. Please share your insights and experiences in the future. Have a great day, Gabes!

  8. Hi, i am concerned about myself i stoped feeling emotions and dreamin for a few years now, i react to stuff like everything is ok, but i dont acutaly dont feel anything i only simulate it. btw i am 16 and this started since 2009

    • Your lack of dreams and apparent lack of emotions may be a reflection of influences in your life. It is certainly possible that you are stressed and unable to express yourself. Many people have few dreams and many people have dimmed emotions. You are aware of this and seem to want to make a change, so you will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help to draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Ivan!

  9. Hey I’m 14 but all my life I’ve never dreamt once it feels like I’m just closing my eyes then opening them up the next day any feedback would be great thanks

    • There are people who dream frequently, people who dream rarely, and people who never dream. It is possible that you do dream, but you do not remember your dreams. This is not a negative, it is simply an aspect of your life. Many people do not find joy in dreams and have frequent nightmares. Ensure that this knowledge guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Name!

  10. I’m 16 I only dream 1-0 dream a year if I did dream its not about me I think of other strangers I don’t see. It’s started on my 10th birthday. Is it normal?

    • Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional influences. The strangers could be manifestations of various influences in your life. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, X!

    • Some people dream frequently. Other people dream rarely. Your lack of dreaming is not a negative. If you are interested in dreaming, then experiment with your sleep patterns. Please share your insights and experiences in the future. Have a great day, Jerald!

  11. But the thing is that i do have some dreams every now and again, but i dont remember any others and i only get the most remember-able dreams if i had drank the night i went asleep

    • Each person has different experiences regarding their dreams. Some people dream frequently, while other dream seldom. Ensure that your dreams guide you in a positive direction. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Thomas!

  12. I’m a teenage girl and I feel like I never dream.
    I feel like I always used to dream, or at least remember my dreams but in the last year it seems that I can’t remember. I really miss my dreams and I want to start remembering or having my dreams again. how do I remember my dreams again?

    • Not everyone dreams. Some people dream frequently. Some people have nightmares. Each person is different. If you are interested in dreaming more often, then attempt to train yourself to write down your thoughts when you wake up. Please share more of your supportive comments in the future. Have a great day, Naddie!

  13. Hello my family experienced a tragedy 2 years ago I have not had a dream since then could the tragedy be caused of me not dreaming I use to dream a lot but now I’m not not I’m am 43

    • This tragedy has influenced your life. It is clear that you are dreaming about this. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Korrie!

  14. I’m nearly 16 now and I’ve never had a dream even when I was littler my mom and dad say that I never had one as well with nightmares.

    • Some people dream frequently. Some people only have nightmares. Some people never dream. Each person has their own way that their mind helps them navigate their life. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Anon!

  15. I’m 13, almost 14 and since I was 10 I haven’t been able to remember any dream I might have had. But if I do ever remember a dream or have one at all it’s always a nightmare.

    • Some people rarely dream. Some people dream often. Others only have nightmares. Few never experience negative dreams. Since each person is different, you should learn from the experiences that you have. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Within your future nightmares, address whoever or whatever is causing you fear, as this will help you determine the purpose of the nightmare. Have a great day, Amarisa!

  16. Hi, I have been trying to dream for over a year. My husband commetted suicide . I pray every night to dream. Nothing. Any suggestions?

    • Your husband’s death has certainly influenced your life. Your prayers are manifestations of your religious beliefs and desires. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will help honor the memory of your late husband. It will also draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Joy!

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