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Sometimes I Dream About a Future Event, and Then It Happens to Me in Real Life. Why So?


We have all had this experience before. You dream that something is going to happen. Within a few weeks or years, that event actually happens. Are you a psychic or is it just a coincidence? Dreaming about a future event that actually happens can be fun, but it can also be unsettling. Find out if you are actually predicting the future or not.

First, we will look at the most common reason why this happens. Even though you do not realize it, you dream multiple times every night. You only remember the dreams if you wake up at just the right time. Even then, you have to keep thinking about the dream after you wake up for it to consciously remain a part of your memory.

When something that you dreamed about actually happens, it triggers your memory. You suddenly remember the dream. While you have had thousands of dreams that did not come true, you remember this particular dream because it did happen. This is a type of selection bias where you are basically looking at the dreams that actually came true instead of all of the dreams.

There is another aspect to consider as well. You happen to know a lot about yourself. You know what your schedule is like next week, what your goals are and who you are dating. If you asked a psychic to predict your future, they would not have any of this information to work off of. You do. Since you already have a clear idea of what is happening in your life, it is much, much easier to “predict” your future. For example, let’s say that you have been dating your boyfriend for several years. Suddenly, you notice jewelry ads at the house and he seems to disappear at times. You dream that he proposes to you. Are you psychic? Probably not. Even if you did not consciously connect the dots, your subconscious mind is amazing. It saw all of the pieces of the puzzle and put them together in your dream. Your conscious mind never realized that he was going to propose, but your subconscious mind did.

Selection Bias Within Dreams

This is another common problem with dreams about a future event. People selectively remember the parts that come true, but they ignore the rest of the dream. For example, you dream that you are at your homecoming dance. Purple elephants are dancing around the room, a witch is serving coffee and Frank Sinatra is playing in the background. All of your friends are gone and you feel alone. Then, your crush asks you to dance.

In real life, you go to your homecoming dance with a bunch of friends. The latest music is playing as your friends dance and your teachers serve the drinks. Then, your crush asks you to dance. Only one part of that dream remained exactly the same, but you feel like you “predicted” the future. In reality, the majority of the dream was wrong. Other than your crush dancing with you, the only part that was true to real life was the homecoming dance itself. Since you already knew that homecoming would happen each fall, it is safe to say that you weren’t really predicting the future.

It Happens to Everyone

Everyone has had a dream like this at some point. I, like everyone else, have certainly had dreams that came true in real life. In some cases, it was even the majority of the dream that actually happened in real life. The problem with these dreams is that I already know what generally happens in my daily life and who I will be around. Even when new things happen, I could have predicted them. I have goals that I am working toward, so it makes sense that I would be aware of achieving my goals as a potential outcome.

Researchers generally say that dreaming about a future event and then having it happen is just coincidence or a type of deja vu. Most people have fairly similar schedules each day. It is highly likely that you would dream about something similar happening in the future, especially when you consider how many dreams you actually have each night.

Am I Psychic?

If you dream five times a night, remember all of them and all of them come true every day, then you are probably psychic. If not, you are probably just as normal as everyone else. It is very easy to get too engaged in your dreams. Dreams feel real. Unless you are a talented lucid dreamer, you might not even realize that you are dreaming as you dream. When you wake up, it feels like what you dreamed is a prediction of the future or some deeper insight. Normally, your dreams just reflect your subconscious mind. While it would be nice to have the power of predicting the future, this is the least likely reason for these dreams.


  1. It wasnt really like a future kind of thing…. I live n work hundreds of miles away from my family..
    Then one day while sleeping, i dreamed that my uncle wanted me to buy candles as there is none at home.i woke up n instantly called him n asked if the candles have finished n if he is going to get some. Yes true enough, he was on his way to the store… So i had similar situations like this and it takes place right away or its telling me to cautious someone else abt anything…. Hiw is that…

    • These dreams may be manifestations of your knowledge of events and practices in your family’s life. If you have similar dreams in the future, then perhaps test them to see if they are accurate. You will find benefit in treating everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Nesan!

  2. Hello! I was wondering if the events aren’t about anything specific? I have one instance where this happened when I dreamt about hitting a leaf with water from a hose, on a sidewalk. I remember this specifically because when I woke up I thought “why would I dream about something so stupid”
    Nothing crazy specific or important like a proposal or crush asking me to dance. Then a little while later the exact same imagery actually happens in real life! Same leaf shape, same pebbles on the side walk, same angle that I was looking from. This type of thing happens frequently to me. It’s never of anything significant or great so I don’t think I can predict the future lol. I just thought that’s what deja vu was.

    • This dream is a reflection of numerous influences in your life. This dream may have been a manifestation or type of deja vu. Continue to enjoy the mysteries of life. Always allow these experiences to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Candy!

    • This also happens to me. I have seen images in my sleep or maybe short events lasting only a couple seconds. Strangely enough these events happen in real life. Some happen within a day, some within a few months.

      • Thank you for sharing your insight and experiences. Please feel free to share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Finn!

  3. A couple night ago a dreamt that my mom fell and hit the kitchen table and as I tried to pick her up from the floor I noticed that she had blogs in her eye. I tried to find the problem as to why and noticed she had a gash on her head which was the reason. The best morning I calledmy niece and was telling her about the dream and told her I didn’t feel like it was about mom and the dream felt like a warning. Yesterday morning my sister n law was leaking fluid from her eye and while trying to correct the problem the surgeon ran into complication due to deterioration and had a hard time stopping the bleed. He had to place a bubble behind the eye to help stop the bleed. (Keep in mind,I had no idea that my sister n law was having problems with her eye. Is this just a coincidence?) this isn’t the first time I’ve dreamt like this before.

    • This dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your mother. It is possible that it was a coincidence that your sister in law had a similar condition. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Reach out to your sister in law and see if you are able to support her at this time. Have a great day, Crystal!

  4. Ok but here’s the thing. It’s extremely disturbing, these dreams of mine. Because it’s random. Unpredictable. I was walking down the hallway and talking to a friend of mine in a dream. A month later, it happened. He said the exact same thing. And I have these dreams almost every other night. The most disturbing part, is there’s always something that stops… A person in a black trench coat. Saying I’m not supposed to be here. Then the dream cuts. I wake up. And eventually, it happens.

    • This dream is a reflection of a variety of influences that you have in your life. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. Abstain from consuming dramatic or violent media, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams. Have a great day, Gavin!

  5. It’s amazing that am not alone, my dreams were so real that I could predict events that will happen in 30 minute’s after waking up,my cousin brother will testify to this,for he took me for his Messiah when he believed what I told him, he escaped from real troubles. my university exams grades were revealed to me in my dreams and it never changed for once even in one semester. But when I started having premarital sex, the dreams started becoming shady and hard to remember vividly. Dose premarital sex affect lucid dreaming ?.

    • It is possible that your experiences have influenced your dreams. There may be differences in your dreams for a variety of reasons. You may fin benefit in attempting to navigate through your waking life and seeing how that influences your dreams. Please feel free to share your insights and experiences in the future. Have a great day, Abu!