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What Does It Mean When You Can’t Scream in a Dream?


When you are having a dangerous, terrifying dream, one of the worst things to experience is an inability to scream. All you want to do is scare away the danger and express yourself, but you open your mouth and no sound comes out. If you keep having this problem in your dream, it could mean a number of things. We will cover what screaming and an inability to scream may mean in your dreams.

What it means when you can't scream in your dream

What Does It Mean When You Scream in a Dream?

An actual scream in your dream will generally represent fear or anger. This type of emotion is pent up within you, and it is trying to get out. To hear that someone is screaming in your dream generally means that a friend or family member needs your help in real life.

If you are yelling in your dream, it also represents a sense of anger. If no one can hear you yelling, then it means that you feel as if your feelings are overlooked in your waking life. It can also means that you feel like your opinion does not count and no one listens to you in real life. If you hear demonic yelling in your dream, it shows that something or someone from your past is still haunting your present.

What Does It Mean When You Can’t Scream in a Dream?

Screaming in a dream means one thing, but you also need to know what it means when you can’t scream in a dream as well. Unlike normal screaming, this does not represent fear or anger. It shows that you feel frustrated or helpless in a certain situation. It may feel like you are trying to get someone’s attention, but they are not listening to you or do not care. Basically, your dream is showing how difficult communication is becoming for you. If this is the case, it is important to learn how to identify your feelings and confront them in your waking life.

Sometimes, dreaming that you cannot scream is a sign that you are unable to express your feelings properly. There are emotions within you that want to come out, but you do not feel like you can constructively express them. This does not necessarily mean that you have to actually express those emotions in real life for the dreams to go away.

Sometimes, there are emotions that are not appropriate or necessary to tell someone. At the same time, you need to find a constructive way to deal with them. Journaling, meditation and other options can help you learn how to constructively handle these emotions. Some people find that screaming in real life makes these dreams go away. Grab a pillow or go to an isolated spot. When you are in the middle of nowhere, scream your lungs out and let all of your feelings go. If you cannot find a place to let your screams out, try to divert that energy and emotion through exercise.

Often, these dreams can also mean that you feel like people are suppressing you in real life. You want to have your own thoughts and make decisions about your life, but you feel unable to. You might be stuck in a job you hate and are unable to leave. You could be dealing with a dead-end relationship, a difficult neighbor or another problem that you cannot escape from. In these cases, the only way to really make the dreams go away is by solving your real-life problem.

An Alternative Reason


Interestingly, this is one of the few dream types that can actually show a real-life condition. There is a type of REM paralysis that can cause you to feel like screaming, but be completely unable to. Known as sleep paralysis, this is a way that nature is trying to protect us from acting out or moving in the dream. It would be extremely dangerous to try to scream, run or fly in real life while you are actually dreaming. Your body has mechanisms to stop this from happening. If you start to wake up from a dream while you are still engaged in sleep paralysis, then you may dream that you are unable to scream or move.

Your dreams can mean that you are just stuck in this in-between stage of sleep paralysis. You are unable to scream because your mind is starting to wake up slightly, so it realizes that you are not actually able to scream in real life.

It is also entirely possible that your inability to scream is caused by how you feel in real life. You may be trying to hold back your feelings or feel stymied in some way. Like most dreams, there are options if you would like this kind of dream to stop. You have to figure out the underlying cause that is making the dreams happen. Once you know why you feel this way, you can start to make changes in your real life so that the dreams stop happening.


  1. Thank you so much for this article! I usually get extremely scared when I have this type of dream. I just had one right now! I have to figure out What in my life is causing these dreams.

    • Thank you for sharing your positive comment. Reduce stress in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. You will find that negative dreams will diminish as you continue to share your positive energy with the world. Have a great day, Sam!

  2. I have a lot of dream that i am crying but there is no sounds out and its hurts in my thorox and sometimes i am leteraly crying while sleeping. I read before that i was because i don’t know how to express my feelings… i don’t know how to handle this… yes at some point i have a lot of fruatration and difficuties in handling life… but i keep trying to figure out this but still i was locked in this situations…. i don’t know what should i do. But thank you for the information you shared.

    • Your dreams are reflections of your emotional influences and concerns. The emotional feelings and physical reactions that affect your waking life are signs of how strong these influences are. You may need to make a decision in your life to reduce stress in your life. Perhaps strengthen your relationships with other people in your life. Have a great day, Rose!

  3. I don’t scream it someone else screaming at me but I can’t see in these types of dreams and right after it’s over I wake up with tarable filling

    • These dreams are reflections of your various social and emotional connections. It is possible that these screams are signs of the uncertainty and confusion that may be in your life. Allow the negative aspects of these dreams to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will bring positive people and energy into the world. Have a great day, Caleb!

  4. I had a dream i couldnt move my arms and legs. I was trying to wake up and could not. It took a good 5 minutes to physically woke up. I got up and sat on my couch and went back to bed. The same dream occured again. I ended up sleeping on the couch sitting down for fear i wont wake up again. I would like to know whats going on here? Whats the meaning of all this?

    • A number of people experience this dream because of sleep apnea, so it might be a problem that you should look into.

  5. Thanks so much for the information. Just had one of those dreams now. I was so scared. I was screaming for help but had no voice. Its lasted for few minutes then i woke up.

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

  6. Hello. I had 6 dreams last night where something grabs me. It is scary and hurts when I’m being held by it. I am trying to scream for help also knowing I need to wake up. The last few dreams were in my actual room. I have had similar dreams many times also in my room, sensing it was coming before the painful grab. I do not sleep well and I am becoming to afraid to sleep. I pray for help in the dream and tell it to go to the light as if I know it’s something bad. I’ve never replied to these before but sure would love some help! Thank you

    • These dreams may be reflections of a variety of aspects of in your life. Ensure that you abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media, as this may cause them dreams to occur less frequently. Perhaps that there is a stress in your life you will will benefit from interacting with less. Something may make you feel insecure when you should feel secure, and you will want to make whatever decision that you can to ensure that you feel safe and content. Have a great day, Elisse!

  7. I just had a dream that I was laying in bed sleeping & I woke up to someone sitting in my room staring at my child & although the person was just sitting there not doing anything, I tried to scream for help in fear they would do something to either myself or my child but nothing came out when I tried to scream. I have a dream of not being able to scream in scary or traumatic situations so often that I feel like when it’s time to scream in a real situation that needs attention, that nothing will come out.

    • This type of dream may show a sense of frustration or helplessness. It may also show that you feel unable to express your feelings in real life. The presence of someone else and the scary situation seem to indicate a sense of fear as well. Since your child is present in the dream, the fear may be about your child or all of the dangers that your child faces in the outside world, and your frustration that you cannot always protect him or her.

  8. Just. Had a 3 part dream 1st part playing with a childhood friend. Nbd second i was. In the television series the 100 (preety cool) 3rd part. Im. Laying down in my bed. And i felt something comi g to grab me from behind my neck. Before it did and was unable to move or scream. I get this. Once – twice a week

    • Your first dream is a reflection of your previous social connection with your childhood friend. Your second is a manifestation of the media that you consume. The third may be a reflection of a fear in your life. All three dreams will guide you to share your kindness and compassion with the world. This will bring positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Viktor!

  9. I face the same problem but the difference is that i try hard
    to scream in my dream and in my dream my voice doesn’t come out, but in reality people hear me scream sometimes loud sometimes low, whenever i have these types of dream, my mom and dad hear my screaming and they wake me up, and the one difference is that i know that this is my dream but i cannot do anything as i can’t use my hands legs or mouth, and i just wish someone would wake me up From couple of years i am having these all problems.. Don’t know whether this is sleep paralysis or something else

    • Your description of your experiences sounds like you may be experiencing sleep paralysis. Many people have similar experiences. It may be linked to sleep apnea, so you may want to speak with a medical professional about your symptoms and request a sleep study. If you have sleep paralysis in the future, then you may find benefit in relaxing your mind when you want to scream. You may find benefit in reducing stress, as you will wake up and breathe after the paralysis passed. Best of luck, Shubham!


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