Falling in a dream is one of the most common dreams and many people dream about falling but the circumstances and scenes of dreams may be different like falling from a height, falling from a cliff, falling from a building, falling from an elevator, and so on.
Since this is one of the most common types of dream it doesn’t mean that it has got no significant meaning.
And neither the same dream interpretation can be applied for each and every individual. So you have to interpret your dream according to what you are experiencing in your daily waking life.
What Does it Mean When You Dream About Falling?
Falling in a dream signifies that you are losing control over some situations in your real life.
Though it is a negative dream and often termed as a nightmare it is not a complete nightmare and mainly depends upon the type of falling dream you had, which I will explain in detail in the latter part.
But as a general interpretation of falling dream goes, it means that you have lost control of yourself and you are losing hope and faith.
What Does a Falling Dream Symbolize?
When we look into the symbolic meaning of falling dream then it can mean the following:
- Feeling Lost: Falling dreams often happen due to your lack of connection with someone or maybe you have nothing to hold on to in your real life.
- Insecurity: You may be having some insecurities about your future or maybe you are scared from some fear of unknown.
- Due to Loss: Loss can be anything from losing your status, losing your responsibilities, maybe losing a job or loss in business, or in a relationship. A falling dream can be triggered by all these losses.
- Depression: Depression is said to be one of the most common causes of the falling dream.
- You Need Help: When you are in trouble in your waking life and need help or assistance from someone close to you then you may experience a falling dream.
Why Do We Dream About Falling?
According to Cathleen O’Connor, the author of “The Everything Law of Attraction Dream Dictionary”, dreaming about falling have a physiological basis.
She explained it as, “As the body drifts deeper into sleep and the nervous system begins to quiet, blood pressure and heart rate drops and this physiological shift of “falling” asleep can trigger a falling dream, often one from which the dreamer suddenly “jerks” awake.”
She also explained that falling dream means the dreamer maybe feeling that someone in his/her life is letting them down or trying to overcome them.
Common Example of Falling in a Dream
There are many scenario of falling dream and a dreamer can be falling from either height, mountain or cliff, or from a building. So some of the falling dreams and their meanings are mentioned below:
1. What Does it Mean When You Dream About Falling From the Sky?
Falling from the sky in a dream is a positive dream and considered a sign of blessing and it means that you will have a fresh start and you will also find new ways that you might not have seen in your real waking life.
Another interpretation of falling from sky dream also means “a source of self-belief and courage” which will ultimately help you to overcome your depressed state of mind or from the problem you were facing in your real waking life.
There is a negative aspect of this dream also. So you should check your waking life and what’s has been going in your life to interpret this dream properly.
So in this case dreaming about falling from the sky indicates that you might be tired from something happening in your life and you should be alert to guard yourself against any accident.
This dream mainly occurs when there is mental or physical tension or stress.
So if you have any negativity going on in your life you should try to calm down the situation and adjust your life. Have enough sleep, maintain your health and diet.
Now there are scientific explanation of falling from sky dream. And according to them it is just the jerk which happens when there is slilght disconnection between your mind and body, and when reconnected you goes into the sensation of falling.
In simple term, if you don’t have any problem in your waking life then it is just a simple muscles and mind reflexes.
2. What Does it Mean When You Dream About Falling off a Cliff?
Dream about falling off a cliff usually means that you are worried about your career, personal abilities, or about any kind of loss.
In some cases it also means that you might encounter some setbacks or some accidents in your near future.
Now some dream interpreter also suggested that recurring dream about falling from cliff also indicates that you might be having some major health problem which should be taken care of immediately.
Another similar kind of dream which comes in this segment is that you dream about jumping from the cliff. So if you have this kind of dream then it means that you have a lot of stress in your waking life and you want to escape from it.
Now coming to scientific explanation about the dream of falling off a cliff, which says that if you have a temporary muscle clonospasm in body adjustment when you are asleep; then the physical response signal is transmitted by the subconscious mind to the active section of the brain, thus this dream is formed.
3. Dream of Falling From Building
Dream of falling from the building has almost similar dream interpretation as that of a dream of falling from a cliff and it means that your inner self doesn’t feel strong enough to face the problem which you might be facing in your waking life.
Whatever things or problem you may be having in your real life, you feel that you need more support from your close ones.
In some interpretations, it is also considered as “bad omen” to dream of falling from a building or tower. In the ancient dream dictionary, it means that there will come some difficult times in your future.
4. Dream of Someone Falling From Building
When you dream of someone falling from a building or from any height or from the tower then it indicates that someone may be in need of your help.
Now the complete interpretation of this dream can be only found when you can identify the person from your dream.
If the person you dreamed of falling from the building is close to you like your family member, friends, relative, or even some of your known ones, then it surely means that the other person needs you help and support.
And if in your waking life if you had developed some distance from them then it means that you are feeling guilty.
5. What Does it Mean When You Dream of Falling in a Hole?
Dream of falling in a hole has both positive and negative meaning and it can be the dreamer who can interpret this dream based on their waking life situations.
To dream of falling in a hole means that you have difficulties getting yourself out of your current problem which you are facing in your waking life. You thinks that you are trapped into that problem which doesn’t have end.
It also means that the problem has become worse than ever and you are not able to control the situation that you are into.
Sometimes it also means that you have experienced some unexpected slowdown in your life.
What does it means when you dream of falling in a black hole?
To dream of falling in a black hole means that you are suffering from depression, stress and anxiety. There might be some problem happening in your life which had made you feel worse in solving the current situation and deep down you are feeling fears.
The positive aspect of dream of falling in a hole.
The alternative meaning of dream of falling in a hole means that you made a breakthrough in your life regarding some of the things which might be bothering you in your waking life.
You are feeling relaxed and feels that now you have a chance to solve very difficult problem.
It also indicates flaws in your enemies defenses and you can overpower your enemies.
5. Elevator Falling Dream
Elevator in a dream indicates both level of status and wealth as well as your state of consciousness.
Now if you have a dream about elevator falling dream then it means you are now in crisis of your life.
The crisis can be either fear of loosing your job or loss of your relationship.
So if you have a dream where the elevator is falling and crashing into the bottom floor and you get injured or died, then it means that you are doing some self-destructive behavior in your waking life which has the potential to cause severe damage in your real waking life.
A free-falling elevator in a dream also signifies that you are high up in your imagination which needs to be grounded.
6. What Does it Mean When You Dream About Your Teeth Falling Out?
Teeth falling out in a dream is a negative dream and it means loss.
The dream could mean that you are dealing with some loss in your real waking life like loss of a job or loss in a relationship.
You can visit my other post to know more in-depth about teeth falling out in a dream.
Why do I Dream of Falling Then Wake Up?
You dream of falling then wake up suddenly!!!
This happens to a lot of us. This experience is known as Hypnic Jerk.
“Nobody knows for sure what causes them,” explains psychologist Tom Stafford at BBC Future, “but to me, they represent the side effects of a hidden battle for control in the brain that happens each night on the cusp between wakefulness and dreams.”
This can be explained simply when the effect of dream takes place and your brain is pretty much occupied by it, and some unexpected things take place in your dream, or in some cases, your waking self seems to creep back in unexpectedly sometimes.