Hi, I am a working woman of 25 and I am single. I cannot address my problem as a sleep disorder, because I feel that I sleep well, but i have weird dreams. Quite often I wake up in the middle of the night with a dream or a nightmare like- "I am being chased by a group of gangsters, thieves or rustic goons; I have managed to hide inside a desolate room, under a chair; I can hear the chasers looking frantically outside for me; I may be having some valuabels which they are trying to take away from me or if they cannot find it, they will rape me. I do not quite understand, what I am more fearful about- losing my precious property or being sexually assaulted;" however, I wake up with a mental imagery that the chasers have found me and I am fighting them.
sometimes, I see- "I am being chased by a ghost or vampire who is determined to find me and pierce the sharr teeth and drink my blood, and I am trying hard to prevent this ultimate fate of mine", and I wake up when I am found by the ghost, and I shout in the dream.
Another category of my dreams are even weirder. I find myself getting close with friends of my own sex however, I am straight as long as my sexuality is concerned. I am serious about my relationship with my would be husband.
But I cannot understand the meaning of my dreams. Sometimes, I am so shocked by them, that I remember traces of the images in the morning as well and try to find the conclusion to my dream story; what happened finally at the end? this question disturbs me, I want to go back to sleep, just to view the conclusion of my dream.
another important thing is if i find myself in stress in the dream, I wake up and feel some heaviness or pressure on my hands, palm or shoulders, which I have heard happens to many during a dream, but I have not been able to find a scientific explanation to it.
What is a dream actually? Why do I dream these weird things? Why do I feel some physical pressure or stress during a violent dream?? Is there any kind of problem in my mind?