Though the science still isn’t totally certain, we have a pretty good idea of why we dream. For many, the nighttime is when our brains process the day’s information and store it into long term memory. Our minds use this to draw connections between things we learned and already knew, making sleep essential for learning, creativity, and productivity.
That doesn’t mean that your dreams will always make sense, though. Often, they do not. If you find yourself waking from the same dream about giving a presentation you’re unprepared for, or showing up to work missing a few items of clothing, you may be wondering — why?
With most of our waking hours spent at work, your brain has a lot to process. Whether we’re having stress dreams, task dreams, or just plain weird dreams — most of us have had a dream about the office. Since so much of our dreams are based on our day-to-day, it’s no surprise that 50–80% report dreaming about work at one point or another.
These dreams may just offer valuable insights on what you truly want, and how you can improve. With some reflection on your dreams, you’ll soon realize the source of significant ones. The people who appear often represent some attribute to your subconscious, and the things that you do and experience are expressions of how you’re feeling and what you want more of in your life.
Understanding what lies at the heart of your work stress dreams can help you perform better, embark on a more fulfilling career journey, and get a better night’s rest. For help determining what your work dreams mean, check out our infographic below: