How to Have Weird Dreams

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We spend half of our lives asleep and dreaming. Often we wake up fascinated the next morning by what passed in the night when we weren’t even fully aware. We try to piece our dreams together and remember them as best we can but there often seems to be something lacking and just out of the reach of our memory.

Dreams are powerful. They tap into our most potent emotions. Many of the barriers that stand in the way of our thinking certain thoughts during the day come down during the night when we dream and our minds are given a greater freedom. Sometimes new ideas will occur to you when you dream or or you may have certain realizations that you couldn’t otherwise have.

Most people enjoy the weirdness of dreaming. There’s something mysterious about the entire process and being able to think thoughts that you wouldn’t otherwise think are fascinating. There is a certain logic to dreams that can’t be followed during the day.  Events follow each other in a chaotic order as random things are combined and have a symbolism that can’t be pinned down. You might dream that you have an exam.  You might dream that you’re a fish. You might dream that you’re a king. You might dream that you are a king who becomes a fish after he fails his exam.

If you want to start having weirder and even more vivid dreams, there are several things that you can try without much difficulty before you go to sleep.  We build our dreams up from the events of the day and a few slight variances can have a great effect on your dreaming life.

Location:
Your location can have a great affect on your dreams. Try finding new places to go to sleep if you want to have weird dreams. For starters you can try sleeping at different places around your house. Try sleeping on the sofa if it’s comfortable. Any place that seems at all weird to you is likely to trigger stranger thoughts while you sleep and dream. Look for rooms that have a more interesting feel. If you have a room where you can notice the shapes or where you have a certain interest in the ceiling or the furniture, it might trigger some stranger dreams. Buy a sleeping bag or get together a bunch of your blankets and try camping out in all the different rooms of your house. Sleeping in different rooms will likely give you different kinds of dreams.

After you’ve explored your house, you might consider sleeping over at a friends house or even camping outdoors. Location has a powerful effect on our minds. Sometimes it happens without our even realizing it. Dreams are all about exploring what you don’t normally experience. Try visiting new places during the day before you go to sleep. Visit weird buildings. Spending some time at the top of a skyscraper, inside a church, or at the museum is very likely to impact your dreams and make them odder.

Reading:
Reading is a great way to speak to your subconscious. When we read a good book our whole mind gets engaged and thoughts we wouldn’t otherwise have flood our head. New worlds are created inside our heads when we read a new book. If you want to have weird dreams, try reading weird books. Read things that you wouldn’t normally try. Poetry can be a great source of emotion and new imagery. Poets like Wallace Stevens and Elizabeth Bishop often made use of their own dreams for the poems that they wrote.

Not just books, but anything odd or engrossing enough can stimulate your mind into having weirder dreams. Many comic books often already read like they were dreams and they can enter your subconscious to show up in your own dreams if you read them often enough. Comic book artists like Jack Kirby and Grant Morrison often used their dreams for the inspiration to some of their work as well.

Other works of art can also make your dreams a little more wild. Try visiting art museums and looking at some of the artists like Joseph Cornell and Picasso if you really want to give yourself weird dreams. Music also works to stimulate your imagination and putting some on while you sleep is a very good idea.

People:
Bring new people into your life and they’ll probably show up in your dreams as well. The more people that you come into contact with during the day, the stranger your dreams are likely to become. People are social animals and we react most strongly to each other. If you want to experience new emotions that will also be experienced in your dreams, there is no better way than by meeting new kinds of people.

The more adventurous of a life that you lead, the more adventurous your dreams will become. Bring new things into your life and they’ll show up when you sleep. Dreams are how we process what happens to us and they give us new perspective on the events of the day. Dreams often make us aware of people in our lives who we hadn’t even noticed before. A healthy dream life reflects back on a healthy waking life, and vice-versa.

Food:
It’s said that some of the Romantic poets, such as Keats and Byron, used to eat spoiled meat in order to have weirder dreams. There’s no need for you to take it this far. Eating certain foods is a good way to have weird dreams, however. Your dreams can be influenced by anything that’s happening in your body at the moment you have them. Strange sensations or changes in your metabolism will influence your dreams. Try eating something like smoked meats or anything that might make your stomach more active before you go to sleep.

It probably isn’t a good idea to try doing this every night but if you only do it once in a while, you should be able to have some more interesting dreams.

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on,” Shakespeare wrote. Dreams are some of our most personal experiences. Dreams cut us to the core and expose us to ourselves. If you follow any of these relatively easy steps to having weirder dreams, you’ll likely learn more about yourself and perhaps even grow as a person. Dreams are a large part of our lives and they shouldn’t be neglected.

I’d love to hear about your strangest dream you’ve ever had if you try any of these tricks (or even if you don’t). Feel free to share below if it’s not too personal. Happy dreaming everyone!

  • How to Have Weird Dreams http://t.co/XGYA0K50 Will try anything but the spoiled meat!

  • Nikkichikki

    When I was little, I had a dream that I was sitting in my basement in front of a portrait of a bucket when suddenly it jumped out of its frame and started to chase me. When my father tried hiding under the bead, the bucket somehow managed to kill him. Then I woke up.

  • (Insert name here)

    My weirdest dream was that I killed a monkey, and everyone started laughing. I ran out of the room. Then a giant explosion happened and no one survived (‘cept me)
    After I got home, I went to sleep in my dream. I had a dream in my dream that a giant elephant was eating duct tape. I was awakened in my dream by my friend who was asking where the cereal was. Then he started dragging the monkey across the floor.
    That is when I woke up.

    • Jennjenn202

      THAT IS AWESOME!!!

  • jimmy duffy58

    i was riding jumps with my friends and some guys started walking our way,as they approached i gotin trouble for littoring by an old guy.so i got off my bike and walked over to the old man while he chewed me out for littoring, the guys walking our was started taking off with our bikes so me and my friends started chasing them and the guys turned around and pulled out guns and started shooting at us and i got hit n the back and pretended to play dead and watched them pick off my friends and then i felt myself dying and it was really wierd, i really thought i was going to die,i started thinking about heaven and what it would be like or if there even is one and i was just going to be dead and thatd be it. then i woke up and was super relieved lol

  • MGgirl

    Sinking through the ocean and swam into a cave, I got to air and tried to follow the cave but it changed into a gallery with clothes on one side. I went to check them out when my acquaintancenemy (I’ll just call him JJ) JJ glided in on neon yellow roller skate-heals with his bare, hairy legs and wearing a black knee-length dancing dress with red, orange, and yellow carnations. When he started belting out La Vie Boheme I hid and screamed. But then I woke up sweating bullets like wtf. I was listening to music while sleeping.

    • Little kitten

      MGgirl, I think your dream is about you wanting to explore the world and adventure new places and different people, and have some sort of change in your life and could also be your opinion to the music you were listening to or the music reminded you of something you saw in a movie or heard about or so thing like that. I hope this helped 🙂

      • MGgirl

        Totally sounds like something I’d see in Rent (that’s the play that La Vie Boheme is from). Pretty freaky though.

  • Little kitten

    There is this actor his name is colin o ‘ Donoghue and he is in once upon a time, me and my friends think he is cute but I don’t have a huge crush on him. I had a dream last night that I dated colin and that we kissed and we also slow danced it was weird. I have a lot of lucid and vivid dreams.

  • Weird dreams and snowflakes

    I once had a dream kinda like that. I’m 14 girl too ( o _ o )

  • BleeBoop

    Once I had this strange dream where I was in home depot with my mom (I was 8 at the time) and i was sitting in the cart. Suddenly out of the blue in the gardener section, my dads boss came out naked (his boss is a fat samoan man with white hair. Scary sh#t) and started screaming at the top of his lungs while charging at us. I was crying and my mom screamed, running down the aisle before I was smashed into a cement wall as my mom was raped. I finally woke up

    ….I’m only fourteen

    • Celeste Avery

      Don’t worry. I’m only eleven and I get weird dreams all the time.

  • Anonymous 1123567542123

    I once had a non-lucid dream that I was running from the police. I was some how out running thier cars. I found a gas station and I hid in the bathroom. I then started to turn into a weird monster. Then, two fat policemen (one was white and one was black) burst into the bathroom shooting at me and screaming as loud as they could, while the guy who ran the gas station was singing. I then walked past them out of the bathroom and they all fell over. Then two girls (one I knew and one I didn’t) fell from the sky and kicked me to death. Or at least until I woke up.

  • Caroline

    I had a dream that me and my friends were going to a costume party and I was like Im gonna dress like a pineapple so I did and when I got there my friends turned out to be the girls from pretty little liars and they were all dressed like old people so I left the party with my mom and we went to the costume store and I was gonna dress like an old man.
    It was weird I tell ya

  • Kritty

    I had a dream once that I was in a large house and when I went to the backyard, I saw 2 more large houses in the distance. I entered one of them and in every direction I turned there was a different scenery…one completely covered with sand (most likely a desert), then a snowy land and it was like I could feel the cold, and finally a crystals room…but it was all inside that one house. No door, nothing separating the different views. It was amazing.

  • mr man

    One of my dreams…the weirdest one yet. It all started with me in the back of a golf cart tied up. My hands and feet were tied together with twizzlers. I was gonna try to bite them off but than my teeth fell out and grew legs and ran away. My front tooth stopped. Turned around and spoke to me ” if you wait. They will come” not realizing at the time it was just making a reference to make light of the situation I quickly wrote down on my forearm what it said. The golf cart stopped and the driver came out yo untie me. The driver was Smokey the bear who ironically was smoking and tossed hos ciggerette butt into the woods. He kneeled down and said. “Don’t worry. You are still beautiful on the inside.” than a parade of marching lawn gnomes on stilts came through with banners that read ” we will rise up. No more shall we be just a lawn gnome. Vote GARDEN GNOME 2016″

  • Andrew Blackburn

    I have a recurring dream. I know when it’s going to happen, because my whole body feels like it weighs a ton, and is somewhat tingly. While I’m awake still.

    The dream starts out with me being in my bed. It’s nothing but blackness. The bed is floating. Nothing is around. Except spiders. Spiders are eating my bed, and it just disappears, turning into a pile of sand below me. The Spiders eat until my bed is no more, and I fall for tens of feet and land in the sand, and then I wake up.

    Since learning the onset of this dream (extreme heaviness, tingling) I focus on it, trying to go lucid, but I can’t get the dream to come while focusing on it. Just feeling very, very heavy for a bit.

    • SwedishTeaOwl

      I would hate that dream. Ya see, I have arachnophobia. So that would be more a nightmare then a strange dream

  • SwedishTeaOwl

    One of my weirdest dream yet. It beggins in a hotel lobby. Me and two friends (one girl one boy) are standing next to a set of stairs and an elevator. After a while the elevator doors open. When this happen my friends transform. One to a werewolf and the other a demonic little girl. I go in the elevator without them following me. When the doors closes opens another pair of doors on the other side of the elevator. I go trough and a see a long hallway, white as snow. On the sides there where white doors and at the end of the hallway was another white door. As I moved closer the more blood begins to appear under the door frame. I open the door and find a medium sized room, with posters wich says “I hate spiders” (I have arachnophobia). In the corner sits a white owl. When I lift my foot to move closer the owl turns it’s head around, looking directly at me. Then I wake up. I had other wierd dreams too but this one takes the cake.

  • Cassidy

    I have a reoccurring dream. I start out in a candy store with some people who in my dream are my friends. I’m also a very pretty Korean girl. In the candy store we’re stealing candy but there are a lot of body guard looking people. We leave the store and one of the girls and I talk she’s saying we have to go a different way because her mom is in the parade and that she’ll know we stole candy. So we walk through this neighborhood that is a mix between old fashioned and modern. Its pretty but I don’t think I’ve seen it in real life. So we continue to walk and we stumble upon the parade and run across the street just before this girls mom comes up. We have to continue running and somehow get split up. I end up at a house after having the feeling that I’m lost for some reason I go inside and (here’s where I somehow remember the first time I had this dream and to not go up the steps that I’ll get caught that way). So I continue to go through the house until I end up in a backyard. There some girl who seems not to like me is yelling at me for being in her yard. There’s a dog trying to attack me so I’m running across the yard and jump the fence to be chased by another dog this happens once more and then there’s a big wall that I some how climb. When I get down somebody yells my name and I look up to see the friends from the candy shop. This is where it ended.

  • I have a lot of weird dreams. There’s this one dream though that happened twice and I was able to identify each time that it was a dream.

    So I’m in my living room with my brother, we are alone and sitting on the couch. My brother has his head in his hands and my sister and grandma are no where to be seen. The atmosphere of the house is heavy and I feel suffocated so I run out of the house unable to bear the silence and weight of the negativity dwelling in there. I’m running down my street and it’s the middle of the night, pitch black except for the one street lamp near my house. I turn the corner at the end of the street and I see my partner Makena from algebra class. She’s driving a minivan and tells me to hop in, and so I climb into the passenger seat. I told her I just want to drive around for a while and so that’s what we do, I think we were having a conversation (probably about why I was running in the night) when suddenly I realize she’s on my street again. I’m asking her how she knew I lived on this street (for she knew I could’ve been running from some other street or whatever). She pulls into my driveway, and we are facing the big metal gate that keeps people out of my backyard and garage area. It’s so dark nothing can be seen except the door to the garage (where my grandfather died before I was born actually). I’m asking her why we are here and suddenly out of the corner of my eye she transforms. She’s not human anymore, and from the house I can hear my brother scream, but a silence falls over everything abruptly. The monster next to me turns and says “All you have to do is die, and you be one of us” and that’s where I know my brother is dead and I should have never left him alone in that house. I don’t dare look at the monster, I focus on the only thing I can see in the darkness (the garage door) and I tell myself “This is just a dream, all you have to do is wake up” and suddenly I’m awake staring at my ceiling.

    It took me a few times to go back to sleep that night because (for me) after every nightmare, each time I close my eyes a new nightmare appears even if I’m still awake. Eventually after some tossing and thinking of puppies or something I was able to sleep. That’s the only dream where I’ve noticed I’m in a dream and all my dreams after that night I have not realized they are dreams.

  • Allen

    Eating pizza around midnight gave me a weird dream about a month ago. One other thing that I noticed before is that on days when I excersised, I have had more vivid dreaming. But only if the excersising was more than about 6 to 8 hours after the excersising. Only a couple hours after, I can’t sleep. In other words, the chances of weird dreams increase if you excersise between 8 and a 24 hours before sleeping. However, since I’ve been unemployed, I have excersised much less, and I notice that I’m not dreaming so much anymore since I’ve started getting more out of shape. I really believe now that there’s a connection there. When you’re more fit, you sleep better, when you sleep better, you dream more. I better start working out again, somewhere 8-24 hours before I sleep. Also I’ll start excersising again for better health.

    • Allen

      I meant “if sleeping was 6-8 hours after excersising”, not “if excersising was 6-8 hours after excersising”, sorry. Lol

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