Kinsman BAppSci, IBLS-AIS, PhD Candidate
Sleep Science Editor
Aren't they great! We only recall our dreams when we awaken during them and the experience of flying during sleep is a guaranteed awakener. In the flying dreams we are most likely to be flying away from danger, flying to make new discovery or flying to demonstrate new skill. If you appreciate a good flying dream then you may be interested to learn how they may relate to our health, fitness and well being.
So why do we have flying dreams and what do they mean?
It is quite possible that our action and limitation of flight is reflective
of our personality, behavior and psychological patterns. The way we fly in
our dreams varies between individuals but individuals usually exhibit a consistent
method of dream flight.
d) pin style: vertical position, arms by the side, legs straight out. Although this is usually the style of flying that enables the dreamer to travel to the greatest height the limitation is control and guidance. The dreamer is likely to fly so high that it evokes fear.
A world champion butterfly swimmer has claimed that his style of dream flight is his butterfly stroke. Like the breaststroke style, his flight limitation is fatigue. Since movement through air is just a dynamic of another medium, the type of dream flight may also be likened to our most confident response to water.
The limitations of your dream flight and its relationship to your psychological limitations are open to interpretation. However, in optimizing your personal fitness training, mental and physical well being we should not under estimate the power of our dreams. A dream study conducted on athletes reported that those who dream about competition and success have faster personal best times(1).
If you are able to contribute another style of dreaming flight I would be
Whatever the flying dream, the timing of the dream is likely to signify mental recovery and the realization of a learning experience. They usually follow episodes of depression or intense periods in your life. Even when the dream flight is to escape danger it shows that your psychological state is on the way up, you have found a solution and you are dealing with a change in yourself or a change in your life!. It is all good!
Stay tuned for a follow up article on information relating your dream content to your brain chemistry ... 'If you dream for long enough it will eventually turn bad.'
a) superman style: horizontal position, arms straight out with subtle shoulder and hip twisting for guidance.
b) breast stroke style: as in breast stroke swimming but using the hands position for guidance at the beginning of each stroke
c) run/cycle style
d) pin style: vertical position, arms by the side, legs straight out.
Have you experienced any other style of flying dreams?
Contribute yours by dropping me an email.
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1. Golding J and Ungerleider S. Athletic dreams of Masters track and field athletes. Journal of Sport Behaviour. 13(2); 55-72 1990.
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