If you have been dreaming about someone you miss, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

So, what does it mean when you dream about someone you miss? Likely reasons why you will dream about someone you miss are to deal with trauma and to remember things about them.

There are a number of possible reasons why you will dream about someone you miss but there are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason.

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What does it mean when you dream about someone you miss?

Below are likely reasons and what would make each of them more likely.

Purpose of dreams

It is thought that dreams are usually based on recent conversations, activities or other issues in your life. Dreams can function to help us get through trauma, to prepare ourselves to deal with threats, and to ensure that we do not forget important memories. (source)

To play out scenarios

One possible cause of dreams is to play out different possible scenarios in a safe environment. It could be the case that you have been dreaming about someone you miss to prepare for what might happen if you meet them again. This would be more likely if the dream involves meeting them again in the future.

To deal with trauma

Humans are very social creatures and losing members from our tribe can be very painful. It could be the case that you have been dreaming about this person because it is your brain helping you to feel like you are still connected with this person.

To remember things

It could also be the case that you have been dreaming about this person so that you do not forget them. This would be more likely if you dream about things that actually happened with them.

Consider what else happens in the dream

It would help to consider what else happens in the dream. If things happened that actually happened in real life, it could be the case that your brain is helping you to solidify those memories. Whereas, if new things happen in the dream, it could be that your brain is helping you to feel like the person is still with you.

Consider what has happened in your life recently

It would also help to consider what else happened in your life recently. For example, if you have been feeling lonely, it might be the case that your brain is helping you to feel like you still have a connection with this person.

Consider recent lifestyle changes

Dreams occur most when we are in REM sleep which is the deep sleep stage where our brain is supposed to be the least active. If you have been able to recall your dreams easily, it might be a sign that you have been having problems in your life lately. Causes could include not sleeping enough, getting stressed or anxious or getting less exercise.

What does it mean when you dream about someone you don’t talk to anymore?

Possible reasons why you might dream about someone you don’t talk to anymore are to remember the person, to help deal with trauma experienced with this person or to plan for what would happen if you do talk to them again.

What does it mean when you dream about someone you forgot about?

One possible reason why we have dreams is to solidify memories. It could be the case that you have been dreaming about someone that you forgot about so that you do not forget them permanently.

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