If you recently dreamt about someone calling your name, this post will show you likely reasons why and what would make them more likely.

So, what does it mean when you dream about someone calling your name? Likely reasons why you will dream about someone calling your name are because your name has significance to you and to play out possible scenarios.

There are a number of possible reasons why you might dream about someone calling your name but there are also some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

What does it mean when you dream about someone calling your name?

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 reason why we might have dreams is to play out different scenarios in a secure environment. It could be the case that you were dreaming about someone calling your name for reasons such as to think about what would happen if you get separated from your group.

To deal with trauma

Another possible reason why we have dreams is to help deal with trauma. It is likely that your name has significance to you. The cause could be due to things such as if you are afraid of being alone and your brain was preparing you for what you might do if you find yourself alone or lost.

To remember something important

It could also be the case that we dream so that we remember things that are important. It could be the case that you dreamt about someone calling your name so that you could remember something that happened in the past. This would be more likely if what you dreamt about was very similar to something that actually happened.

Consider what else happens in the dream

It would help to consider what else happened in the dream. If other things happened such as you being removed from a group, it could be your brain’s way of helping you to prepare for traumatic scenarios. Whereas, if it involved something that actually happened, it would be more likely to be to help remember what happened.

Consider what has happened in your life lately

It would also help to consider what happened in your life lately. It might be the case that the dream was a result of a recent event such as if you recently moved away from home.

Consider if you have had lifestyle changes recently

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 call someone’s name in your dream?

Possible reasons why you will dream about calling someone’s name are to consider what you would do if you lost a person or got lost from the group you’re with, to deal with past trauma or to remember something that happened. It would help to consider if the person is someone you know and the type of relationship you have with them.

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