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8 Dream of Waking Up Meanings

Waking up can be a nice feeling if it comes after a full night of sleep.

If, however, you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, due to disturbing dreams or sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia or because of overuse of stimulants like alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine, you probably will not feel so jolly.

You do not need to be a sleep specialist to know that irregular sleep cycles and poor sleep quality are phenomena that negatively affect our health.

But what about dreaming about it? What does it mean when you dream about waking up? Can that be a positive or a negative thing? Does it say anything about the quality of your sleep?

Answers to these questions are a scroll or two away! What are you waiting for?!

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Dream About Waking Up

1. Danger Is Looming

Dreaming of waking up can mean that your subconscious mind is trying to warn you that danger is near.

Although many people would associate danger with action movies and similar things, the fact is that “ordinary” people get into such situations, so you should not be surprised that your dreams contain these types of messages.

This interpretation especially applies to those in the business world, which is full of people who only want to take advantage of others. Take a good look at your business partners and associates because there is a possibility that they are not honest and that they are hiding the real reasons for doing business with you.

Do not get fooled by nice words and the sweet talk of people around you – it could be disastrous for you because you need to have the ability to realistically and critically look at all circumstances and make the right decisions.

And even if you are not doing business with anyone, have this in mind: although it often seems that way, not all those who behave like our friends and trustworthy persons are really like that!

2. You Are Expecting Something

How many times have you woken up during the night because you were worried you would not get up on time in the morning or because you could not wait for the morning to fast enough? We do not give ourselves peace of mind when we expect something, even during sleep.

The same message can be extracted from a dream about waking up: we dream of waking up because we await something, especially if we firmly believe that something will come or that we have earned it.

Maybe you are expecting a call from a place where you recently had a job interview or from someone you would like to go out for a drink with. Maybe it is an email from the school you applied for.

There are many scenarios, but you should keep in mind that you will not achieve anything by sitting and waiting.

3. Become Aware Of Your Mistakes

Although many hallucinations we see during sleep seem too complicated or weird to unpack they are valuable events because they give us a lot of insights into our waking life, especially when it comes to the ones that have to do with waking up.

This dream can indicate that you need to become aware of the mistakes you have made toward other people.

None of us is perfect, which is why it can happen that we misbehave. Of course, the past can not be changed, but if we become aware that we were once wrong or behaved badly, we can make our present and future more pleasant and tolerable.

One of the best ways to achieve this is to make an effort to mend the relationship with the person you hurt. In addition to that, you will learn a big lesson: be careful how you treat people because mistakes stay with you forever.

4. Do Not Let Others Terrorize You

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If you are one of the lucky people who does not deal with people who are hurtful, jealous, and vile, you probably would not understand how anyone can hang out with such people and keep them in their surroundings.

However, life does not treat us all the same, and sometimes circumstances lead us to situations where we are even friends with those people. And there are also those who are not aware of what kind of people they hang out with.

In any case, people who possess the “qualities” listed above will usually mistreat those around them, and, unfortunately, one of those people is you. You have been suffering terror for a long time, which caused you to not only feel low-spirited but also start dealing with problems such as anxiety and depression.

Your consciousness is stoically enduring all this, but your unconsciousness has had enough and has come to your aid by sending a message to your dream state: it is time to stop sleeping and wake up. Take a closer look around you. See who you have surrounded yourself with. See how they are treating you.

5. It Is Time For A Change

Although many people claim that they like to sleep and never want to wake up, this is rarely the case because who among us wants to be dead?

No matter how hard it is to get out of bed when we hear the alarm clock, we should understand that waking up is a new opportunity to continue with the morning routines that are part of our life or to change something about our life and introduce new habits.

The last part is actually another one of the interpretations of the dream about waking up. Awakening gives us a chance to make big changes, such as resigning from a job that is making us depressed and sad and starting a private business where we will be our own boss.

The change can also be something like leaving a partner with whom we have not felt happy in a relationship for a long time.

Whatever your exact case may be, do not fear changing something in your life because you will never regret some decisions.

6. Do Not Waste Your Time On Stupidity

Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180 AD and a stoic philosopher, once said:

“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?”

Nowadays, there is an almost unlimited source of entertainment – millions of movies, series, games, potential partners, parties, places to visit, food, and drinks… Since they provide us with a lot of entertainment and/or pleasure, it is pretty easy to become (almost) addicted to them and not want to do anything else.

But as Marcus Aurelius says, we were not created to spend our whole life under a blanket, which is just a metaphor for not doing anything (productive). In order to start doing something productive, of course, we have to wake up and get out of bed, which is precisely the message of the dream about waking up.

7. You Are Tired Of Not Feeling Anything

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Except for rare dreams that we remember when we wake up or nightmares that wake us up in the middle of the night, dreams are a bunch of emptiness, darkness, and nothingness during which we do not feel anything. Almost as if we do not exist.

Although some people like this, most of us still want to exist, feel, and be present in our wakeful state.

However, lately, you have not been able to feel these emotions and sensations. Your conscious mind seems to have sunk into some deep dark sleep. As if you are dreaming while awake. But not the good kind of dreaming.

Luckily for you, all this has activated your subconscious, which is reacting by sending you the dream about waking up – you need to wake up and start living again, start feeling again, and start being again.

8. Everything Must Come To An End

You are having the best time of your life, enjoying yourself like never before, and then all of a sudden, a combination of a reality check and a cold shower – you wake up and realize you were only dreaming.

We have all experienced this. And we believe that many of you have experienced something similar in real life.

But no matter how hard it is for us, we must understand that everything, no matter how good (or bad) it is for feels, sooner or later must come to an end, which is what the last interpretation of the dream about waking up is telling us.


Dreaming about waking up can indicate that danger is near, that we are expecting something, or that we are unaware of our mistakes. This dream can also tell us that we should not waste our time or let others terrorize us.

Finally, it can be a sign that we need to change something about ourselves or that everything has an end.

Here is a tiny wake-up call for you in case you forgot: you can use the comment section if you want to learn more about this topic or share with us your experience with this dream!

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