Share Exam Dreams & Teeth Loosening Nightmares Here!

In summary, this conversation discusses people's dreams and what they may mean. Some people have dreams about an upcoming exam, while others have dreams about other things. There is no solid evidence to support any of these claims, and dreams are still mostly unknown to scientists.f
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If I tried to do a serious exam now under time pressure I'd probably collapse with a heart attack.

This led me to wonder how many people here have exam dreams, maybe even years or decades after they last had to sit an exam? Share your wierd or amusing exam dreams here!

Apart from the actual exam itself, I often dream that I am enrolled for some course with an exam looming soon. My class notes and text books are illegible, incomprehensible or just falling to tatters. Plus I somehow can't find my room in the students' hostel.

As an aside, how many people have "teeth loosening and about to fall off" dreams? For me these are highly reaslistic, in terms of how it feels to rotate slightly and press the hanging tooth into place with one's tongue.
 
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It must be a common dream; I certainly have them fairly often. It is not so much a feeling of panic about the upcoming exam, it's usually more of a feeling of dissapointment that I didn't schedule my studying well, and missed lots of assignments because I was too busy with other classes or other things.

No big deal; wake up and realize that it was a dream, and dismiss it and go back to sleep.
 
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This led me to wonder how many people here have exam dreams, maybe even years or decades after they last had to sit an exam?
Yes, I have similar recurring exam dreams, though not very often. It's always my year-12 German exam (which is curious because that material has now mostly evaporated from my memory through non-use). Then, in the dream, I ask myself: "Why am I doing this exam again? I already did it and got a good grade". Bizarre.

Apart from the actual exam itself, I often dream that I am enrolled for some course with an exam looming soon. My class notes and text books are illegible, incomprehensible or just falling to tatters.
One time I dreamed I was doing Hons Elec Eng again, but couldn't follow any of the math in the class. This is seriously bizarre because math was one of my strongest assets during Elec Eng. (I'd previously completed Hons Applied Math.)

As an aside, how many people have "teeth loosening and about to fall off" dreams?
I've never had that, but I occasionally have dreams of another... "appendage" that becomes detachable. :eek:

Then there's the endless rising/raging water dreams, but at my age that's just my subconscious telling me I need to wake up and visit the bathroom. :oldfrown:

More recently, my water dreams have become populated with fearsomely huge monsters patrolling the murky depths. (Yes, that's just another variant of "you need to visit the bathroom".) :oldsmile:

Then there's the oft-recurring dreams where I'm able to fly, sometimes by willpower but more often by a swimming action or flapping my arms. Maybe I was bird in a previous life. :olduhh:

Unfortunately, there seems to be no scientifically-sound studies of what dreams mean - in the sense of what different types of dreams are correlated with in the person's body or experience. All the dream lore I could find seems to be just crackpot stories, without any foundation in evidence.

The human brain/mind is truly bizarre.
 

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