While you can go anywhere in the world, if not further than that, in your dreams, sometimes you might just dream of being in bed. However, a bed dream is not necessarily boring. It can give you important insights on your personal relationships and daily routines that you may take for granted.
Bed Dream Summary
Bed Dream Symbolism
Dreaming of a bed can symbolize comfort and rest. The details of your bed dream could indicate whether your approach to self-care is balanced, or if you’ve gotten stuck at either extreme of laziness or overwork.
A bed dream, especially if it involves other people, could also show how the boundaries of privacy and intimacy are drawn in your life. It might clearly depict who you want in or out of your personal space.
Common Bed Dreams
- Dream of lying in bed
- Dream of making a bed
- Dream of someone sitting on your bed
- Dream of a bunk bed
- Dream of someone in your bedroom
- Dream of someone lying next to you
- Dream of sharing a bed with someone
- Dream of someone standing over your bed
Bed Dream Symbolism
Being in bed is hopefully comfortable for you, so dreaming of a bed could symbolize that you’re looking for comfort in your life. In some cases, it may suggest that you’re a little too focused on doing what feels good in the moment instead of dealing with your responsibilities.
However, if the bed in your dream is uncomfortable, this might show that a situation in your life is not as nurturing as it should be. Perhaps you are being too hard on yourself and not taking care of your own needs properly.
The bed is often the location where people go for sexual activity, so dreaming of a bed could symbolize concerns related to that. See also dreams of making love with a stranger.
However, the intimacy indicated by a bad dream is not necessarily always about sex, and it doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily sexually attracted to the person. Sometimes the phrase “in bed with” is used to describe a business or political relationship that has gotten too involved, and your dream of being in bed with someone could certainly refer to that type of connection.
Privacy and Boundaries
A bed is usually a private place that not just anyone has access to. A bed dream that involves other people could therefore show you who you allow into the private realms of your life and how you allow them to be there. It might also show that someone has taken a role in your life that you don’t want them to have.
Common Bed Dreams
Dream of lying in bed
The meaning of a dream of lying in bed, much like any other dream, would depend on the emotional atmosphere. For example, if you’re in bed in your dream because you’re sick, and you feel anxious about it, this could refer to concerns about your health.
However, if you’re comfortable when you’re lying in bed in your dream, and you feel pleasantly relaxed, this could symbolize that you’re able to rest and take care of yourself when you need to.
Dream of making a bed
A dream of making a bed could symbolize that it’s important for you to put your environment in order and feel that you have control over your surroundings.
There is also the saying, “You’ve made your bed, now lie in it,” which refers to being responsible for what you’ve done and having to live with the consequences. In that sense, a dream of making a bed could refer to taking responsibility for your actions.
However, if you’re making somebody else’s bed in your dream, this could symbolize that you feel responsible for them perhaps beyond what is appropriate. The exceptions would be dreaming of making a bed for somebody who’s not physically able to make their bed or as part of your job. In those cases, your dream of making a bed would be more likely to refer to responsibilities that are legitimate, whether or not you are happy about them. See also dreams of laundry and hotel dreams.
Dream of someone sitting on your bed
The dream meaning of someone sitting on your bed would depend on whether or not you wanted them there. For example, if you dream of your partner sitting on your bed, and you’re happy for them to be there, then this may symbolize that that you’re able to get the intimacy you want with them.
However, if somebody is sitting on your bed in your dream, and you don’t want them there, this could symbolize that you feel invaded by somebody in your life. You may not be able to get them to respect your boundaries without confronting them directly.
Dream of a bunk bed
If you regularly sleep in a bunk bed, a dream of a bunk bed may just be processing recent events for you. However, if you slept in a bunk bed when you were a child but don’t do so anymore, your bunk bed dream meaning could involve feeling like you’re going back to your childhood in some way.
If this is a dream that feels good, it could suggest childlike optimism, innocence, and a carefree attitude. However, if your bunk bed dream feels bad, this could symbolize that you feel like someone is treating you in a demeaning way, perhaps talking down to you as if you’re a child.
Bunk beds are also sometimes associated with specific environments like summer camps or military barracks. If you have had personal experiences of this sort with bunk beds, or if you watch a lot of movies depicting bunk beds in this way, then your bunk bed dream could be referring to that. In that sense, a bunk bed dream may symbolize a longing for camaraderie or brotherhood.
If your bunk bed dream emphasizes being on the top bunk or the bottom bunk, this could represent concerns about power dynamics in your life. If you’re on the bottom bunk and don’t want to be, or if you’re having a negative effect from being on the bottom bunk in your dream, this may symbolize that you feel pushed around by others.
However, sometimes the bottom bunk can feel more secure than the top bunk because it’s more enclosed. If your dream of being on the bottom bunk feels good in that way, then it may symbolize that you feel protected.
Dream of someone in your bedroom
Dreaming of someone in your bedroom whom you don’t want there could show that you feel like you can’t get the privacy you need. However, if your dream of someone being in your bedroom feels good, this could symbolize that you’re doing a good job bringing the intimacy you want into your life.
Dream of someone lying next to you
A dream of someone lying next to you could symbolize that you feel like you’re becoming closer with someone. This would especially be the case if your dream felt good — if you were happy to be lying next to them.
However, if there’s something upsetting about whoever is lying next to you in your dream, this could symbolize that you feel like you cannot get away from your problems.
Dream of sharing a bed with someone
If you dream of sharing a bed with your partner, or anyone else you regularly share a bed with in reality, then your dream of sharing a bed with them may simply be processing recent events. How good you feel about this in your dream could be a statement on how your relationship is going at the moment.
If you dream of sharing a bed with someone you don’t normally share a bed with, but the dream feels good, this could show that you are looking for connection. If it’s someone you know, perhaps there has been a shift in your relationship with this person, even if sharing a bed is not literally part of it in your waking life.
If you dream about sharing a bed with someone you don’t want to be sharing a bed with, this could symbolize feeling obligated to continue a relationship that you don’t want to continue, whether or not the actual relationship involves sharing a bed. This person may be insisting on a level of connection that you don’t want to have with them.
Dream of someone standing over your bed
in many cases, a dream of someone standing over your bed might be upsetting. This type of dream could show that you feel invaded or unprotected.
However, if the person who is standing over your bed in your dream feels like a protective presence, this could symbolize that you have the resources to get through whatever is troubling you.
Dreams about beds can sometimes be awkward, as they push you to look at challenging questions about boundaries and privacy. Working through any uncomfortable feelings provoked by your dream of a bed may lead you to important insights about your relationships.