Zombies can make for an interesting television show or movie, but they aren’t quite as entertaining when they show up in your dreams. Having a dream about zombies taking over the world, or coming after you or a loved one, is actually more of a nightmare than anything else, and it can leave you feeling a little freaked out — especially if you’re woken up by it in the middle of the night. So what does it mean if you dream about zombies?
There are actually a lot of different ways to interpret a dream about zombies, and it can depend on the kind of dream you had. One of the biggest interpretations, though, is that dreaming about zombies means you’re feeling overwhelming stress. Exemplore says that dreaming about a zombie attack “may relate to fears, anxiety, and overwhelming stress.” It could mean you’re afraid to lose control of a situation. They also say that dreaming about a mob of zombies could mean a situation you’ve ignored has gotten out of hand.
You may also feel a loss of control, where it seems like you’re losing power or someone is trying to take it away from you.
Dream Meaning interprets zombie dreams pretty much the same way, saying that zombie attack dreams mean, “You are under tremendous pressure and stress in your waking life. You do not know what is going on and you have trouble to accept the cruel reality.”
Aside from stress, a zombie dream could also mean that you’re feeling a serious lack of control in your life, which definitely makes sense when you consider what zombies do. Something big in your life may be coming to an end, and you’re feeling a little lost and unsure about what the future will bring. Dream Meaning says, “It reflects that you have been forced into a difficult situation where you have to let go of your hopes and dreams in the waking life.”
There’s another theory as well: DreamsCloud says that if you’re dreaming about seeing zombies or dreaming that you are a zombie, it could mean you’re feeling lost, like you’re lacking direction and have no goals for the future.
It could mean you’re feeling rejected, disconnected from others, and totally alone.
Lastly, DreamsCloud told Huffington Post that a zombie dream could represent “negative attachments and bad habits that ‘just don’t die’ in waking life — even when the dreamer knows it is in her or his best interest to let them go.”
Basically, dreaming about zombies in any way means that you’re probably feeling overwhelmed about something, whether it’s a major life change, a lot of stress, or some sort of bad habit you’re trying to get rid of. When you think about the fear zombies can give us, this all definitely make sense.