What It Really Means When You Dream About Losing Your Voice

Do you ever find yourself waking up wondering what your dreams might be telling you about your waking life? Perhaps you've encountered a theme within your dreams that's causing you to fear something you're missing in your everyday life. Our dreams can often be more telling than our conscious thoughts in regards to what we have going on in our daily lives, and it's wise to take note of recurring themes and dreams that feel particularly harrowing. These kinds of dreams can tell you the most about what is going on in the depths of your mind that you can't always reach.


In the event that you're losing your voice in your dreams, you might find yourself waking up with an overwhelming sense of stress or dread. While the exact source of dreams isn't able to be pinpointed just yet, it is believed that the brain uses dreams to confront and process emotions from our waking life (via Healthline).

Failed attempts to scream in a dream can point to communication issues

Sleep is the only way for a person to recharge and feel rested, but a nightly eight hours (or less) won't always provide you with the peaceful recharge you need. Sometimes, your brain will use the time to express things that are hidden deep in your subconscious.


As with many dreams, the meaning of losing your voice in a dream is often quite literal. If you are unable to use your voice in a dream, it is likely that you have been encountering difficulty expressing yourself in waking life. It can point to a feeling of being unable to express your emotions to those around you, and a need to use your voice in your waking life (via Dream Dictionary).

If you find that you're losing your voice in your dreams regularly, it is wise to take a deeper look at your interpersonal relationships and assess whether or not you are holding something back from someone.

You might be bottling up your emotions

You may be finding yourself in a dream where you're in danger, and you need to scream. It is such a stress-inducing nightmare that the sense of danger from the dream may leave you with a lingering sense of anxiety upon waking. This can be the result of bottling up your emotions for an extended period of time, causing your brain to manifest your turmoil in this way.


Dreams are metaphors produced by our subconscious. Dr. Dennis Rosen writes in an article for Psychology Today, "As new information is integrated into memory, the strengthening of synaptic connections and the effacement of others leads to the generation of imagery which manifests as dreams," suggesting that the landscape of a dream is created through the information we process and connect subconsciously. In the event that you're unable to scream in a dream, your brain is using a particularly harrowing aesthetic to let you know that you might need to get something off your chest once your eyes have opened for the day (via Bustle).

Dreams about losing your voice can point to relationship trouble

Some believe that dreams hold predictive powers, and that the loss of your voice can tell you about future events that will occur. There are a few common interpretations, all of which have to do with interpersonal connection.


One theory suggests that a loss of voice can symbolize an upcoming reconnection with an old friend or acquaintance, while another notes that an ex lover may soon reach out with an attempt to reconnect. Similarly, if you are in a happy relationship, dreaming about losing your voice can signify that you'll need to shut out the old partner to maintain your connection with your current beau.

If you are partnered, dreaming of losing your voice can be a sign of your fear of losing your significant other. If you're single, it may signify your lack of confidence in your ability to captivate another person romantically, and you can use this as a sign to make the first move and harness your confidence (via Dreamy Obsession).


Keeping a dream journal can help

Dreams hold so much power in their ability to warn us that there is something going on in our subconscious, but it isn't always easy to figure out what they mean. Keeping note of patterns over time can help you gain some insight into your emotional processes and the subconscious manifestation of those processes that occurs as we sleep, and the best way to do so is by keeping a dream journal.


While keeping a dream journal, it is suggested to write down as much as you can remember about the dream, as well as your thoughts and feelings on what occurred. This way, you can begin to recognize patterns in the dreams themselves, as well as in the way you interpret them. Since dreams of losing your voice often point to emotional turmoil, it is always a good idea to closely examine them upon waking. While dreams can be mysterious, there is almost something you can learn about yourself through observing them (via Psychology Today).