Dream question: why am I hearing my name?

Jessie asks “What about hearing your name called whilst asleep when no ones around?”
Delphi writes:

This is an interesting phenomenon and it may reassure you to know you’re not alone; many people have shared their experience of this with me. Hearing your name called out in a dream can feel so real you wake up convinced someone is in the room with you.

Some people will find that external noises in their dreams influence their dream content; so if you dream the phone is ringing you may wake up to find it actually is. Similar to dreaming someone’s at the door, to find the doorbell going as you “come to”.

But what about hearing your name?

The interpretation of this can depend on the context of the dream and so it’s worth considering not just who the voice might be but how you felt about it.

Spend some time when you wake up to focus your attention on the voice and ask the questions:

* Is the voice male or female?

* Do I recognise it at all?

* How did I feel when I heard the voice, e.g. scared or comforted?

You may find the first two questions more difficult to answer than the third, and don’t worry if this is the case. Determining how you felt about your dream is just as important and can give clues as to how you’re experiencing life at that time.

If the voice sounds familiar (even if you cant see them) it may be that someone in your waking life has been trying to get your attention but, for whatever reason, you’ve not been taking any notice. Perhaps there are things in your life at the time which have distracted you away from giving your time to people who matter most.

If the voice was demanding or scared you, it may be you’re worried you’re in trouble over something or recent events are getting the better of you.

Perhaps the voice was calming and reassuring, almost angelic. Some cultures believe dreams are a divine portal for messengers to introduce themselves to you. People who are beginning to explore a spiritual path may consider meeting their “guardian” or guide through their dreams.  Its important to emphasise that dreams of this nature will always leave you feeling refreshed and energised, never sad or distressed. If you woke up hearing your name, you can always ask, before you next go to sleep – and if you feel ready – if you can meet them again.

From a different perspective, if you wake up as soon as your name is called it is also possible that your brain is alerting you to an immediate problem which needs your attention in an awake state. You may be getting too hot and so waking you up is the best way of cooling you down. You may also find my article about the First Night Effect (FNE) interesting.
Don’t forget to keep a dream diary if this is something that happens on a regular basis – you may notice patterns which offer an important clue as to why you have this dream when you do.

Most importantly, if the voice feels scary or malevolent this is more likely a symptom of stress or sleep deprivation.  Subscribe to my newsletter to receive exclusive access to free downloads including how to keep a dream diary and top tips for healthy sleep. If it becomes a problem, be sure to speak to your doctor.

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21 responses to “Dream question: why am I hearing my name?

  1. just before i woke up at around 4am
    i Heard a female voice calling out my name but it was very comforting made me happy.then i woke up to find my self alone in my room.
    could it mean anything?


  2. I woke up last night thinking I was in hospital and a doctor was shouting my name to wake up . I was going in and out off sleep in my dream and they kepted saying wake up by name . I woke up and went back to sleep in the morning I asked my husband if he was drying to wake me up he said no .


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