The Meaning and Interpretation of Dreams About Suffocating

Written By Jamie Young

Suffocating dreams are a common dream symbol. It’s not always easy to interpret these dreams, but they can often be related to your physical health, or your mental state. They can also be a reflection of your inner self, your emotions, and your past experiences.

What Do Suffocating Dreams Mean

A suffocating dream can be the manifestation of a feeling of being trapped or restricted. Suffocation dreams are usually about unconscious fears and self-doubts, as well as anger that a person feels powerless to express towards others. When a person is having these types of dreams, they are more likely than usual to feel increasingly negative and irritable.


Dreams About Suffocating

Dreaming of being suffocated is a powerful dream symbol that indicates you are in situations where your desires and hopes are not being met. You feel as if you are confined or, at the very least, restricted from expressing yourself freely. Your dream may also be telling you to speak up and be heard — you may have tried to speak but nothing comes out.

Dream of Being Suffocated by a Pillow

A dream about being suffocated by a pillow is an indication of a person’s fears and apprehensions. The most common interpretation is that someone is holding you down and you feel like you cannot breathe. Other interpretations are that you are feeling overwhelmed and there are too many things on your mind.

Dream of Being Suffocated by Ghost

The ghost represents your subconscious mind and the fact that you are being suffocated means you are unable to express yourself or be yourself. Perhaps you need to talk to someone about what is bothering you or consider changing something in your life for the better.

Being Suffocated and Can’t Breathe in a Dream

When you dream about being suffocated and can’t breathe, it means that you are afraid to reveal who you really are to the people around you. You prefer to hide your true self because you’re scared of what other people would think — just like if somebody is actually suffocating you in real life. It might also be a signal that there is a lack of freedom in your job or in your personal life.

Dream of Someone Trying to Suffocate Me

This is often a dream about emotions and feelings. If you’re dreaming that someone is suffocating you, it can signify feelings of being overwhelmed by a person or situation in your waking life. You feel that there’s just too much going on and not enough air to breathe. The pressure is so heavy that you start to struggle for breath.

Dream of Suffocating Someone

Many people dream of suffocating someone else. In those dreams, the person being suffocated might have been annoying you in real life. Perhaps his or her words were harsh, or maybe their actions hurt your feelings. The dream may also express your desire for revenge against somebody in real life whom you’ve never gotten back at. Alternatively, the dream may symbolize your frustration with a situation that is out of your control.

Dream of Being Suffocated

If you’re dreaming of being suffocated, you might be feeling pressured, both at work and life in general. There’s a lot to handle and it’s all piling up on top of you — financial problems, professional setbacks, relationship troubles, etc. All this pressure can make you feel like you need to fight your way out

Dream of Being Suffocated by Someone

Dreaming of being suffocated by someone generally represents a desire to feel secure. It may be a symbol of your anxiety about not feeling valued or appreciated enough by others. It can also indicate that you are feeling dominated or overwhelmed by others around you. You may be feeling as if your creativity is being stifled at work or in your personal life.


Suffocation dreams are a common dream theme. They can be the result of repressed anger, or an unconscious fear of being trapped. Suffocation dreams occur more frequently in people who feel angry, but cannot express it toward other people.