Dreams about spiders are common, and they may occur due to underlying stress or anxiety. But interpretations of spider dreams can differ from person to person.

Early psychoanalysts, like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, suggest that our dreams hold a lot of significance and meaning. According to psychology, no dreams represent just one single thing in particular. Every detail of our dreams could be open for interpretation.

If you’re having nightmares, dreams may reflect some stress, fear, or anxiety that you’re facing in your waking life. But they can also reflect a determination to conquer your fears and deal with challenging stressors.

There isn’t enough psychological theory or research that’s been published about the meaning of spider dreams in particular. But it’s possible to interpret these dreams depending on your daily experiences and beliefs.

Whether you dream about a pleasant and harmless spider or a deadly one; dreaming about spiders could have several different meanings.

Although people interpret spider dreams in different ways, there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that spider dreams mean anything at all. But popular interpretations of spiders in dreams include:

  • regressive attitudes and behaviors that are keeping you from reaching your full potential
  • feminine energy, women, or mother figures
  • feelings of vulnerability, anxiety, or fear in your waking life

Spider dreams aren’t necessarily nightmares, but if you frequently experience distressing spider dreams it may be a sign of an underlying mental health condition.

According to a 2020 review, people with diagnosed mental health conditions are more than twice as likely to experience nightmares compared to those living without mental health issues.

The authors of the review also suggest that chronic nightmares affect up to 70% of people with personality or post-traumatic stress disorders.

Consider interpreting your own dreams by identifying specific symbols, like spiders, and reflecting on what significance they hold for you.

There is no “right” or “wrong” interpretation of spider dreams – it’s all about what those dreams mean to you.

The key is to identify the elements of your dreams that feel important to you and reflect on what these elements could mean. It may help to keep a dream diary so you can remember your dreams more accurately.

Types of spider dreams

Again, there’s not enough scientific evidence to support specific meanings of spider dreams. But the following types of spider dreams may help you interpret your dream based on your personal experiences:

  • Dreams with multiple spiders: If there were multiple spiders in your dream, then this may indicate underlying anxiety or stress that you haven’t yet noticed while awake.
  • Spiders crawling on you: If you dream about a spider crawling on you, this could signify feeling overwhelmed by stress and insecurities.
  • A spider biting you: These dreams may indicate that you feel betrayed or criticized by someone you trust and care for.
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Nightmares can significantly decrease your sleep quality, and sleep deprivation can negatively affect your mental health. If you do feel frightened or stressed by dreams about spiders, consider the following tips to help you cope.

Manage your stress

Nightmares like spider dreams tend to reflect the stress that you’re experiencing in your waking life. Consider examining what stressors the spiders in your dreams could represent.

Try to incorporate healthy strategies to manage your stress levels, such as:

  • maintaining boundaries
  • moving your body
  • avoiding unhealthy coping mechanisms, like alcohol or drugs

Build a calming bedtime routine

It’s important to give yourself to time wind down right before bed. This lets your body know it’s time to rest and may increase your chances of getting peaceful sleep.

Consider filling your bedtime routine with calming activities like taking a warm bath or listening to soothing music.

You may also consider turning off electronics, such as your phone or television, an hour prior to going to bed to improve your sleep quality.

Practice relaxation strategies

Simple relaxation strategies can calm your physiological stress response, relax your muscles, and lower tension.

According to a large 2021 study, diaphragmatic breathing exercises can reduce symptoms of anxiety and improve sleep quality.

Seek treatment

If you continue to have nightmares about spiders, then it may be necessary to seek professional treatment.

Especially if your nightmares have started after a traumatic experience, then you may need additional support to recover from your symptoms. A medical professional can help you by suggesting effective treatments such as medication, therapy, or a combination of both.

From medication such as prazosin (Minipress) to behavioral treatments like Image Rehearsal Therapy and Systemic Desensitization, there are many effective treatments that can help you stop having nightmares.

Dreams about spiders can mean many different things, depending on who you are and what the dream is about.

While nightmares about spiders could represent underlying stress or a mental health problem, not all spider dreams are negative.

If you’re bothered by your dreams about spiders, consider talking with your therapist or healthcare professional. A therapist can help you interpret what these dreams may mean for you, and direct you to further treatment if necessary.