It may be indicative of a desire to escape a desperate situation. The dreamer lacks tools to solve her own problems and needs external help.
Types of sleep
There are two types of sleep that most of the humans undergo - REM and NREM. REM refers to the Rapid Eye Movement and NREM refers to Non-Rapid Eye Movement. Every individual will alternate these two types of sleep. Non-REM sleep will occur for a short period of time in the first stage of your sleep followed by the REM sleep. Dreams occur during the REM stage, where it lasts for 20 minutes. According to a researcher, J. Allan Hobson, dreams that occur in REM stage are usually forgotten when the individual wakes up. Studies conducted on patients during sleep shows that the frontal lobes in the brain, that are responsible for storing information, are inactive during the REM stage, which is the main cause for forgetting the dreams. Studies also show that this is the stage where you have the most intense dreams.
Have you ever remembered your last dream? Were they colorful? Yes. Most of the dreams will be colorful as experienced in reality. Very few people visualize dreams in black and white. A study was conducted where the individual was given a color chart and asked to match colors that they dreamt. Most of them chose light colors while very few choose only black and white. It was very clear from this study that most of them have colorful dreams.