Worries in real life Sometimes we may wake up from a dream by coughing and gasping for air. This may have a medical cause. But also there is another explanation if you have deep respiration in the dream this may be a sign that you desire for more space or freedom. If you dream of breathing problems without apparent cause, this could be an indication of general problems in your real life. This means that you do not have the clear vision how to deal with the problems and that is why you have difficulty to breath.