Claustrophobia is usually described as a fear of enclosed places. A more accurate description might be "a fear of not having an easy escape route" because for anyone who experiences this phobia this is the predominating feature. You feel a need to be able to get out or get home, quickly. I used to have these dreams during my childhood right up to the late teen years where i would be trapped in a small dark space and the walls and ceiling would close in on me. I would wake up in a very violent way. I dreamt about these dreams so often that i almost believed it was an omen and that i will someday die crushed by something. This fear of enclosed space is now gone somewhat. I don't know if they might return one day. Are you claustrophobic? Tell us your story.