The UK’s most common dreams

Dreams, the stories our brains tell during sleep, have been the subject of many studies attempting to understand the unconscious mind.

Dr. Keith M. T. Hearne, Psychologist and Dreams Expert, told us that especially those dreams that wake you suddenly in bed, are probably best understood – not literally – but as symbolic messages, and verbal puns, from your wise unconscious. The emotion left on waking is probably the best indicator of whether the dream portrayed something good or bad.

But what are we all dreaming about? We asked the nation about their most common dreams, with the top 20 here:

  1. Having sex

            (48% of people have had this dream)

  1. Falling

 (45% dreamt this)

  1. Being chased

(37% dreamt this)

  1. Teeth falling out / crumbling

(26% of people have had this dream)

  1. Being at work

 (25% dreamt this)

  1. Being late

 (23% dreamt this)

  1. Flying

             (22% dreamt this)

  1. Meeting a celebrity

 (21% dreamt this)

  1. Being cheated on

 (20% dreamt this)

  1. Demons or monsters

             (18% dreamt this)

  1. Falling in love

 (16% dreamt this)

  1. Can’t find a toilet

 (15% dreamt this)

  1. Missing a flight or bus

 (15% dreamt this)

  1. Dying

 (14% dreamt this)

  1. Being pregnant

 (14% dreamt this)

  1. Having sex with a co-worker

 (14% dreamt this)

  1. Sleep paralysis

 (13% dreamt this)

  1. Being unprepared for a test

 (13% dreamt this)

  1. Being in an out of control car

 (12% dreamt this)

  1. Being burgled

 (9% dreamt this)

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