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New survey finds regional variations into nightmares


Travel, toes, and tornados… how the images visited upon us during a nightmare vary by country

  • Analysis of Google search reports into nightmares varies dramatically by region
  • In the UK, bees often feature in bad dreams. In the US, eye doctors are in dreams
  • Australians dream about natural disaster and killer animals or insects 
  • New research by a bed company discovered the regional dream differences 

Some nightmares might seem very common: being chased by an enemy, missing a train or sitting an exam without any preparation.

But night terrors not only differ from person to person – they might also vary from country to country.

Analysis of Google search data has shed light on the most unique nightmares around the world, which range from tornados, losing a limb and even going to work.

In the UK, bees are often a feature of more unique bad dreams, which could point to social anxiety or feeling out of place, experts say.

Unique nightmare searches in the US included visiting the eye doctor, toes falling off and even playing the tuba – which experts suggest could signal a fear of unwanted attention.

Analysis of Google search data has shed light on the most unique nightmares around the world, which range from tornados, losing a limb and even going to work

Analysis of Google search data has shed light on the most unique nightmares around the world, which range from tornados, losing a limb and even going to work

Unique nightmare searches in the US included visiting the eye doctor, toes falling off and even playing the tuba – which experts suggest could signal a fear of unwanted attention

Unique nightmare searches in the US included visiting the eye doctor, toes falling off and even playing the tuba – which experts suggest could signal a fear of unwanted attention

Meanwhile in Australia night terrors reflect the natural environment, with bugs, snakes and the weather appearing in many Google searches. And in Germany, adults have nightmares about travelling – which could signal anxiety about the direction they are heading in life.

The French have nightmares about FaceTime, Italians have bad dreams about food and in Vietnam, many are concerned with their ex-lovers.

Rex Isap, from Happy Beds, which commissioned the research, said: ‘It’s important to remember most dreams are just your brain processing feelings from your waking life and are no reason to worry.’



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