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The most common nightmare that people have

The most common nightmare that people have

Even when we sleep, our brains are still working hard to handle and review things in our lives. Brain activity at night is often manifested as dreaming, and each of us should have experienced nightmares. If you've ever woke up from a particularly weird nightmare and wonder if anyone else has experienced something similar, you're in luck: a recent survey of 2,000 Americans has a list of the most common nightmares.

Whether you are hunted down by a monster or someone else in a nightmare, or something more subtle, such as being late on an important event, most of us have at least a few terrible dreams in our lives. The study commissioned by Amerisleep found that the most common classic nightmare is to feel like you are falling (64.7%). The second most common nightmares were being chased (63.3%), followed by dreams of death (54.9%), feeling lost (53.8%), and feeling trapped (52.4%).

So why are falls in nightmares so common? Although experts are not entirely sure, there are some possible theories. One argument is that when our bodies fall asleep, relaxing muscles can actually deceive our brains and convince it that we are really falling. Another theory is that the nightmares of the night are caused when our nervous system stops working.

Another recurring nightmare topic is sexual nightmares, which two-fifths of respondents have experienced. In contrast, being deceived by the other half (27.8%) is a less common dream, and it is less common to be completely abandoned by a partner (27%). Surprisingly, a single person also often has sexual nightmares. Single men dream that their other half is more than twice as likely to deceive themselves than single women. On the other hand, women in a relationship are more likely to have such nightmares than men in a relationship.

Of all the respondents, however, married couples most often dream of infidelity. Overall, 50% of the married women surveyed said they had had nightmares about their husbands being with another woman.

The researchers also categorized their findings by gender and noted that women (61%) were more likely than men (39%) to dream about the death of their loved one. Conversely, men often have nightmares about the breakdown of technology (66%), far more than women (34%). Another 60% of female respondents said they dreamed of bugs crawling on them, while 40% of men said the same. Women are also more likely to dream that their house is burned or destroyed.

The study also investigated specific nightmares in different occupations. Those who work in journalism and broadcasting often dream of missing deadlines and being unprepared, while those who work in arts and entertainment often have nightmares of being naked in public. Lateness to work is considered a universal nightmare in all occupations.

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