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Do our dreams impact our mood during the day?

We all know how annoying it can be to wake up suddenly from a deep sleep and a nice dream, but as a nation, are we allowing our dreams to affect our day-to-day lives too much?

Nearly half of Brits admit they are so influenced by their dreams that they let them affect their mood the following day, according to a study by Silentnight.

The research, which found that 47% of people let their dreams impact how they feel when they wake up, also found that 28% of people have fallen out with their partner as a result of how they’ve behaved in a dream.

Silentnight’s sleep expert Dr Nerina believes that it’s common for people to wake up feeling out of sorts after a night of dreaming, and that we can all get powerful insights from our dreams if we start to really pay attention to them.

Commenting on the topic, she said: “A good place to start is to write your dreams down as soon as you wake up. Keep a diary on your bedside table and write the dream down before you tell anyone about it.  You may not immediately arrive at the meaning of your dream but the interpretation may come hours later, for example, while you are daydreaming or exercising.”

As for nightmares, Dr Nerina advises addressing bad habits that could be impacting your sleep as a way of combating them.

She added: “Noisy, dream-laden sleep can arise from poor lifestyle habits such as too many stimulants, alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars, or looking at screens too close to bedtime. All of these can over-stimulate the nervous system causing increased REM (dreaming) sleep. Clean up your lifestyle and your sleep will be purer and more restorative.”

Silentnight’s study also found that 37% of people rely on dreams to help them make decisions in real life.

The UK’s five most common recurring dreams:

Being chased

Falling

Flying

Being unprepared for an exam, meeting or presentation

Being unable to find a toilet

Author - Liz Tabron

Liz Tabron

Liz has over 7 years' experience in writing lifestyle, home, health, and eco content. Liz's mission is to make accessible our expert team's knowledge.