Bad dreams are worse in the female mind.

11 Sep

A study has shown that women suffer from scarier, more intense nightmares that leave more of an impression once awake. Psychologists say it is due to our monthly cycle and increased body temperature.

“The findings came from a study of 170 volunteers at the University of the West of England.

When asked to record their most recent dream, 19 per cent of male students reported having a nightmare compared to 30 per cent of women.

The study, due to be published in a journal, also found that women’s dreams were more emotional. 

Dr Parker believes that nightmares help the brain ‘rehearse’ distressing and disturbing events that one is likely to encounter in the future. 

Her work has identified at least three distinct types of nightmare, all of which may allow the brain to rehearse its reaction to a distressing or dangerous situation. 

One involves being chased or hunted. Another involves the loss of a parent, child or partner. The third involves weird and new environments.

Dr Chris Idikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said there were significant differences in the way men and women dreamed. 

‘Women always remember dreams more than men,’ he told the British Association science festival in Liverpool. 

‘They end up talking more about their mental life than men do so there’s more ability to remember.’ 

Dreaming is part of the normal sleep pattern and happens every night, even for those who insist they don’t dream. 

Sleepers are most likely to remember nightmares and bad dreams if they wake up during them. ”

 

From dailymail.co.uk

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