Entertainment · July 7, 2022

New survey finds regional differences in nightmares

Travel, toes and tornadoes… how the images that visit us during a nightmare vary from country to country

  • Analysis of Google search reports on nightmares varies greatly by region
  • In the UK, bees are often found in bad dreams. In the USA, ophthalmologists dream
  • Australians dream of natural disasters, killing animals or insects
  • New research from a bed company uncovered regional dream differences

Some nightmares seem very commonplace: being pursued by an enemy, missing a train, or surviving an exam unprepared.

But night terrors not only differ from person to person, they can also vary from country to country.

Analysis of Google search data has shed light on the world’s most unique nightmares, ranging from tornadoes to losing a limb to going to work.

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

Unique nightmare searches in the US have included visiting an ophthalmologist, dropping toes and even playing the tuba – which experts say could signal fear of unwanted attention.

Analysis of Google search data has shed light on the world’s most unique nightmares, ranging from tornadoes to losing a limb to going to work

Unique nightmare searches in the US have included visiting an ophthalmologist, dropping toes and even playing the tuba - which experts say could signal fear of unwanted attention

Unique nightmare searches in the US have included visiting an ophthalmologist, dropping toes and even playing the tuba – which experts say could signal fear of unwanted attention

Meanwhile, night terrors in Australia mirror the natural environment, with bugs, snakes and the weather popping up in many Google searches. And in Germany, adults have nightmares about traveling – which could signal anxiety about the direction of their lives.

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

Happy Beds’ Rex Isap, who commissioned the research, said: “It’s important to remember that most dreams are just your brain processing feelings from your waking life and nothing to worry about.”

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