Less sweet dreams for women?
November 8, 2008 3:03pm CST
Women experience far scarier nightmares than men that leave more of an impression when they wake up, a study has suggested. According to the study at the British University of the West of England, women experience far more terrifying nightmares than men because of changes in their body temperature. "We found that women reported significantly more nightmares than men," said Dr Jennie Parker, who carried out the study at the Bristol-based university. The analysis showed that only 19 per cent of men reported having a nightmare compared to 30 per cent of women. Scientists also said women dreams were also more emotional and leave more of an impression when they wake up. The study broadly categorised three distinct types of nightmare: being chased or hunted; loss of a parent, child or partner and weird and new environments. Based on the findings of the research on 170 volunteers, psychologists believe changes in a woman`s body temperature - result of the monthly cycle - are responsible for increasing the number of vivid and disturbing dreams. A woman`s temperature usually rises after ovulation - half way through the monthly cycle --and falls again just before a period starts. "Women who are premenstrual tend to dream more aggressively, and they are also more likely to remember the dreams," Dr Parker was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph newspaper. However, some experts argue that women don`t have more nightmares but are simply better at remembering and talking about them. "Women always remember dreams more than men," said Dr Chris Idikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre.
• United States
8 Nov 08
Mine are always more vivid than my husband and usually related or tied to something that i heard or happened during the day. In our culture some guys get married to two or more wives... the really old fashioned people, and usually this is in arab/muslim countries... men these days know they'll lose something of value if they think about it=P My uncle knows my heeeeeeeeell no attitude and was teasing me about it and my husband was picking on me as well. Suffice it to say i dreamt my husband got married (i consider it cheating) so i woke up seriously peeved and just beat him like a mad woman lol i woke up not knowing that i woke up for a moment i thought he did it... I was cursing the poor man and hitting him for something he didnt do =P Lets just say he never joked about it again... which is why he didnt get bruises from one peeved sleep beating wife again lol