These Are the 3 Most Common Recurring Dreams Women Have, New Survey Says

Is the No. 1 recurring dream a result of the type of entertainment and news we absorb?

Thanks to a new 2,000-person study conducted by Amerisleep, we now know dreaming about falling is super common. Albeit, if it were up to me, that’s not how my imagination would be passing the time in REM sleep — just sayin’.

While a significant amount of you (54% to be exact) dream about falling regularly, falling is not in the dream forecast for most women. In fact, falling isn’t even one of the top three most common recurring dreams women have.

According to Amerisleep’s new survey, women are likely to dream about small creatures like spiders and snakes ( which is the third most common occurring dream among women at 20.5%), as well as losing our teeth (the second most common occurring dream among women at 31.9%). Super fun stuff, right? Unfortunately, it gets worse.

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The most common recurring dream women have is about being chased. Let this sink in: 54% of us dream about being chased regularly.

Meanwhile, the most common recurring dreams among our male counterparts are about flying, meeting a stranger and finding money or coming into wealth. So, they’re off in la-la land getting rich while I’m running for my life? How can that be right?

Courtesy of Amerisleep

Sure, you can blame it on the influx of true crime TV shows and our literary consumption of psychological thrillers. But perhaps, this statistic is a result of the fact that most women feel like they can’t leave the house without pepper spray or are terrified to walk home once the sun goes down. Why do you think our “Find My Friends” list is as long as a CVS receipt?

Per certified sleep science coach McKenzie Hyde, “reoccurring dreams, especially of the anxiety-inducing sort,” such as running from a faceless stranger, are a common phenomenon in the U.S.

Fortunately, there are things women can do to ensure they are getting a better sleep and dream quality.

“So what can we do to minimize our nightmares and maximize our restful sleep? For one, 93% of Americans say a comfortable mattress is important for a good night’s sleep,” Hyde says. “Reducing your day-to-day stress also helps you sleep better. Room temperature, what you eat, and technology all matter a lot as well.”

Emily Weaver
Emily is a NYC-based freelance entertainment and lifestyle writer — though, she’ll never pass up the opportunity to talk about women’s health and sports (she thrives during the Olympics). Read more
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