We all have ’em.
And they SUCK!
But do you know, which nightmares…
Are the most common?
[via io9]What is the most common nightmare? ~Robert T. Gonzalez
Scientists have been investigating nightmares for over a century. Their work has resulted in some seriously bizarre findings, but nothing is more strange than the discovery of what people’s most common nightmares are.
A Strange Fact About Nightmares
Before we begin, it’s important to be clear about what we mean when we talk about “nightmares.” A true nightmare, as defined by sleep researchers and standard diagnostic texts, is a disturbing, emotionally intense dream that ends with the dreamer waking from sleep. It doesn’t matter if your psyche just cooked up the most metaphysically sublime dreamscape this side of a bad acid trip – if you don’t wake up, the experience is technically classified not as a nightmare, but as a “bad dream.” (Also not to be confused with nightmares: night terrors.)
In a study to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Sleep, clinical psychologist Antonio Zadra – a leader in the field of dream research at the University of Montreal – lists several reasons why a more comprehensive view of nightmare content has yet to take shape. Following a review of twelve studies that have examined nightmare content in adults since 1935 (including three co-authored by himself), Zadra concludes that such investigations tend to “vary greatly in the population examined… and in the instruments used to investigate nightmare content.” In the majority of the studies Zadra reviewed, the analysis of nightmare content was based on questionnaires and interviews. But the “gold standard” for the study of nightmares, he writes, is a log or journal, updated daily by a test subject. “Questionnaires or similar retrospective instruments can yield inaccurate dream reports due to the fragile nature of dreams’ long term recall,” he notes, “as well as memory and saliency biases.” Zadra later elaborates:
When asked to think of a nightmare, most subjects are likely to recall particularly intense, unusual, or otherwise salient nightmares rather than more typical experiences. This may explain why themes of falling and of being chased are among the most frequently reported themes in studies based on questionnaire or interview data while appearing much less frequently in prospective logs.
Usually the ones…
Where you are either falling down, or some bast*ard, house-sized spider, is chasing you.
The spider deal?
Just me then.
For I too…
Have a nightmare guardian:
[via DailyMail] Puppies protect woman during bad dream by lying in bed with her
- The dogs jump in bed with the woman as soon as they hear her having a bad dream
- The video is one of over 1,700 uploaded to Charles and Alli Trippy’s video blog, which has been updated every day for five years
- The blog went viral after it began chronicling the young couple dealing with Charles’ brain cancer diagnosis and surgeries
By Ryan Gorman
A video blog famous for filming a brain cancer surgery may have proof in a recent post that dogs can detect humans having nightmares.
In the video posted online, Charles Trippy says that whenever wife Alli Trippy has a bad dream, their two dogs jump on the bed and lay with her – one at her head and one at her feet. The video shows the two dogs laying on the bed as if to protect her.
The couple’s video blog first became famous for filming his cancer surgery and has been viewed hundreds of millions of times.
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Gotta love those four-legged, furry friends.
For they protect us…
Even in our dreams.