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Lieke Braadbaart

Online Writer
Published: 25/07/2018

It's not just the heat that's making it harder to sleep, as new research from Royal London finds that money worries are causing some to have nightmares. These nightmares can be so intense, in fact, that almost a third (31%) of respondents say they've changed their life based on a bad dream.

With 41% of surveyed Brits saying they have felt anxious about money, it's perhaps not surprising that this anxiety has made its way into our dreams. According to the research, one of the most common dreams (reported by 18%) sees the dreamer's teeth falling out, which could very well be their subconscious worrying about not being in control of their finances.

Nightmares may be more common than you'd think, with 85% being affected by them. Almost a quarter (23%) even suffer from nightmares once a week or more, which could have a big impact on day-to-day life.

"Financial worries don't just affect our waking hours, as our research shows they are creeping into our subconscious and giving us nightmares," Royal London's consumer spokesperson, Mona Patel, said. "Keeping on top of your finances can make you feel in control and ease your worries. Start with simple steps by keeping a spending diary and setting a budget, which can help you towards getting your finances in order."

Further data reveals that men are more likely to base their decisions or change their life based on a dream, at 56% compared to 27% of women. Overall, 31% of people said they've been influenced by dreams in the past; this subconscious processing is certainly not a bad guide, although doing research should not be underestimated either.

What next?

Our guides can be a great place to start for anyone looking to take back control of their finances – topics range from getting out of debt to planning your wedding. Don't forget about that crucial emergency savings fund, either, which an easy access account could be ideal for.


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