So the day that at least some of you have been waiting for has arrived – the discussion of the result of my dream survey. The rest of you might have forgotten what it is all about, or are maybe new to this blog. It started off with me talking about having somebody else’s dreams. Then following the response I got in the comments and via email, I thought it might be a good idea to put up a survey and get an answer to the main question I had regarding having vivid dreams. That whether having vivid dreams as an adult was linked to having childhood night terrors and childhood sleepwalking. Obviously, because that is what happened in my case.
I had hoped for more responses, but as the pattern of answers emerged fairly early on, I think they give some indication of the answer to my question. Of course, I have to add (for those scientists and statisticians out there) that the survey questions were flawed. For example, it occurred to me just after I put up the survey, that although the terms “sleep walking” and “night terrors” were fairly easy to identify (you – and your family – will never forget if you had/did either!), the term “vivid dreams” was very subjective and could not be quantified. For me, somebody whom I would classify as having vivid dreams would have similar dream experiences to Lu – who describes her dreams in the post Befriending Mr. Sandman.
So to the results . . . As you can see the percentages were similar for both questions I asked.
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- for approximately 50% of all respondents there is no link between having vivid dreams, and sleepwalking or having night terrors as a child
- it is very rare for people who did sleepwalk or have night terrors as a child, to not have vivid dreams as an adult
- in only 25% and 21% of respondents respectively was there a history of having night terrors or sleepwalking as a child, and having vivid dreams as an adult.
So not quite what I expected. But that is Science for you . . . 😉
Does anybody have any interesting observations, suggestions or questions regarding this survey? Please leave a comment.