Updated: Jun 26, 2020
Between the 24th October and 17th Dec 2019 well over a third of the 8,120* Parents, children and sleep loving adults following Sleep Master Europe and Dream Pillow UK responded to five questions about their favourite dream.
Here are the top twenty responses by adults (percentage in brackets) Which were massively different from the children`s top twenty.
1 - A NATURAL PARADISE (16.4%) Most of the time a desert island or deserted beach.
"My favourite is being on a desert island with all my family…somehow we still have WI-FI though".
Many takes on this summarised by being on a deserted beach listening to waves with friends or watching the family play in the sand.
"Living on a remote island with everything I need."
"Having the only beach house on my own tropical island".
" I had a lovely dream about swimming in a woodland pool into which tumbled a waterfall. It wasn't cold at all, but I know it would be in real life".
2 - FLYING DREAMS (15.6%)
"I love my flying dreams - I do all sorts of mad acrobatic manoeuvres but nobody is impressed that I can fly!"
"Flying at will through the city I live in"
"Drifting along with the crisp white clouds."
"Where I can fly, I take a run up and away I go it’s amazing. I never want these dreams to end"
"When I am able to fly is the best dream (like swimming in the air)".
3 - WINNING BIG (12.3%) Almost always winning the lottery and giving up work. Sometimes enabling a life goal to be achieved."
"My favourite dream is the dream where I win the Euro lottery and then buy a dog rescue centre. I usually end up being licked to death in the dream, which is weird but wonderful!"
Often it was the consequences of a lottery win that made the dream special e.g.: "Being able to help all the family out" or "handing notice in at work."
"One man said he dreamt of retirement (even though he`s already been retired for three years)".
Another dreamt of "money falling from the sky so fast he couldn't pick it all up."
4 - MEETING LATE RELATIVES OR PEOPLE WE HAVE BEEN REALLY CLOSE TO. (11.2%).
"My favourite dream was seeing my son again. He became an angel at three years old so dreams and memories are all I have"
"Remember I told you about that dream I had where my Mother, who is deceased, came for a while and chatted and made much of me just as we did in the old days. It was amazing but when I woke my cheeks were running wet."
"Any dream in which I get to see and talk to my lovely Mum who has been gone 9 years now."
"I dreamt that I got to visit my Dad one more time in heaven" xx
"My favourite dream was meeting up with people I have lost to have a good catch up. Feel so real like I could remember the touch and the smell."
"The one that sticks out for me is the one where I dreamt about a family get together and all our relatives who had passed were with us. A happy but sad dream but it was lovely to see them".
5 - MEETING / GETTING TO KNOW A CELEBRITY / VIP (6.6%).(this was mainly a female`s dream.)
" My favourite dream was one where I was on a beach digging, I then jumped into a pool where I found loads of treasure, and I ended up being sooo rich. Then dream switch, and "I was buying microwave dinners with Tom Selleck?!"
"Working with Ant and Dec."
The dream of being married (to one of a very long list of celebrities or VIP`s) these included: Prince William or Harry, David Tennant, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Ronan Keating, Jason Mona, Henry Cavill, Richard Gere, Tom Cruise, any of Take That, Kelly Jones, Or rather bizarrely Big Bird from Sesame Street
6 - TAKING FAMILY / CHILDREN ON A DREAM HOLIDAY (5.6%).
In more than two-thirds of cases this was to Disneyland....most of the other dreams relate to beach resort holidays.
One lady was just delighted to find out it wasn't Monday! "I dreamt it was Monday morning and when I woke up it was Sunday bonus an extra day off lol"
7 - MEETING FRIENDS / LOVED ONES (5.4%) -
"My favourite dream which is reoccurring is that I'm driving around, everywhere, picking people up from past and present and catching up with them all, then dropping them off, and picking others up. The thing is I don't drive, so I'm really disappointed when I wake up!"
Another popular dream along these lines is a holding a huge BBQ event on a lovely summer’s day where all friends (even from the school days) come along.
8 - WORKING WITH OR BEING CLOSE TO ANIMALS (4.7%). -
"I dream I have a farmhouse with lots of lands...but no farm animals...instead I have lots of land and lots of Rescue Spaniels from the kill stations all living with me in this Fabulous place...it is my best dream"
"Winning a farm in competition featured more than once."
"I'm in Borneo up a tree with an orangutan"
"Being mobbed with cats or puppies who just want to cuddle all day." 9 - LIVING IN (OR BUILDING) A DREAM HOUSE WITH A NICE JOB AND / OR CAR (4.4%).
"Mine is I live in a chateau surrounded by a moat with four turrets"
"My favourite dream is when I was living my perfect life.. dream job, house, car. I tried so hard to go back to sleep after I woke up Haha"
" My favourite dream is that someone comes in and decorates my whole house while I'm asleep".
"I find a building in the woods with secret stairs and corridors and stables then end up living there as no one comes back to claim it,"
10 - BEING A HERO OR FAMOUS (3.4%).
"I had a dream we were coming back from holiday and as we were halfway through the flight there was an announcement that the pilot had been taken ill and they wanted someone to help fly plane..... so I said I'll do it when I got to cockpit I had to fly it myself as both pilots were down weather outside was terrible thundering lightning plane was all over people were screaming and I managed to bring it into land everyone was cheering and clapping"
"Dreamt I was a soldier during war and saved loads of lives".
"My favourite dreams have always been a replay of a favourite film or TV show, but the starring role goes to me"
"Went on a spy mission to save Will Smith"
One favourite dream was "to play Sandy in the west end version of Grease"
11 - EATING AS MUCH CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & CAKE AND DRINKING AS MUCH WINE AS I LIKE (2.7%).
"Eating chocolate all day without putting on any weight!"
"I had a dream there was a tree that grew devils food cake in my garden it was a lovely dream until I fell out of bed reaching for one in my sleep."
"Sleeping in a bath of chocolate"
"Eating as much cheese and drinking as much wine as I liked (calorie-free dream)"
12 – ROMANTIC TYPE ENCOUNTERS OR HOLIDAYS (2.8%) -
"My favourite is when I am riding a beautiful chestnut horse along a sandy beach, holding tightly onto Johnny Depp."
"Had a weird dream about Justin Bieber once!! Like I'm probably old enough to be his mom haha I think it must be because it's all my eldest talked about lol"
"Dating my idol at the time Cliff Richard"
"Meeting Jason Statham on a nudist beach"
"My favourite dream is that I was stuck on a desert island with Paul Hollywood"
"Strapped to James Bond in a parachute"
"I can’t tell you about my favourite dream I would blush."
" My favourite dream involved James Hetfield of Metallica but I can't give more detail as it was X-rated!"
13 - DECEASED PETS COMING TO VISIT (2.3%).
A popular theme involving pets from hamsters up to horses and everything in between.
14 - FEELING REFRESHED AND ENERGISED AFTER QUALITY REST / SLEEP. (1.7%).
A significant amount of adults suffer from extreme tiredness
insomnia or fatigue to the extent that no longer feeling tired becomes a highly desirable dream in its own right.
"In my dream, I wake up with bundles of energy just like a youngster (when I wake up in real life I just want to roll over and go back to sleep"
One said that they "I now talk about sleep like I used to talk about sex (I went 8 hours through the night straight)"
15 - SPORTING SUCCESS (1.4%).
"My all-time favourite dream is running in a 100m final..... and winning!"
Another popular dream wish was "Completing a marathon". " the feeling I get at the finish line is one of overwhelming satisfaction".
"Playing centre court at Wimbledon".
" Score the winner against Sunderland for the Toon" (Their major rival)
"Spurs win a trophy" Spurs last won the FA cup trophy in 1991.
16 - HAVING A SUPERPOWER (1.2%).
"That I had magical powers to help people as long as I didn’t tell them it was me!"
"My favourite dream was when I could bend the laws of physics (so it wasn't just one ability I had)...I could be invisible, I could fly, I could speed through time or make it come to an absolute stop. Then I woke up with poor eyesight and dubious coordination..."
"When I`m a knight on a horse having mind powers to do what I want"
"My favourite dream is where the planets move around our solar system differently" They don`t orbit but pinball of each other. No life forms were hurt in the making of this dream.
17 - HAVING THEIR WEDDING DAY AGAIN (1.1%).
"Groundhog day repeating over and over where I have my wedding exactly as it was...but I could just correct the very slight things that went wrong!"
Many were happy to re-run their entire day exactly as it was.
18 - A LIFE FREE FROM TRAUMA, DISABILITY AND PAIN (0.8%).
"My best dream I ever had was my son being able to walk for the first time. He has spina bifida so hasn’t been able to yet"
"Just walking hand in hand just talking with my husband along the beach the sand between our toes and watching the sunset as we’d walked and talked for so long....we sat down I woke up...I use crutches or walking aids or wheelchair so it was magical whether dream lasted 5 mins or 30 mins"
"My fave dream is when I'm able to climb a mountain, though need a knee op before I can even walk to the end of the street lol!"
19 - GOING BACK TO BEING A CHILD AGAIN (0.8%).
"My dream is all about being ickle again in our family home playing hospital on the stairs with my teddies and my sister...when life was simple and everybody I love was still with us XXXX".
20 - POLITICAL DREAM (0.5%). - Several people considered a certain political outcome their best ever dream
HONOURABLE MENTIONS these are some of the dreams we liked but had less than 0.5% of the vote.
"I was chased by a Dinosaur inexplicably because I had the keys to the Boots store".
I am an avid follower of music my favourite dream is where I start at the front of the train and walk through many carriages to the back. In every carriage, there is one of the greatest hits of my all-time favourite band.
It`s probably the time of year but one lady said here dream wish was that " Mama Bear didn't have to wrap all the presents"
TALKING IN SLEEP
Some adult`s and children also do not remember their dreams but around 5% talk in their sleep exposing similar randomness
"My wife didn't believe me when I said she had been screaming at me for parking the car in the harbour at low tide"
Another man unhappily announced to his wife "your Mother ate my burger"
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