After analysing over 279,750 dream-related Google searches, MattressNextDay has conducted an extensive study to unveil when the most common dreams are most likely to occur for Brits before working with a celebrity psychic to decode the meaning behind these dreams.
Celebrity psychic and dreams analyst Inbaal Honigman explains: “Dreaming of spiders often symbolises a need for creativity and patience in your life. Spiders are often associated with creativity and patience due to their intricate web-spinning abilities.
“Just as these eight-legged creatures meticulously construct their webs, it may be a sign that you should focus on weaving your creative projects or ideas together during this time. Your dreams might encourage you to embrace your artistic side, whether writing, painting, music or any other form of expression.
“Alternatively, dreaming of spiders can also represent a need to confront your fears and insecurities head-on. Just like spiders face the challenge of creating and maintaining their webs precisely, you are being prompted to tackle your life challenges with resilience and determination. It’s a time to face challenges with resilience and determination. Pay attention to the details in your dreams for more specific insights into your unique situation.
“Ultimately, dreaming of spiders in September can be a powerful reminder to nurture your creativity, exercise patience, and confront challenges confidently, all while weaving the intricate tapestry of your life.”
But why are these dreams so common in September?
The prevalence of this dream in September is not a mere coincidence. MattressNextDay’s research shows a significant increase in searches for this dream this month. What could be the underlying cause of this phenomenon?
Martin Seeley, the CEO and sleep expert at MattressNextDay, explains: “The surge in spider dreams in September may be attributed to the seasonal transition. As the weather changes and daylight hours shift, our internal rhythms and sleep patterns can be disrupted. These disruptions may lead to vivid and memorable dreams, often manifesting as spiders – representing the uncertainty accompanying life’s changes.
“The recent heatwave could be to blame too – our bodies are sensitive to changes in temperature, and hotter nights may lead to more restless sleep and more frequent awakenings during the night. These awakenings can make us more likely to remember our dreams, including those featuring spiders.
“Finally, the changing seasons also bring shifts in daylight hours. As September progresses, the days start getting shorter, and the transition from longer summer days to shorter autumn days can influence our circadian rhythms. Our bodies may still adjust to these new rhythms in September, which can impact the quality of our sleep and the types of dreams we experience.”
Are dreams disrupting your sleep? Hacks to make them happier
If the negativity of your dreams is stopping you from sleeping, Martin Seeley has also shared his top tips for ensuring your dreams are more positive and don’t disrupt your sleep
Don’t sleep on your left side
Previous studies have explored how different sleep positions influence dream quality. The surprising news? Sleeping on your left side may lead to more nightmares. 40% of left-side sleepers reported experiencing nightmares, compared to just 14.6% of those on their right side. Consider sleeping on your back or right side and keep track of any changes in your dream patterns.
Record your dreams upon waking
Keep a pen and paper by your bedside to jot down your dreams as soon as you wake up. This practice helps identify recurring themes and patterns in your dreams. Additionally, before bedtime, recite positive affirmations such as “I am in control of my dreams” and “I am going to sleep well tonight” to enhance your sleep quality.
Embrace meditation before bed
Meditation and other stress-relieving practices can encourage more positive dreams. Studies show that individuals with a greater sense of peace of mind tend to experience more positive dreams, while those with anxiety may be more prone to negative ones.
Avoid alcohol if you experience nightmares
Alcohol can significantly impact your sleep quality and lead to nightmares. You are more likely to wake up more at night when you’ve been drinking alcohol, leading to more REM sleep than NREM sleep (deep sleep). During REM sleep, there is more dream recall, which is why you have more vivid dreams and/or nightmares.
Limit screen time before bed
Screen time right before sleep has been linked to reduced sleep quality. For children, having a TV in their room can lead to more “night terrors” and nightmares, resulting in poorer sleep quality. To improve your sleep, ideally, cease screen time at least two hours before bedtime and stow your phone in a drawer to resist temptation.