One in five Brits has fallen out with their partner – because of something they did in a DREAM, a study has found.
A poll of 2,000 adults found one third of the population have woken in a rage after dreaming their partner cheating on them.
But rather than waking up and forgetting about it, a large percentage admit the dream went on to spark arguments with their other half.
The study also found one in four couples believe a ‘cheating’ dream has had a negative effect on their relationship.
Hope Bastine, resident psychologist for high-tech mattress maker Simba, which carried out the research, said: “Dreams about infidelity can often seem so real that we wake up with post dream anger.
“Our sleep environment not only provides the foundation for an ideal physical relationship but can also be conducive to a more positive state of mind and better dreaming.”
Relationships feature most frequently in dreams with two in five claiming it plays a key role in what their mind conjures up when they drift off.
One in three said work influenced their dreaming habits.
Twenty four per cent can recall a time when their partner has said something hurtful to them in a dream, and one in four has had night-time visions of a blazing row with their spouse.
One third have experienced the ‘dream-eyed monster’ – feeling jealous while swimming in their subconscious, while one in four admit to bringing this jealousy with them into the real world upon waking.
Thirty eight per cent have woken from a dream feeling angry, while one in ten often wakes feeling sad.
It also emerged 56 per cent of respondents feel a dream has had an impact on their waking life, and over a third have felt inspired by a dream to make a personal change.
Eighteen per cent think their dreams can help to provide useful insight in times of big decisions and life changing events.
And 22 per cent even went as far as to credit a dream they have had with achieving a particular success in their lives.
Fifteen per cent of those who took part in the OnePoll.com research blamed a dream for something negative that has happened in their lives.
And 12 per cent think they are at their most creative and thoughtful once they can switch off and slumber, though almost a third feels most inspired when out on a walk.
Hope Bastine added, “It’s not always possible to eliminate bad dreams, but setting the stage for sleep can help you to snooze more soundly and wake up feeling well-rested.
“The more you can create a calming environment before bed, the sweeter the dreams and happier the mood the next day. Good dreams don’t just allow us to wake up refreshed, they can also spark moments of inspiration.”
James Cox, CEO of Simba, said: “We know from independent research that people sleep longer and dream better on a SIMBA and are committed to ensuring Brits get the best night’s sleep.”