Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Women have worse nightmares than men

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Recent evidence suggests men and women dream very differently. For instance, women are more likely to have intense nightmares, and more likely to remember their dreams. Now, a new study says it might all boil down to body temperature.

British researchers studied 170 volunteers and found only 19% of men had frequent nightmares, while 30% of women did. Women suffered a greater emotional impact upon awakening. They were more likely to occur near ovulation when a woman's body temperature slightly increases.

"When a woman's hormones are in a different balance, then her mood is going to be different, her physical symptoms will be different," explained psychologist Dr. Judy Kuriansky, adding it's possible women are just better at remembering their nightmares.