Prone to nightmares? Battle with insomnia? Always have dreams about your teeth falling out?
You might think your sleep habits have a lot to do with external factors like how noisy or dark it is, or if your mattress is comfortable.
But a new study suggests it is actually your personality – specifically whether you are introverted or extroverted – that has the biggest impact on how well you sleep at night, and what you dream about.
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Best Mattress Brand asked over 1,000 Americans to catalog their personalities using the Myers-Briggs test, a psychological test which groups people into two categories: introvert or extrovert.
The test determines if the person is an introvert or extrovert by asking them whether they focus more on their inner world or the outer world.
How a person interprets information – verbatim or whether they prefer to add their own meaning and interpretation to it – reveals whether a person is an introvert or extrovert.
The study then asked the participants to answer a series of questions on how they sleep at night and grouped their answers depending on whether they fell into the introvert or extrovert group.
Interestingly, it found that introverts dream about their teeth falling out 14.2 per cent more than extroverts and they also dream about punching someone with no effect per cent more than extroverts.
When it comes to travel, extroverts dream about packing their bags and taking off 13.9 per cent more than introverts.
Although extroverts do spend their nights dreaming about their bosses 10.7 per cent more than introverts and also dream about their colleagues 14 per cent more.
Extroverts remember their dreams 5.7 per cent more than introverts but they also emerge from sleep 17.7 per cent more satisfied from their sleep. They are also more satisfied with being able to sleep through the night uninterrupted.
Whether you are quick to judge or prefer to leave things open to interpretation during waking hours also has a huge impact on sleep quality.
Those who were deemed ‘perceivers’ found it harder to stay awake, and were more likely to suffer from night terrors than their counterparts, judgers.
But judgers also had a harder time going back to sleep after waking up at night compared to perceivers, who seemed to have less difficulty getting a bit of extra shuteye.
As for the content of their dreams, judgers dreamed about their fathers and mothers less than perceivers, and perceivers also gave their best friends a more important place in theirs.
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Perceivers also reported higher incidences of dreaming about being naked, deadly weather events, and punching something without any effect.
The study uncovered differences between intuitive thinkers as opposed to ‘sensers’ as well.
Intuitive thinkers tend to dream about dying or getting killed more often than sensers, and they also dream with more frequency about punching others with no effect and getting attacked.
Sensers , however, said they were more satisfied with their energy levels during waking hours than intuitive thinkers, and also reported feeling more alert.
Decision making also plays a part in determining what group a person falls under, with participants asked a series of questions during the Myers-Briggs test to determine whether or not they’re ‘thinkers’ or ‘feelers’.
Thinkers are 20 per cent less likely to dream about pregnancy, while feelers are less likely to dream about killing someone but are more likely to dream that their partner is cheating on them.
When it comes to remembering dreams and nightmares, thinkers are more likely to remember their nightmares while feelers seem to remember their dreams more.
Ultimately, the study identified 16 types of dreamers, based on various combinations of personality traits.
Thus, people who fit the ‘commander’ type tend to be the least interested in what their dreams mean, whereas ‘protagonists’ remember their dreams the most often.
‘Consuls’ are lucky enough to have nightmares the least often out of all 16 personality types, but ‘executives’ report the highest level of satisfaction with their energy levels during waking hours.
‘Logisticians’ dream about their father the least often, and also report the lowest number of incidences for dreams about taking someone else’s life.
‘Entertainers’, meanwhile, have the most trouble staying awake, and dream about their crush or significant others the most often.
People who fit the ‘debater’ type tend to remember their dreams the least often, and also dream about taking a life with the highest frequency, while ‘architects’ dream about traveling less often than all other personality types.