According to Statista Global Consumer Survey, the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2023 in the UK seem to be “doing more exercise or improving my fitness,” “losing weight,” & “improving my diet.” Probably, that could be why people have a “dream of losing weight.”

Yes, ThePleasantDream conducted a one-of-its-kind survey to evaluate what dreams people saw in the first week of January 2023 in the UK. Interestingly, of the 509 participants, the team found that 15.24% of participants saw the “dream of losing weight,” followed by a “dream about current events in my life,” which occupied 13.33%.

The team collected data through an online survey on the website and social media platforms to monitor all the dreams that appeared in the first week of January 2023 and their effects.

Let’s see what the research revealed.

What do the statistics say?

Of 509, the female participation was about 59%, while male participants were 41%. Thus, inferring females see more dreams in the first week of January 2023.


Besides, 51.4% were working professionals who participated in the survey—followed by students taking over 34.3%, homemakers comprising 7.6% & entrepreneurs – at 6.7%.


We also mapped their ages, wherein equal participation was observed in the age group of 18-30 & 30-40, covering about 32.4%. On the other hand, about 21.9% came from the below 18 age group, 8.6% from above 50, and 4.8% belonged to the 40-50 age group.


Which dreams were more prominent in the first week of January 2023?

When we asked the participants which dream they saw in the first week of January 2023? The answer was “dream of losing weight,” covering 15.24%, followed by “dream about current events in my life” with 13.33% & “dream about learning new things” with 9.52%.

Apart from these, there were various other dreams that people saw, and they are –

Most common dreams in the first week of Jan 2023 in the UK
Most common dreams in the first week of Jan 2023 in the UK

Does a New Year dream appear because you were thinking about it?

Sometimes, dreams are associated with our thoughts of waking life. So, we asked the participants if this dream appeared because they were thinking about the New Year’s resolution. To this, their answers were –

  • 50.5% answered “No.”
  • 33.3% answered “Maybe.”
  • 16.2% answered “Yes.”

Do they decide their New Year’s resolution based on their dreams?

Based on the dreams, we asked the participants if they had decided on their New Year resolution. To this, they answered.

  • 72.4% do not rely on their dreams for their New Year resolution.
  • 24.8% answered “Maybe.”
  • Whereas 2.9% answered “Yes.”

What are your New Year’s dreams trying to convey?

We wished to dive deeper to know whether the participants knew the reasons behind their New Year’s dreams, and this is what they had to say.

  • 37.1% believe these dreams are “highlighting an issue/situation in the present.”
  • 27.6% do not accept any of the options.
  • 23.8% believe these dreams are “motivating them to live better.”
  • 11.4% believe these dreams are “showing the mistakes/patterns in the past.”

Expert’s opinion

Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, reviewer and certified psychiatrist of ThePleasantDream, commented, “the Dream Rebound Theory coined by Sigmund Freud indicates dreams to be a representation of one’s unconscious desires, wishes, motivations, and interestingly it has been backed by research.”

She further adds, “dreamscape is one such place where you can control your dreams to enjoy a pleasant mood. So, this could be why people encounter the “dream of losing weight” because they wish to do it for a very long time. However, no matter the reason, dreams may have a hidden meaning in your waking life. So, take time out of your busy schedule to analyze your dreams so that you can take the correct way ahead.”