According to the Statista Global Consumer Survey, Americans’ top three New Year’s resolutions for 2023 seems to be “vowing to exercise more, eat healthier and to lose weight.” Probably, that could be the reason why people are having a “dream of losing weight.” 

ThePleasantDream conducted a one-of-its-kind survey to evaluate what dreams people are grappled with in the first week of January 2023. Interestingly, of the 1007 participants, the team found that the “dream of losing weight” is the most seen by the participants in the US. 

About 19.05% of participants positively answered about seeing this dream, which was then followed by “dream of running/exercise,” which occupied 12.38%

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 1007, the maximum female participation was about 68.6%, while male participants were 31.4%. Thus, concluding that females foresee more dreams in the first week of January 2023.

Besides, 56.2% were working professionals who participated in the survey. Followed by students taking over 31.4%, homemakers comprising 5.7%, & entrepreneurs – at 6.7%.

We also mapped their ages, wherein maximum participation was observed in the age group of 18-30, covering about 38.1%. On the other hand, about 33.3% came from the 30-40 age group, 20% from below 20, 6.7% from above 50, and 1.9% belonged to the 40-50 age group.  

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

When we asked our participants which dream did they see in the first week of January 2023? The answer was “dream of losing weight,” covering 19.05%, followed by “dream of running/exercise with 12.38% & “dream about learning new things” with 11.43%.

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

Most common dreams in the First Week of Jan 2023 in the USA
Most common dreams in the First Week of Jan 2023 in the USA

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 our participants if this dream appeared because they were thinking about the New Year resolution. To this, their answers were – 

  • 42.9% said, “Maybe.”
  • 39.0% said “No.”
  • 18.1% said “Yes.”

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

Based on the dreams, we asked our participants if they had come up with their New Year resolution. To this, they answered.

  • 80.0% do not rely on their dreams for their New Year resolution.
  • 17.1% said they might do it.
  • 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. 

  • 33.3% believe these dreams “motivate them to live better.”
  • 31.4% think they are “highlighting an issue/situation in the present.”
  • 26.7% believe “none of the options.”
  • 8.6% 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.”