As the world is returning to normal, people are faced with new challenges post-pandemic such as an unreliable job market and an unpredictable economy.

With layoffs ruling the news every day and big banks collapsing, it’s easy to say that anxiety and dread are at an all-time high.

A past study highlights that peace of mind and anxiety in waking life can influence dream content and lead to anxious dreams.

To corroborate the same, the team of ThePleasantDream analyzed people’s search behavior and found a 68% hike for the keyword ‘anxiety dreams.’

Spike in “anxiety dreams” search by 68% in April 2023

ThePleasantDream team gathered insights through Google Trends and Glimpse to know the search volume of dreams surrounding anxiety. As a result, it was witnessed that searches for anxiety dreams are following an upward trend.

In March, there were 2400 searches for the keyword ‘anxiety dreams.’ Further, there was a 68% increase in the searches for ‘anxiety dreams’ in the month of April compared to March, as can be observed by the below-given graph.

The search query “anxiety dreams” peaked in April over a 12-month period

Which countries saw a rise in “anxiety dreams”?

Top five countries witnessing ‘anxiety dreams’

The above data from Google Trends shows – the United Kingdom, United States, Philippines, Canada, and Australia as the top five countries where the search query of “anxiety dreams” was maximum in the past 12 months. 

Was there a similar hike for the search query “What are anxiety dreams”?

The search query “What are anxiety dreams” peaked in April over a 12-month period

Similarly, the search query for “what are anxiety dreams” also observed an upward trend, with a search volume of <1K in March 2023 to a 20% increase in April 2023 as per Google Trends and Glimpse. 

Experts Opinion

Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, reviewer and certified psychiatrist of ThePleasantDream, commented, “Dreams are freaky and strange, but they tell us a lot about the dreamer’s waking life situations. Anxiety dreams disclose the unconscious mind’s buried secrets.

These dreams can also assist you in resolving real-life disputes, learning the process of letting go, and evolving yourself to handle emotions more effectively.”

“There is no complete cure for anxiety dreams,” she adds, “but you can always use self-help coping skills to lessen the impact of these terrifying dreams in your waking life. 

If you have generalized anxiety disorder and require expert support to conquer your anxiety dreams, you should also consider visiting a mental health specialist.” she advised.