Published on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:43 p.m. M EST
Last updated Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:54 PM EST
Many think that what our dreams mean may be silly, however, new research in the UK has shown that feeling frustrated in daily life could influence the type of dreams you have and make nightmares more recurrent .
Carried out by researchers from the University of Cardiff, the two-part study badyzed whether the daily frustration of people or the fulfillment of their psychological needs, such as feeling autonomous or competent, affects their dreams.
In the first part, they recruited 200 participants and asked them to write about their most common recurring dream. Participants were asked to provide as much detail as possible, including how positive or negative they perceived the dream to be.
They were also asked to report if they had experienced any of the nine common negative themes in their dreams, including falling, being attacked or persecuted, frozen by fear, being locked up, the presence of fire, being naked in public, trying Repeatedly doing something, not undergoing an exam, dressing inappropriately and arriving too late.
For the second study, the team asked 110 participants to carry a "dream diary" over a period of three days, in order to badyze whether meeting our psychological needs during the day is related to our night dreams.  The results of both studies showed that frustrations and emotions badociated with unmet psychological needs did influence the issues noted in people's dreams.
The team found that participants who felt frustrated that their psychological needs were not met, either on a day-to-day basis or for a longer period of time, were more likely to report negative dreams that were frightening or included feelings of anger or sadness.
In particular, the results of the first study also showed that people who were frustrated with their daily situation tended to have recurring dreams in which they fell, failed or were attacked.
Frustrated participants were also more likely to interpret their dreams negatively, while those whose psychological needs were met were more likely to describe their dreams positively.
"Experiences of psychological need for wakefulness are reflected in our dreams," concluded lead author Netta Weinstein, adding that "the negative emotions of dreams can be the direct result of distressing dream events and can represent the the psyche's attempt to process and make sense of waking experiences particularly psychologically challenging. "
The results can be found published online in the magazine Motivation and Emotion.