Sweet dreams aren't made of these three: George Osborne, Gordon Brown and Katie Price regularly haunt Brits' nightmares
13:43 GMT, 2 November 2012
His government cuts and tax rises have caused a living nightmare for some people – and many can't escape chancellor George Osborne in their sleep either.
The Conservative MP has topped a poll of celebrities who haunt Brits' dreams followed by former PM Gordon Brown and glamour model Katie Price.
The terrifying trio are most likely to feature in our nightmares, according to a study of 2,000 people.
Terrifying trio: From left, George Osborne, Gordon Brown and Katie Price are the celebs involved in most people's nightmares according to a poll
Former MP Ann Widdecombe and Manchester
United manager Alex Ferguson, nicknamed the 'hairdryer' because of the way he shouts at his players, are also disturbing the nation's sleep.
Other celebs who make scary spectres in our dreams are footballer Wayne Rooney, teen pop sensation Justin Bieber and rock star Marilyn Manson.
One in four adults (25 per cent) are
plagued by bad dreams each week – that’s more than 15 million people –
with losing their job and being poor common themes.
Scary: Alex Ferguson, left, and Justin Bieber also haunt our dreams
Shakila Ahmed, from hotel chain Travelodge who commissioned the survey, said the fact that financial worries
trouble Brits even while they are a sleep proves just how stressed the
country is about the economy.
'Suffering from nightmares involving the
Chancellor, money and losing a job prove the double dip recession has
affected our well being as well as our money,' she said.
Seventy per cent of Brits say they wake up sweating, crying, screaming and feeling scared after having a nightmare.
More than one in 10 said the horrific nocturnal happenings prey on their minds during the day and leave them in a bad mood.
Night terrors: Common themes in our nightmares include losing a loved one, falling from a great height and being attacked by a spider
Losing a loved one was the most common nightmare theme, with being chased and falling from a great height also ranking highly.
Shakila Ahmed added: 'Nightmares can seem all too real in the early hours. Even when it’s difficult to remember them, they still create a lasting sense of unhappiness and unease.
'A nightmare is a lot more intense than just a bad dream. It can bring a very vivid feeling of fear, horror and stress to our everyday lives.'
TOP TEN MOST COMMON CELEBS IN NIGHTMARESGeorge OsborneGordon BrownKatie PriceAnn WiddecombeAlex FergusonWayne RooneyJustin BieberMarilyn MansonAnne RobinsonEd Balls
TOP TEN NIGHTMARE THEMES
Losing a loved oneBeing poorLosing your jobBeing chasedFalling from a great heightYour teeth falling outA spider attack
Being naked at an eventBeing a child againKissing your boss