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  Scary books cause nightmares
Updated 10 June 2002, 11.53

Children who read scary books last thing at night are more likely to have bad dreams.

A huge study into dreaming has been carried out by an organisation called Dream Lab.

  Click here to find out what your dreams mean!

It looked at how what we read affects our dreams.

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Dreams
Children who read scary books are more likely to have nightmares
Older children have fewer nightmares
51% said their dreams were affected by things that had happened to them during the day
Girls recall dreams better than boys

It found that older children tend to have fewer nightmares and that girls are more likely to be able to remember their dreams.

  Click here to tell us your weirdest dream!

If you read fantasy books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings you're more likely to remember what you dreamt about very clearly and might even be aware you're dreaming at the time!

Also, more than 60% of the children said their dreams were affected by what they watched on TV so be careful what you watch if you don't want to be kept awake!

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