The Man in the Moon named Wales' scariest nightmare character for children
10:01am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
HALF of Welsh children experience two nightmares every week and the tale most likely to scare little ones is "The Man in the Moon", according to a survey.
Werewolves, the Bogey Man, goblins and witches all ranked highly in children's top 10 scariest dreams, according to a Travelodge sleep survey of 2,500 children aged six to 16, carried out this month.
Zombies, monsters and vampires were also named, as well as being burgled, while the 10th most scary thing they dreamt about was having no friends at school.
A quarter of children asked (24 per cent) said they regularly experience a nightmare involving the moon, with the most common nightmares including being terrorised by the man in the moon character and by the human face they see when they look at the moon.
The second most terrifying character to invade sleep is the werewolf, a scary figure connected to the moon, and made popular by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Twilight Saga and the much older tale of Little Red Riding Hood.
The Bogey Man, a mythical creature used by adults to frighten their children into good behaviour is the third most popular scary figure to frighten young children in Wales while sleeping.
Around 40 per cent of children questioned said they find it difficult to concentrate at school the next day when they have experienced a nightmare; 56 per cent said they do not follow a regular bedtime routine; and in 64 per cent of households questioned there were regular arguments between children and parents at bedtime.
A fifth (22 per cent) of children reported that they deliberately misbehave before their bedtime by throwing a tantrum so that their parents will let them stay up to play or watch TV.
The study also revealed that instead winding down before going to sleep, 41 per cent of children questioned were watching TV in bed before nodding off, and a fifth (20 per cent) played a computer game before falling asleep.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: "Strict bedtime rules need to be adopted and children need to be taught the importance of attaining a good quality night’s sleep in regards to their well-being."