The Reasons You’re Having Such Vivid Dreams During These Days of COVID

Coronavirus pandemic dreams could be our brains’ response to uncertainty, stress, and anxiety

Jim Farina

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Photo by Sasha Freemind on Unsplash

Last night I dreamed that I was sitting in some type of restaurant or cafe. I recall the shiny, lacquered tables, dim lighting, and streamlined decor. I don’t recall what I was eating, just that whatever I had was comforting.

I was sitting at a window facing out to the street. Looking out I could see much of the interior reflected in the glass. It must’ve been dusk and I could see my reflection in the low light. A few people were walking around outside.

I recognized a woman I’d once worked with but she’d left the company to pursue her own ambitions. I had not seen her for years. I liked her well enough, I just wasn’t in the mood to chat. I was hoping she didn’t see me.

We suddenly made eye contact. She smiled and waved at me. I waved back enthusiastically. Anyone would think I was thrilled about seeing her. Please keep walking. Ughh — she’s making her way to the door.

She entered through the double set of doors. There was a tight vestibule separating them. Then I thought she can’t come too close. She has to keep a good distance from me. No awkward hugs. Those days are thankfully over. She entered my space. And suddenly I woke up.

Wow! I can’t believe this was all a dream. I don’t typically have such detailed dreams. Not until all of this coronavirus pandemic started. I lay there for several minutes, re-acclimating to my real-world surroundings. I look at my watch. It’s only 3:00 a.m. Again with these weird dreams.

Now I know what happens. I won’t easily get back to sleep, and when I finally do, it will be a hard, deep sleep, and I will sleep longer than I was planning. Who cares? I have nowhere to rush to today. The time schedule has changed for many of us.

It’s not just me. This is not even a new phenomenon. With little effort, I find two recent articles published on the subject of coronavirus pandemic dreams.

It seems people around the world are now experiencing similar nighttime episodes — vivid and memorable dreams. There were also many of these…

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