Do You Have Weird Dreams?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous people have complained of having strange dreams and erratic sleeping habits. It should come as no surprise that during times of upheaval, upheaval, and crisis, people find it difficult to quiet their minds and get a good, restful night’s sleep.
Our lives have all been disrupted by COVID-19. Everyone has been impacted by the absence of everything that was safe or familiar. People have witnessed sickening or fatal outcomes in their family members, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. They may have temporarily fallen ill themselves.
Businesses have been forced to close, potentially leaving employees and owners without an income, a career, or a business to return to. The majority of parents must educate, feed, and manage their children from home while potentially trying to hold down a job because schools are only opening for children of key workers or vulnerable children. As we are told to stay at home and only leave for emergencies, once-bustling high streets have become deserted washes.
Even though this change in pace has given us the chance to reassess our priorities and lives, the general fear and uncertainty have disturbed many people’s sleep patterns.
Through processing the events of the day in our dreams, our unconscious minds are able to review and occasionally change their perspective. You’ve probably heard the advice to “sleep on it and see how you feel in the morning” to stop us from acting hastily or rashly. Yes, a new way of thinking or feeling does occasionally appear after a restful night’s sleep.
But it makes sense if these unsettling times result in strange dreams when we’re not the only ones who are affected, when the news channels are overrun with statistics and instructions, and when we’re in uncharted territory.
Someone related a fascinating dream in which a line of people was moving forward while remaining a good distance apart from one another and not giving each other any eye contact. While this is very common during COVID-19, it also makes a point about how distant we are from one another. People are isolating themselves from each other through social distancing. Numerous individuals are keeping an eye on one another, observing what their neighbors or patrons of local businesses are doing, and growing suspicious or irate at how other individuals should, must, or ought to behave. In these situations, there isn’t much eye contact.
Through the process of dreaming, our unconscious minds are able to resolve problems and anxiety in an effort to regain some measure of control over our lives. Therefore, they might have unusual tools, have us fly, jump, or leap from one place to another, or maybe even have a monster, mythical being, or famous person who demonstrates special skills.
Ways to support better sleep if you’ve experiencing weird dreams;
Our eating and drinking patterns may have changed significantly during this forced period of change. Instead of grabbing a sandwich and eating on the go, if we wake up later, we might skip breakfast or combine it with lunch. Although our coffee preferences have changed, the sale of alcohol has undoubtedly increased. Our metabolism is impacted by these abrupt changes, which also have an impact on our sleep and dreams.
– Create a new routine for each day. It helps to feel more in control of your life to get up at the same time every day, take a shower, get dressed, maybe go to work, exercise, and eat regularly.
– Exercise, especially in the fresh air, is important in relieving stress and supports better sleep and dreaming. It is possible for us to become physically and mentally exhausted and feel sleepy after exercise. Spend some time in your garden if you are unable to walk, or join one of the many free online exercise classes that are available for people of all fitness levels.
– Be vigilant about diet, eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Take advantage of this time to hone your cooking skills or learn how to bake from scratch, perhaps with the help of other family members. Avoid the urge to drink too much coffee or to start drinking alcohol earlier each day.
– Ration your time watching the news or on social media. Avoid constantly checking for updates because it’s likely that nothing important has happened in the last hour. Allow other, more constructive pursuits to divert your attention.
– Count your blessings. There is definitely cause for concern, but worrying won’t make things better. By keeping your attention on what you already have, you will find reasons to be thankful and smile every day and your stress levels will gradually decrease.
– Schedule time for working and producing. Create a workspace and set aside a set amount of time each day for work or study. Why not make a commitment to picking up a new hobby, reading, practicing a musical instrument, or learning a new skill? Consider this important me time.
– Maintain relationships with others. Particularly if you’re by yourself, a phone call or online group can be a pleasant way to share advice or talk about how you’re feeling and coping. Consider sending someone who is alone a “thinking of you” card. And many business owners are discovering that by being more adaptable, they can maintain contact with customers and carry on some level of trading.
– Record your successes and achievements each day and have treats. The best ways to unwind, manage stress, and prioritize getting a good night’s sleep are with a leisurely bath, a book, or a pampering session.
The COVID-19 period is unique. To gradually develop a more optimistic outlook, be kind to yourself. By doing this, you can sleep better at night and have fewer strange dreams.