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2020年5月27日 -较好的日子?海滩度假?......怎么样的错误?


Vivid dreams about bug attacks top the list of crazy COVID-19nightmares, says Deirdre Barrett, PhD, a Harvard psychologist and dream researcher who launched an international survey about pandemic-related dreams. From “swarms of wasps, flies, and gnats to armies of roaches and wiggly worms,” bug attacks are “by far the most common metaphor” seen in the more than 8,000 dreams reported on hersurvey自三月。


世界各地的科学家和梦想家已经注意到奇怪的,生动的梦境有增加的趋势 - 自冠状病毒 - 而且要记住它们的能力暴发。More than 87% of Americans have had unusual dreams since the pandemic began, according to a Sleep Standards survey of 1,000 dreamers in the United States.


Theories dating back to the times of Freud say our dreams are rooted in reality. When something scary happens, we worry more by day and have more anxious dreams at night. And let’s face it: Life’s current wear-a-mask-don’t-touch-this-stay-inside-and-6-feet-away-from-others theme can be a bit scary right now.

“我们倾向于不平凡的梦想,布鲁里溃疡t rather prioritize what has affected us emotionally, and do so often in a metaphorical way,” says Mark Blagrove, PhD, a psychology professor at the Swansea University Sleep Laboratory in Wales.

Tiffany Gaddy is a 31-year-old mom in Atlanta and a self-described vivid dreamer who’s seen an uptick in bizarre dreams since COVID-19.

“The anxiety of my dreams increased shortly after staying home,” says Gaddy, who has been sheltering in place with her husband and toddler daughter. She recently dreamed her grandparents bought a palace-sized home and her entire family was invited to stay there. But she couldn’t find a room with a suitable bed for her and her daughter.





你更可能有和回忆生动的梦,当你醒来,从rapid eye movement(REM)睡眠 - 睡眠周期的最后和最深切的一部分。据美国国家睡眠基金会,你通常会达到大约入睡90分钟后这个阶段。然而,它不是一个一次性和 - 您-DONE事件。你的大脑通常是通过该REM睡眠周期多次移动的夜晚 - 大约每隔一个半小时。所以,你睡觉的时间越长,多梦,你也可以拥有。

“We’re now sleeping somewhat longer than usual, on average, and that results in more dreams,” says Barrett. “So what we’re really seeing is a REM rebound for a lot of people. They remember dreams a little more, and their dreams are more anxious.”

Yet, if you’re a fortunate sleeper who doesn’t toss and turn and have frequent awakenings, you might not remember your dreams. The key to maximum dream recall is to sleep as long as possible but wake up a lot.




Barrett wants to find out how our pandemic dream patterns compare to those seen after 9/11 and other times of trauma. One difference that could sway our subconscious experiences is the lack of visuals with the current threat.


So back to the bugs, the No. 1 metaphor plaguing COVID-19 dreamers: Barrett recalls one woman dreamed of giant grasshoppers with vampire fangs attacking her, while another person had a giant tarantula slip through her mail slot.


  • 女人梦见她的肚子上的蓝色条纹是由病毒感染了她的第一个迹象。
  • 一个人叫了一辆救护车和尤伯杯来代替。
  • 梦想家得到医生或护士治疗病毒丸或射门,但他们得到的毒药代替。
  • 一个人被处死,因为他们有这种病毒。


First Responders: More Literal Dreams



A recent theory of dreaming posed by Bill Domhoff, PhD, a research professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, says that dreams are “mostly realistic simulations of waking life.” Pandemic dreams being collected and cataloged by researchers worldwide seem to support that theory.


“我们的经验是,有电流清醒的生活相当透明的推荐,” Blagrove说。“例如,医生使用梦想煮鹌鹑的蛋上的新颖的治疗工作COVID的。当下列回梦的表面内容,医生想起买巧克力鹌鹑的蛋家庭作为一个安慰。”

COVID-19 Dreams: In Living Color


“It seems that all aspects of the pandemic, negative or positive, are being dreamt of,” Blagrove says. “We have had a dream of the natural world becoming sinister with altered leaves on trees, a dream needing to prepare for a funeral, and a dream of going out to try to get food for the family.”

Paying attention to your dreams is important, says Barrett. A nightmare can rattle you and affect your mood and behavior the next day, causing what some call a bad-dream hangover. Yet research suggests that dreaming about scary stuff is a necessary defense mechanism -- it makes our brains better able to handle and react to the real-life stress and emotions.

Talking about your dreams with others -- however you do it -- can help you stay connected and manage stressful emotions. Support groups and谈话疗法have long been encouraged as ways to nurture and console people during difficult times.


Want to document your COVID-19 dreams? Place a notebook and pen on your bedside table and jot down any thoughts you recall the first moment you wake up. Whether or not you share your sleepy thoughts and COVID-19 dreams with others is up to you.

WebMD医学新闻 Reviewed byArefa Cassoobhoy,MD,MPH于2020年5月27日


Deirdre Barrett, PhD, psychologist, dream researcher, Harvard Medical School; author,睡眠委员会






American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “What we can learn from 9/11 about dreams and nightmares.”




心理学前沿: Testing the Empathy Theory of Dreaming: The Relationships Between Dream Sharing and Trait and State Empathy




心理学前沿: “The functional role of dreaming in emotional processes.”



新闻release, Sleep Standards.

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