Weird and vivid dreams during lockdown
Since lockdown began, more and more people have been reporting increased experiences of weird and vivid dreams. Turning to social media people have shared the most bizarre and strange dreams they have been having using the hashtag #CoronaDreams.
Scientists have often suggested that our dreams are connected to our wellbeing while we’re awake. With many people feeling stressed, anxious, and isolated during this time, it’s no wonder a lot of us are having unusual dreams.
Weird and vivid dreams can cause a distressing night’s sleep, leaving you tossing and turning throughout the night. But there’s no need to worry. Here are a few top tips to ensure your shut-eye is as relaxing and rejuvenating as possible:
Have a consistent bedtime
Sleep experts recommend adults should get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Having a regular bedtime can help you achieve this. Not hitting this seven-hour goal can increase irritability and feelings of anxiety.
Limit your screen time before bed
Scrolling through your phone or binge watching your favourite series before bed can reduce the production of melatonin – a hormone that helps you sleep. Try turning off your electronic devices an hour before bed to resist the temptation!
De-stress before bed
Try doing what makes you feel relaxed, whether that’s sipping a chamomile tea, taking a hot bath, meditating or reading.
These are all fantastic ways to help you chill out and get a peaceful slumber. If you need further help, there are loads of apps you can download to help you. Here’s just a few:
Pzizz – helps you calm your mind with “dreamscapes”, a mix of music, voiceovers and sound effects to help you sleep better.
Sleepio – uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insominia (CBTi) to help tackle the racing mind and behavioural strategies to help reset sleeping patterns naturally.
Sleepstation – this app is free with a GP referral, it’s a 6-week online course for people who struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.