Vivid and terrifying ‘pandemic dreams’ are reportedly now beginning to ruin the sleep of potentially millions of Americans as the Coronavirus crisis continues to roll on.
As The Miami Herald reports:
“Last night I dreamed both my daughters again were children & locked in hotel room in a skyscraper by someone who wished them harm. In terror I snuck them out of there and I set them up in a secret tent in a little green park near the sea,” Dr. Elizabeth Sawin said in a March 11 Tweet.
“I had a dream that I went grocery shopping, and the only thing I could find was a stick of butter. When I got out of the store, it fell out of my bag, and a lady stepped on it with a stiletto heel. Analyze that one!” tweeted Lisa Devlin.Health experts say these strange dreams are not surprising. Sleeplessness and changes in sleep patterns are part of how understandably frightened Americans are reacting during the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people,” the CDC says. “Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.”