The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted our sleep and dream activity. In a recent study published in the Journal of Sleep Research, people had a higher number of awakenings, a harder time falling asleep, higher dream recall, and more lucid dreams during lockdown than after lockdown.
People also reported more dreams related to “being in crowded places” during post-lockdown than lockdown.
For the study, 90 adults in Italy recorded their dream experiences and completed a sleep-dream diary each morning.
“Our results… confirmed that both sleep and dream measures showed critical differences between lockdown and post-lockdown periods,” the authors wrote.
Reference: “The impact of the end of COVID confinement on pandemic dreams, as assessed by a weekly sleep diary: a longitudinal investigation in Italy” by Serena Scarpelli, Maurizio Gorgoni, Valentina Alfonsi, Ludovica Annarumma, Valentina Di Natale, Emilio Pezza and Luigi De Gennaro, 20 July 2021, Journal of Sleep Research.
They go into hypnotic medications, lucid-like dreaming and etc etc and somehow make no mention of the “Ambien Walrus” of great recession fame.