what they’re telling you, and some helpful sleep tips…
There has been an increase in unusual and vivid dreams as a sleep-time side effect of the current pandemic. Sleep experts have suggested that daytime anxieties can translate into night-time subconscious and the UK public are finding this increasingly true!
As sleep experts, here at nanu, we thought it was time to research further into what some of these strange Covid dreams could really mean after an increase in our nanu family reporting unwanted dreams …
Believe it or not, dreams are actually a key part of how our brain makes sense of our lives, and the dreams we have are generated for many different reasons; be it to process our day, make sense of something upsetting, or to handle stress and trauma. Dreaming acts like a virtual organiser, consolidating all of these issues for us while we’re in the land of nod. We see sleep as our personal assistant, helping us prepare for the day ahead or make sense of the day we have just experienced.
Most of us will remember few of our dreams and these dreams are rarely likely to impact how we feel once we wake up. Sadly, this may not currently be the case as this crisis continues to unfold, and anxieties around health, work, money and the future could be crossing over from our real world into our subconscious while we’re asleep.
So we’ve researched what 10 of the most common vivid dreams mean.
- Teeth falling out suggests worries about personal appearance and/or worries about others’ perceptions
- Being chased may mean a real-life anxiety – or an anxiety about the dreamer’s own personality – is creeping up on them
- Being unable to find a toilet may indicate holding back true feelings about someone or something
- Being naked in public suggests worries about being exposed as a fraud or being wrongly accused of something
- Going into an exam with no preparation reflects a lack of self-belief
- Fear of flying could mean the dreamer is afraid they can’t live up the tough goals they set for themselves
- The feeling of falling usually indicates overwhelming anxiety
- An out of control vehicle may mean the dreamer is worried about a lack of control in where their life is headed
- Finding a brand-new room in a building you know well suggests a new (and positive) outlook is just around the corner
- Being late suggests the dreamer is worried about time slipping away or that they simply won’t achieve what they need to in the time they have left
We couldn’t just leave you with this rather strange list and not offer some comforting sleep tips during these peculiar times…
The run up to bedtime has a major effect on the quality of our sleep: try to destress before you head to bed, cut back on social media browsing ahead of turning in and stick to a routine if you can. Maybe pick up a book and light a candle to prepare your body for a deep and rejuvenating night sleep. It has been found that allocating time aside to unwind can often help those suffering with insomnia.
Try to limit caffeine intake during the afternoon and evening to prepare your body for night-time relaxation. And, perhaps a herbal tea may be a relaxing addition to your bed time routine too?
It’s also advisable to make your bed a real haven. Customised bedding that allows you to cocoon yourself, along with a duvet that’s the right tog so you sleep at your own ideal temperature, can really have an impact on how comfortable a good night’s sleep is.
If you’re unsure what tog is right for you, why don’t you have a play with the nanu duvet builder to figure out which level of ‘toastyness’ suits you and your partners needs best!
We hope all your dreams are happy dreams, Sleep well