Amid the coronavirus outbreak, some of us feel like we are living in a nightmare. Between the virus itself, stay-at-home orders, and falling economy, it’s easy to see why many people are having a hard time right now.
A new dreams report, conducted by Dr. Kelly Bulkeley and commissioned from YouGov, found that 7% of the adult American population are experiencing changes in their dreams due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Slightly more people ages 18 to 34 reported having pandemic related dreams than those aged 35 to 54, 9% in the 18 to 34 category compared to the 35 to 54 category. People ages 55 and over had the least amount of dreams related to coronavirus, with 5% reporting they had pandemic-related dreams.
Are you part of the group that is experiencing pandemic-related dreams? Check out the themes below to see if your recent dreams fall into any of the coronavirus dream categories.
Many dreams include fears of catching coronavirus. These dreams also include worries about being tested, social distancing, isolation, and infecting others.
Instead of themselves catching coronavirus, some people have fears that their family or friends will catch it. Dreams in this category express the frustration many feel about being separated from loved ones.
Other respondents reported having dreams in which they experience difficulty breathing, most likely because this is one of the most frightening symptoms of the virus.
As the coronavirus pandemic has caused difficult financial times for many people, another common dream theme is a threat to someone’s work or employment status.
Dreams are very sensitive to feelings that the world is ending or turning chaotic, which is why many people a=may be experiencing apocalypse dreams.
While we lead lives that are completely abnormal, it can be hard for some to imagine a time when life will feel calm and normal again. Some people are experiencing dreams in which social distancing is the norm, but they feel happy about it.
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