Are you having the weirdest dreams of your life while you’re stuck in perpetual self-isolation as the world as we know it shuts down for the foreseeable future? Well, you’re not alone (except for literally, in isolation).
People on Twitter have been chatting about how vivid and wild their dreams have gotten ever since the coronavirus outbreak hit.
is anyone else having really weird/vivid dreams during this whole lockdown or is it just me???
— 🧚🏽♂️ (@juustmolls) April 11, 2020
Is it just me or has everyone been having like super vivid dreams over quarantine. I can’t remember a night where I haven’t had atleast 2 dreams. They have complete story lines, a full arc and ending… not mad. Just suspicious.
— SofiA bRyANt (@sofiakbryant) April 13, 2020
If living in self-isolation has taught me anything, it’s that dreams become more vivid and clocks forget how to tell the time.
— Michael Faudet (@MichaelFaudet) April 10, 2020
all my dreams have been so vivid and realistic i hate it here
— vereena (@VereenaSayed) April 16, 2020
According to a dream expert, stress is to blame.
“When we are going through a stressful time in our life, our dreams will be a metaphor for the stress and magnify it,” self-described Certified Dream Expert Lauri Loewenberg told Grazia.
Stress? Are we all stressed? Gosh, I can’t imagine what would make us all be SO COLLECTIVELY STRESSED that our dreams seem more realistic than the current monotony of our indoor day-to-day lives.
I performed brain surgery on Ray Romano in a shopping mall last night. Submit your coronavirus anxiety dream here.
— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) March 29, 2020
But it also isn’t exactly that simple.
Michael Nadroff, a director in Mississippi State University’s psychology program, told Time that the greater levels of anxiety many people are experiencing also can cause us to wake up more frequently during the night and stay awake for longer periods of time when we do, which would make us more likely to remember more of our dreams, and in greater detail, than we would if we slept through the night.
It’s easy to see how people’s brains are jumping into some of these dreams.
Last night I dreamed the second stimulus package the government did was to send every family in America free Chicago-style deep dish pizza.
In my dream I thought it was an awesome idea. And I still do.
— Drew Dyck (@drewdyck) April 13, 2020
Last night I dreamed the QUARANTINE was over and I was driving my wife to the hair salon. pic.twitter.com/6vX5guV03V
— Magic Beans🐿️ (@DeanJC420) April 12, 2020
I dream about making face shields because busy all day making face shields, you can’t escape…
— Matt Stultz (@MattStultz) April 17, 2020
I had a nightmare the other night that I went to the grocery and people were intentionally coughing and sneezing on me and standing right next to me. It. Was. Horrendous.
— Baylee (@bayleeless) April 16, 2020
Last night I dreamed that I was being chased through an abandoned building by zombies. I ran into a basement where they were holding an Artist Alley led by Warren Ellis.
— Jamal Yaseem Igle (@JAMALIGLE) April 16, 2020
Last night I dreamed I was in a barbershop, and the barber said I could have a haircut. I woke up from all that excitement.
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) April 13, 2020
Other dreams seem way more random, but all of our brains are just clearly working overtime while we doze.
Is it just me or are dreams really weird at the minute?
Last night I dreamed I was Chrissy Teigen & was on the run from the mafia while also trying to find my cat on the streets of Italy & trying to catch a flight.
I ended up sobbing in John Legend’s arms at the airport 🤷🏻♀️🤔😳
— Go🏠Stay🏠 (@Writagal) April 16, 2020
One of my recurrent nightmares is I show up to an event inappropriately dressed. Not without clothes at all, just mildly underdressed. Last night I dreamed that I went to a friend’s wedding and neglected to wear a coat and tie. It was terrifying.
— Joe Pilot, MD (@JoeSilverman7) April 13, 2020
SHIT I just now remembered my dream last night! I dreamed I suddenly had a penis and I was like “OMG what do I do with this?” And I just started flapping it around. Which I think is pretty accurate?
— Jules KD (@la_belle_laide) April 16, 2020
Last night I dreamed I’d said something dismissive about the city of Chicago online, and then lots of my friends started texting me in indignation. All of the text messages read “Grace. I am also Chicago.”
— Grace Lavery 🐬 (@graceelavery) April 14, 2020
Last night I dreamed I secretly switched the Vatican’s holy water with Folger’s Crystals.
— dina martina (@dinamartina) April 15, 2020
But there are ways to try to stop the dreams, if they’re troubling you.
Loewenberg says that de-stressing and getting rid of negative thoughts before you sleep can help your dreams become more peaceful.
She suggests journaling about things that are bothering you before bed.
“In the writing process, include the positive outcome you would like to see as well as something you can actively do to reach that outcome,” she advised. “This allows you to sort out all those jumbles stressful thoughts and it gets them out of your head and onto paper.”
Or, if you can, just enjoy your wacky dreams while they last. Reality isn’t that great right now, so maybe visiting imaginary worlds where you can touch people and buy groceries without dying is worth a couple restless nights.