What Science Says About Vaccine, Covid, Mask, and Pandemic Nightmares

It is already quite clear that the covid pandemic-15 has impacted the dreams of many people, and it was with this in mind that a psychologist at Harvard University conducted a study of how this chaotic collective experience affected dreams. Basically, the researcher asked participants from all over the world to describe their dreams about the pandemic. She even collected and analyzed more than 15 a thousand dreams, from more than 5,000 individuals.

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The psychologist found that pandemic dreams have been more vivid and bizarre than those observed in normal times. With interruptions in working hours and the disappearance of commuting for many, the memory of dreams increased for a period in the beginning of the pandemic. At the time, the researcher noticed a trend of dreams involving getting the virus or seeing covid-infected co-workers.

But she points out that most dreams portray strangers who are not with their masks, or ones that the person forgot to put on (a rather pandemic variation on that classic dream in which the person is naked in public). On the other hand, elderly people dreamed a lot that they were family members who were not wearing masks or were getting too close.

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Vaccine generates positive dreams

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According to the psychologist, since the vaccines were announced, dreams have become more positive, with the end of pandemic, for example, with family members or with parties. Initially, the study participants reported sadness after this type of dream, but as the vaccines became a reality, the feeling was that something could be done soon.

The researcher also reports that the correlation with personality traits is much lower than the correlation with hours of sleep, but she mentions that depressed people remembered more about their dreams, and more extroverted people tend to have fewer memories of dreams.

Source: Discover Magazine

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