Why are we awake right now

Sleep research Have we been dreaming more since Corona?

Sleep researcher Michael Schredl has also dreamed of the corona pandemic and its effects: "For example, a professorship could not be filled, or one is more cautious when it comes to dealing with it. But there is also the possibility that the fears that arise while awake occur, are presented more in metaphorical form, that is, there can also be monsters that pursue you in order to create this feeling of fear in us. So there are different variants of how stress can affect the content of the dream. "

#lockdowndreams

There is no such thing as a typical corona dream. Everyone dreams differently. You can see that quite well on the Internet platform Twitter. Under the hashtag #lockdowndreams people talk about all kinds of dreams.

Last night I dreamed that I was out shopping on Oxford Street. That's it.

I dreamed of Harry and Meghan. Harry vomited and the media wanted me to do a story about it. Funny, because I'm not even a fan of the Royals!

I was a superhero and I could fly, but I was scared of heights.

Old information is linked with new information

Student Carolin Büscher, on the other hand, is currently dreaming more and more of people who actually no longer play a role in her life. "For example, I recently dreamed of my math teacher who came across my now-self - and he was very irritated by the fact that I smoke."

Michael Schredl also has an explanation for this: When we sleep, we process information and save it. By linking the new information with an old information. This is exactly what happens in our dreams, explains Schredl: "There, too, the new experiences, especially when they are stressful, are linked to old stressful experiences and then saved again. That means that in times like this it always happens that too old content is activated again because it is emotionally related to what is currently happening. "

Dream interpretation: recurring patterns, emotions, people

Whether the superhero with a fear of heights or the encounter with the former teacher - our dreams can tell us something about our everyday life. But how do we learn to interpret them correctly? The classic is of course the dream diary. "Well, I've been writing down a lot of my dreams since 1984. If you deal more intensively with your dreams, you can see that the dreams often follow the same trail as when they are awake and can give interesting ideas and suggestions."

Carolin Büscher says: "I have such a great diary here, which was actually intended for it, and I definitely find it exciting to follow up, especially to find out motives: Which people do I dream of, what are the predominant emotions, I now think a lot about long-distance travel ... "

This is exactly what one should concentrate on when interpreting dreams, says Michael Schredl: on recurring patterns, emotions, people. Because dreams reflect what drives us in everyday life. They can make us feel emotions that we may not even be aware of. But you shouldn't overdo it when interpreting your dreams.

Which feelings and thoughts do we not allow?

Schredl does not believe in dream lexicons that want to explain, for example, what a black cat means in a dream. "Most of the time, these symbol interpretations have nothing to do with what is currently occurring in the person's life. The simplest idea is simply to look: What emotion do I experience in the dream and how do I react to it." Because this makes us aware of thoughts and feelings that we may not allow in everyday life. And so we can learn something from the wildest dreams even in times of pandemic.