Covid-19 has transformed our lives day after day and continues to disturb our rest even at night.
In fact, a new study conducted at the University of Helsinki, in Finland, indicates that 25% of participants have nightmares related to the coronavirus at night.
The researchers asked a group of 800 volunteers to write down the content of their dreams each morning from March 28 to April 15. The team then extracted keywords from the clipboard, inserting them into an algorithm looking for repeated themes, images and associations. In total, 20 types of dreams were detected: 55% were associated with the pandemic.
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“It is interesting to see that the recurring contents of dreams have to do with the apocalyptic atmosphere of the circumstances caused by Covid-19,” said Anu-Katriina Pesonen, leader of the study. “These results have allowed us to speculate on dreams in extreme conditions, revealing visual images and traces of memories: these dreams indicate the existence of some kind of” mind map “shared by people. The idea of shared images reflected in our dreams is intriguing ».
Among the most common dreams, obviously contracting the virus, but also forgetting the mask, neglecting safety measures and shaking hands with a stranger or hugging someone, being trapped in the middle of a crowd or finding yourself at a party full of people.
The research was published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology.