COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels More Anxiety Dreams

Article by: Jennifer Nelson, Apr 13, 2020

“We know that people can problem solve in their dreams, and so, as the overall anxiety level has crept up, it is not uncommon that we may have more anxious dreams,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in the San Francisco Bay area. Dreams, according to Freud, and in reality, also have “day residue.” “This is the leftover unfinished business of the day that we try to catch up on, and resolve in our sleep,” he says. They’re a reflection of what’s going on in our conscious mind that becomes part of our unconscious, and we process it during sleep.

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