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How to decode your corona dreams: From being chased to naked Zoom meetings and natural disasters, an expert reveals what's going on as many of us experience VERY fitful nights in lockdown

How to decode your corona dreams: From being chased to naked Zoom meetings and natural disasters, an expert reveals what's going on as many of us experience VERY fitful nights in lockdown
Are you having more vivid dreams since the lockdown? You are not alone. 
Social media and online forums are awash with those recounting their 'lockdown dreams', while experts have found two-thirds of us are having 'unusually vivid' dreams. 
It seems that with waking hours more monotonous, our night-time narratives become more diverse. But what does it all mean? 
Here, Theresa Cheung, author of The Dream Dictionary From A To Z, decodes your corona dreams... 
Social media and online forums are awash with those recounting their 'lockdown dreams', while experts have found two-thirds of us are having 'unusually vivid' dreams
Social media and online forums are awash with those recounting their 'lockdown dreams', while experts have found two-thirds of us are having 'unusually vivid' dreams
WHY AM I DREAMING MORE?
Many people have been getting in touch recently, telling me of a sharp increase in vivid dreams. Both sleep disruption and longer sleep increase the likelihood of having more REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is the stage where most dreaming happens.
Some believe dreams are simply a by-product of other brain functions, or random signals from your brain as it files away information from your waking life. 
However, the more prevalent theory is that dreams have powerful psychological significance. People who are deprived of REM sleep become anxious and uneasy until they are allowed to dream again. 
In short, we dream because it is good for us. Dreams act like an internal therapist; they help our brains make sense of our waking lives. With so many new things happening, our dreaming mind has a lot of new material to process — hence more vivid dreams. 

WHY DO I KEEP WAKING IN THE EARLY HOURS?

If you are waking up for no reason and feeling wide awake and alive between 3am and 5am, you’re not alone — this is one of the most common times for people to suddenly wake up. 
However, it can be very distressing, and it’s happening more than ever during the virus. 
The best way to cope with it is not to stress and use it as an opportunity to clear your mind or ponder creative ideas. 
Many bestselling books and songs have been created during those early morning hours. 
Indeed, many highly successful people wake in the early hours of the morning to do their best work. 
It may be that your intuition is taking advantage of that quiet time to send you a message so important that it wakes you up. 
Think of waking in the early hours as a special signal from the universe just for you. 
Write down whatever ideas come to you. They might just change your life!
WHY DO I REMEMBER MORE DREAMS? 
Whether you recall them or not, everyone dreams. One of the main reasons most of us don't recall them is because the minute we wake up our mind focuses on the day ahead. 
Now, however, many of us are sleeping in longer and slowing our mornings down. 
This gives our dreaming mind a chance to take centre stage when we wake up. It's an upside in my view, because dreams are remarkable tools to help us understand ourselves better. 
Studies show regular dream recall is good for emotional wellbeing. 
WHY ARE THEY MORE EMOTIONAL? 
People are telling me that for the first time in years they are waking from a dream crying. This is no surprise because dreams reflect our emotional state. And so many of us feel anxious now. 
Overwrought dreams are our mind's way of releasing these fears in a safe, cathartic way. However, if you are having nightmares, this suggests extreme anxiety. 
My best advice is to turn off your phone a few hours before you go to bed, read an uplifting book or listen to your favourite music to escape the endless virus images that are on the news or social media. 
I CAN'T DECIPHER MY DREAMS 
Dreams appear difficult to understand because they employ the language of symbols. They are not to be taken literally and are often chosen from something that has caught your attention in waking life. 
The people in your dreams — from celebrities to ex-partners and your children — all represent parts of your personality. A dream about an ex-partner does not mean that you should go back to them. It merely suggests that an element of that relationship might be useful to you. 
One way to uncover the meaning of your dream images is by association. Simply express the first thing you think of when a trigger image from your dream is given. 
If you don't immediately get an associative thought, try working through all your feelings about that image. Say you saw a bird in a dream. Do you like birds or do they make you nervous? 
Those strange visions explained
A LOVED ONE'S DEATH
This is not a premonition. 
It is linked to our waking knowledge that coronavirus presents a lethal threat and is simply making us all contemplate our mortality. 
Dream deaths suggest endings, but with every ending there is a new beginning, so this dream could indicate the death of our old way of life because we all sense that our pre-virus and post-virus life is going to be very different. 
Dreams in which you woke up crying because you dreamed you were bereaved can be a cathartic experience, helping you work through grief towards accepting the loss of a loved one. 
If, however, you were grieving in your dream for someone who is still alive, have you neglected your responsibilities toward that person, or is your dreaming mind using their death as a symbol of something that needs to end? 
What is it about you or your life that the deceased person in your dream could represent? Inhibition or recklessness? 
Or could this person represent a quality that has departed from your life since lockdown was introduced, such as fun or relaxation? 
Dreams of being bereaved also bring up issues of loneliness. Another feeling that is common at the moment. 
GASPING FOR AIR 
This is clearly a symbolic representation of fear of contracting the virus. The dream illness can feel so real that you wake up experiencing symptoms.
Dreams that feature disease as a theme tend to relate to discomfort or uncertainty in your waking life. We are all subject to that now. 
Generally, dreams of suffocation relate to your feelings concerning separation and attachment, and, as such, point to experiences of childhood. Such dreams often occur at times of change, such as leaving home, getting married, or at times of illness and death. 
Dreams of suffocation can also tell of fears of being overwhelmed or dominated by a powerful figure, who is likely to be a family figure. In dreams, lack of air can relate to tension or being suffocated in a relationship or situation. 
BEING CHASED
This is related to fear of contamination. The way we respond to anxiety in life is typically manifested as a chase dream. Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears or stress. 
Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it. Ask yourself, who is chasing you, and you may gain some insight into the source of your fears. 
On the other hand, your pursuer may represent a part of yourself. Your own feelings of anger, jealousy, fear, and possibly love can assume the appearance of a threatening figure. 
You may be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser and your dream is calling your attention to your own self-destructive actions. Hiding from or being trapped by animals can suggest you are feeling controlled or threatened by your urges or the feelings of others. 
If the animal is watching you, your unconscious is reminding you not to neglect the instincts it represents. 

Missing a train, plane or important meeting 

Missing a travel connection may suggest you feel others are leaving you lagging behind
Missing a travel connection may suggest you feel others are leaving you lagging behind 
Missing a plane or train is a sign you are anxious about something or someone, or missing something important. 
Dreams where you anxiously check your watch but still miss the bus may warn that you are exhausted; especially true if you were too tired to to get to where you needed to be. 
Missing a travel connection may suggest you feel others are leaving you lagging behind. 
Dreams of running after a train are common. According to Freud, trains are classic phallic symbols, suggesting a sexual cause behind frustration expressed in the dream. 
Dreams of disaster symbolise the feeling that your life is out of control. That¿s how all of us feel right now
Dreams of disaster symbolise the feeling that your life is out of control. That’s how all of us feel right now
NATURAL DISASTERS 
Dreams of disaster symbolise the feeling that your life is out of control. That’s how all of us feel right now. 
Dreams involving disasters such as earthquakes and volcano eruptions can be extremely detailed, intense and vivid. You may wake up terrified. 
These dreams are an expression of your hidden fears concerning events beyond your control. Such as coronavirus. 
CRASHING FEARS 
Dreaming about any kind of accident suggests the need to be extra vigilant, as all of us are required to be right now. 
A plane or train crash dream is typically provoked by worries of a project or business collapsing, or not being able to pay bills. 
Meanwhile, a dream of a car crash represents tensions about your efforts to achieve your goals. You could be driving yourself too hard, or perhaps are too eager to get ahead. 
FALLING AND FLYING
This can suggest that you are losing yourself in some area of your waking life; you are totally immersed and can hardly think of anything else. 
But it can also mean you feel you have no support from others.
NAKED ZOOM MEETING
One of the most common dreams is to find yourself naked in public. Dreaming you are naked during a Zoom work call reflects the fact so many of us are now video conferencing from home — and it can feel very exposing. 
Many psychologists favour the interpretation that dreams of nakedness highlight anxieties about yourself, and the way you appear to others. 
Perhaps you feel failure or rejection if you reveal your true self. In your waking life, you therefore need to overcome feelings of vulnerability and learn to be more self-confident. 
A SINKING FEELING 
If you are drowning, this suggests you are letting yourself be submerged by fear or anxiety about the virus. when there are ways to keep your head above water if you follow the guidelines and take care of yourself and others. 
Your dreaming mind is encouraging you to learn how to manage your emotions better. 

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