Sleeping in times of pandemic: the sleep disorders that quarantine has brought

Undoubtedly, in this context of a pandemic we find ourselves in a situation of stress, danger and many doubts. This instability can be generated by different factors; Some have great uncertainty about what the future will be like, others have concerns about their physical and mental health, both of themselves and their loved ones, others have completely changed their routine.

All these components can make it difficult for us to fall asleep, and once achieved, the probability of having strange dreams or nightmares is older.

Dreams can be a reflection of our desires, but also of our fears and anguish therefore, it is not a surprise that the people who are finding it more difficult to deal with isolation and adapt to the strong changes that the pandemic brought by COVID-19 are going through sleep disorders.

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The graduate in psychology and specialist in soil and insomnia at INECO, Pablo López explained in dialogue with La Nación: "Sustained stress situations can cause nightmares and strange dreams. The unpleasant thoughts we have during the day also appear at night when we sleep. The permanent internal restlessness that we all go through today and the fact of living in a state of threat that has no answer and that, for now, we do not know when or how it ends, it can alter the dream content and generate images consistent with what we experience during the day ”.

Due to the combination of stress and nightmares, people tend to wake up more often during the night, which makes it easier to remember what one dreams about. The next day, all this brings up different emotions: we remember what we dreamed and the vivid sensations that the dream brought, the anguish, fear, insecurity or anger.

The important thing to highlight is that there are no mysteries or hidden messages, just a physiological process of a mind that is constantly processing information: what we dream of is a continuation of the daytime stream of thought.

Why is it important to sleep well?

Sleep is essential to lead a healthy life, both physically and mentally. During the night, while we sleep, our brain has time to repair itself and rebuild neuronal cells. This process improves our cognitive functions, without which disorders such as stress, anxiety and depression would not be able to bear.

If you are one of those who is experiencing lack of sleep, difficulty sleeping, or you are having very strange or very vivid dreams, you have nothing to worry about, you are not the only one.

There are no tips to avoid dreaming since dream images do not depend on the will. However, we give you some tips to get a good night's sleep and get a good night's sleep.

Maintaining the routines so that the days are as close to normal as possible is one of the keys; waking up early, sleeping a sufficient amount of hours, taking care of the diet and the hours of this, not working or studying from bed. On the other hand, it is also recommended to go out to the balcony to get some air or the patio, avoid excess information and always be in contact with our loved ones.


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