The following is a transcript of the Dr. Oz Show on May 7th, 2020 on the meaning of your Covid-19 dreams and nightmares.
Zoe OZ (00:15):
I’ve been having a ton of dreams. I mean, I’ve always been a dreamer, but it feels like they’re way more
vivid. I have every night. I remember all of them. It’s super strange.
Arabella Oz (00:23):
See, a lot of people are experiencing a similar thing I’ve heard. So I don’t know what this phenomenon is, the way that I’ve kind of understood it for myself is that, um, because I’m doing the same thing every day. I’m not really having a lot of new experiences. I’m not meeting new people, I’m not traveling. Um, my there’s like a, an, an empty space that the dreams are filling in, in terms of, um, revisiting past memories, remembering people from my life, um, exploring new places, uh, psychologically, um, because I can’t do any of that. Physically. My mind is kind of taking me on journeys.
Dr. Oz (01:08):
Is it coronavirus, pandemic to blame for your bizarre dreams at night, as you just heard from my daughters Aribel and Zoe is the question we’ve been asking in my home all around the world. People are reporting that they’re having strange and especially vivid dreams. I had one last night that I was in a little rowboat in the middle of the ocean being buffeted back around and back and forth. I felt like I was in the life of PI. Anyway, why are we having so many strange and intense dreams right now? What can you do to stop them from keeping you up all night long? Well, here’s some of the quarantine dreams you’ve been having. So
Dreamer 1 (01:42):
Ever since this pandemic has hit, I’ve been having the worst nightmares. They mainly revolve around. I can’t get out. I can’t get out of a house on fire. I can’t get out of amaz. I can’t get out of my own house. Last night. I had a dream. I could not leave my house because my door was boarded.
Dreamer 2 (02:00):
I’m Swimming in the ocean and I’m having a great time, but I try to get back into shore and I can’t, and I’m trying and trying, and I’m swimming and I can’t get there. And I wake up feeling panicked and my heart is racing.
Dreamer 3 (02:12):
I’m stuck in a hospital, either as a doctor or a patient, and I can’t get out. I can’t help anyone and nobody
can help me. And it’s been kind of stressful. And it’s been keeping me up at night, my sister
Dreamer 4 (02:23):
We’ll be missing and I’m trying to call her. She’s lost and I’m freaking out. Then I will wake up out of my
sleep. I’m sweating. So we’re kind of disturbs my whole day of me trying to be productive.
Dr. Oz (02:34):
Dr. Thanuja Hamilton joins us now, Dr. Hamilton, what does the latest research say about why we are dreaming so vividly during the pandemic?
Dr. Thanuja Hamilton (02:45):
You know, right now our waking life is almost like a dream state. I mean, we’re confined to our homes. Some people don’t even know what day it is. Uh, we aren’t keeping track of time and it all seems surreal. Uh, we’re wearing masks in public is shut down. So it’s certainly taxing on our psyche and can affect our dreams.
Dr. Oz (03:03):
So how can these dreams be a window into our emotional health? What is it telling us about ourselves?
Dr. Thanuja Hamilton (03:09):
What they’re telling us, it’s, we’re under a great deal of stress and we’re experiencing anxiety and that’s
certainly understandable given everything we’re going through.
Dr. Oz (03:17):
Well, one of the most common dreams that we’ve just heard about is missing loved ones. So we asked psychoanalyst, Dr. Claudia, Luiz, who has been studying dreams during quarantine to give us her opinion. So
Dr. Claudia, Luiz (03:28):
Many people are reporting these unbelievable dreams, where they’ve met up with someone they’ve been missing for a long time. They wake up shattered with grief or horrified. They wake up horrified that someone they love has died. So this is so common now, and it’s really, really okay. What does it mean? It means you have a big, big heart with a lot of love. So the horror is because maybe there’s something unresolved with this person, some negative feelings, and you have a chance to repair that. And with the grief you need to cry. Just find someone to hold you and let yourself do that. Keep calm and carry on, but also feel everything.
Dr. Oz (04:17):
Thank you Dr. Luiz. The next most common quarantine dream that we heard about is being stuck in a hospital. Dr. Hamilton, the fear of being in a hospital right now is very real. It could happen. How do you explain these types of dreams?
Dr. Thanuja Hamilton (04:29):
Well, that’s right. And we’re seeing people hospitalized and very sick around us. Whether it’s someone we know or through social media or the news, we’re being inundated with news of illness constantly, and it’s frightening and it’s becoming a real part of our lives.
Dr. Oz (04:42):
You also say there’s a way we can program our dreams. So they aren’t. So darn frightening. Explain what
I dream incubation is.
Dr. Thanuja Hamilton (04:50):
Yeah. So with dreaming incubation, what you’re doing is you can choose a type of dream. You want just say it’s, um, the beach, uh, have yourself. Imagine that concept as you’re trying to fall asleep, think about the waves, the sounds, the smells, the sand. You could even have a picture of the ocean right by
your bed. And just before you turn off the lights, have that be the last thing you look at as you’re drifting to sleep, keep imagining that. And it can actually help. Now it may take some repetition, but even the practice of taking your mind to that peaceful place can be helpful.
Dr. Oz (05:23):
Yeah. It’s so easy to dose. So actually, well, dr. Hamilton, thank you very much.