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Weird Dreams in Lockdown What Is Going On?

Updated on April 23, 2020
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Nell is a trained psychologist who writes about personal health problems. She is also fascinated by strange medical anomalies.

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Weird #Dreams #Lockdown #Scary #Spooky

Strange Dreams

The widespread Lockdown caused by the Coronavirus is really messing with people's Dreams. People on social media are all talking about having really vivid weird dreams. But why is this happening? And what is the cause behind it?

I have had some really strange dreams myself recently. And from a psychological point of view, they can be explained to a certain extent.

Even though I only work part-time, something odd is definitely happening.

For example:

One night this week I dreamt I was late for work. I woke up, (in my dream) jumped out of bed, showered, got dressed and grabbed my bike. Peddling madly to work, (it was in a supermarket which I have never worked in real life) I asked the girl, 'am I supposed to be here today?'

She just laughed and said no. So I turned around, ran out of the door and jumped back on my bike. Strangely enough, I found myself peddling along the seafront and trying desperately to get through thousands of tourists! Then I spotted a group fo five-year-old school kids, who needed help getting changed. So I stopped to help them.

Weird eh?

For starters, I don't live by the coast. So, what made me dream that?

I believe it's because I am missing crowds. Makes sense. But the part about the children is puzzling. Maybe it was a comfort thing, or just that it was something I could do, or be in charge of.

As for the job, I have often dreamed of my old office work, but never a supermarket. But I think that is self-explanatory, don't you?

I do always dream, but this was very real.

So, have your dreams changed or become much more vivid?

Let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page.

But before that, let's take a look at social media, and see what other people have had to say about their dreams.

Some may be obvious, but others are pretty bizarre.

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'We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.'

— William Shakespeare

You Are Not Dreaming.....

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Obviously the Pandemic is causing a lot of anxiety, and often people are sleeping in later than usual, or maybe not at all.

Here are just a few of the weird dreams some people have experienced;

  • "I called a taxi, and a hearse pulled up!"
  • "I was on the Titanic. And I was helping people get into the boats, but I was shouting to keep social distancing. And people wanted masks more than boats"
  • "I dreamed Boris Johnson was feeding me ice-cream from a spoon"

So far, not too bad. But the one with Boris is a bit weird, to be honest. Maybe some sort of fetish going on? (grin)

Okay, but what about the darker ones? Nightmares and spooky stuff.

  • "My husband was at the top of a hill, and I was at the bottom. In between us was a huge wolf with big fangs"
  • "I dreamed of big flying bugs coming at me, I tried to swat them away, but they kept on coming"
  • " I was stuck in a tiny glass elevator. There was hardly room to breath. I just couldn't get out"
  • "I was panicking and trying to phone my boyfriend, but I kept dialling the wrong number"

As you can see, most of these have the same type of thread.

Panic, being out of control, and not being able to do anything about it.

I must admit, the dream that did get me puzzled was the one that stated:

"I was stuck on the toilet, or peeing on the floor in front of Will Smith"

Er...okay, can't figure that one out but.....

Obviously it's an embarrassment dream. And for whatever reason, poor Will Smith got the butt end.


Yo, What??

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Will Smith Gif

Darker Nightmares

I spoke to a few people over facetime and asked them. Some answers were funny, others just plain stupid, but there were a few that did creep me out a bit.

  • "I couldn't move. I felt someone, or something crawling up my body. I closed my eyes, didn't even know they were open. Were they open? Said a prayer, and it was gone!" Yikes!
  • "My husband was missing. I was looking everywhere for him, but I just knew he was in the cupboard. I went to open it, then woke up, terrified!"
  • "People were walking around my room. I was awake, sorry, I dreamed I was awake, and there were lots of people just standing around talking. Then they all turned to look at me! I woke up in a panic!"
  • "I couldn't get home. For some reason, I was walking instead of in the car. But every single time I went to walk to my street, it turned out wrong. Not too bad I know, but there was something there with me, that scared the hell out of me."

When I asked if these were normal dreams, they all said no.

To me, every single one of them shows that they feel out of control. Doesn't matter what the situation was, they were all, in a sense, alike.

Your Brain Likes Jigsaws

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Our Brains Fill in The Gaps

One thing I have come to believe over the years is that our brains try to compensate for something that is missing.

Psychologically, most people have around twenty things they do in their lives. Sounds a small amount I know, but bear with me.

Virtually everything we have, or do, is a mixture of our senses, or experiences. For example, we may do things that involve smell, or taste, hear, see, or touch.


  • We rise in the morning
  • Eat breakfast
  • go to work
  • sleep
  • have friends
  • interact with lots of people
  • have a partner, or live alone
  • Go on holiday
  • do gardening
  • cuddle or intimacy
  • love
  • fear
  • hate
  • ill
  • healthy

Obviously there are more but you get the point.

All around the world we are doing the same thing. We are not that different from each other.

And if we are lucky, we keep these things, well, at least most of them.

But if they are suddenly taken from us, I believe our brains try to keep us balanced to compensate for the missing emotion or person.

Rather like filling in the gaps of a giant Jigsaw Puzzle.

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One Last Thing......

I did something the other night I haven't done for years.

I talked in my sleep!

I used to do it all the time when I was little and living at home. I believe it was caused by the fact that I was bullied every day for ten years at school.

When I left school, I never did it again.

Until now......

Strange eh?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nell Rose


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Thanks Sankhajit.

    • Sankhajit Bhattacharjee profile image

      Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

      12 months ago from MILWAUKEE

      I like strange dreams...very well said...

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Thanks Peggy, yes our dreams are pretty strange at the moment aren't they? Thanks as always.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I most often remember my dreams, and they have been much stranger than usual of late. There is some comfort in knowing that others are experiencing the same. In the last one that I remember, being in a situation that was out of my control makes sense after reading this.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      13 months ago from England

      Thanks Catherine, yes I have had some really weird dreams during this time. thank you for reading.

    • Catherine Leslie-Faye profile image

      Catherine Leslie-Faye 

      13 months ago from Portland

      I've been picking up on other people's dreams like all the wards and filters I learned to put up to keep them out of my mind have all gone to shreds ever since the pandemic started... still trying to balance and separate my dreams from those of others.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      14 months ago from England

      LOL! sounds like my husband! Thanks Lawrence!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Fascinating stuff, there's no doubt in my mind that the Pandemic is playing with people's minds.

      I rarely remember my dreams, but unfortunatley for me my beloved remembers hers, especially when I've done things in them to upset her!

      I usually get "I'm annoyed with you!" then the explanation, it usually ends in me not having a clue what I did

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      14 months ago from England

      Thanks for reading Imogen. Yes my dreams are becoming normal again, but they were real humdingers to start with! lol!

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      Imogen French 

      14 months ago from Southwest England

      Hi Nell - interesting article!

      I had a lot of weird dreams when the lockdown started, but it seems to have settled down now I'm getting used to things. I put it down to stress caused by worry about what was happening, financial concerns and a change of routine. It is a very definite and widespread phenomena though, lots of people I know have mentioned the same thing. Thanks for the insights.

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thank you Sankhajit, and Umesh.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      15 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Interesting composition.

    • Sankhajit Bhattacharjee profile image

      Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

      15 months ago from MILWAUKEE

      lock down is hammering our minds in every possible ways...

      truly spoken

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Hi Marcy, yes that's happened to me before! strange isn't it? Thanks for reading.

    • Marcy Bialeschki profile image

      Marcy Bialeschki 

      15 months ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      A friend was just telling me she was having really weird dreams. She looked in the mirror and she was a totally different person. She said she just kept saying, "What am I going to do?" Weird stuff. I am not really having any strange dreams, though.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Changes or transformation Bashiru.

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      Bashiru Zuberu 

      15 months ago

      What does it means to support a snake in your dream

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      That is such a sad thought Dora. I am sure we will still need it. Thank you

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, I haven't been paying attention to my dreams, but there are many changes in my thought processes during my waking hours. I was wondering the other day if I'll ever need a sofa since we may no longer sit that close.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      lol! you don't have time for them? I wish I could say the same. Thank you Michael.

    • Michael-Milec profile image


      15 months ago

      Mostly interesting and entertaining. Your dreams might be explainable as you've suggested, however if you don't explain them for us who will?

      As for me, dreams come to me very rarely, mostly because I am busy with sleeping and resting, basically I do not have time for them.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      lol! now that was something new! Thank goodness your husband managed to grab you! Wow! Thanks Ruby, take care

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I sometime have weird dreams, usually I'm driving on a country road and trying to find the Hospital where I work. In one dream I was carrying a bucket of blood to the lab, funny thing it wasn't unusual. I used to walk in my sleep, I almost hung myself in the venation blinds one night trying to get out of the house, my husband grabbed my ankle and I woke up. Sometimes I think I need to see a Doc. lol

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks everybody. Yes for some reason I dream most nights, but recently they have been the weirdest! As I said, my dream was so strange, I may start a dream diary. Thanks

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      15 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Interesting. Someone I know wrote that he was having wild dreams, waking up from them and going back to sleep and dreaming again!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      Nell, now that you mention it, I've had some strange dreams lately myself. At the moment, I can't recall them, but I know they stayed with me for several hours after waking. Some of them were more than strange, they were disturbing.

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      stella vadakin 

      15 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      , I think when we are under stress this happens. Lovely hub,

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting stuff. It seems to me that our uptick in electronics may have quite a bit to do with this. For instance, scrolling. Our conscious can not absorb it all but our subconscious can at least to a degree. One ad about an ocean boardwalk could trigger a whole dream if we did not process it earlier.

      Then you take away the norm/stimuli like you listed and wow what will fill the gap.

      In speaking of love we often refer to the notion that if you are all filled with love there is not room for other stuff. I propose that the same with our mind. If there is a void we will fill it.

      Well done here.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I suppose many are having weirt dreams. I am not that upset I guess as I have not had any unusual dreams, although my husband had a dream that he would never see his granddaughter again. I think that is based on a fear. It is hard to know sometimes. I found your article to be very interesting.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I'm jealous because I either don't dream or I just don't remember them. Kind of ticks me off, you know? Like I'm being cheated out of something I've earned. :) Always love your articles, Nell!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      15 months ago from United Kingdom

      Good Morning, Nell.

      My oldest daughter is a sleep talker. As a child, she was always chatty. I used to joke that the only time she didn't talk was when she was asleep. Then one night I walked past her room and heard talking. I thought she may have been speaking to her sister, so I went in to remind them it was time for sleep. I peeked in to find them both slumbering peacefully. It seems my oldest was carrying on a conversation with whom or what ever she was dreaming about. That joke certainly backfired on me, didn't it?

      I've always been a reclusive sort so lockdown has had very little effect on me or my dreams. It's business as usual apart from both my son and husband working from home for the duration.

      Have a great day, Nell.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very interesting article, and quite relatable. I always enjoy the read, when you write on such topics.

      In these stressful times, people are in a mental state of anxiety and fear. It is always there in our subconscious mind, and hence such weird dreams.

      I am a regular, when it comes to dreams. But thankfully, I don’t remember them, after I wake up. These days also, I am worried about the safety of my loved ones, living far away, and therefore disturbing dreams are happening almost every day.

      Thanks for sharing this, Nell. Take care.

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      15 months ago from USA

      I liked the examples you provided. I’ve had vivid dreams lately too. Most of my dreams recently involve me being indignant or very angry which is what I’d be if someone gave me this virus. Because of a medical problem I don’t stand a lot of a chance with fever reduction or taking other popular meds so my husband and I have joked that he has permission to bury me in the backyard if things head south. I’m a hand washing Nazi because of the fear of catching something and I Lysol wipe down everything. I’ve had dreams of wrapping up people in Saran (plastic wrap) or shaving people’s heads.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh my gosh, I thought this was only me. A few of my dreams have been much more detailed, like living in them step by step, which is for me is odd. And I actually remember them in detail when I wake up. Your dream is endearing, helped children; you needed to help them and make a difference, perhaps help anyone in this social distancing world of ours :-)

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      Patricia Scott 

      15 months ago from North Central Florida


      Actually my dreams have not changed. But not too infrequently my mind roams to the thought: "this is just a terrible nightmare and soon I will awaken." O if it were only so. Take care. Many Angels headed your way. ps

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      Jill Spencer 

      15 months ago from United States

      I loved reading about other people's dreams in your article, Nell Rose. As you say, most seem part of the self's coping mechanism for dealing with stress during lockdown; others are just plain funny or weird. Thanks so much.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks John, I get really detailed dreams, but my other half forgets his. keep safe

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      Thanks, Glenn, I am not sure who's dream that was, but yes it was quite obviously psychological wasn't it? Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Very interesting, Nell. Quite understandable that most involve panic or lacking control. I used to remember my dreams when I first woke and wrote them down but now I can very rarely even remember dreaming. that said I did have one a few weeks ago and remembered it for a short time. I recall it seemed very real at the time but not all that weird however.

      My wife has been dreaming regularly and hers are so detailed it is amazing..they also usually have a common theme of her having no control in a situation or seemingly invisible to others. She often cries out or talks in her sleep. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Glenn Stok 

      15 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I hadn’t given it any thought before reading your article, Nell. But I have also been having stranger dreams than usual throughout this lockdown period.

      Now that I read your review of this, I realize my dreams have been reflecting unconscious thoughts that are a result of the changed behavior we all have at this time.

      I especially found your example of the Titanic interesting and meaningful. It’s very likely a direct influence of the requirements we have about wearing face masks. That must have been what brought on that dream of yours, with the people asking for makes instead of life boats.

      It’s interesting how our mind tries to work out life's issues in our dreams.


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