“My patients have been coming in and telling me, ‘I have vivid dreams, I remember my dreams, I have nightmares,'” said sleep specialist Dr. Raj Dasgupta, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
“This is something that we’ve seen in other traumatic events that occur around the world and in our country,” Dasgupta said. “So the fact that we’re having more nightmares during this pandemic doesn’t surprise me.”…
A long stretch of REM occurs in the latter part of the night, typically just before you wake up, said clinical psychologist and sleep specialist Michael Breus, author of “Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health.”
Add in the worry, anxiety and stress of the pandemic, Breus said, and you have the perfect recipe for nightmares.