dream world

I’m not much of a night dreamer.

A day dreamer? One hundred infuriating and very distracting percent.

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For some reason, though, when it comes to remembering what strange/terrifying/lovely/boring things have been going on in my brain overnight all I’m usually able to draw from it is a complete, dark blank. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing. It definitely doesn’t feel like a good thing. It actually makes me a little bit sad and lottle bit jealous – especially when other people talk about their weird and wonderful dreams and all I can offer in return is a (now, thankfully, less frequent) recurring nightmare in which I balloon like Violet Beauregarde from Charlie in the Chocolate Factory and get trapped in my bedroom because I’m too big to fit through the door to get out.

*scrunches up face in embarrassment and shame*

Let’s not delve too much into it.

It’ll just get messy and awkward, and there’s enough messy awkwardness going on in the world already.

*smiles a messy and awkward smile*

So, anyway.

Dreams.

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The Mud Maiden in the Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Since lockdown began, people all around the world have reported that they’re experiencing more frequent and more vivid dreams. I’ve seen article after article after article on them, and there’s even a study being conducted by postgraduate students at University College London on the effect the pandemic has had on our dreams.

It makes sense that our sleeping imaginations have gone haywire in the wake of Covid-19 – all of us have had to process some pretty intense emotions recently and most of us have had a lot more free time to reflect on the stories our stressed-out brains have been coming up with.

My dreams, though, are proving to be just as elusive as ever and I’m beginning to feel seriously left out.

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But, there’s hope.

At least, I hope there’s hope.

I have this next week off of work – my first break since everything went weird.

Seeing as I won’t be getting up at 4.30am and seeing as I can’t actually go out to explore the real world, I’m hoping I can have a few (hopefully not nightmarish) adventures in some dream ones instead. I’ve bought a book on lucid dreaming (not 100% sure if this was a good idea, but I guess I’ll find out), stocked up on camomile tea, turned my alarm off off off, and I’ve even got myself a special notebook (any excuse) to write out any dreams that decide to stick around in my brain for long enough for me to get them down on paper.

I might be (definitely am) taking it too seriously, but, in my defence, my social and events calendar – like everyone else’s – is looking very, very free at the moment and I need things to keep me distracted.

I’ll let you know what dream worlds I discover.

• Do you have trouble remembering dreams like me? • Have you noticed a change in your dreams since the Covid-19 pandemic started? • Have you ever kept a dream diary? •

4 thoughts on “dream world

  1. The busy shelf

    I don’t pay much attention to dreams, honestly. I can remember 2 nightmares that scarred my childhood and the moment when I experienced sleep paralysis which I wouldn’t wish upon any living, breathing being in the universe.
    Good ones though…. no, not really. Now that I do think about it, it makes me a bit sad xD

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    1. Pippin Corbet

      Yeah, I’m definitely grateful that forgetting dreams mean I forget any nightmares I might have had! If I could just remember the good/interesting ones I’d be very happy. My sister has had sleep paralysis and it sounds terrifying. Our brains are certainly capable of some weird things at night!

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  2. Karissa

    I haven’t noticed any change in my dreams recently but I completely believe that change and uncertainty can result in that. When I was pregnant with my oldest I had frequent drowning/underwater dreams or ones where my car spun out of control off a cliff and into the ocean. Our unconscious minds are bizarre places. I hope you have a wonderful break from work and only peaceful dreams!

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    1. Pippin Corbet

      Thank you so much! ❤ Our sleeping minds definitely can create some strange things. I'm hoping mine comes up with a tranquil tropical beach and maybe a few cocktails this week… although that might be too much to ask from it hehe!

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