The UK's most bizarre dreams during lockdown
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The UK's most bizarre dreams during lockdown

Some of the UK’s most unusual “quaran-dreams” have been revealed.

Many people have reported vivid, strange and even disturbing dreams since the UK went into lockdown in March.

Bed specialist Time4Sleep teamed up with professional dreams analyst Lauri Loewenberg to delve into some of the most weird and wonderful visions – creating movie-style posters for some of them.

Lauri believes they represent feeling caged in, the strains lockdown has put on relationships, worries about job security and feeling nervous about life going back to normal.

From hamster infestations to evil escape rooms – here’s what she made of the country’s strangest dreams:

Multiplying hamsters

Beth, a 31-year-old PR director from Liverpool: “I dreamed my hamster had babies (even though it’s a boy), but due to lockdown I couldn’t get hold of enough separate cages and they kept breeding and multiplying until I had over 100 in my flat, which was not ideal!”

Lauri says: “Infestations are a common element in dreams recently. Infestations often mean there are a multitude of issues the dreamer is dealing with. In this dream, I think the multiplying hamsters represents frustration due to the dreamer feeling ‘caged in’ like an animal.”

Zombies

Billy, a designer from York: “I’ve been having recurring dreams about zombies and I’m always defending my house from them. I haven’t been watching The Walking Dead or any horror-related movies either.”

Lauri says: “Zombie dreams are very common right now. There are several reasons why a zombie is a popular choice to personify Covid-19. This virus can be deadly and quarantine can certainly feel like an apocalypse – we tend to equate zombies with an apocalypse. Also, if a ‘zombie’ bites you, you turn into a zombie. Similarly, you can catch the virus. This is why the dreamer was defending his home – we are all trying to defend our homes right now.”



Escape rooms

Laura, a 27-year-old admin assistant from Sheffield: My boyfriend turned our house into an escape room and I made my way through all the levels solving puzzles and going from room to room thinking it was such a great idea and a lovely thing for him to do for me. Then I went into the final room and it was like a scene from the saw film and he tried to kill me.”

Lauri says: “This dream could be a reflection of the dreamer’s relationship with her boyfriend while in lockdown. At first it was fun and challenging, but now she is realising that this is a situation she wants to escape from; not necessarily the relationship but the difficulties lockdown is bringing to the relationship.

“Murder in dreams usually means the dreamer is feeling pressured to end or change something in real life. So this dreamer may be realising there are certain dynamics within the relationship that need to change.”

A fire at work

Aimee, a 27-year-old lighting designer from Barnsley: “My place of work was on fire and I called an ambulance and started discussing everyone’s injuries. One of my colleagues had died and another needed stitches. Then one of my other colleague’s faces started melting and I had to hold it to his head!”

Lauri says: “The fire is most likely to represent the damage the pandemic has done to this dreamer’s place of employment. Physical injuries in dreams are often symbolic of emotional or psychological injuries in real life. The dead colleagues are likely the ones who had to be let go. The ones needing stitches are the ones who may be holding it together and the one with the face melting could represent the dreamer herself who is having a hard time “facing” the reality of the situation.”

Naked in the office

Kathryn, a 27-year-old PR specialist from Lincolnshire: “I dreamt about my first day back in the office. I got ready for work and was excited to see everyone but once I’d walked into the middle of the room where everyone was I looked down and realised I was completely naked! Then I started panicking.”

Lauri says: “Being naked in public is one of the top 5 most common dreams. The main cause of it is being concerned about how others perceive us. So something must be causing this dreamer to worry about what her co-workers will think of her once she returned. Perhaps she is feeling vulnerable about her job security.”



Some of the movie-style posters created by Time4Sleep from people's lockdown dreams

Ear piercing

Jenny, a 28-year-old social worker from Nottingham: “I was at a party in my friend’s flat and I went to put some earrings in but my ears had closed up so I had to re-pierce them. I then felt a snapping pain, looked in the mirror and my nostrils had disappeared, it was just skin and I had to stretch it for them to reappear. All of a sudden there were loads of rabbits in the flat so we left the party and ended up in an empty forest where I started getting toothache, ran down a hill and looked in a mirror and my tooth just popped out.”

Lauri says: “When the ears and the mouth are brought to attention in a dream, it is usually because of a communication issue. This dreamer may be having to ‘open’ herself up to new ways of communicating because all these new issues and regulations seem to keep multiplying, symbolised by the rabbits. When we lose teeth in a dream, it is usually because we let something out of our mouth that should have remained in there permanently.”

Dogs who bite

Emily, from Barnsley: “I was standing outside my old secondary school and a dog got run over. When it got back up it bit Cheryl Cole and then she ran round my school biting everyone. I never usually dream!”

Lauri says: “Dogs in dreams often represent the loyalty within a friendship or other relationship. This dreamer must have had a relationship that went through significant difficulty but has been revived. The dog biting people seems to be a warning from her subconscious that the relationship is now harmful to her and it may be best to put it out of its misery.”

Stand-up comedy with a face mask

Darren on Twitter: “Had a dream that I was doing stand up with a face mask on & nobody could hear me so I took it off & people started screaming & crying. I then went home & a woman said “I’m your girlfriend now” then carried me up the stairs like I was a newlywed.”

Lauri says: “This dream is a good reflection of the outrage people have if you go out in public without a mask. Going home is the dreamer’s desire for life to go back to normal. I think the unfamiliar woman that turned out to be his girlfriend is him trying to adjust to our ‘new normal’.”

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