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Blame It On COVID-19: Of Bad Dreams And A Feeling Of Guilt And Anxiety

Experts suggest that these nightmares point towards a psychological flashpoint in the dreamer or the collective, each trying to articulate a sense of danger

Blame It On COVID-19: Of Bad Dreams And A Feeling Of Guilt And Anxiety
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Blame It On COVID-19: Of Bad Dreams And A Feeling Of Guilt And Anxiety
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2020-10-10T11:48:52+05:30

Damini Gaur, 32, reached her hometown Jaipur from Delhi just before the three-week lockdown was put in place. On the second day of the lockdown, she was on a TV news watching spree. Later that night, she found it difficult to sleep by her usual bedtime around midnight. She tried reading, writing something, watching a movie and finally dozed off at 2:30 am.

She woke up an hour later, soaked in sweat from a nightmare. “The streets were all grey. There was smoke and fumes everywhere. It looked like a scene from a science fiction movie,” recalls Gaur. “Everyone I knew was dead, exc­ept my mother. I was running through the streets. Other people were running too.” Sleep­—dull, heavy and exhausting—came only in the morning. Her sleep cycle has been disturbed ever since. Nightmares have sunk their teeth in others’ nights too. For Saloni Dhawan, 24, a designer based in Bangalore, a recurring theme is getting a phone call informing her that one of her family members in Delhi has tested positive. She would wake up anxious and guilty­­—for not being with her family. She flew back home on March 10 and the nightmares stopped.

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