A new story from Steve Scott

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Corona virus related dreams this month and it's not necessarily a bad thing Dr Carol ash is a sleep specialist and chief medical officer at RWJBarnabas health in New Jersey she tells CBS dreams are the way our bodies and brains process the experience of the day studies have shown that when you don't sleep well at night your anxiety is increased by thirty percent so good sleep and dreams they're a normal healthy process and unfortunately with all the things we're dealing with this but this coronavirus we're all going through collective trauma so we're seeing more and more of these vivid dreams and nightmares it's not uncommon to have sleep disruption and nightmares during trauma but what also is happening is some of those because we're not working our schedules are disrupted and we're we're sleeping in we're actually getting more sleep and you have more dreams right before you wake in in the morning so most of us are actually experiencing dreams for the first time so we're finding our dreams are more vivid because we just haven't had the opportunity to really get good quality sleep Dr ash also says social distancing is heightening our anxiety and disrupting our sleep because it affects our sense of self when you disrupt your sleep at night it activates the part of the brain for protection so you have to have a greater sense that your space is being violated you you really don't even want to be around people so it magnifies that sense of isolation and loss so it's not as bad as we think we're gonna get through this stick to the social distancing and we really can can cope it's the way the brain works it's giving the us that precede additional sense of loss and isolation Dr Karel acts as a sleep specialist and chief medical officer at RWJBarnabas health in New Jersey well most Americans think staying at home to slow the spread of corona virus is more important than re opening the.

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