For Women, Even Dreams Have Become Stressful


How have your dreams been lately?Have they been sadder and angrier than usual? A new Harvard study has found that during COVID women are experiencing more intense and stressful dreams than men. “I had so many people say they feel overwhelmed with the number of unpleasant or angry-sad dreams, and they just want them to stop,” said study author Deirdre Barrett, assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University. Why are women having more stressful dreams than men? It could be because they have taken on more and are just more stressed overall.

"In this pandemic, women overall have taken on the bigger burden of the majority of childcare and home care while still working compared to men, overall," said Dr. Gail Saltz, associate professor of psychiatry at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine and host of thePersonologypodcast. "This greater burden is highly stressful and adds to the stress content of dreams." (AOL)