By Caitlin Elliott published
This story is part of our Good News series – bringing you positive headlines every day to spread positivity during difficult times.
The UK is currently entering its fourth week under coronavirus lockdown measures.
Since the 23rd of March, the nation has been living under strict rules which have meant we are only able to leave our homes for essential things like food, to exercise once a day or to work in key roles.
While this time may feel like a tough and stressful one for many of us, there has been one thing improving in the lives of lots of people, according to a new study.
It turns out that a great deal of Brits are getting better night’s sleep in light of lockdown life.
According to research from King’s College London, 62% of people are getting just as much or more sleep than they were having before.
It seems that the shut down of schools, offices and businesses across the country has resulted in a great deal of the public getting a better night’s kip.
According to Russell Foster, a professor and director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at Oxford, our busy, 24/7 society and lifestyles mean that most of us are usually sleep deprived.
“It is interesting that may now be being reversed,” he told The Sunday Times.
While lots of Britons may be catching up on some much-needed hours of snooze time, many of us are likely experiencing seriously vivid dreams during the night too.
If you feel as though your dreams have been ramped up a notch since the Covid-19 pandemic became a prominent part of your life, there may be a very valid reason.
According to sleep experts, the coronavirus lockdown may actually have something to do with it.
According scientists, the stress and anxiety we feel in our day-to-day lives can have an impact on the nature of our dreams.
With the frightening times the world is facing right now, it’s unsurprising that stress and anxiety are strong feelings for most of us.
Psychologist Courtney Bancroft explains, “When we see heightened levels of stress, we often see heightened levels of vivid dreams happening.
“Our brains get flooded with all sorts of neurotransmitters and chemicals, like adrenaline and epinephrine. When they’re activated, even if it’s during the day, it can actually remain present while you’re sleeping, and that can interrupt the regular sleep cycle a bit and cause those vivid dreams,” she told Today.
Caitlin is Junior News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle.
Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).
After leaving uni, she dabbled in fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team at Future for her first real job in the world of online journalism, joining the ranks as a Digital Writer in 2019.
Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.
When she's not working you'll find Caitlin sipping bubbles at brunch with her besties, thinking about her next iced coffee, trying to close the rings on her Apple Watch, scrubbing up on her royal family knowledge or scrolling through the Zara app, trying to resist tapping 'check out' again.
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