Although we are all at home now with more free time, it is easy to let our sleep schedules fall apart.
“I go to bed every night at 3 a.m. and wake up at 9 a.m.,” ISU student Mary Abernathy said. “I’m pretty sure I am digressing as a human.”
“I used to sleep from 12 a.m. to 9 a.m., but now it’s 4 a.m. to 12 p.m.,” said ISU student Rachel Magill.
“I stay up late and wake up late,” said ISU student Taylor Hooton. “I go to sleep around 1 a.m. and wake up around 11 a.m.”
“My sleep schedule has shifted back five hours, and it’s horrible. I find myself finally getting tired after 2 a.m. sometimes,” ISU student Evie Reed said. “I don’t go to bed until 4 a.m., and of course that means I wake up at 12 everyday.”
These shifted sleep schedules may also end up hurting students during study week and finals week.
“I don’t have a class to wake up for in the morning, but I have a feeling finals week is going to hurt if I don’t fix my sleep schedule,” said Reed.
Students’ work schedules have also changed since being back at home, therefore affecting their sleep patterns.
“My sleep schedule has been really messed up,” ISU student David Galligan said. “I'm working until close some nights so I’m always up later than usual.”
“I work at the news station and am free to sleep during the day now that classes are asynchronous,” said ISU student Sophie Morgan.
For other students, this has been an opportunity to get back on track.
“I am finally getting 8 hours of sleep,” said ISU student Courtney Owens.
“I have less sleep paralysis because I am less stressed and less social,” said ISU student Grace Hicks.
Another aspect of sleep that is being affected by this quarantine is peoples’ dreams. Many are even calling them #quarantine dreams. According to National Geographic, this is not an unusual phenomenon.
“With hundreds of millions of people sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, some dream experts believe that withdrawal from our usual environments and daily stimuli has left dreamers with a dearth of “inspiration,” forcing our subconscious minds to draw more heavily on themes from our past,” said Rachel Remmen in an article published by National Geographic.
ISU student Jennifer Runge has experienced this herself.
“For some reason I was running for my life, right? I vaguely remember running to Reeve and for some reason I was running from a creature in this game I’ve been playing , Breath of the Wild. Then suddenly I was piloting the creature and we went to attack a fraternity,” said Runge.
Other students have experienced more realistic dreams, but still very vivid ones.
“I had two super realistic ones with both of my roommates in them,” said Reed.
Whether you have a broken sleep schedule or crazy dreams, we are all in this together. Stay safe, Sycamores!