Fever Dreams: An Online Study

Schredl, Michael; Erlacher, Daniel (2020). Fever Dreams: An Online Study. Frontiers in psychology, 11 Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00053

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In addition to a large variety of somatic symptoms, fever also affects cognition, sleep, and mood. In an online survey with 164 participants, 100 fever dream reports were submitted. Fever dreams were more bizarre and more negatively toned and included more references to health and temperature perception compared to “normal” most recent dreams – findings that are in line with the continuity hypothesis of dreaming. Future studies should follow up this line of research by conducting diary studies during naturally occurring febrile illnesses and sleep laboratory studies with experimentally induced fever. It would also be very interesting to study the effect of thermal stimulation applied during sleep on dream content. This research helps to understand subjective experiences while sleeping in an extreme condition (elevated body temperature).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science IV

UniBE Contributor:

Erlacher, Daniel

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1664-1078

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Erlacher

Date Deposited:

03 Feb 2020 15:02

Last Modified:

03 Feb 2020 15:02

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00053

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.139660

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/139660

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