‘Squid games’ cause ‘high vivid’ nightmares for viewers of popular Netflix show, sleep specialist warns – CBS San Francisco

Pittsburgh (KDKA-TV) – There is no doubt that some grab their attention and do things that scare them. But the latest insanity has taken this fear to a new level. Squid Games on Netflix has caused a wave of people to go to Google for answers to their Squid nightmares.

Experts warn that the show is causing viewers to experience more intense dreams than usual. “There were more clients who reported nightmares after watching this show or very vivid dreams where they reenact some scenes that occur,” says sleep specialist Dr. Daniel Shedd.

Dr. Shedd adds that there have been more violent shows, but this one is made differently. At the heart of children’s games that anyone can relate to. “You have an affinity for this childish game and then this violent outcome in someone who had to volunteer to do that. So I think there might be a sense of powerlessness.

In short, game participants play children’s games to death as a way of trying to forgive their debts.

How annoying is it? “The presentation can potentially be on two levels, disturbing and can be violent,” Dr. Shedd says.

This is why it is kept away from children, and adults should be careful when viewing. “When you have something very painful or emotional, you try to process those memories while you sleep. Maybe you come to terms with them, try to figure out how you feel about it,” he explains.

Shedd adds that “trying to make up” is what disturbs sleep. “Yes, I think there are terrifying nightmares that people might have because of violent content,” he continues. “Then there are squid dreams where people imagine they are playing a game.”

But despite almost all PTSD-type symptoms, people keep coming back for more. “People were watching this, and they were getting a little adrenaline rush like how am I going to answer there? Can I get out of this? Who is going to die next?” says Shadow.

Some can release themselves from shock and say it’s just a TV show, others just can’t.

The best treatment, Dr. Shedd says, is to stop watching. Barring that, he says try to watch at a time away from bedtime so you have a chance to decompress after the credits are up.


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