Sleeping and Dreaming in times of COVID-19

Good sleep boosts our immune system, our ability to concentrate and our efficiency, and keeps us happy. Therefore, it is quite important to keep an eye on our sleep and dreams!

To successfully handle the momentary crisis (COVID-19), we should take care of our own health as well as others. However, the situation demands a certain adjustment and for many of us causes sleepless nights.

To take back control of our sleep, and enable you to remember the power of refreshing sleep and exciting dreams, we want to provide you with some helpful tipps:

  1. For those of you working under crisis condition: Sleep in portions (polyphasic sleep) is possible and if planned correctly, leads to the much needed recovery as well. This requires a thorough, individual planning process, that you not only get enough hours of sleep, but also sleep through the different phases of sleep. For more information and advice please contact
  2. Everybody should try to:
    1. Go to bed and et at the same time each day
    2. Eat at the same time each day
    3. Exercise during the day, it facilitates our deep sleep – it is possible to exercise inside your house or apartment as well: Yoga, Zumba, Workouts – tutorials or instructions can easily be found online (just remember to do very arousing or powerful exercises earlier in the day, not shortly before going to bed)
    4. Let some fresh air in your bedroom before going to bed and dim the lights before sleeping
    5. Stop working on screens at least one hour before going to bed
    6. Find an individual sleeping ritual, that you can repeat every night before going to bed; e.g., reading some pages of a book, meditate, dim the lights, drink a cup of relaxing tea… Just try to slowly leave the day behind
    7. Don’t eat big meals or candy before going to bed: you could have some nuts, a banana, or warm mild with honey instead
    8. Avoid Energy drinks, Coca-Cola, coffee, black tea, green tea, white tea, or similar drinks
    9. Avoid alcohol, as too much of it changes your sleep structure and worsens sleep quality

It is important to stay informed, but at the same time, remember to turn off news and social media once in a while to calm yourself. So keep reading the news, but also find a new book to read, start new projects that you always wanted to do, spend time with your own thoughts and dreams or start a dream diary, enjoy your free time! Sleep in and focus on your dreams – who dreams, sleeps!

Those who experience crazy or different dreams at the moment, let us know via!

More information regarding sleep, dreams, and related topics you can find on our websites.

10) We are already accepting applications for the next certificate course Sleep coaching, which is expected to start in October 2020. If interested, please send a short email to For more information see

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Institute

We celebrate through following events:

1) June 21st 2019 // From sunset to sunrise, following will be breakfast at the “Im_flieger Landebahn”. At 8PM lecture by Dr. Brigitte Holzinger (AT), “every person dreams…”; more information:

2) Lucid Dreaming and dream part 1: from July 4th 2019 to July 7th 2019

3) Lucid Dreaming and dream part 2: from July 18th to July 21st 2019

4) Med. hypnosis and awareness for sleep disorder related problems falling asleep and sleeping through the night (Insomnia) – for professionals and people suffering from those sleep disorders: from August 16th to August 18th 2019

5) CBT-I Cogn. Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia – for professionals and people suffering from sleep disorders: from August 23rd to August 25th 2019

6) Starting October 2019 it will be possible for new members to join our proven successful Wednesday Dream Group (10 DFP); from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. If interested, please contact us at

7) Fariba Bogzaran, 31 years ago fellow student of Dr. Brigitte Holzinger at Stephen LaBerge, in the Lucidity Institute of Stanford University, is announced to have a lecture in June 2020 to the topic of „Surrealism, Dreaming and Lucid Dreaming“ – details to be announced;

8) 10% discount on the sleep phase alarm clock at if entering the code „Schlafcoaching“;

9) The department of sleep research of the University Salzburg conducts a survey among Austrians about our sleep behavior: , please support our Austrian scientific research, click on the link and take part in the anonymous survey!

10) We are already accepting applications for the next certificate course Sleep coaching, which is expected to start in October 2020. If interested, please send a short email to , More information about the seminars under “Events”:


Dr. Brigitte Holzinger
Dr. Brigitte HolzingerDirector of the Institute
Mag. Dr. Brigitte Holzinger was born in Vienna, studied psychology in Vienna and California (Stanford), is a psychotherapist for integrative Gestalt therapy, supervisor, clinical and health psychologist. Research and study of “Sleep, Dream, and Lucid Dreaming” and “Gestalt Therapy” at Webster University and the University of Innsbruck. Accreditation in somnology by the ESRS. Coaching, supervision, and training in businesses and public institutions on the subjects of burnout and wellness, rhetoric and communication, team development and body language. Psychotherapist and supervisor in an independent practice.
Gerhard Klösch
Gerhard Klösch
For more than ten years, Gerhard Klösch has worked with the phenomena of sleep and dreams. Scientific staff member since 1989 in the sleep laboratories (University Clinic of Vienna).
Since 1993, research has focused on the clinical application of activity measuring by means of actigraphy for the diagnosis of sleep/wake cycle disorders. Currently employed at the Department of Neurology / Neurophysiology at AKH Vienna.
Lucille Mayer
Lucille Mayer Staff member
Lucille Mayer is born in Munich and is living in Vienna since 5 years and has joined the Institute in May 2018. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Vienna. Among many other tasks, she is in charge of research activities, participation in publications, office / organization, preparation and follow-up of seminars, web and social media.


Diagnosis and therapy of insomnia, hypersomnia, disorders of the sleep-wake cycle, and parasomnia (primarily fear and nightmares). Extensive clinical and psychological diagnoses; testing of vigilance and attention (for the diagnosis and treatment of fatigue during the day), evaluation of the sleep-wake cycle with the help of a sleep diary and actigraphy (continuous activity measurements), Pulse oximetry (used to measure oxygen saturation in blood – diagnostic aid for obstructive sleep apnea).

Technical Equipment

Computer tests for activity recording (vigilance, reaction time); actigraphy (for outpatient examination of the sleep/wake cycle; sleep masks (REM glasses) for examining REM/non-REM sleep and to learn about lucid dreaming (for example for therapy of fear and nightmares).


Psychologists and psychotherapists. Through close cooperation with the sleep laboratories of the University Clinic, Vienna, the institute also has access to a number of specialists for psychiatry, paediatrics, neurology, and pneumology.

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Children’s dreams: When are dreams recognized as dreams? Dreams vs. TV

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