Lucid dreams give you the power to manage your own dreams and direct them in the way you like. You are more willing to face danger when you are lucid, which boosts your self-confidence. When you become lucid, you can use it to solve problems in your daily life or to better your athletic performance, public speaking, or fantasy life. In fact, several sportspeople use their lucid dreams to perfect their bat swing, tennis serve, or golf swing. You can use lucid dreams in your day-to-day life to, among other things, prepare for a first date, ask for a raise at work, get beyond writer’s block, conquer phobias, etc. Lucid dreams can assist you in mentally rehearsing and visualizing an event before it actually happens. It aids in overcoming anxiety and fears. The uses for lucid dreams are simply limited by your creativity.
What you “learn” or “practise” in your lucid dream state is identical to the training and preparation you perform in the waking world since brain activity during the dream state is the same as during a real life event. Your brain has already conditioned certain neural patterns.
In their lifetime, at least half of all individuals have experienced one lucid dream. Many people claim to have lucid dreams without even attempting it. Flying is frequently connected to lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming is a skill that may be learnt and developed through time.
Self-induced lucid dreams have become more and more common in recent years. Wish fulfilment, facing anxieties, and healing are among the most frequent causes of lucid dreams. Studies have also suggested a connection between lucid dreaming and overcoming the anxiety and discomfort brought on by nightmares.
The question of whether lucid dreaming is good for or bad for mental health is hotly contested. According to some studies, having lucid dreams purposely blurs the distinction between reality and dreams, which may be harmful to one’s long-term mental health. For some populations, such as those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, lucid dream therapy has proven to be largely useless.
Another issue with lucid dreams has been raised by some researchers: they might interfere with sleep. Lucid dreams have been hypothesised to have a negative impact on sleep hygiene and sleep quality since they are linked to higher levels of brain activity.
Frequent lucid dreams have the potential to alter the sleeper’s sleep-wake cycle, which may then have an impact on memory consolidation, emotional control, and other daily activities associated with sleep health.
Additionally, lucid dreams are more common in those who have narcolepsy7, a sleep condition marked by extreme daily sleepiness and irresistible sleep attacks.
The research on lucid dreams is still mostly in its infancy. More investigation is required to fully comprehend these types of dreams and identify the reasons why some persons experience lucid dreams more frequently and intensely than others.
With the correct techniques, inducing lucid dreams can be pretty simple. Those who are unfamiliar with these phenomena may be able to cause themselves to have lucid dreams by using the following techniques:
Make your sleeping space as comfortable as possible. Good sleep hygiene can help to ensure a healthy sleep-wake cycle that includes enough REM sleep (when lucid dreams are most likely to occur). Make sure the bedroom is at a pleasant temperature for sleeping; most experts agree that it should be 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 degrees Celsius). The space should be kept quiet and dark as well. Aside from additional accoutrements like sleeping masks and blackout curtains, earplugs and sound machines can also assist block disturbing outside noises.
Identify your reality: Throughout the day, engage in “reality testing” by examining your surroundings to determine if you are awake or asleep. Even if the surroundings in a dream may seem familiar, they will be inconsistent and distorted from reality. You might be able to test your reality during dreams if you practise these reality checks multiple times every day.
Try the MILD and WBTB techniques: For the MILD approach, wake up after five hours of sleep (set an alarm if necessary), and tell yourself to remember you’re dreaming once you’ve passed out. In several researches, the MILD technique has shown to be very successful. The wake back to bed method necessitates awakening after five hours of sleep as well. You should stay up with WBTB for between 30 and 120 minutes before going back to sleep.
Keeping a dream journal will help: Every morning, record in a journal all you can recall about your dreams. You can also capture your dream memories using a voice-recording device. Maintaining thorough records will make it simpler for you to identify dreams once you’ve fallen asleep, which may lead to the occurrence of lucid dreams.
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