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Harness the Creative Power of Lucid Dreaming: Sleep Better and Become a Superhuman

Lucid dreaming lets you make use of the dream state that comes to you every night to have a stimulating reality. –Stephen LaBerge

Meaning

Lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness where the dreamer realizes they are dreaming and can generally control their actions within the dream. It’s not uncommon for people to experience this phenomenon, with estimates suggesting that as many as 40% of adults have had at least one lucid dream in their lifetime.

Lucid dreams are when you know that you’re dreaming while you’re asleep.

You’re aware that the events flashing through your brain aren’t really happening. But the dream feels vivid and real. You may even be able to control how the action unfolds, as if you’re directing a movie in your sleep.

Studies suggest that about half of people may have had at least one lucid dream. But they probably don’t happen often, usually only a handful of times in a year.

When Do Lucid Dreams Happen?

Lucid dreams are most common during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a period of very deep sleep marked by eye motion, faster breathing, and more brain activity.

You usually enter REM sleep about 90 minutes after falling asleep. It lasts about 10 minutes. As you sleep, each REM period is longer than the one before, finally lasting up to an hour.

Who Invented Lucid Dreaming?

The term was coined and made popular by Dutch psychiatrist Dr. Frederik van Eeden who coined it for his research on personal experiences between 1901-1903 while practicing psychiatry at University Hospital Utrecht in Holland.

How Do I Trigger a Lucid Dream?

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  1. Lay down before you go to bed and remind yourself that you want to have lucid dreams.
  2. Consciously watch your breath for about 5 minutes, staying mindful of the present moment .
  3. Spend a few minutes thinking about what caused a dream that felt especially powerful or emotionally significant to you, and then imagine yourself back into that scene in your head with full awareness of everything going on in the dream (this is called anchoring).
  4. Repeat the scene over again, mentally injecting it with different emotions or consequences if desired.
  5. Be aware that with practice comes perfection.

How does lucid dreaming affect the brain?

Lucid dreaming increases neural plasticity.

It produces a wide range of benefits. It can increase creativity and problem solving, reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and self-esteem by giving your unconscious thoughts more power, improve skills better learned during sleep (such as motor skills), produce vivid dreams that seem just as real as reality even when you’re awake…

Potential Dangers Associated With Lucid Dreaming

If one is not careful, they can have a full blown “nightmare” while still awake. A person can also become so absorbed in the dream that they start forgetting about what’s going on in real life.

Keep This In Mind

  1. It is important to stay grounded and be aware of your surroundings.
  2. Establish what your intention is.
  3. If you are wanting something simpler and much safer then go out into nature.
  4. Visualization techniques that create positive feelings like love, devotion, or compassion can be used as meditative tools before/after lucid dreaming.

In Closing

When used in therapy, lucid dreaming can help treat conditions like recurring nightmares and PTSD. Researchers think it might also aid physical rehabilitation.Lucid dreaming is the act of becoming consciously aware of and taking control over your dreams. If this sounds intriguing but too challenging, there are plenty of guided sleep apps that will guide you through the process. We’re always here to support you on your journey towards better mental health!

In Closing

When used in therapy, lucid dreaming can help treat conditions like recurring nightmares and PTSD.

Researchers think it might also aid physical rehabilitation.Lucid dreaming is the act of becoming consciously aware of and taking control over your dreams. If this sounds intriguing but too challenging, there are plenty of guided sleep apps that will guide you through the process. We’re always here to support you on your journey towards better mental health!


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