Sometimes, you can control the lucid dream. You may be able to change the people, environment, or storyline. This type of dream of control could potentially reduce nightmares and anxiety. Keep reading to learn more about lucid dreaming — what it is, when it occurs, and what you can do to experience it. Non-REM sleep includes three separate stages. During non-REM, your brain waves, heartbeat, and eye movements gradually slow down. In REM sleep , your brain is extremely active. Your heart rate and eye movements also increase. About 55 percent of people have experienced one or more lucid dreams in their lifetime.
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The first step for aspiring oneironauts is to let your mind know that your dreams do matter. So why bother with lucid dreaming? First and foremost, lucid dreaming is fun. Like, really fun. My first lucid dream occurred when I was a teenager. Suddenly, everything stopped and became more vivid. I can go anywhere! Soon I was in the clouds planning to see the world from the comfort of my bed. Your dreams can be a sanctum for personal reflection and deep meditation; a place to chat with your true self and mull over big decisions without the distractions of the waking world. Dreams can also be a place to practice real-life activities.
Have you ever started dreaming and suddenly realized that you were in a dream? Have you ever managed to gain control over your dream narrative? Movies such as Inception have popularized lucid dreaming. This movie features impressive dream artisans who are able to control the shape and content of their dreams, as well as the dreams of others. Such feats of dream manipulation may not seem possible to the same extent in our real lives, but they are not altogether absent. In fact, a number of people are able to experience something called lucid dreaming, and some of them are even able to control certain elements of their nightly dreams. Whether or not he is right is a matter for philosophers to debate, but the boundary between dreams and reality is something that lucid dreaming appears to explore. In this Spotlight, we look at what qualifies as lucid dreaming, whether these experiences can have any practical applications, and how a person might be able to become a lucid dreamer.
This typically happens during rapid eye movement REM sleep, the dream-stage of sleep. An estimated 55 percent of people have had one or more lucid dreams in their lifetime. Often, lucid dreaming also lets you control what happens in your dream. In the last 20 years, psychophysiologist Dr. Stephen LaBerge has become the pioneer of lucid dreaming research.