We’ve all had those insanely vivid dreams, sometimes it’s hard to tell if it was even a dream or a reality. This occurrence is today known as lucid dreaming. But many seem to brush past this occurrence, and not look into it a bit more, there is actually science and lots of research behind it! From the possible reasons why it’s happening, how it’s happening, and the possible consequences, there is a lot to be said about it but first you need to know what lucid dreams are and do they really exist or not!
What are lucid dreams?
We’ve all had those dreams that were a bit too bright and realistic, right? You feel like you are awake, when in actuality you are in your bed, sleeping! This occurrence is commonly known as lucid dreaming! These types of dreams are drastically different from regular dreams, even if they might seem like the same thing – they are far from it! Starting from the obvious you are pretty much aware that you are dreaming once you are in your lucid state, and you can actually partially or fully control your dream in some instances, while in others you are just well aware that you are in a dream, it might sound bizarre but it’s completely normal!
It’s actually proven that most people have lucid dreams, altho the occurrence is rather rare and it happens irregularly, some people are simply more prone to them than others! It’s said that lucid dreaming is tightly connected to the REM state or so-called rapid eye movement. During this sleeping stage, your eyes might be shut, but they are still wary and very active. When you fall into a very deep sleep or the REM stage, the brain produces more chemicals and it becomes more productive. This also causes propel to have extremely vivid dreams at times! Since it’s not 100% determined that all people have these types of dreams when they hit the REM stage, but some people do, more often than you’d think!
How you can try it yourself
Who wouldn’t want to fly in their dream or meet their favorite celeb? Anything is possible in your dreams! There are a lot of ways you can try to lucid dream – whilst in most cases, it just happens naturally and all of a sudden, a lot of people stated that sleeping on your back all night long can actually boost your chances of lucid dreaming! Other people try to visualize what they want to dream before they fall asleep, as a way to purposely guide their brain. A pro tip would be keeping a dream journal – this can stimulate your future dreaming adventures!
The constant research
The science behind lucid dreaming is still not fully determined, some sort of scientific backing is certainly there, but there are a lot of questions that need answers regarding this topic! Thankfully, nowadays more and more people are interested in lucid dreaming, so new research is making its way to the spotlight regarding dreams in general! The world of dreaming is still unknown, the popular theories vary, from physical explanations backed by science, psychological, and even spiritual. Lucid dreaming can truly be interpreted however you want, but a lot of things are still up for debate!
The benefits of lucid dreaming
It’s safe to say that sleeping, in general, helps your body rest and detox from daily activities. Especially stress. With that being said, lucid dreaming can help people unwind and ease up their anxiety. This can be pretty beneficial if someone already knows how to lucid dream, so they can actually do it as a way of meditation. All-in- all, these kinds of dreams can increase your creativity levels and make you feel more inspired!
The dangers of lucid dreaming
There are no certain dangers that can occur when you partake in lucid dreaming, the only thing that can happen is that your sleep schedule gets a bit disturbed. This can happen if you constantly try to lucid dream, keep yourself awake, and forcefully try to put your body through that. Doing a lot of lucid dreaming can also distort your view of reality and fiction – especially if you already have certain psychological problems, so make sure you are aware of that!
So yes, lucid dreaming is an actual thing that happens to people, regardless if they are aware of it or not! Chances everyone had at least one lucid dream in their life, or at least had a dream that was just a little too real…so never cross out the possibility! And from now on, try to pay more attention to your dreams, who knows what you’ll find out!
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