Lucid dreams are a dream in which the person is aware that they’re dreaming. lucid dreams can be experienced during any stage of sleep, but most people will experience lucid dreaming during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Stage 1 or 2.
A lucid dream may not seem like it’s an important thing to know about and while lucid dreaming doesn’t have many practical applications for your daily life, there are some things you should know about them before exploring this phenomenon further.
The following 8 facts should help give you a better understanding of what lucid dreaming really entails and how it works so that you can decide if this seems like something worth trying out or not.
1. Lucid dreams can offer people a second chance
Lucid dreaming is the only type of dreaming in which you have any control over what happens in your dream and this means that lucid dreamers can relive events from their past so they never have to live with mistakes or regrets again. Imagine if you were able to talk to someone who died years ago, or if you could go back to a time where a wrong decision was made and fix it.
Those are the types of lucid dreams people have reported being able to have with some regularity – lucid dreaming can offer you a chance to see your past from a new perspective and this means that no matter how sad or horrific the memories you might have, lucid dreaming can help you deal with them in an entirely new way.
2. Lucid dreams don’t take much effort to achieve
Most lucid dreams happen naturally so they happen spontaneously and no matter what you do or how hard you try to lucid dream there’s really no effective way to force yourself lucid unless the lucid dream is something you have mastery over. Now lucid dreams are something that can be achieved, but they’re so easy to have that it’s not even worth thinking about lucid dreaming before going to sleep because the chances of lucid dreaming while sleeping at night are so high anyway.
Lucid dreaming is a phenomenon that is very common for most humans and anyone can lucid dream if they put their minds to it, you just have to try to lucid dream before going to sleep and become comfortable with the idea of your dreams being lucid.
3. Lucid dreaming is safer than real life
While lucid dreaming might seem really dangerous at first glance because you could do whatever you wanted in a lucid dream and have no negative repercussions to your actions, lucid dreaming is actually really safe because you are only lucid dreaming. People have lucid dreams all the time and it’s never resulted in death or injury because lucid dreaming can’t be misused to hurt someone else – lucid dreaming is something you do on your own inside your own head so no one will ever know if anything bad is happening in your lucid dream.
Lucid dreaming is like playing a video game or watching a movie because you are not lucid dreaming long enough to do anything that could potentially hurt you, lucid dreaming is relatively safe so if you do lucid dream it’s best to have fun with it rather than worry about the potential negatives.
4. Lucid dreams don’t have to be lucid all the time
Lucid dreams are lucid all the time. You know, lucid as in aware of one’s situation. But you would be wrong to think lucid dreaming is always lucid. In fact, a study from the University of Virginia has shown that lucid dreams don’t have to be lucid all the time! The researchers found that when people had a lucid dream they reported it as such only about half of the time! The other half of their lucid dreams were just regular non-lucid ones and these participants said they weren’t sure if they were in a dream or not when they woke up at night and then fell asleep again. So next time you wake up from an amazing lucid dream and fall back asleep, maybe you should take another look around and make sure you’re dreaming?
5. Lucid dreams are something that can be learned
Lucid dreams can be learned and it’s important to know how lucid dreaming works in order to lucid dream.
Lucid dreaming is a technique used for lucid experiences during sleep, which allows the person experiencing the dream to become aware that they are dreaming. It also gives them control over their actions within the dream content. Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically and its use has been documented by numerous people as well as in film and television. The term “lucid” was coined by Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden who combined the Latin word lucēre (to shine) with dormīri (to sleep). One of his patients had described her ability to do this: “I see very well that I am sleeping; I could even observe if I wanted to.”
Lucid dreaming has also been called lucid sleeping. It should not be confused with “waking up” or oneirology (the study of dreams).
The lucid experience is often thought to be the result of increased self-awareness during rapid eye movement sleep (REM), which is when most vivid dreaming occurs.
6. Lucid dreams require a set of techniques to master
Lucid dreams require a set of techniques to master, and most lucid dreamers need between two and three weeks of dedicated practice before they can consistently lucid dream. The good news is that lucid dreaming can be learned with just a little bit of effort. Here are six things you should know about lucid dreaming:
1) Lucid dreams require a set of techniques to master; most lucid dreamers need between two and three weeks of dedicated practice before they can consistently lucid dream. The good news is that lucid dreaming can be learned with just a little bit of effort.
2) These techniques include keeping a sleep journal, which means writing down your thoughts every time you wake up from any type of sleep—whether it was during the night or in the middle of a lucid dream. This practice helps lucid dreamers to remember their dreams more frequently.
3) Before going to bed, lucid dreamers also ask themselves if they are dreaming at least twice before falling asleep; this technique is called reality testing.
4) A more advanced lucid dreaming technique is known as the MILD method (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams); you should repeat the word ” lucid” in your head when you wake up from a dream about five times, and then visualize yourself lucid dreaming. The more often you do this during the day, the better chance you have of lucid dreaming at night.
5) Some lucid dreamers also use binaural beats to encourage lucid dreaming; these are audio files that you play before bed, which help lucid dreamers to relax their body and mind.
6) Once lucid, lucid dreamers can ask themselves questions about their environment to see if they are dreaming or not; for example, asking yourself if you have five fingers on your hands.
7. Lucid dreams are definitely not nightmares
Lucid dreams are lucid. You know you’re in a lucid dream because you can control your actions and thoughts, even if the lucid dream is unpleasant. This is not possible with nightmares, which are vivid but frightening events that happen without warning or any sense of control over their outcome. Lucid dreams occur when the mind wakes up part way through REM sleep and becomes self-aware while still dreaming. Nightmares only happen during deep sleep cycles when there is no awareness of what’s happening in your brain at all.
Lucid dreams also differ from night terrors by usually being more controllable than night terrors (night terrors often feel like they come out of nowhere). Night terrors typically involve sudden waking with intense fear or panic, but lucid dreams are more likely to be remembered after waking up. That said, lucid dreams can certainly lead to fear too, but there is usually a sense of control over the dream that makes it different from experiencing full-on terror without warning.
8. Lucid dreaming is a way to improve mental health
Lucid dreaming is a way to improve mental health. lucid dreams are quite similar to waking life, except you can control them and do what you want. Lucid dreaming takes time and practice, but the rewards are great! Lucid dreaming has been proven to help with various mental disorders such as depression or anxiety by allowing people to gain new perspectives on their problems and work through difficult feelings in a safe environment. Lucid dreaming also improves creativity and problem solving skills because of the increased ability of making connections between different thoughts that might not be made while awake. Lucid dreamers also tend to have higher self-esteem than non-lucid dreamers because they enjoy more success when they realize their goals in their lucid dreams than when they try for real world tasks.