Haven’t we all experienced dreams. And isn’t it true that:
‘Some colors exists in dreams that are not present in the waking spectrum.’
But have you ever been dreaming and realized that you are dreaming? Have you ever been able to control your dreams?
Well, if the answer is yes then you have experienced what is known as lucid dreaming. The term has been popularized by movies such as Inception. About half of the population have experienced lucid dreaming and most start at a very young age.
What is lucid dreaming?
According to specialists ” A lucid dream is defined as a dream during which dreamers, while dreaming are aware they are dreaming.”
When does it happens?
Like most dreams, lucid dreams typically occur during REM(rapid eye movement) sleep i.e. the dream stage of sleep.
Some people can lucid dream naturally whereas others have to train themselves to lucid dream.
What are it’s applications?
It’s main application is to address nightmares especially recurring nightmares which may effect the person’s quality of life.
The practice of learning to lucid dream in order to stop nightmares from occurring or reoccurring is called ” lucid dream therapy“.
It is an unusual means of entertainment: like experiencing virtual reality.
Many people think that if they are lucid dreaming then they will get stuck in their dreams and it will be difficult for them to wake up.
But according to facts an individual is able to sleep and dream only for a fixed amount of time. So lucid dreaming doesn’t create problems in waking up.
Another concern about lucid dreaming is that it requires focus and effort so the quality of sleep hinders. Read more