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A lucid dream is that in a dream you understand that you are sleeping. This awareness can range from a barely perceptible understanding to a significant expansion of the paintings visible in a dream. Lucid dreams usually begin with the fact that a person in the middle of a normal dream suddenly realizes that he is dreaming. This is called lucid dreaming caused by the imagination. The lucid dream initiated by awakening happens when you return from the stage of awakening to the stage of sleep without any dips in consciousness. In any case, in such dreams everything seems more bizarre and emotional than in ordinary dreams. And most importantly, for lucid dreams, you must have at least some control skills over “yourself in a dream”, as well as over the environment.
Sleep Awareness - What It Is
You may have never heard of this. Most often in a dream, you do not realize that you are sleeping. It is as if you are watching a dream from a distance. Everything happens by itself, and you have almost no control over what is happening. On the contrary, lucid dreaming is when you begin to realize that you are sleeping in a dream. People who have experienced this condition describe it as awakening and realizing that they are still in a dream.
Lucid dreams also allow you to fully control sleep. If you want to fly from your home to a hut in Africa in 2.5 seconds, you will succeed. You can meet celebrities, cook dinner for 5,000 people, ride a giant tarantula or take part in the Hunger Games. You control the whole dream, and you can do whatever you want.
Because of the ability to manipulate the world around us and because of the freedom that can be experienced during a lucid dream, much attention is paid to this phenomenon. Some people still doubt its truth, while others believe in it with all their hearts.
The reality of lucid dreams
In general, dreams are a widely researched area. We want to know what they mean and what their purpose is.
The first study of lucid dreaming was conducted in 1975 under the supervision of Dr. Keith Hearn. Dr. Hearn was a British parapsychologist and used BDG (rapid eye movement) in his study. Dr. Hearn connected an EEG to the head of a sleeping person to study brain waves. They agreed on an eye signal that the patient should use when he realizes that he is in a lucid dream. All night, Dr. Hearn watched the EEG, as well as the movements of the eyes of the subjects. When the EEG sensors indicated that the subject was in a dream, Dr. Hearn looked for the eye signals of their choice. When the subject woke up, he said that he was indeed in a lucid dream.
This was only the first study, but it gave some idea of how this phenomenon can be real. Nevertheless, there are people who do not believe that lucid dreaming is a reality. Instead, they think that the person is not really sleeping, but is somewhere between waking and sleeping, which allows him to control his visions. Be that as it may, many people insist that they have lucid dreams, and some even claim that they can arbitrarily cause them.
The advantages and disadvantages of lucid dreams
The pros and cons can be found in everything, and this, of course, applies to lucid dreams. Although it may seem that there are no flaws in the ability to control your dreams, this is not entirely true. This is especially true for people with mental health problems. But first, let's look at the benefits and find out if lucid dreams are dangerous.
The benefits of lucid dreaming
The most significant advantage is complete freedom and control. You can literally do whatever you want, and that's interesting. Obviously, reality has certain rules and boundaries, but they have no meaning in a dream.
Lucid dreams give you the opportunity to stay in situations that you cannot face in real life. You can practice making a speech in front of a large audience or confront a school bully without worrying about failure. Even if the outcome is unfavorable, you still have nothing to worry about, because it's just a dream.
In a lucid dream, you can also solve problems or overcome creative difficulties. Your dreams essentially become your research lab, and you can see what works and what doesn't. Then you can transfer these results to real life. In addition, lucid dreams are fun, and this is their huge advantage.