Have you ever been dreaming and then realized that you were in a dream? If so, you’ve experienced lucid dreaming. Some dreamers are even able to gain some control over the dream’s characters, narratives and environment.
What Is Lucid Dreaming?
Typically, we are not aware that ours dreams are not real. They feel real, and it’s not until we wake up that we realize they were not. However, lucid dreaming is defined as a dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. It occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the dream stage of sleep.
While it’s unclear how many people in the world actually experience lucid dreaming, it seems to be pretty common. Some studies have aimed to find out how prevalent it might be, with numbers indicating a high percentage of respondents had experienced lucid dreaming at least once.
Lucid dreaming has fascinated people since ancient times. The earliest record that we’ve discovered comes from Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, who describes an instance of self-awareness during a dream state in the short treatise “On Dreams.”
Real-Life Benefits of Lucid Dreaming
Learning how to achieve awareness during dreams and improving your lucid dreaming skills can provide plenty of benefits in the real world.
- Lucid dreaming can help you overcome fears and phobias
- Use lucid dreaming to intervene and stop nightmares
- Lucid dreaming helps with making important decisions and solving problems
- Use lucid dreaming to flex your creative muscles
- Lucid dreaming may provide a way to practice and improve some real-life skills
- Lucid dreaming can be used as a tool for emotional healing
- Use lucid dreaming to tap into your subconscious
- You can experience the impossible with lucid dreaming: try flying, breathing underwater, talking to animals; whatever you can think of!
As you can see, taking the time to sharpen your ability to lucid dream can prove to be very beneficial. It’s possible to use your dreams to become the best possible version of yourself–all while you’re asleep!
There are many techniques that can make it easier for you to lucid dream; why not get started tonight?