IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN THAT YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR SLEEP.
And rest at the same time.
What it takes is practice, practice and more practice. There are many techniques to help induce lucid dreaming but they work differently for different people.
Pick your own and be amazed!
Scientists may have found the part of the brain that enables lucid dreaming.
Do a quick Google search for lucid dreaming – the phenomenon where someone is aware during their dreams – and you’ll quickly be overwhelmed with tips and techniques for unlocking the ability. Despite lucid dreaming being relatively rare in most people, knowing when you’re dreaming and potentially even being able to change the course of your dreams is clearly desirable to a lot of people.
Now scientists from Germany believe they may have found the neurological key to the ability. After scanning the brains of regular dreamers and those who are frequently lucid, they’ve found that the region of the brain that enables self reflection is larger among lucid dreamers.
To do this, the team asked volunteers to complete a questionnaire on their lucid dreaming ability, and then split them into two groups depending on whether they were highly lucid, or never or rarely lucid during dreams.
The researchers are now eager to find out whether these self awareness skills can be taught. Their next study will attempt to teach volunteers to lucid dream, and then see whether their self-reflection also improves as a result.
As someone who’s had plenty of lucid dreams myself, I’m still not entirely sure of the appeal. All the dreams that I’m lucid during, and particularly those I have some control over, are frustrating and exhausting and feel more like a mental marathon than rest.
But I can’t deny that it’s fascinating to discover more about how our brains work – both when we’re awake, and during sleep. Even if it is occasionally nice to have a little escape from awareness.