All About Lucid Dreaming

What is lucid dreaming? Is it about being awake in sleep? Or is it a brief state awareness while dreaming? Is it about gaining control during sleep or losing control? What constitutes a dream to be lucid? Can it happen through regular, everyday practice or does it come naturally?
This blog delves deeper into the mysterious world of dreams and human experience. While explaining what lucid dreaming is, we will simultaneously build up on some of the defining features of this phenomenon, risks and benefits included.
Lucid dreaming is a brief state of consciousness during sleep. It is when you mentally recognize your presence during a dream and can consciously take charge of what happens in the dream. Essentially, it allows an individual to take control of their dreams.
Research has been able to guess a few reasons for the occurrence of lucid dreaming. Some relate it to the activity of the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Others link it to elevated cortical activity. While much has not been said, researchers are still extensively studying this topic.
Lucid Dreaming is an individual experience and can be achieved through rigorous practice. Experiences may vary from person to person. Researchers have used the following procedures to study lucid dreaming described below:

  • Reality testing: in this form of mental training, an individual trains the mind to stay conscious. It is about consciously asking yourself if you’re dreaming during the day. This habit will permeate in the dream pattern of an individual and facilitate lucid dreaming.
  • Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD): it is about intentionally speaking ‘Next time dream, I will remember it’ to signal your brain towards it.
  • Wake Back to Bed (WBTB): One way to practically induce lucid dreaming in WBTB. In this method you set an alarm after 5 hours of sleep time. Do a 30-minute mindful activity like reading and go back to sleep again.

Potential Benefits and Risks

Benefits of lucid dreaming includes:
· Overcoming fear of nightmares
· Enhanced cognitive function such as concentration and memory
· Improved self-awareness
· Relaxation and reduced stress
· Break from reality and struggles
Risks of lucid dreaming include:
· Negative impact on sleep quality
· Sleep disturbance or sleep paralysis
· Blurred lines between dream and reality
· Over reliance on lucid dreaming
· Sleep disorders like insomnia and restlessness leg syndrome

Conclusion

Lucid dreaming is a transitioning of different realms of wakefulness and sleep. It is a conscious practice of gaining control of dreams during sleep.
If you suspect any sleep issues related to this topic or have any questions, contact our team at Nirvana Elite Sleep and Wellness or book a consultation at (832) 952-1199. We are located at 303 Longmire Rd Suite # 102, Conroe, TX 77304, United States.

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