What are lucid dreams and do we have them?
In recent years, more and more people have begun to talk about lucid dreams. This is the state of a person in a dream, when he realizes that he is sleeping. Surely each of you have had such cases: you
Suddenly, at the most tense moment, you begin to realize that you are sleeping. Your consciousness is at this moment between sleep and reality. You are sleeping, but you know about it! Waking up, remember everything that happened to you, and you begin to remember, scroll through the details in your head.
How to get into those dreams where you feel everything
The French, Italians, British, Danes — scientists from many countries are trying to study lucid dreams and learn how to use this phenomenon for medical purposes. So far, all attempts to penetrate dreams remain unsuccessful. American psychophysiologist Stephen LaBerge knows how to achieve control over dreams:
train the ability to feel when you fall asleep;
perform special exercises for self-awareness in a dream;
use psychoactive substances;
read books about dreams before going to bed.
Can you really control your sleep?
“How can you understand that you are sleeping?” — you ask and you will be very surprised when you find out how many people actually controlled their dreams at least once in their lives. A sociological survey conducted in Germany showed the following results:
77% of respondents were in a state when they understood that they were in a dream;
31% of the respondents, having woken up, fell asleep again and continued to dream from the interrupted place;
14% of men and women, realizing that they are in a dream, learned about very important events from their lives.
Try and you, falling asleep, fix the state between reality and sleep longer. It’s best if you overpower sleep. Then insomnia will torment you for a while. But when you finally manage to fall asleep, you will understand that a dream is just a fairy tale that you are watching.
How to understand: you are sleeping or are awake
Sometimes dreams are so real that you start to doubt whether you are really dreaming. There are five easy ways to figure out where you are.
Method one. Keep track of time
Look several times within a minute at the clock. If you see different times all the time, you are in a dream. For example, 21.00, 16.25, 03.10.
Method two. Try not to breathe
Pinch your nostrils with two fingers, close your mouth. If you are not sleeping, after a few seconds you will have an irresistible desire to inhale.
Method three. Watch the situation
In a dream, everything around is constantly changing. There is no such thing as people sitting in the same room for a long time and talking.
If you sleep, not a single inscription and information is saved in its original form. Let’s say there’s a Perfume sign on a store. When you look at the sign a few moments later, it might say “Glavryba”.
Method five. Examine your hands
Look at your hands for a few minutes. After a couple of seconds, they will begin to blur, take on a completely different shape, then completely disappear.
Why are lucid dreams dangerous?
Even referring with ease and some humor to dreams in which you understand everything, one cannot help but think about their impact on the psyche and life in general. Such dreams can be so dangerous that you can go crazy if you play them.
What are the dangers of a lucid dream?
a feeling of false awakening, when you think that you are awake, but in fact you are still sleeping;
an attempt to hide in the world of dreams, which can lead to a constant desire to be in an unreal world;
misunderstanding of the real world, distortion of facts, unwillingness to take seriously everything that happens in reality;
a manifestation of the incomprehensible, mystical, which frightens and makes you start taking psychotropic substances or contact a psychiatrist.
There is nothing wrong with having lucid dreams sometimes. The most important thing is that you don’t need to try to artificially penetrate the secret of dreams and try to comprehend what nature itself has protected you from.