Sleep is often accompanied by the hallucinogenic state of dreaming comprised of lucid thoughts which can often seem like real life. Recently recorded studies and experiments have exposed the world of dreaming to physiatrists. Dreaming parallels many life experiences and is unique to each individual person. With the recent observations of lucid dreams and the studies of the REM sleep, this field has vastly improved its understanding and knowledge.
For many centuries, people would think of dreaming as curses or blessings that we can not fend off or operate. Lucid dreaming, a dream in which a dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming; they may be able to control the dream by exert amount. In this dream stage, we perform superhuman features that would be impossible when we’re awake. While a person dreams, these wonderful things become a temporality reality. Researchers says that a average person dreams four to six times a night(insert). Many people dream every night without even realizing that their dreams can be controlled. Others might not give too much care about the dreams that they might experienced. Lucid dreaming can turn scary dreams into happy dreams, or happy dreams into more relaxed ones. This method of dreaming can provide the dreamer endless ways to control their subconscious which can provide enjoyable experiences.
Methods: The participants, all males age 23-32, slept in a dark, quiet lab while their brain waves and eye movements were recorded. They were not aloud to sleep at all during the day when they were not in the lab because they might dream. To establish a base for the experiment, participants in the study were allowed to sleep normally for a few nights. The next few nights the participants were fully awaken every time that they started to dream. The next section was the recovery phase where they could sleep normally followed by more nights where they would be woken between
2). Bennett reveals that dreams become longer and closer together as one falls deeper into sleep. The author also states, that dreams that are not close together are usually forgotten, as they are vaguely pushed far into the subconscious mind(par. 2). Therefore, sleeping longer makes dreams closer together, which increases the possibility of one remembering one's dreams. This may increase chances of remembering dreams, as one who experiences more dreams has a higher chance of recalling them. Nevertheless, being able to recall dreams is made possible by waking up directly from dreaming. “... dreams are not recalled unless the sleeper awakens directly from the dream, rather than after going on to other stages of sleep”(par. 2). The author reveals that for one to be successful, they must directly awake from a dream. We all dream, but at times our memories of them are clouded by other thoughts. Recalling dreams is the first stepping stone to lucid dreaming. To have the power to control one’s dreams, one must first have the capability of remembering one’s dreams. Maintaining possession of a dream journal, in essence, also may help one remember their
A friend of mine, named Johnny, was certain that, in the moment the question was asked, he was sitting and talking with me. To show him that he can’t really be certain about that, I would give him the example of dreaming. When your dreaming you never doubt that you what you see and you believe that you experiencing those things. Of course Johnny would say something like “well I know that I am awake” and that he could “tell the difference”, but when we are dreaming we don’t see it that way.
Lucid dreams are defined as a person being conscious or aware that they are dreaming. This paper will de discussing a couple different techniques that makes lucid dreaming possible and discussing how this relates to being awake verses being in the sleep cycle. There are three main techniques on how to induce lucid dreams; reality checks, mnemonically induced lucid dreams and wake induced lucid dreams. Lucid dreams may remind you of the movie Divergent, how the main character, Tris, knows she is in a stimulation, which therefore makes her a strong target. Are people that have lucid dreams regularly and control them stronger minded than other people?
In (Spoormaker, V.I. et al., 2003), it was their primary goal to investigate the effects of lucid dreaming on nightmares. Therefore, their hypotheses states that lucid dreaming would decrease nightmare frequency along with their other variables, trait/state anxiety, and improve quality of the participants sleep. In this experiment it was found at the 2-month follow up that nightmare frequency had indeed decreased, while quality of sleep had increased only slightly. As for state and trait anxiety, there were no changes. Within this study lucid dreaming seemed to be effective in reducing nightmares however, how effective it was is not clear since it did not change the other variables quite as significantly. Interestingly, the effect of lucid dreaming as a treatment for nightmares was conducted once more three years later by
You’re walking along the beach, it’s a beautiful day and you feel like you can do anything. The salty air tastes fresh and the slight breeze is cool. The sand warms your bare feet. All of a sudden, you’re flying with the seagulls, zooming down the beach along the crashing waves. Then, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP! You wake up in your bed with messed up hair and the alarm blaring. Sigh, time to go to work.
Growing up everyone has experienced dreams, but in this exploratory essay I am going to break down dreams on many different levels to form a better understanding of why it is we have them. Throughout my years of dreaming I have always wondered why do I have dreams, why do I dream about certain people, and why do I have dreams some nights while other nights I don’t have any along with many other questions. How is it that our brains can make these very realistic depictions of our real life, and transfer them into a memory as we wake up? Another very peculiar aspect of dreaming is seeing people or places that do not look familiar to us at all. Throughout my research I have discovered the answers to these questions, and many other aspects of dreams. While I was searching for answers to my questions I found that there is a lot more to learn than I originally thought. I developed even more questions to feed my research along the way.
Dreams can be controlled. One of the ways to control dreams is to experience lucid dreaming. This is when people know they are dreaming and aware of it. There can also be consequences to lucid dreaming though. It can affect the waking after the experience. If someone jots down what happened in their dream that night, there is a higher chance that that dream will happen again in the next dream. This happens when the brain remembers it and then they can control it next time when they have that dream.
They used twenty-eight female and male participants, some with frequent others with less frequent nightmares. All participants were screened for any mental or psychological disorders. In the study, participants would have a nap, complete a task, and fill out questions on the state of their dreams and experiences. The participants would also nap for longer and then be awakened right before they entered into REM sleep. Then the participant would once again answer questions and write about their dream experiences. The questionnaire contained questioned related to the state of their dream, stress levels, nightmare frequency, etc. The participants also slept in rooms with continuous surveillance and with a polysomnography. The participants were tested on their dream and daydreaming conditions with similar procedures that were previously
The purpose of this study was to see if political views or your personal background has anything to do with the types of dreams that you have. There were women and men that participated, by personal or internet surveys. The questions were asking general questions like age and race and the types and the frequency of your dreams. There were 700 people to do the interviews and the researchers chose the liberal and conservative men and women. There were 234 participants in total, conservative and liberal men and women, more liberalism. One of the reasons for this research was how your dreams were based off things that were important to you in real life. There are four sets of sleeping, which are general sleeping, Frequency of Memorable Dreams and
Lucid dreaming is a special tool that can enhance one’s dreams. It is when one realizes they are dreaming, while they are in a dream. Greek philosopher Aristotle observed: "...often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream". In a lucid dream, the dreamer has greater chances to exert some degree of control over their participation within the dream or be able to manipulate their imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreams can be very realistic and vivid. It is shown that there are higher amounts of beta-1 frequency band brain wave activity experienced by lucid dreamers, hence there is an increased amount of activity in the parietal lobes . This is what