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What is Lucid Dreaming?

In a lucid dream, the dreamer becomes aware of the fact that they are dreaming and can gain control of their dream. 

Where does lucid dreaming come from? According to the Sleep Foundation, lucid dreaming may come from overcoming fears, healing, and wish fulfillment. 

Healthline mentions: “Lucid dreaming is when you’re conscious during a dream. This typically happens during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the dream-stage of sleep. An estimated 55% of people have had one or more lucid dreams in their lifetime.” Lucid dreaming lets you control what happens in your dream. Dr. Stephen LaBerge is a very popular researcher in the lucid dreaming field. One of his techniques was his invention. “In 1980, LaBerge created a technique called Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD). It was one of the first methods that used scientific research to induce lucid dreams. MILD is based on a behavior called prospective memory, which involves setting an intention to do something later.” Is what healthline mentioned. 

How to lucid dream? – there are a few tips. Reality testing is one. Reality testing is a form of mental training. It trains your mind to take notice of your awareness. During the day, take time to ask yourself questions like Am I dreaming? Or count how many fingers you have. Next, set an alarm 5 hours after your bedtime and go to sleep. When the alarm goes off, get up and stay up for 30 minutes, do a quiet activity and go back to sleep. In that dream, do reality checks like counting your fingers, being aware of your surroundings, etc. Affirmations are also a good way. Affirm that you lucid dreamed last night. 

I hope you gained a good understanding of lucid dreaming, and if you’re interested in knowing more, search it up on the internet.

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