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Dreaming Awake: Lucid Dreaming

Updated on June 9, 2022
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What is Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is becoming self-aware in your dreams. You know your dreaming, and you feel in control. The lucid dreams usually occur during REM (rapid-eye-movement) this is when the brain is most active during sleep causing, vivid dreams.

Becoming aware means you will be able to explore and make decisions in the dream world. There is no limit as to what you could do. But many of these dreams just play out with little control.

Dreaming can occur anytime during sleep.

A lucid dream will start out like any other dream.

Lucid dreams are not considered nightmares, although they can be unsettling at first.

Regular Dreams

Dreams are stories, images, and emotions that play out while we sleep, you may not even remember dreaming. They can be about almost anything and often strange.

Everyone has dreams, even if you don't remember them. Many animals have dreams too.

Why We Dream

It is said the reason we dream is to, help in solving problems in our everyday lives, and process emotions. Some people believe dreams are trying to tell us something important.

Dreams can have a purpose if you let it.

REM stands for rapid eye movement. During REM your eyes move in different directions. This usually happens 90 minutes after falling asleep.

Lucid Dreams Or False Awakening

Have you ever woken up and began your day. Only to wake up again realizing that you were dreaming the first time. This is called false awakening.

They are different from a lucid dream because the dreamer thinks they are actually awake and have began their day.

Nightmare or Lucid Dream

When you have a nightmare, you usually feel as if you have no control over what is happening and often wake up right before that monster reaches you. Nightmares are terrifying.

While lucid dreaming you are aware that it's a dream and can become more relaxed while dreaming. It has been scientifically proven by Stephen La Berge that lucid dreaming is real.

Is Lucid Dreaming Safe

It may seem that it can be unsafe. But you are dreaming, so even if you lucid dream remember you’ll still wake up back in your bed.

Fun Facts

Frederik Van Eden a Dutch psychiatrist first described lucid dreaming is 1913.

We spend about 70-120 minutes everyday daydreaming.

Recurring dreams follow the same story or theme many times.

My Experience

I have had dreams where I think I am awake only to wake up for real later.
It is a very strange feeling for me. I don’t try to control it mostly let it play out.

But sometimes for me, it gets a little too strange and once I realize I'm dreaming, my brain will start telling me to wake up.

I have only experienced a few of these. My most recent one was a couple months back. I went to sleep like any other night, I woke up in my room and sat up.

But when I walked to the door the vibes in the room felt wrong. I walked through the door into what should have been the living room, but it wasn't my living room.

It was a small and dark room and there was smoke everywhere. Of course, then I knew this had to be a dream.

I told myself to wake up several times. Eventually, I woke up, back in my bed and everything was normal of course.

Many of these dreams are the same as this but different rooms or small changes where I can sense I'm dreaming.

Please share your experiences below.

Have you had a lucid dream?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Savanna H


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