What is lucid dreaming and why could it be beneficial?

What is lucid dreaming and why could it be beneficial?

Lucid dreaming can be helpful for several things, but did you know there are some techniques you can implement to control your dreams?

Have you ever been caught in the middle of a dream and suddenly you realize it is a dream? More often than not, you wake up just before you can start controlling the plot. What if you could stay asleep and control it?

What is lucid dreaming?

Lucid dreaming is what you experience when you are in the middle of a dream and you realize it is a dream and you can influence the dream’s story –it typically happens during REM sleep or rapid eye movement. Around 55% of people experience a lucid dream once in their lifetime and 23% have lucid dreams once a month or more often. While some people can easily get into the lucid dream state, others can induce it while they are awake.

You can change the narrative of your dream.

There are some techniques to induce lucid dreaming, such as is called “reality checking,” you can try purposely doing something to check whether you are awake or no –like touching a wall to see if it is real. You can also set your alarm five, or six hours after going to sleep and waking up for half an hour –you can read during that time–, then going back to sleep, the purpose is to be immediately immersed into REM sleep.

Set your alarm 5 or 6 hours after going to sleep to induce lucid dreaming.

Benefits

So next time you are caught up in a dream, try to see if you can control the plot and at least have some fun!

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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