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No, that’s not true. Most dreaming occurs during the REM stage (rapid eye movement sleep). During this phase, your eyes move rapidly, breathing becomes more rapid, irregular and shallow, your heart rate and blood pressure increase, your arm and leg muscles are paralyzed and you have dreams. REM sleep occurs in cycles, each of which is about 90-120 minutes long. The first REM stage typically lasts 10 minutes, then each of our later REM stages gets progressively longer. After several hours of sleeping, during the hours before waking, the REM stage can be up to 45 minutes long. So the more you sleep, the more dreams you are likely to have.
Actually, it doesn’t. Lucid dreaming is like any normal dreaming; the only difference that you are aware that you are dreaming.
No, they are not the same. When you are lucid, you are aware that you are sleeping. If you control your dreams, you can change and direct your dream environment, characters, events, etc. You can be lucid in your dream and just observe it, not control it. So if you want to get the most out of your lucid dreaming experience, you need to master both skills.
It’s difficult to say, but most likely no. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t influence your dreams significantly and direct events and characters there. Some things are easier than others to control, but total control is probably never possible. But is it really so necessary to control everything in your dream? Do you really need to plan every single detail of your dream? Many experienced lucid dreamers agree that it is much more exciting to discover and explore numerous fantastic worlds your mind can create for you.
False. There is no connection between the two. REM sleep normally induces complete muscle atonia to prevent sleepers from acting out their dreams (which is a good thing, right?). Some people can temporarily have muscle atonia after they wake up or when they fall asleep (normally it lasts about several seconds). This phenomenon is called sleep paralysis. Not all the lucid dreamers experience sleep paralysis, like not all people experience it. It’s interesting that if you are prone to having sleep paralysis, you can use it for your benefit and practice Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming techniques.
Yes, that’s true. It’s well known that athletes who mentally rehearse an activity can improve their performance. So Daniel Erlacher, a professor at the University of Bern's Institute for Sport Science, decided to check if people can use lucid dreams as a training regimen. He asked 40 subjects to toss coins into a cup from a distance of two meters, and recorded their results. Then he asked them to either practice the toss, dream they practiced it, or do nothing. The second test showed that lucid dreamers who practiced tossing a coin while dreaming were more accurate, compared with lucid dreamers who tried to lucid dream but failed and the control group of those who did nothing.
No, that’s not true. Many people at least once in their lives have had a spontaneous experience of lucid dreaming—most likely, in their childhood. According to the latest studies, lucid dreams are especially common among children. A lucid dream can happen spontaneously, but if you don’t want to wait indefinitely for it to happen to you, it’s better to master this skill and have lucid dreams when you want to.
False. Lucid dreams have been reported for thousands of years, but only recently the scientific researchers of the lucid dream phenomenon have started. The first book describing lucid dreaming techniques and recognizing the scientific potential of lucid dreams was Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys's Les Reves et Les Moyens de Les Diriger: Observations Pratiques (Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them: Practical Observations) written in the middle of the 19th century. In the 1970s, Keith Hearne was the first one to detect and record ocular eye signals from a lucid dream in his sleep lab. Later, Stephen LaBerge (born 1947) reproduced that experiment in America and got similar results. He conducted a number of studies about the lucid dream phenomenon and published several books on the topic. Nowadays, more and more studies appear showing the potential and possible applications of the lucid dream phenomenon.
True. According to the studies carried out by Gackenbach, a psychologist at Canada's Grant MacEwan University, playing video games may increase your chances of becoming lucid. In her article she wrote, "Gamers are used to controlling their game environments, so that can translate into dreams." The results of her studies show that frequent video game players have more lucid dreams than those who don’t game at all.
True. The comparative study, done by Gackenbach, proves it. So why wait? Let’s start learning lucid dreaming now!
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