Everything you wanted to know about lucid dreaming

Anyone who’s seen the movie Vanilla Sky (great film) will be familiar with the idea of lucid dreams. These are dreams in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming, which occasionally allows them control over some of the things that might happen in the dream. Lucid dreams have been acknowledged in the scientific community since the late 1960s, and have been the subject of extensive studies.

When we sleep, all of us dream, but we don’t always remember our dreams. However, lucid dreams are often remembered, and, they are incredibly vivid. If you are a person who has a fascination with dreams, you might like to learn more about lucid dreaming or even take part in it. Here are a few things that you need to know about lucid dreams right now.

You can learn to do it

One of the most exciting things about lucid dreaming is that it is something anybody can learn how to do! This is great news if you are excited by the prospect of having much more vivid and memorable dreams. The best way to start is by keeping a journal of your dreams to improve dream recall – this is essential for lucid dreaming. You also need to have a good night’s sleep, so start working on your sleep routine right now. Another tip for helping you work toward this is to start waking yourself up during the night, and you also need to ensure you are as relaxed as possible. 

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There are pros and cons

One thing to remember about lucid dreams is that there are pros and cons to them. It is important to be aware of these before deciding whether or not to go through with learning how to have lucid dreams. Lucid dreams can be a great way of reducing or stopping nightmares, as well as allowing you to improve your problem-solving capabilities. They’re an excellent way of connecting the conscious and subconscious minds, and this can help with recall. On the flip side, some people can find lucid dreams frightening or confusing, and those with mental health problems might find lucid dreaming can make things worse for them.

Take an interactive course

Did you know that you can take an interactive course all about lucid dreaming? Rebecca Turner, the founder of World of Lucid Dreaming, created a course called The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track. The course teaches people how they can learn lucid dreaming in short 10-minute lessons each night. Learning from someone with a wealth of experience is a great way of being able to achieve the sort of lucid dreaming you crave.

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Now you have some more details about lucid dreaming, perhaps you will choose to try to introduce this to your life today. It’s clear that there are a lot of reasons why people might like to have lucid dreams, and it’s definitely something that can enrich your sleeping experience. Of course, there are pros and cons to lucid dreaming, but this isn’t something you need to worry about too much when you get started. 

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