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Lucid dream

Historical Background: – Lucid dreaming in ancient Indian Hindu practice of Yoga nidra – Lucid dreaming in Tibetan Buddhist practice of dream Yoga – Aristotle, […]

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Historical Background:
– Lucid dreaming in ancient Indian Hindu practice of Yoga nidra
– Lucid dreaming in Tibetan Buddhist practice of dream Yoga
– Aristotle, Galen of Pergamon, and Saint Augustine’s references to lucid dreaming
– Early Buddhist practices involving lucid dreaming awareness
– Influence of Eastern and Western practices on lucid dreaming development

Scientific Research & Studies:
– Celia Green, Keith Hearne, Stephen LaBerge, and J. Allan Hobson’s contributions to lucid dreaming research
– Neurobiological aspects and philosophical perspectives of lucid dreaming
– Physiological correlates of lucid dreaming during REM sleep
– Techniques and induction methods for lucid dreaming
– Behavioral and brain responses to stimuli during sleep in relation to lucid dreaming

Prevalence & Frequency:
– 55% of people have experienced lucid dreams at least once
– About 23% experience lucid dreams regularly
– More common in adolescents than adults
– Meditation practice may increase the likelihood of lucid dreaming
– Brain regions involved in cognitive functions and self-consciousness are activated during lucid dreaming

Applications & Benefits:
– Treating nightmares through lucid dreaming therapy
– Enhancing creativity and problem-solving abilities
– Providing a safe environment for facing fears and overcoming nightmares
– Potential therapeutic benefits for mental health issues
– Feelings of empowerment, control, and practicing real-life skills in dreams

Risks & Techniques:
– Risks of stress, confusion, and difficulty differentiating reality from dreams
– Sleep paralysis affecting about 7.6% of the population
– Long-term effects not extensively studied
– Techniques like reality checks, dream journaling, meditation, MILD, and WBTB for inducing lucid dreams
– Benefits of lucid dreaming in creativity, problem-solving, and therapeutic applications

Lucid dream (Wikipedia)

In the psychology subfield of oneirology, a lucid dream is a type of dream in which the dreamer realizes that they are dreaming while dreaming. The capacity to have lucid dreams is a trainable cognitive skill. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of volitional control over the dream characters, narrative, or environment, although this control of dream content is not the salient feature of lucid dreaming. An important distinction is that lucid dreaming is a distinct type of dream from other types of dreams such as prelucid dreams and vivid dreams, although prelucid dreams are a precursor to lucid dreams, and lucid dreams are often accompanied with enhanced dream vividness. Lucid dreams are also distinct state from other lucid boundary sleep states such as lucid hypnagogia or lucid hypnopompia.

In formal psychology, lucid dreaming has been studied and reported for many years. Prominent figures from ancient to modern times have been fascinated by lucid dreams and have sought ways to better understand their causes and purpose. Many different theories have emerged as a result of scientific research on the subject. Further developments in psychological research have pointed to ways in which this form of dreaming may be utilized as a form of sleep therapy.

The term lucid dream was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his 1913 article A Study of Dreams, though descriptions of dreamers being aware that they are dreaming predate the article. Van Eeden studied his own dreams between January 20, 1898, and December 26, 1912, recording the ones he deemed most important in a dream diary. 352 of these dreams are categorized as lucid.

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