Have you ever wondered if there are ways you can take control of your dreams and enjoy a night of lucid dreaming? If so, a new study conducted has ways of helping you do just that.
A previous study conducted in 2014 at the University of Lincoln in the UK showed that those who have lucid dreams may have better abilities than others when it comes to creative problem-solving and other cognitive tasks, as The Australian reported in an article that was originally published in the Wall Street Journal. The study also showed possible mental health benefits along with a better performance when it comes to solving puzzles.
In 2011 a German study was undertaken which showed that 51 percent of the participants had enjoyed a lucid dream at least one time during their life, and this number was found to be higher among women according to an abstract of the study available through the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
If you have never had a lucid dream before or would like to boost your ability to have more, a group of scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia has conducted a new study which suggests different ways that you can take control of your dreams, according to ScienceAlert.
Studies in the past have shown that there are several methods you can use in your waking hours to prepare yourself ahead of time to have a lucid dream and the latest study at the University of Adelaide tested this on 169 participants to see how well some of these methods actually worked.
One of the methods that was tested involved study participants taking stock of reality around them during their waking hours. The idea behind this is that if you’re in a constant state of awareness during the day, the logic follows that you might also question the reality of your dreams when you’re in the middle of them, thus alerting your brain to the fact that you’re dreaming at which point your dream will transition to a lucid one.
Another method practiced in this study had participants wake up after five hours of solid sleep and remain awake for a little while before drifting off to sleep again, hopefully inducing a dream state immediately in which a lucid dream would occur.
The final technique used for trying to bring about a lucid dream is called MILD, otherwise known as a mnemonic induction of lucid dreams. Test subjects repeated a mantra like “the next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming.” With just eight percent of the group having lucid dreams during the first week of testing and before trying out the three techniques, the numbers rapidly shot up in the following weeks with some of these methods.
For study participants who awoke from sleep and went back to sleep within five minutes and also practiced the mnemonic induction technique, 46 percent of these had lucid dreams. MILD is especially helpful as you are telling yourself that you will remember you’re dreaming just moments before heading into a dream, thus boosting your chances of a lucid dream occurring.
Denholm Aspy, one of the researchers on this study, explained that the mnemonic induction technique puts the intention of a lucid dream into your mind, thus in many cases causing that reality to happen.
“The MILD technique works on what we call ‘prospective memory’ – that is, your ability to remember to do things in the future. By repeating a phrase that you will remember you’re dreaming, it forms an intention in your mind that you will, in fact, remember that you are dreaming, leading to a lucid dream.”
Out of the three techniques practiced, the one that worked the least was the one in which participants assessed reality around them while awake. According to Denholm Aspy, studies such as these aim to make it easier to fall into lucid dreams, and lucid dreams, in turn, are believed to be extremely beneficial in a myriad of ways, many of which are now becoming known.
“These results take us one step closer to developing highly effective lucid dream induction techniques that will allow us to study the many potential benefits of lucid dreaming, such as treatment for nightmares and improvement of physical skills and abilities through rehearsal in the lucid dream environment.”
Now that the latest study on lucid dreaming by the University of Adelaide in Australia shows that the most effective method currently known for inducing a lucid dream is practicing the mnemonic induction technique, get your mantra ready and make sure you repeat it often, especially right before falling asleep at night.
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