Lucid dreaming primarily happens during the stage of REM – it is when the dreamers are aware that they’re dreaming in a dream – sounds cool, right?
It doesn’t mean that consciousness is needed on the first part of the dream. Dr. Stephen LaBerge, a researcher on this phenomenon said, “At times a remarkable exception occurs, and we become conscious enough to realize that we are [in the midst of a dream].”
This does not rarely happens. A German research study
that caught the attention of the people dictates that 51% of the population have tried to lucid dream at least once in their lifetime.
A new research study suggests, people who are lucid dreamers are more likely to solve puzzles that requires thinking outside the box.
In the research conducted, they were able to solve 25% more than the ones who haven’t tried to lucid dream. The respondents were between 18 and 25, totaling to 68 psychology students.
Experts say that lucid dreaming is a skill that can be eventually acquired through consistent practice. Susana Martinez-Conde, Ph.D. said, “The fact that you’ve never had a lucid dream doesn’t mean you still can’t have one.”
“Simply having the intent to lucid dream and telling yourself that it’ll happen or you’ll have more control in the dream before you sleep can help,” Martinez-Conde further explains.
In connection, Scientists are able to put people into that state of mind by zapping them a current of 40 Hertz. "I never thought this would work," Dr. John Allan Hobson said, a psychiatrist at Harvard.
Outstandingly, 77% of the participants were able to lucid dream through the use of this method.
John Allan was able to confirm one of his suspicions, "It lets us see that consciousness is clearly a brain function," he stated. "We knew that anyway, but the mechanisms are not clear, and this puts a new spin on it."