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Action! Directing your Dreams may soon be Possible

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It’s always been one of our dreams… to be able to direct our dreams. it’s known as lucid dreaming. A dream state where you are totally or partially aware of being in a dream and being able to act and direct yourself and others within it. Imagine being the star, director, and scriptwriter for your own ultra-realistic dream-film!

Scientists have discovered that it is possible to induce lucid dreaming in sleepers by applying mild electrical currents to their scalps, a recent  study reported in the publication Nature Neuroscience says.

Professor J Allan Hobson, from Harvard Medical School co-authored the paper. He said:

“The key finding is that you can, surprisingly, by scalp stimulation, influence the brain. And you can influence the brain in such a way that a sleeper, a dreamer, becomes aware that he is dreaming.” 

It is a continuation of previous research in this field  led by Dr Ursula Voss of Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Germany who said:

“Lucid dreaming is a very good tool to observe what happens in the brain and what is causally necessary for secondary consciousness.”

Prof. Hobson also thought it could have medical benefits:

As a model for mental illness, understanding lucid dreaming is absolutely crucial. “I would be cautious about interpreting the results as of direct relevance to the treatment of medical illnesses, but [it’s] certainly a step in the direction of understanding how the brain manages to hallucinate and be deluded.”

By examining the sleepers’ REM (Rapid Eye Movements- the indicator of deep sleep dreaming) and brainwaves over a range of frequencies, scientists have found that lucid dreamers demonstrate a shift towards a more “awake-like” state in the frontal and temporal parts of the brain, with the peak in increased activity occurring around 40Hz.

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The study involved 27 volunteers, none of whom had experienced lucid dreaming before. The researchers waited until the volunteers were experiencing uninterrupted REM sleep before applying electrical stimulation to the frontal and temporal positions of the volunteers’ scalps. The applied stimulation had a variety of frequencies between two and 100Hz, but neither the experimenter nor the volunteer was informed which frequency was used, or even whether a current was applied. Five to 10 seconds later the volunteers were roused from their sleep and asked to report on their dreams. Brain activity was monitored continuously throughout the experiment.

The results showed that stimulation at 40Hz (and to a lesser extent at 25Hz) resulted in an increase in brain activity of around the same frequency in the frontal and temporal areas. They  found that such stimulation, more often than not, induced an increased level of lucidity in the dreams of  the sleepers.

The authors suggest triggering lucid dreaming in sleepers might enable them to control nightmares, for example returning soldiers  suffering with PTSD; post-traumatic stress disorder.

But for others, the chance to be “awake within a dream” may be possible… perhaps a dream come true?

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9 thoughts on “Action! Directing your Dreams may soon be Possible

  1. I have been a lucid dreamer throughout a lot of my life. I once thought it was normal and that is how everybody dreams. It is wonderful at times as I can awake then go back into the same dream several times. I can remember most dreams and re enter them days or weeks later. I can guide my dreams but predominantly I am always aware that I am dreaming.

    The negative aspect is that I have disturbed sleep and I am tired as I am never fully switching off. I don’t feel as if I have slept at all but I do drift into REM sleeo for short spurts. I have a tendency to day dream if I want to continue the dream to see what happens. There are many aspects that needs to be explored before inducing people into this state of consciousness.

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  2. Hi,
    Very interesting article, I have always wondered about how very useful would be to be in control of our dreams.
    Thank you for sharing it with us, it is very generous of you.
    Again, thank you.
    Nuvilla

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  3. Our drames are Our drames are designed to be forgotton which is why so many people find it so difficult to recall drames It is normally only when someone has trained themselves to recall drames or worries a lot or isn’t sleeping properly & is often sleeping shallow through the night. So if there’s a nightly disturbance this’ll wake you a little & you may not wake fully but may become aware of being in the dream you’re having at that time. So if things around where you live have got quieter it could be this? Was this answer helpful?

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  4. , I must confess to two very seipfcic blocks/fears that I have in making my dreams public domain:1. I consider dreams to be a part of our sacred self, as much, and often more so, than our mundane selves, and I feel especially vulnerable to share them with a public forum of’strangers’ Rather than an intimate group of friends 2. I intend to use the content of my dreams for published works in the future, and have concerns about the content being shared or used by others without my permission Any thoughts you have will be much appreciated.Thanks and blessings for a joyful and prosperous 2012!JM

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