If you can control your dreams, you can help visualise your life and could help you reach new heights of success in the gym, on the sport’s field and at work. Here’s how.
New research from the University of Adelaide has found that a specific combination of techniques can increase people’s chances of having lucid dreams – in which the dreamer is aware they’re dreaming while it’s still happening and can control the experience while asleep.
The study involved three groups of participants, and investigated the effectiveness of three different lucid dream induction techniques:
1. reality testing – which involves checking your environment several times a day to see whether or not you’re dreaming.
2. wake back to bed – waking up after five hours, staying awake for a short period, then going back to sleep in order to enter a REM sleep period, in which dreams are more likely to occur.
3. MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) – which involves waking up after five hours of sleep and then developing the intention to remember that you are dreaming before returning to sleep, by repeating the phrase: “The next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming.” You also imagine yourself in a lucid dream.
Among the group of 47 people who combined all three techniques, participants achieved a 17% success rate in having lucid dreams over the period of just one week – significantly higher compared to a baseline week where they didn’t practise any techniques.
“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,” says head researcher Dr Denholm Aspy.