By Eviana Ramirez.
For many centuries, despite the world’s advancements in technology, scientist have never truly been able to understand how human minds work while they dream. There are many assumptions that have been made and theories that have been tested but even today dreams aren’t completely understood. Some scientists believe that dreams hold deeper meanings while others studies have shown that our dreams are constructed by our subconscious thoughts. Despite all uncertainties, it has been proven that the individual’s mind holds the capacity to control their dreams, to a certain extent, which is referred to as lucid dreaming.
I’m sure many people can relate to being abruptly awakened in the middle of an exciting dream and, despite every effort, they are unable to return to the same dream. To me, someone who dreams quite often, there is not a more irritating feeling than this. On the other hand, I have had dreams that were unpleasant and somehow I was conscious enough to make myself wake up. This is known as lucid dreaming, the state of one being aware they are dreaming and controlling the outcome. By having this awareness, our minds have a greater presence in the process of our dreams. Lucid dreaming occurs when our body’s achieve the deepest slumber stage which is known as REM (rapid eye movement) where most dreams occur. One of the benefits found from research on lucid dreaming is that it improves problem solving skills.
After reading all of this information I’m sure you’re wondering how to gain the ability to control your dreams. Though over 60% of the population experience lucid dreaming at least once in a life span, it’s not a switch you can just turn on. However, experts believe there are steps to be taken in order to increase your chances of lucid dreaming. By focusing more during the day and paying attention to small details, you train your mind to separate reality from fantasy and then apply this skill to analyzing dreams. One other thing that could aid this process is taking time before you fall asleep to focus on a specific topic that you would like to dream about, a process known as predetermination. In maintaining a set sleep schedule, you train your brain and increase your chances of lucid dreaming. The mind is a powerful tool that humans have only began to understand. Though we may never know the full characteristics of dreaming, we can begin to gain control over our dream in order to ensure a more favorable outcome.