Scientists have managed to achieve two-way communication with lucid dreamers for the first time. Specialists are now drafting up a whole new avenue for dream analysis.
While it’s hard to find value in listening to a family member or colleague’s subconscious adventures from the night before, understanding the hallucinatory world inside our dreams remains high on the bucket list for both neuroscientists and psychologists alike.
Understanding the meaning behind our dreams and why we even dream at all is a vista science hasn’t really been able to crack as of yet. However, a breakthrough experiment with ‘lucid dreamers’ this week has opened up a new world of possibilities for those within the field.
Scientists Find a Way to Communicate With Dreaming People – scientists in 4 countries say they’ve shown it’s possible to communicate with people while they’re lucid dreaming. https://t.co/UBUyEGDe3i pic.twitter.com/Ik2M1CCgXO
— Evan Kirstel (@EvanKirstel) February 19, 2021
What is lucid dreaming?
If you’ve never heard the term ‘lucid dream’ before – outside of maybe Juice WRLD’s chart topping banger – the term refers to a select portion of people who have the ability to manipulate events and make conscious decisions within their dreams.
Unlike the majority of us, they aren’t just along for the ride and can actively control what happens. If you’re amongst the chosen ones, please teach us your ways.
Typically taking place during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep – otherwise known as ‘paradoxical sleep’ – when the brain is most active, 55% of people are said to have experienced a lucid dream at least once in their lifetime.
It’s those who can seemingly drift in and out at will, the self-professed lucid dreamers, which may hold the key to better understanding the human brain and why we dream.