Benefits of Lucid Dreaming

Have you ever been asleep and realized that you were asleep whilst you were in a dream state? I remember my very first time and it happened purely by accident, and I didn’t know how or why it happened.

I was asleep and dreaming and then for the first time, I became lucid and was aware that I was in a dream state. This meant that I had full control over the whole dream including my surroundings etc. The thrills, the exhilaration, I soon became so excited that I woke myself up.

It was then that I had to look up what had happened, and I found out that I was in fact lucid dreaming.

So, what is Lucid Dreaming?

What is Lucid Dreaming?

Lucid dreaming has been defined as a state where the dreamer is aware of his or her dreams while still in the dream and can therefore have full control of their dream world. Lucid dreaming has many potential benefits for both mental and physical health, such as improving memory and increasing creativity.

People who lucid dream may also be able to use this skill to overcome nightmares or deal with other psychological problems they might face during REM sleep that arise from traumatic experiences. The most important thing about lucid dreaming is that it’s not just a passive experience – you’re fully responsible for what happens inside your head! With proper training, anyone can learn how to become more self-aware during their dreams so they can start exploring them on purpose.

Benefits of Lucid Dreaming

1. Increased Creativity

A study conducted by German psychologist Nicolas Zink [1] found that frequent lucid dreamers showed a higher degree of creativity than those that are not able to lucid dream as frequently.

2. Resolving Nightmares

Some people who have experienced trauma or PTSD may need therapeutic elements such as nightmares to be resolved so they can live a normal life again.

Lucid dreaming is one such technique used that allows the patient to explore their traumatic experience and face it directly so they can move past it and heal from the damaging effects of the experience.

3. Improved Memory

Studies show [2] that lucid dreaming improves memory and creativity and reduces forgetfulness and confusion, making it an excellent tool for those trying to improve cognitive function.

4. Healthy Sleep

We all know a good night’s sleep helps improve memory and cognitive processes, but some people have trouble with this due to problems such as insomnia or other factors.

Concentrating on lucid dreaming can be a tool to be used to help get the restful sleep that benefits the body and mind.

5. Problem-Solving

Like improving memory and reducing forgetfulness, it’s also used in problem-solving and decision-making in a fantastic way.

Many people use lucid dreaming to help with their creative problems in life and find they’re able to come up with the answers they need when they’re in this state of mind.

6. Increased Confidence

Just like we’ve mentioned, lucid dreaming often makes the dreamer responsible for their dreams, so they have control over what happens during the experience.

This is especially useful for those that are trying to reduce anxiety and overcome their fears or phobias as they can face these directly using conscious thought and actions within the dream state.

When you’re aware of your dreams and able to explore them, it can help you gain confidence and give you a better understanding of who you are as a person.

Lucid dreaming is an easy way to become more self-aware and even come up with new ideas for how you live your life and interact with the world around you.

7. Adventure

Yes, lucidity in dreams can give you the opportunity to live out your wildest dreams and fantasies.

As the laws of physics do not apply in the dream world, one of the first things that many people do when they become lucid is to do things that cannot be done in their waking life such as flying.

When you are in control of your dream world reality, the things that you can do are endless.

8. Happier Waking Life

Many people report that after a lucid dream, the euphoria and exhilaration continue into their waking life and the feelings of happiness can last for days.

Dreams whether good or bad can have an effect on how we sleep and subsequently impact how we start our day. Having control of your dreams and then waking with those euphoric feelings can only aid our quest for happiness.

9. Increased Lifespan

Humans sleep for approximately one-third of their lifetime (229,961 hours)[3] and it is generally considered that we spend around 6 years[4] of our life dreaming.

Imagine if you could get some of that time back…

Well, you can and in the best way possible. Learning how to become conscious in your dreams means that you will get some of those years back all whilst having ultimate control of what happens!!! What a thought that is!

Conclusion

Lucid dreaming has many potential benefits for both mental and physical health, from improving memory and increasing creativity to decreasing anxiety and problem-solving.

The benefits of learning how to lucid dream are almost impossible to ignore and I wish that someone had taught me about them when I was younger. Happiness, confidence, and a few more years of life all for free.

Anybody can learn how to hone their skills and learn to become lucid in their dreams and I recommend that you try it.

FAQ’s

How do I lucid dream?

It’s difficult to answer this question briefly and succinctly because there are many techniques to assist you in inducing a lucid dream. See our article on learning to lucid dream.

Is lucid dreaming a passive experience?

Nope! Normal dreams are considered a passive experience as you are not in control of what is happening in your dream state. Lucid dreams however are different and you are often able to engage with and even control the dream.

With training, not only can you become more self-aware during the REM stage of sleep, but you can also start controlling and exploring them on purpose.

Can anybody learn how to lucid dream?

Yes! Although it may take some time and effort for beginners, it is generally considered possible for anyone to learn how to become lucid in their dreams.

How much time do we spend dreaming on average in a lifetime?

It is generally considered by sleep scientists that the average person will be dreaming for approximately 6 years of their lifetime.

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Sources

[1] Relationship between Lucid Dreaming, Creativity and Dream Characteristics (Nicolas Zink)

[2] Frequent lucid dreaming associated with increased functional connectivity between frontopolar cortex and temporoparietal association areas (Benjamin Baird, Anna Castelnovo, Olivia Gosseries and Giulio Tononi)

[3] 7-time consuming things an average Joe spends on in a lifetime (Bjarki)

[4] Interesting Facts About Dreams (Kendra Cherry)