Lucid dreaming refers to the mental state when you are conscious of the fact that you are dreaming while you are dreaming. Though lucid dreaming is a rare occurrence for most people when they are sleeping, you can actually mentally train yourself during the waking hours and incorporate a number of techniques to increase your chances of achieving a lucid dreaming state.
A few pointers. Start improving your ability to remember your dreams by keeping a dream journal and writing down as much as possible of what you remember from your nightly visions. People who are actually able to remember their dreams are more likely to be conscious of the fact that they're dreaming when they dream.
By getting in the habit of doing reality checks throughout the day by asking yourself if you are dreaming or not, you are also embedding this habit in your subconscious state when you are dreaming.
Other than just a cool way to live out your superhero fantasies of flying and walking through walls, lucid dreaming has helped people overcome their fears and anxieties and even mentally prepare themselves to acquire difficult skills in real life. Cool brain science or just more mumbo jumbo self-help pipe dreams? There is only one way to find out...
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