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Have you ever wondered: Is lucid dreaming safe? For centuries, people have dreamed in their sleep. So much so that we spend about 2,190 days, or six years, of our lives dreaming. Although we are aware of the perceptions and emotions we experience in our dreams, we are not as conscious as when we are awake.
Dream; It is our subconscious re-enacting the events and people we encounter in our daily lives in different ways and more intensely. In our dreams, our perception of time and space disappears. In addition, although dreams take a very short time, our brain constructs events very quickly in this short period of time, and in this way, we feel like we are dreaming for hours.
Lucid dreams are events that occur with the opening of consciousness during dreams. Thus, the person knows that she/he is in a dream. She/he can make various decisions and direct her dream as if she is really living the dream.
Lucid dreams are vivid dreams, especially when you have the power to watch and influence what is happening. In essence, your dreams transform into a virtual reality environment in which everything appears to be as genuine as it is when you are awake.
In typical dreams, you are not aware that you are asleep. There is a clear distinction between the dream world and the waking world. Conversely, when you’re in a lucid dream, your brain goes into wake-up mode. This is what makes you realize that you are dreaming and shape the dream landscape according to your desires. This is nothing supernatural, it is a safe scientifically explainable process.
You can recognize your thoughts and feelings as the dream comes true. Sometimes you can control lucid dreaming. You can change the people, the environment, or the story. This type of control dream can potentially reduce nightmares and anxiety.
Lucid Dreaming Risks
Is it safe to lucid dream? Although there is no significant danger in lucid dreaming, we recommend that you practice it carefully. Although lucid dreaming is generally considered to be safe, it may pose a risk to people who suffer from mental problems.
- Sleep Problems: It can be difficult to get enough sleep, as lucid dreaming techniques deliberately interrupt sleep. If you have a sleep issue, your chances are even higher.
- Depression And Anxiety: Sleep problems can intensify depressive symptoms and anxiety.
- Derealization: Luminous dream induction connects reality with a dream, making it difficult to determine what is real.
- Difficulty Distinguishing Between Reality And Dream: The overlap of reality and dream can also cause disconnection from your environment or yourself.
- Sleep Paralysis: a condition in which you consciously experience inactivity during sleep. You are awake but unable to move. It is the most common negative experience associated with lucid dreams.