For the first time a lucid dreaming technique has been verified, and it was said that it might be even more effective if it is combined with other techniques. Over half of the participants in a trial lasting one week had lucid dreams, without having to use an external intervention.
Dreamers Can Influence The Progression Of Their Dream
Lucid dreaming is a state where the dreamer is clearly aware that they have a dream and as such they have some say in how the dream progresses. It was once thought to be just a myth, but now science had confirmed that lucid dreams are reality and they have found methods that work to increase the chances of a person having a lucid dream.
In the past, some of the methods have required the use of advanced equipment, and other methods have not been very reliable. Lucid dreaming is said to be enjoyable, and it has been considered to be a tool that is powerful for healing trauma. Dr. Denholm Aspy from the University of Adelaide wondered if by combining techniques there would be a greater success.
Mnemonic Induction And MILD Techniques Used Together
He set up a study with 169 people in techniques to bring about lucid dreaming. One of the techniques was reality testing, and it had the participants regularly checking to make sure that they were awake. Mnemonic Induction of lucid dreams saw those taking part setting the alarm to wake them up after five hours, and they would then say “The next time I am dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming” and then they would go back to sleep. MILD is another technique that relies on people thinking about what it would be like to lucid dream.
Aspy said that the test on its alone did not produce benefits. However, 53% of people who tried reality testing and MILD together had success, and 17% had success each night. This had exceeded any study that came before it that was conducted without the use of intervention, such as wearing a mask that would shine into the eyes on detecting REM sleep.
Aspy said that the lucid dreams that people had in the study could have been down to MILD on its own. However, he did say that the success rate has been better than any before, even studies that had been undertaken by the inventor.
55% Of All People Will Have At Least One Lucid Dream In Their Life
It has been suggested that about 55% of people will have a lucid dream at some point, but for many, they are a rare occurrence. Aspy had one when he was young and became interested in them so much that he changed his psychology Ph.D. The night before he was supposed to have started his doctorate.
You have a second life in the dream world
The majority of people who have lucid dreams wake up quickly, but it has been known for people to have dreams lasting up to one hour. Now Aspy is asking for volunteers for another study.