5 Things You Didn’t Know About Lucid Dreaming
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Lucid dreams, an amazing ability to dream consciously and being aware that you are dreaming. Then taking control of your dreams. You certainly know all this about Lucid dreaming.
But we have compiled a list of 5 things that you didn’t know about being lucid in your dreams.
Get ready to be amazed with what you’re about to discover. We got everything covered from ancient history to modern brain science for you. Our and a lot of our readers favorite is about the brain stuff listed on the page 2 of this post. Hope you’ll also gonna enjoy the same.
So here we begin, shall we?
#1 – The first lucid dreams were recorded by Ancient Egyptians.
The Egyptians were an advanced civilization which coalesced more than 5,000 years ago. According to Jeremy Naydler, author of Temple of the Cosmos, they believed in three bodies: Shat (the corpse body), Ka (the living physical body) and Ba (the soul).
Ba was often represented in hieroglyphics as a human-headed bird floating above the sleeping body or corpse. Was the Ba actually the lucid dreaming self? Robert Waggoner, author of Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, believes so.
#2 – When you close your eyes in a lucid dream, you can wake up.
When I was younger I used close my eyes tightly to escape from nightmares. When I was frozen with terror it occurred to me that none of it was real, and I had a moment to squeeze my eyes shut and shout “WAKE UP!”
Luckily, if you do wake up by accident, there is a way to resume the dream from where you left off. It’s called a Dream-Exit Induced Lucid Dream (DEILD).
In brief, as long as you keep your body still (so as not to disturb the REM atonia) and close your eyes immediately, you should find yourself back in the dream and fully lucid. I would liken it to changing channels on the TV: for a few seconds, both realities exist and you are free to flick between them.
#3 – Lucid dream orgasms can be real.
Scientists have found that lucid orgasms can sometimes be accompanied by a real physical response, including increased heart rate, changes in vascular tissue and other muscular reactions.
Sometimes, however, it’s purely in the mind – although this doesn’t make it any less real to the dreamer in their super-sensory dream environment.
There is also heaps of anecdotal evidence to show that men who experience a lucid dream orgasm also ejaculate in real life.
#4 – Vitamin B6 can increase your dream recall and intensity.
In 2002, a double-blind study revealed that participants who took a daily 250mg B6 supplement reported a significant increase in dream content – as measured in dream vividness, bizarreness, emotionality and color.
This is actually greater than the recommended maximum daily intake for healthy adults, which is 100mg. In fact, you only need about 1.3mg of vitamin B6 each day, and you usually get that from the foods you eat.
So 100mg a day is a sizeable dose, especially if you take it on a prolonged basis. In the study above, participants took the 250mg dose for just 3 days. So this is not a long term experiment and should be maintained at your own discretion.
To boost your chances further, eat foods containing Tryptophan around the same time you take your B6 pill, a few hours before bed. Tryptophan-rich foods include cheddar cheese, chicken, salmon, lamb, eggs, white rice, flour and milk.
#5 – Lucidity arises from a special part of the brain.
The neuroscientist, J Allan Hobson, has theorized about what happens in the brain when a dreamer becomes lucid.
First, we recognize that we’re dreaming, and this stimulates the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, responsible for self-awareness and working memory. This area is usually deactivated during REM sleep – which explains why it is not typical to realize that we’re dreaming or remember all of the detail without serious effort.
Interestingly, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is uniquely associated with the subjective experience of deciding when and how to act.
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