We spend a third of our lives asleep, so it's safe to say that dreams make up a large portion of our lives. Dreaming, however, is different for everyone. Some people are plagued by nightmares, some don't remember their dreams at all, and a small number are even able to control their dreams.
Those who experience the latter experience what are referred to as lucid dreams. This happens when a person is aware that they are dreaming and, therefore, is able to control what they dream about. A popular German study found that 51% of people have a lucid dream at least once in their lives.
Check out the video below if you want to learn how to have a lucid dream:
The ability to control dreams is something which could benefit people in a number of ways. To begin with, it has the ability to boost their mood, and, in certain instances, help them to overcome traumatic experiences if the lucid dream is conducted in a clinical setting.
Plus, let's all be honest with ourselves, we'd all rather dream about our celebrity crush than find ourselves trapped in a dream reminiscent of that horror movie we definitely shouldn't have watched before falling asleep. Being able to lucid dream at will opens up a world of possibilities.
Well, in theory, it opens up an entirely new world...
On that note, a technique to induce lucid dreams has just been independently verified for the first time!
What's more is that this technique has the potential to be even more effective when combined with others, so the possibility of being able to have a truly amazing night's sleep could be within the grasp of us all in the future as it does not require external intervention.