You may have heard of lucid dreaming, the type of dream where the dreamer is aware of dreaming. Is lucid dreaming a real phenomenon? Sleep expert Matthew Walker explains how much we know about lucid dreams so far. Following is a transcript of the video.

Jessica Orwig: What if we could control our dreams?

When most of us dream, our thoughts and actions are involuntary. The dream plays out as if we were watching a movie. But not all dreams are the same. There is another kind of dreaming called lucid dreaming, which is more like playing a video game than watching a movie.

Matthew Walker: By definition lucid dreaming is simply the act of knowing that you’re dreaming whilst you’re dreaming.

My name is Matthew Walker. I am a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California Berkeley.

Most people actually think of lucid dreaming more in the sense of actually beginning to control what you’re dreaming. So, you gain volitional control and you decide what’s going to happen during your dream.

Orwig: Frequent lucid dreamers claim that they can control many parts of the dream such as teleporting themselves to another location, learning to improve real-life skills, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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