It`s not unusual for scientists to be able to provoke dreams by using external intervention. However, recent studies make a step further in this field. The newest researches have managed to induce lucid dreaming, without any use of external interventions. The final results verified that during the trial, only 1 of 6 participants was lucidly dreaming. Believe it or not, this result is a record-breaking success for the scientists, and having in mind that this technique can be combined with others, gives the whole study a game-changing advantage.
Lucid dreaming describes the state where during the sleep, the dreamer is aware that the actions they see are only a dream, but still, their brain can control how the situation will make progress. This was considered as a myth for a long time, but at the moment the scientists confirmed lucid dreaming exist, they are continuously trying to find methods to increase the chances for people to have them.
However, many of the techniques aren`t scientifically confirmed for sure and others required advanced tools. Dreams can help people healing traumas and controlling unhealthy behavior. On the other hand, people like dreaming, so Dr Denholm Aspy from the University of Adelaide tried to make a combination of various techniques to increase the chances for success.
Aspy gathered 169 people to participate in a test that uses various techniques to induce lucid dreaming. During the first part, the participants must make regular checks in order to make sure they are really awake – reality checking. The second part was the Menomic induction of lucid dreams (MILD). MILD has set alarms for the participants on every 5 hours. Once they are awake, they have to say out loud “The next time I am dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming”, and then fall asleep again. The tests also included imaginations of how it would really feel like to be in a lucid dream.
The results of these tests were published in the journal Dreaming, where Aspy makes an explanation on how the techniques combination works way more efficiently than using every technique on its own. The combination of both MILD and reality testing, successfully caused lucid dreaming in 17% of the cases. He claims that this exceeds any test made in past that does not use any interventions, like shining lights in participants eyes while they are in REM sleep stage.
Analysing the results, Aspy noted that probably, MILD can get the total credits for lucid dreaming, as the reality testing alone, didn’t give the expected effects. He also notes that this study has greater success than any other previous where the MILD was applicated, even by his inventor himself.
Even though for most of the people lucid dreaming is really rare, highly 55 percent of population experience lucid dreaming during sleep. Aspy himself got addicted to exploring this field after he had a lucid dream when he was a child, and then changed his psychology PhD from studying non-verbal communication once he had a lucid dream the same night before starting his doctorate.
Aspy told IFLScience, that lucid dreamers tend to wake up quickly, but with experience, they can stay on that stage and spread it for up to an hour. He is also seeking volunteers for one-week studies period, hoping that the time will be just enough to use these results for future studies of trauma control.