The Benefits and Risks of Lucid Dreaming

The Benefits and Risks of Lucid Dreaming

“Lucid dreaming lets you make use of the dream state that comes to you every night to have a stimulating reality.” -Stephen LaBerge

About Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming, a proven scientific ability to become ‘self-aware’ in your dreams,’ is a topic most people are quite curious about. Will I be able to control my dreams? How can I train my mind to lucid dream? Though lucid dreaming is a whole other realm and is studied by many scholars, let us give you a bit of insight about the mystical wonder. Lucid dreaming is when an individual is aware of and active in their own dreams. This allows their subconscious to take control of the dream and can come with many benefits and possible risks.

The benefits

With lucid dreaming, you have access to your subconscious and hone the ability to take the reigns in your dream world. This allows people to conquer their fears, prevent nightmares from being nightmares, and to simply have more freedom and fun in their dreams. Lucid dreaming is also known to be more vivid in regular dreams and individuals who experience them are able to remember them. Because lucid dreamers are able to remember more of their dreams, they can interpret their dreams better than those who don’t. This allows dreamers to explore their unconscious mind to either solve problems, increase creativity, and develop their sense of self.

The risks

Lucid dreaming might not be for everyone. Because lucid dreaming is so vivid and realistic, that means the ability to feel real emotions during the dream. Whether fear, pain, or sadness, any and all feelings can come into play. “Dream claustrophobia” is also possible in lucid dreaming causing dreamers to wake up. Sometimes lucid dreaming can be so vivid, dreamers can forget they’re in a dream and think they’re awake. Sleep paralysis is also a risk to lucid dreaming where individuals are in between stages of the dream and reality causing them to feel paralyzed. Though this is very uncommon, it is still very possible for those who are not mentally stable.