Professor Kim Jaxon
English 130 PI
What do dreams mean to you?
What is Lucid dreaming? What has people thinking about lucid dreaming? People don’t realize that there are different types of dreaming. In the article “Lucid dreaming: an age-dependent brain dissociation”, Ursula Voss argues that Lucid dreaming usually happens to children most frequently and not so often to adults. I will be answering the following questions (1) How do you lucid dream, (2) how do you stop from lucid dreaming? (3) Is lucid dreaming safe?
The video called “Interesting facts about dreaming, amazing dream facts you didn’t know” by Bet you didn’t know, talks about how when men sleep they usually tend to dream about men 70 percent of the time. Women tend to dream about men and woman equally. While dreaming we have about 3 to 7 dreams but we spend about 2 to 3 hours sleeping. When you wake up from a dream you cant remember what you dreamt of. While dreaming you can only have people in your dream that you already seen. While your dreaming your whole body is usually paralyzed and all neurotransmitters are shut down and your large muscles do not move.
The article “Spontaneous Lucid Dreaming Frequency and Waking Insight” written by Patrick Bourke, talks about lucid dreaming. It explains that lucid dreaming is when someone is aware that they are dreaming within a dream and it happens spontaneously. When you are an experienced lucid dreamer it’s more likely to happen often and you can control your dreaming. The most common age for someone to lucid dream is mostly around 6 to 18 year olds. People that lucid dream usually tend to play video games which causes them to control their dreams. For example if a lucid dreamer is dreaming they can imagine a door and open it in their dream. People that frequently lucid dream are successful at solving insight problems. During Lucid dreaming the brain is asleep but your body can be at a waking state of mind, so a person that is lucid dreaming thinks that they are watching their dream in real life. Lucid dreaming is an exceptional mental state that occurs naturally in developing brains and may help some children to control their emotions and build self-confidence. People that are older usually tend to practice so they can lucid dream.
Fifty eight percent of children dream according to a recent study made by Ann Lukits, in the article “Why Children Have more dreams”, about 72 children in grades one through four, about 622 children in secondary schools have lucid dreamed. As a child grows they don’t frequently lucid dream as much.
Lucid dreaming is not proven to be dangerous or safe but it’s proven to help people that have suffered from tragic events and nightmares in the past. In the article is “lucid dreaming dangerous” by Ryan Hurd, he states that lucid dreaming can cause a mental illness, because people that lucid dream can see things that are not there and can also get hypnagogic hallucinations meaning that they imagine a lot of things while waking up and going to sleep.
The most common idea amongst the articles was the connection between talking about lucid dreaming all of the things that can happen with lucid dreaming. All these articles helped me along the way learning much more about lucid dreaming. The information I got from these articles made my analysis really informing. I feel like the readers can find out a lot by just reading this.
Understanding that lucid dreaming is not only the type of dreaming out there we can find out about more stages of dreaming but also this is the one that is most common. I have learned the negative and the positive affects and what comes out of lucid dreaming. This project is not only helping me learn about dreaming its also helping me to go in deeper. I am really enjoying the outcomes of this topic.
- Bourke, P., & Shaw, H. (2014). Spontaneous lucid dreaming frequency and waking insight. Dreaming, 24(2), 152-159. doi:10.1037/a0036908
- Hurd, R. (n.d.). Is Lucid Dreaming Dangerous? Retrieved February 21, 2015, from http://dreamstudies.org/2011/06/28/is-lucid-dreaming-dangerous/
- Lukis, A. (2013, January 21). Why Children Have More Control of Their Dreams. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324468104578246013675170372
- Ngo, D., & Morton, K. (n.d.). What Is Lucid Dreaming? Taking Control of the dream world. Retrieved February 21, 2015, from http://www.end-your-sleep-deprivation.com/what-is-lucid-dreaming.html