It’s on! Scientists have managed to verify, for the first time, a technique to induce lucid dreaming.

A technique to induce lucid dreaming has been independently verified for the first time. More than half of the participants had lucid dreams during the scientific experiment.

A lucid dream is a term used to refer to the state in which a sleeping person is aware of what he is dreaming and has some control over the progress of the dream event.

And while it was initially considered a myth, over time science confirmed its existence and is now developing methods to increase the possibilities that people experience.

Recently, Dr. Denholm Aspy, of the University of Adelaide, conducted a study with 169 participants who had to learn different techniques to induce lucid dreams.

He told IFLScience this exceeds any previous study conducted without interventions such as masks that shine lights in people’s eyes on detecting REM sleep.

One of the techniques, called “reality check,” sought to make the individuals in the experiment take the habit of making sure they were actually asleep.

In addition, it was combined with the Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (or ‘MILD’), where an alarm went off every five hours, after which the subjects were to wake up and recite the following: the next time I’m dreaming, I’ll remember that I’m dreaming “; then they went back to sleep imagining what it would be like to have a lucid dream.

These two techniques led to 53% of individuals having lucid dreams during the experiment, with a 17% who stood out for having them every night.

He told IFLScience this exceeds any previous study conducted without interventions such as masks that shine lights in people’s eyes on detecting REM sleep.

Aspy reports, these results exceed any previous studies conducted with instrumental assistance.

“The MILD technique works on what we call ‘prospective memory’ – that is, your ability to remember to do things in the future. By repeating a phrase that you will remember you’re dreaming, it forms an intention in your mind that you will, in fact, remember that you are dreaming, leading to a lucid dream,” says Dr. Aspy, Visiting Research Fellow in the University’s School of Psychology.

“Importantly, those who reported success using the MILD technique were significantly less sleep deprived the next day, indicating that lucid dreaming did not have any negative effect on sleep quality,” he says.

“These results take us one step closer to developing highly effective lucid dream induction techniques that will allow us to study the many potential benefits of lucid dreaming, such as treatment for nightmares and improvement of physical skills and abilities through rehearsal in the lucid dream environment,” Dr. Aspy says.

Approximately 55% of people have had a lucid dream at some point in their life, but for most, it is a rare occurrence. In fact, the researcher who carried out the recent experiment became interested in the subject after having had a lucid dream during his childhood and another just the night before starting his doctorate.

According to IFLScience, Aspy is looking for volunteers to do future studies that will not last more than a week. The short time of the exercises will seek that the developed techniques will be applicable later in treatments for different disorders.

(H/T IFLScience)

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