Lucid dream science has come a long way in the last 40 years, ever since it was first proven in the laboratory. In the last decade, research has accelerated further with creative use of fMRI brain scans on lucid dreamers
This kind of research is set to continue. As lucid dreaming becomes a household term, more people are learning to lucid dream and study participants are more easily recruited. Early technologies have even emerged which allow us to stimulate lucidity with electrical currents and crudely "record" our dreams as they occur.
Lucid dream research out of Frankfurt has revealed lucid dreams to take place at gamma band brainwave frequencies.
An electrifying experiment has revealed a way to artificially induce lucid dreams as much as 77% of the time. Is this a silver bullet for lucid dreaming?
Some incredible new research using fMRI is paving the way to literally record and play back your dreams - and lucid dreams - just like movies. Find how out it works here.
European scientists have begun to translate brain signals which reveal the content of your dreams. Could you one day record and playback your lucid dreams?
In a 2015 study, researchers have taught people how to lucid dream and, in combination with role playing Gestalt therapy, overcome their nightmares.
Join Dr Clare Johnson and Dr Keith Hearne at a day-long dynamic exploration of lucid dream science, therapy, healing and creativity in London in March 2015.
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?