This section on sleep research is dedicated to helping you understand more about the nature of sleep and dreams. You'll learn about the human body's natural sleep rhythms, our physiological need for sleep, and how dream interpretation can shine a light on the mysterious unconscious mind.
If you plan to become a dedicated lucid dreamer, a sound knowledge of sleep and dreams is essential. The information here will fast-track your progress when it comes to troubleshooting key issues (like identifying the best time of night to lucid dream, or using dream symbols to become lucid more often).
A brief history of sleep and dreaming: from Aristotle to Sigmund Freud. Includes the effects of sleep deprivation and the history of lucid dreaming.
A look at the five stages of sleep and how they relate to lucid dreaming. Including the best time to lucid dream and how to make your dreams last longer.
Dream research has long fascinated civilized man - from ancient theories of souls adventuring out of body, to modern day psychoanalysis and fMRI scans.
Why do we sleep? A guide to REM sleep cycles, the human brain, and key theories of sleep - vital background information for lucid dreaming.
Why do we dream? Learn about Freud's dream analysis with the Id, Ego and Super Ego, plus modern theories of dreaming and dream research.
Real dream interpretation explores unconscious dream symbols identified by Freud's free association. Start understanding your own dream symbols today.
Explore the meaning behind dreams with scientific dream analysis. Improve your dream recall and perform your own dream interpretation by translating the dream meaning.
A fascinating list of 30 common dream symbols and their meanings. Unravel the unconscious symbolism of your dreams and find clarity in waking life.
Dreams during pregnancy can be highly emotional and meaningful - from fears about your changing body, to giving birth, to predicting the sex of the baby.
Observe and interact with your hypnagogic imagery and other forms of hypnagogia - from sounds to physical sensations and unconscious insights.
The five common characteristics of dreams, as defined by dream researcher J Allan Hobson. Plus, Hobson's biological theory of dreams and their real meanings.
Frederik van Eeden is often credited but it was actually Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys who first published the phrase "rêve lucide" some 46 years prior. So why is history skewed?
If so, what do they dream about? Dr Charles P Pollack of the Sleep Center for Medicine tells us what science knows of newborn baby dreams.
How jet lag and sleep deprivation may actually improve your ability to have lucid dreams - and how to exploit these principles without actually losing very much sleep.
How to get a good night's sleep and improve your chances for lucid dreaming. Includes choosing the right mattress and the best sleep posture for lucidity.
What do blind people dream about? A look at the latest studies into the dreams of blind people, colorblind people, and black-and-white dreamers.
Sleep was long considered just a block of time when your brain and body shut down. Thanks to sleep research studies done over the past several decades, we now know much more...
Did you know there are alternatives to sleeping in a solid 8-hour block at night? Here are 4 fascinating polyphasic sleep schedules found to improve cognition.
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?