This section on sleep science is dedicated to helping you understand more about the nature of sleep itself. You'll learn about the human body's natural sleep rhythms, our physiological need for sleep, and what happens when we are denied of this essential function.
If you plan to become a dedicated lucid dreamer, an insight into modern sleep science will help you on your way. You can troubleshoot key issues (like identifying the best time of night to attempt a wake induced lucid dream) and understand the causes of sleep disorders that may affect the quality of your slumber.
A brief history of sleep: from the theories of Aristotle to Sigmund Freud. Discover the bizarre effects of sleep deprivation and how lucid dreaming has been documented through the eras.
A look at the five stages of sleep and how they relate to dreams and lucid dreams. Includes the best time of night to have lucid dreams and how to make your dreams last longer.
A guide to REM sleep cycles, the sleeping human brain, and key theories addressing why we sleep at all.
Find out how you can observe and interact with your hypnagogic imagery on the sleep-wake border. Plus, what to expect from lucid hypnagogia, from sounds to physical sensations.
Research has found a correlation between the amyloid plaques found in the brain's of Alzeimer's patients and frequent sleep deprivation or disruption.
Here are five of the most effective sleep hacks which can immediately improve the quality of your sleep, along with actionable steps for each.
Do you sleep on your front? Uh oh. How about the fetal position? Find out why these sleeping positions are considered bad for you.
Do you know how to find the best mattress for your budget? The market has become so huge, it's a real challenge to know what to look for. Here are my top tips.
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.
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?