Does lying differently in bed affect the dream rate?

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Does lying differently in bed affect the dream rate?

Postby LosFreakos » 29 Mar 2018 09:13

Hello everyone,

lately I have the strange feeling that depending on how I lie in bed the amount of dreams I have changes. I've tried lying on the left side for a couple nights and I tried lying on the right for the same amount of nights (8 nights on both sides). When I slept on my left side I had one dream in eight nights, whereas on my right side I got four dreams in eight nights. Is it just me or does that mean something? Is it some sort of Placebo? Or perhaps a self-fulfilling prophecy? Or can I just remember my "right-sided" dreams better because they may be more vivid?
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Re: Does lying differently in bed affect the dream rate?

Postby LDer Charles » 30 Mar 2018 12:35

LosFreakos wrote:Hello everyone,

lately I have the strange feeling that depending on how I lie in bed the amount of dreams I have changes. I've tried lying on the left side for a couple nights and I tried lying on the right for the same amount of nights (8 nights on both sides). When I slept on my left side I had one dream in eight nights, whereas on my right side I got four dreams in eight nights. Is it just me or does that mean something? Is it some sort of Placebo? Or perhaps a self-fulfilling prophecy? Or can I just remember my "right-sided" dreams better because they may be more vivid?


I think this is a great question. First, here are 3 helpful links that i came accross when I was wondering the same thing.

http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/best-sleep-posture.html

http://howtolucid.com/do-you-have-to-lie-on-your-back-to-have-a-lucid-dream/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBnHR4lolJs

I can't really wrap my head around this one myself. For a while I thought if I could sleep on my back, I'd have the best dream recall and stability, because all the other positions squish my shoulder, neck or arm. But, I could never fall asleep laying on my back, except a few rare occasions.

Now I alternate between right and left side sleeping. The main thing that affects recall is if I wake up with a pinched nerve in my shoulder or hip from sleeping on it. That can affect my recall because I can't concentrate as much on the dream with all that pain. So I try to alternate sides every time I wake up to record a dream.

I dream pretty much equally on my right or left side, as far as I can tell. Sometimes I have other more random sleeping postures but my right and left side are the main ones. It also seems to distract me from recall if I wake up having rolled over in a weird way. But I can't control that. Most of the time I wake up in the same position I went to sleep in.

It is a good question though and I hope you find what works best for you!
Here is a link to my dream journal if you want to know what I am up to in the dream world! :)
https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/charles3/

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Re: Does lying differently in bed affect the dream rate?

Postby LosFreakos » 31 Mar 2018 07:32

Thank you for your reply! From my point of view after having read your reply and the mentioned articles (which were pretty helpful :) ), I guess I should not worry about my position until I want to try WILD (right now, I'm trying MILD and DILD), I think I'd be better off by just putting it as a coincidence and nothing more and hope the dreams spread out evenly over time. Thank you! ^^
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Re: Does lying differently in bed affect the dream rate?

Postby LDer Charles » 31 Mar 2018 17:36

LosFreakos wrote:Thank you for your reply! From my point of view after having read your reply and the mentioned articles (which were pretty helpful :) ), I guess I should not worry about my position until I want to try WILD (right now, I'm trying MILD and DILD), I think I'd be better off by just putting it as a coincidence and nothing more and hope the dreams spread out evenly over time. Thank you! ^^


Cool! Glad it helped. It was a question on my mind a lot a few months ago. Now, whatever position helps me go to sleep is the one I go for. Usually thats just whatever is most comfortable.
Here is a link to my dream journal if you want to know what I am up to in the dream world! :)
https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/charles3/


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