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.
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.
A lot has happened in the last 5 months. But how did we go from business as usual to changing the face of the entire lucid dreaming supplements industry? It’s a story that I think will interest you – and you might even learn a thing or two in the process. When I was first taken on-board as Chief Lucidity Officer in 2016, one of the first things I was tasked with was taking a good look at our operations and giving things a bit of an overhaul.
To lucid dream is to examine an intensely heightened state of self awareness, with all the senses activated - a uniquely human experience. What's more, lucid dreaming offers profound benefits that touch all of us, no matter our culture, beliefs or life circumstances. Ultimately, I think all of these benefits put together could play a serious role in advancing the human race.
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.
Years ago, before I had my first lucid dream, I had a very specific idea about what a lucid dream would feel like. I thought it would be intense and magical and a little bit spooky. This turned out to be a pretty accurate representation. Becoming aware in the dreamstate is like entering another world. One where physical laws can be manipulated (there is no spoon, Neo) and your fantasies can come true in an instant. There's definitely something magical about that - and it's as if the lucid dream world is a living, breathing organism that can react to your very thoughts.
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?
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...