Recurring dreams can be as frightening as a night terror when you don’t understand what they mean. It might even feel like you’re the only person who experiences them, whether they are dreams that feel real (lucid dreams) or premonition dreams. That really isn’t the case though. Most people will experience them at various stages of life. The key is to discover what your recurring dream might be trying to tell you.
Lucid dreaming is a phenomenon that has been well documented over the past centuries. It’s a term that is used to describe the act of dreaming while being aware that you’re dreaming. In other words, dreams that feel real. In some instances the dreamer can even control the dream to some degree in order to determine its outcome or influence what takes place within the dream.
According to Edward Bixler of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, who is a professor of psychology specializing in electrophysiology of sleep and sleep disorders, lucid dreams are what happens “when a person recognizes he or she is dreaming while in a dreaming state and often manipulates the events within the dream.” This is far from remembering those oh-so-elusive details of dreams after you’ve awakened in the morning.
One of the most interesting and slightly mystifying topics around sleep science is the topic of dreams. Science has come a long way to explain many of our dream states, but perhaps the most interesting dream state to this day is lucid dreaming. Unlike other dream states where the sleeper has no control or even knowledge that they’re dreaming, lucid dreams give the dreamer a chance to be aware of the fact that they’re dreaming. In some lucid dreams, the dreamer can even exert an amount of control over what happens in their dream, which is pretty cool. The images in lucid dreams can be as realistic as the latex foam mattress you’re sleeping on tonight. Let’s find out more about lucid dreams.