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Friday, 17 September 2021

How Virtual Reality Supports Lucid Dreams?

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Emerging technologies have enabled us to experience unusual or even impossible activities in our real lives. You can fly, free fall from a mountain, or explore the underwater world without doing it in reality and all these unique experiences are possible using technology like VR devices.

Another way to enjoy these fantasies is lucid dreaming, where you can do everything impossible in your real life, and it will not harm you. Lucid dreams are a great way to experience your imagination from the comfort of your bed and without spending any money.

VR simulations and lucid dreams have many similarities, and hence VR supports LD; this fact is also proved through scientific research recently. To understand the role of VR in LD, it’s a must to understand both subsequent similarities between them and also have a look into the studies and research.

VR Devices

VR device is a simulation machine just like your brain; using a VR device is like putting your brain in a state similar to the REM brain state, which doesn’t need external input to simulate.

A VR device is available in a kit. The main part is a headset, thick pair of goggles for your eyes, headphones, and some other devices like game controllers, all to support your simulated experience in another world. These devices are connected to computers or smartphones and use their apps or games.

VR devices are not limited to fun experiences; these are used for more productive reasons in different industries like automotive, healthcare, tourism, education, real estate, and architecture.

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is an ancient concept, and with growing awareness and scientific research, its productive use is increased. LD is a conscious and controlled experience that usually occurs during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. Some people experience LD naturally, but they can also learn to experience it through techniques like WILD, FILD, reality checks, and even playing games.

Similarities between VR and LD

As mentioned above, VR puts the brain in a REM-like state, whereas LD occurs during the REM state. Using your VR device, you can control and play the game, and in LD, you are conscious, and you can control your dream. Both of these provide you control over activities in another world that are happening virtually.

Experienced lucid dreamers also report that playing games can increase chances to induce lucid dreams and their frequency. There is an increase in researches related to lucid dreaming and the ways to produce them.

Research about Role of VR to support LD

A four weeks study was conducted to understand the role of VR pieces of training to induce a lucid dream. The groups of people were evenly divided and trained for lucid dreams through the VR scenarios that consist of dreamlike elements, traditional lucid dreaming training, and no training. The results show that the group assisted with VR training regularly had significant and frequent lucid dreams compared to the other groups.