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Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Treating nightmares with Lucid Dreams

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Many people experience nightmares – dreams filled with fear or threat that leaves the dreamer in distress. They feel anxious when sleeping, and it results in a disruption of awakening life. These nightmares can happen naturally, and there are certain causes of these frightening experiences.

Researches are on the way to learn more about nightmares and how to prevent them. Studies show that lucid dreaming can help patients with recurring nightmares to avoid them.

This article discusses steps to treat nightmares with lucid dreaming by understanding nightmares and lucid dreams separately.

What is a Nightmare?

A nightmare is a disturbing and highly intense dream linked with feelings of fear or depression and rattles you awake from a deep sleep. Nightmares can have different themes related to safety or survival, such as running to escape from danger or falling from a height. Upon waking, the dreamer is sweaty, can recall the whole dream, and feels stressed.

Like other dreams, nightmares occur during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. They are pretty common for 3 to 6-year-old children but usually decrease by 10; adults also experience them, but for different reasons. Nightmares are generally occasional, and anyone can experience them few times in life. Some people experience recurring nightmares based on specific grounds. Sometimes, recurring nightmares require treatment. It happens if they disturb the sufferer's occupational and social functioning or develop into sleeping disorders.

What is a Lucid Dream?

When people are in a state of dreaming but are also aware that it's a dream and not reality and can control it to some extent, they are experiencing lucid dreaming. Dreamers can change events, characters, emotions, and scenes if they wish to do so.

Lucid dreams can happen naturally, and you can also use specific techniques to learn the craft. Lucid dreams usually occur during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. People usually have 5-6 dreams every night. A similar number of lucid dreams can also be achieved, although you may wake up inbetween.

What is the Procedure to Treat Nightmares through Lucid Dreams?

Several treatments for nightmares are available to proceed with, based on their reasons. An important and now research-proven method to treat nightmares is lucid dreaming. Patients can be trained to avoid nightmares through certain steps.

1. Patients should learn about dreams, nightmares, and lucid dreams.

2. They should maintain a daily dream log of their dreams to understand the patterns of nightmares.

3. They should focus on the lucid dream before sleeping and practice MILD (Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream), where you repeat a certain verse before sleeping.

4. Reality checks are another great way to experience lucid dreams.

5. The patient requires to have a determined intention to achieve lucid dreaming.

6. They should give regular care to all dream experiences, be it nightmares or lucid dreams.

Dreamers become conscious of the nightmare and realize that it is just a dream and there is no real danger; hence they can control it. They can change the characters, emotions, and scenes to get out of the nightmare. Therefore, a nightmare becomes a lucid dream, and the dreamer comes out of the threat situation.

How effective is the Lucid Dreaming treatment for a nightmare?

Several studies are in progress, and some have concluded that lucid dreaming is an effective method to treat nightmares. Research has shown that learning about lucid dreaming alone can lower the intensity and frequency of nightmares.

Treatment through lucid dreams induction can be a successful therapy for patients with nightmares. However, more research is still required.

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