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Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Can lucid dreaming harm you?

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A dream is an alternative world to reality, but we consider things happening in our dream as actual events. On the other hand, when you are conscious and control your dream, you enter the realm of lucid dreaming.

Many dreamers claimed to be lucid dreamers in the past decade, and a noticeable increase can be observed in people who try to experience lucid dreams.

Several techniques are available online, and devices are available to learn and practice lucid dreaming. People attempt to experience a lucid dream for several reasons – therapeutical treatments, problem-solving, and trying dangerous things that can harm if tried in awakening life.

As a first-time lucid dreamer, you should learn all about lucid dreaming. Although it is a fantastic experience, it's important to ask: "can lucid dreaming harm you?" The answer to this question is no, and generally, lucid dreaming is considered safe. However, lucid dreaming may cause some of the following issues.

Escape from the Real World.

Lucid dreamers can alter almost everything in their dreams and feel more comfortable in their dreaming life because there is no interruption, and they do whatever they want to do. It becomes difficult for lucid dreamers to face the challenges of awakening life because they can't control things compared to lucid dreams.

Frequent lucid dreamers become habitual to change things as they want, but facts remain the same in real life. As a result, lucid dreamers start escaping from real-life challenges.

With that being said, it's important to note that there is nothing wrong with cutting yourself a break with lucid dreams. Just don't retreat from the real world and its problems too often.

Lucid Dream Trapping

There are cases when people want to get out of their lucid dream, but they cannot do it. This phenomenon is also called "False Awakening," the dreamers wake up from a dream but realize that they are still in the dream. Typically, dreamers perform reality checks to confirm a true wake-up. Dreamers keep trying to wake up and perform reality checks until they get out of this trap. However, it's not very common.

Reduced Sleep Quality

Sleep deprivation is another aspect that a lucid dreamer can face as the brain remains active throughout the lucid dream. Another reason for reduced quality sleep is frustration because dreamers spend the whole night fixing a situation or controlling things, but they don't get results. But this is not true for all; the lucid dream is a delightful experience if the dreamer has a positive dream and will awaken refreshed.

Performing Wake Back To Bed (WBTB) can also harm one's sleep – make sure not to do it too often.

Obsession of Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreams are such an amazing experience that dreamers want to practice more frequently when they begin experiencing them. They can do everything in their dream that they can't do in reality, like flying, jumping from a peak, meeting a celebrity, or dating their ideal personality.

It makes them think about lucid dreams constantly. It can become an obsession and an obstacle in the waking world.

It's clear from the discussion that lucid dreams do not harm us, but excessive lucid dreaming can negatively impact the quality of our life. So, lucid dreamers should practice it but should avoid obsession.

Tomas V.

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