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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Can Frequent Lucid Dreaming (LD) Harm You?

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Everyone has different experiences, either good or bad, throughout their life. It’s human nature that they want to experience everything that fantasies them, regardless of the risks or dangers involved in it. Usually, you get addicted to those activities that fulfil your wishes and give you satisfaction.

An alternate world, where people experience unique activities, is the dream world. Some people are conscious and control these unique activities even more than they can control their real lives. This state in the dream world with consciousness and control is called lucid dreaming.

It’s more attractive to escape from the real world and enjoy power in an LD. This fascination with control and power makes people obsessed with LD, and they prefer to spend time in their dream world rather than facing real-life challenges. The obsession or addiction of anything is not ideal and can disturb the life routine of anyone.

Frequent Lucid Dreams

The logic or science behind LD is still to be discovered, but anyone who experienced it once successfully loves to do it repeatedly, and the reason is simple. When you have the power to control the events, characters and surroundings without any hurdle, then you would love to stay in that state. And upon awakening, you may wish to go back in that unique world, or you will retry it next night. But the question here is: “Is frequent lucid dreaming possible?”

Scientific Evidence of Frequent Lucid Dreams

Although science is still trying to figure out the reasons behind lucid dreaming, and there is an insufficient neurobiological basis for lucid dreaming. A study was conducted to understand that the neuroanatomical/neurofunctional correlates with frequent lucid dreams or not. This study explains that the increased functional connectivity between the frontopolar cortex and temporoparietal association areas is associated with frequent lucid dreaming.

Risks involved in Frequent Lucid Dreaming

Everything you choose to experience in moderation will not harm you, but excess of everything can get you at some risks; the same is valid for lucid dreaming. Although, there are several benefits of LD if you experience them in the right way with the right frequency. On the other hand, if you get obsessed with LD, you can come across some severe consequences in your real life. Some of the issues are listed here.

  • Frequent LD can be a reason to decrease your sleep quality that is a must for a healthy life. Lack of sleep or being restless during sleep can result in depression and frustration in your daily activities.
  • A person addicted to LD may lose potential to face real-life as dreamers have more control over things during an LD compared to reality. So frequent lucid dreamers may want to escape from the awakening life and be willing to spend more time in LD.
  • Sometimes, people can get caught in the situation due to frequent LD and can’t wake up from such a dream. This situation of being stuck can also create anxiety for the dreamers that may affect actual life activities.