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Monday, 27 September 2021

How common is Lucid Dreaming(LD)?

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When most of us dream, our thoughts and actions are involuntary. They play out as if we are watching a movie, but not all dreams are the same. Another kind of them is lucid dreaming (LD), which is more like a video game than watching a movie.

Frequent lucid dreamers claim that they can control many parts of them, such as:

  • Teleporting themselves to another location.
  • Learning to improve real-life skills.
  • Even eating fire.

In 1981, LD was proved to be a real phenomenon by scientists. LD is not a natural occurrence for everyone. People tend to induce lucid dreaming to escape from the real world for some time or for other self-improvement purposes.

Prevalence

Survey shows that about 20 to 30% of the people are natural lucid dreamers. You can find evidence of it in various religions and cultures.

Research results about LD

On a biological basis, experiencing the LD is reasonably rare:

  • Roughly 55% of all population experience a lucid dream at least once in their lifetime.
  • 23% of people experience lucid dreams once a month.
  • Only 11% of people were reported to have one or two lucid dreams per month.
  • Research shows that LD is found to be more frequent in women than men.

Hence, Lucid dreaming is relatively uncommon. Even frequent lucid dreamer tends to be having one or two dreams over a month.

LD Experiences based on Age and Gender

Generally, men and young people are tempted to lucid dreaming to fulfill their wishes. In contrast, aged dreamers and women use LD to overcome fear, relieve nightmares, do inner work, and do other healing purposes.

Practicing LD to Boost Skills

It takes a lot of effort and many other traits to become a professional, but you can take the help of LD to practice and master your skill. For example, a German sports psychologist presented the idea that athletes can undergo some virtual training sessions with the help of LD. This simulation-like experience can help them practice dangerous moves that can help them master and enhance the sensory-motor skills or the entirely new sensory-motor skills. When this idea was implemented, 57% of athletes reported the lucid dream experience once in their lives, whereas 24% of athletes are frequent lucid dreamers and the rest of 9% who used this state of dream reported that the drill in LD state improved their sports skills and performance more than in the real world.

A study also shows that LD practice is also a good opportunity for the injured athletes to continue practicing on their skill enhancement while staying in rehabilitation, focusing their minds on the actual performance day.

Using LD to improve skills is not limited to sports only – it’s just one example. You can find the productive role of LD in almost every field of life.