Lucid dreams are when you recognize that you’re dreaming while you’re asleep. You realize that the incidents flashing across your head aren’t real, however, the dream seems vivid and true. In situations like these, you can control what is occurring; it is as if you were directing a movie in your sleep. Around 55% of people have had one or more lucid dreaming in their lifetime. Frequent lucid dreaming, however, is uncommon. Just 23 percent of people have a lucid dream at least once a month.
Nonetheless, they don’t happen so often. So when do Lucid Dreams occur? Lucid dreams are more common during rapid eye movement sleep; a time of very deep sleep accompanied by eye movement, quick breathing, and more brain activity. Lucid Dreaming can have many benefits as well as dangers. Lucid dreams might cause less anxiety, improve problem-solving skills, boost creativity, and improve a variety of other skills. Lucid dreaming may also cause problems, including lower quality of sleep, confusion, delirium, and hallucinations. So, how can you Lucid Dream? You can try reality testing, which is where you pause at various times of the night to see if you’re dreaming. You can keep a log of your dreams, and after 5 hours of sleep, wake up, sit up temporarily, and then go back to bed to try to enter the rapid eye movement sleep period again.