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To begin, I’d like to tear apart a myth. In Inception (great movie) it is explained that 5 minutes in the real world is an hour in the dream world. This is false. We dream in real time which means that one minute in the real world is one minute in the dream world.
I received a lot of feedback on The Morning Text regarding sleep stages, so I’m going to expand on dreaming. You can read that Morning text here: http://themorningtext.com/index.php/2016/10/13/the-morning-text-101316/
I dream a lot, and they’re usually good dreams. Cat on the other hand has a lot of bad dreams. In fact, I have to wake her up every night from a bad dream. She recently voiced her jealousy to me that I almost never have bad dreams. It made me realize that I actually often have bad dreams,but I almost immediately realize they’re bad dreams so I turn it around and control my dream. This is called “lucid dreaming.”
By definition, lucid dreaming is any dream in which the dreamer realizes it is and dream and not reality. Usually the dreamer has control over the events, actions, environment or storyline in some degree. That begin said, not all dreams are entirely lucid. The dreamer may notice ya a dream but be unable to change the events in any way shape or form. Many professional athletes will go through “sleep training” in which they condition their brains to lucid dream so that they can train in their sleep.
Here’s the question we all want answered. How does one lucid dream without a sleep therapist? First of all, it’s possible, Ive done it since I was 16. Second of all, it takes some time.
If you recall, R.E.M. Stage brainwaves look very much like our alert and conscious brainwaves. This is why most of our vivid dreams occur in R.E.M. (Stage R). We are also very in tune to the world around us when we are in this stage. This means that we can detect stimuli in our own bedrooms.
Discovering this, I had an idea. I wanted to see how music could affect my dreams. I planned a three month experiment in which I listened to a different genre of music every month while I slept. Month one was classical music, month two was jazz music, and month three was popular dance/hip hop/rap music. I wanted to see if my dreams got crazier or more creative as my subconscious fed off of the music I played. And while executing this experiment, I accidentally discovered something else. Not only could I hear the classical music the first month, but it made me realize that I was dreaming.
I remember the first night. I dreamt that I had gone camping alone in the mountains. I stood in a meadow of yellow flowers before a bear jumped from the plants to attack me. In the dream the bear mauled me, but as I heard Moonlight Sonata movement three play in the background, I realized it was just a dream. Immediately, I had full control over the dream. I tossed the bear off into a few flowers and I flew off into the sky to explore the world.
This occurrence continued happening more and more often until I was able to distinguish a dream from reality even if classical music hadn’t been playing in my room while I slept. Now, classical music always softly plays in all my dreams as a seemingly subconscious warning to myself. In another reference to the movie Inception, classical music became my “totem.” I never even finished the original experiment because I became so caught up in my new discovery. Actually, Catherine is beginning the experiment herself in attempts to gain control over her nightmares. The trick is to consciously remind yourself right before you go to sleep, “If I hear music, it’s a dream.”
Of course this isn’t the only option, there are many others that are less likely to keep you up. There is now a headband on KickStarter that reads your brainwaves which you wear while you sleep. During the first 4 stages of sleep, the headband remains inactive. However, the sporadic and unpredictable R.E.M. Stage brainwaves triggers the headband. The headband then flashes a dim red light over your eyes signaling to inform you that you are dreaming. The headband isn’t available yet, but we hope it to be in the market soon.
You challenge: play some music softly while you nap today or sleep tonight, come back to me with the result. Thanks!
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Have a wonderful day.
Written by Caleb Gibbons