What Is Lucid Dreaming?
Tue, 07/09/2019 – 11:49
Having an occasional strange dream isn’t unusual—but sometimes they can border on a nightmare, resulting in stress and lost sleep. If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone: More than 50 percent of adults have nightmares or intense visions at night. The latter are known as lucid dreams, and can be so vivid that you wake up certain they really happened. They go beyond run-of-the mill stressful dreams (like the ones where you’re running late for an important meeting and all the doors are locked, or you show up at a party only to realize you’re not wearing any clothes). Lucid dreams can feel incredibly real and may leave you shaken as a result. Understand more about this kind of dream and learn tips for better sleep—fast. Related Health Connection Lucid dreaming may be associated with narcolepsy, a clinical sleep disorder that causes people to fall asleep quickly at any point during the day. Many people with this condition report having extremely vivid, strange dreams that feel true to real life. Why REM Matters The reason behind vivid night dreams in those with narcolepsy may be related to the stage of sleep called REM, or rapid-eye movement. A person with narcolepsy often enters
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