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HOW TO CONTROL YOUR dreams
Controlling your dreams is easier than you may think. This infographic ventures into the phenomenon of lucid dreaming and shows how you can become an oneironaut
According to the Daily Mail.
ONE IN EIGHT OF US WILL HAVE A LUCID DREAM IN OUR LIVES
THE STAGES OF A SLEEP CYCLE
When we sleep,we go in and out of different sleep stages which relate to the frequency of our brain waves.
REM STAGES OF SLEEP
REM stands for RAPID EYE MOVEMENT
When in REM sleep.your eyes move back and forth under your eyelids. These movements relate to where you're looking in your dream.
We enter the REM stage approximately
90 MINUTES after falling asleep.
REM sleep in adults typically occupies 20-25% of all sleep.
LUCID DREAMING OCCURS IN THE REM STAGES OF SLEEP
MRI scan of 40Hz brain waves when...
Brain Wave Activity high low
Research shows that lucid dreamers seem to share certain personality traits. They...
Are problem oriented
Believe in personal responsibility
But anyone can start to control their dreams with practice and some tips...
HOW TO LUCID DREAM
RECALL YOUR DREAMS
Being able to recall a dream will help you to become aware of what you are dreaming about and see the recurring themes.
Keep a dream journal
As soon as you wake up,lie still and try to remember your dream.
Write down what your dreams was about.
Focus on the detail and build a vivid picture of the dream.
Once you have kept a dream journal for 2-3 weeks, you can start analysing and recognising events that keep happening.
This could be anything:a certain person,object or place that keeps cropping up.
Reality checks allow you to determine if you're dreaming when your encounter a dreamsign. This makes it easier to enter a lucid dream. Try these now.
Check your watch,look away,then check it again.
When dreaming,the brain finds it harder to continue sequences.If the time is radically different the second time you look,you're dreaming!
Try to fly
Try breathing while holding your nose and your mouth closed
Look in a mirror
Do you look different?
Look at your hands
Have you got extra or missing fingers?
Try turning off the lights with your mind.
GETTING TO DREAMLAND
Melatonin in foods has been linked to inducing lucid dreams.
Boosts REM Sleep
Makes dreams more vivid
FOODS THAT CONTAIN MELATONIN [mesasured in nano grams]
White mustard 378ng/tsp
Black mustard 258ng/tsp
Sunflower seeds 29ng/g
Flax seeds 12ng/g
Rice, red radishes,poppy seeds,tomatoes and bananas 0.5to 1 ng/g
By making dreams more vivid,they will be easier to recall and allow you to become aware of the fact you are dreaming.
ALCOHOL prohibits the REM stage of sleep,meaning fewer dreams that are hazy and difficult to control.
IF YOU MUST SLEEP THROUGH A THIRD OF YOUR LIFE, WHY SHOULD YOU SLEEP THROUGH YOUR DREAMS, TOO?
Dr Stephen LaBerge