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History of Lucid Dreaming
- The term “lucid dreaming” was originally suggested by Frederick van Eeden who used the word “lucid” in the sense of mental clarity.
- Lucidity usually begins in the midst of a dream when the dreamer realized.hat the experience is not occurring in physical reality but is a dream. Quite often this realization is triggered by the dreamer who noticed some impossible or unlikely occurrence in the dream, such as flying or meeting the deceased.
- Sometimes people become lucid without noticing any particular clue in the dream. They just suddenly realize that they are in the dream.
- A minority of lucid dreams are the result of returning to REM sleep directly from an awakening with unbroken reflective consciousness.
- The basic definition of lucid dreaming requires nothing more than becoming aware that you are dreaming. However, the quality of lucidity can vary greatly.
- When lucidity is at high level, you are aware that everything experienced in the dream is occurring in your mind, that there is no real danger, and that you are asleep in bed and will awaken shortly.
- When low-level lucidity you may be aware to a certain extend tbd.hat you are dreaming, perhaps enough to fly or alter what you are dreaming, but not enough to realize that the people are dream representative, or that you can suffer no physical damage, or that you are actually in bed.
In the circumstances described above, it is strongly desirable to develop a safe method of helping dreamers to more frequently achieving higher states of lucidity while they are asleep.
Medications to Inhibit Lucid Dreaming
- A number of substances have been suggested to enhance the likelihood of lucid dreaming, from vitamins to prescription drugs.
- There are few good scientific studies to back such claims.
- Lucid dreaming is highly subject to the placebo effect, the belief that something will stimulate a lucid dream is very effective.
- Many prescription drugs as well as marijuana and alcohol alter the sleep cycle, usually by suppressing REM sleep.
- This leads to a phenomenon called “REM rebound”, in which a person experiences intense, long REM periods after the drug has worn off. This can manifest as nightmares or, possibly, as lucid dreaming, since the brain is still active
- Historically, there are many cultures that have believed to have found naturally occurring substances that in some way alter dream self-consciousness.
- One such substance, Calea Zacatechichi or “Dream Weed”, according to Lilian Mayagoitia, is a plant used by the Chontal Indians of Mexico to obtain divinatory messages during dreaming.
Several drugs have been proven to create and sustain lucid dreaming, such as:
- Donepizil (AriceptA®),
- Rivastigmin (ExelonA®),
- Galantamine (ReminylA®,
- Acetylcholine Esterase inhibitors (AChEls). An administration of this drug has been patented in 2004 in the USA.
Those drugs leads to low incidence of adverse events, such as insomnia and gastrointestinal symptoms, while significantly enhancing dreaming cognitive clarity, lucidity, self-reflection, recall, control, bizarreness, and visual vividness.
Physical Device Enhancing Lucid Dreaming
- One of the patented devices developed to assist people in achieving lucid dreams via the detecting and monitoring the eye and head movements of sleeping persons, where eye movement activity in the absence of head movement is used to indicate the presence of REM sleep.
- By then applying sensory stimuli to sleepers in REM sleep can cue them that they are dreaming without producing awakening.
- Other invention was patented by Keith M. T. Hearne who illustrated and described his respiratory measuring device in 1983. His device sensed temperature changes of a person’s respiration in his or her breathing passageway, or in airflows to and from his or her breathing passageway. Temperature sensors were used to sense changes of the person’s respiration. When the rate of these temperature changes reached a high predetermined level, the control signals initiated an audible sound, either to help arouse sleeping persons from an unpleasant dream by awaking them, or to help them to enter into a lucid dream state.
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