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Friday, April 5, 2019

How You Can Control Your Dreams

Did you know that there are dreams that you can control? They’re called lucid dreams. You’re aware that you are dreaming, but you can sometimes guide yourself through the dream. Between 51 and 82 percent of people report experiencing lucid dreaming at least once in their life, but only 20 percent of those people have managed to truly master it. Here are some of the ways you can work to control your dreams and feel well rested.

Keep A Dream Journal

Being in tune with your dreams is the first step. Writing down what happened in your dream, as well as what you were thinking about before you went to bed can help you to see what triggers dreams that you have. It will also help you to remember what happens on certain paths of repeating dreams, making it easier for you to navigate if it does turn into a lucid dream.

Be Open to New Experiences

If you want to try to force lucid dreaming, you have to be open to new experiences. Lucid dreaming is, to put it mildly, an experience. This might seem silly, but it’s true. If you’re skeptical, you are going to have a much harder time of it.

Get More REM Sleep

REM sleep is the time when humans do their best dreaming because it is the deepest sleep that we experience. During this time, most of your muscles are locked, preventing you from physically acting out your dreams. The only muscles that are able to move are your eyes, which is why it’s called the Rapid Eye Movement stage. You can do that by making sure that your bedroom is comfortable.

How to Make Your Bedroom Comfortable

Keep It Cool

Most people sleep best when the room around them is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. You can help to do this for yourself by setting the thermostat to lower the temperature at night and turning on a rotating fan to create some airflow in your bedroom.

Keep it Dark

You can avoid a lot of sleep problems by turning lights off and making sure that as much light is blocked off from your windows and other parts of the house. Some great ways to do this art you add blackout curtains to your windows and to either close your door or turn off all the lights in the house.

Update Your Mattress and Pillows

If you are sleeping on an old mattress, or can't remember when the last time you replaced your mattress was, it's time for a new one. Mattresses are only as supportive as they can be for about 6 years before they start to be less great for you.

Pillows are the same way, though they did not last quite as long because they are smaller. If you can't remember the last time you bought a pillow, it's time to do that too. This can make a huge difference for your sleep and make it easier for you to high-quality sleep and be able to lucid dream.

This is a contributed post by Samantha Kent. Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.

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