Four different research groups from all over the world have confirmed that people can communicate with others while having lucid dreams (dreams in which one is aware that he or she is dreaming).
Participants in a recent study used movements of the face and eye to answer questions like “Do you speak Spanish?” By way of “standard polysomnographic methods,” the researchers verified that all subjects were in the REM sleep state while answering these questions.
The scientists conducting this study worked with two groups of subjects—one made up of seasoned lucid dreamers, and another consisting of people newly trained in lucid dreaming—as well as one narcoleptic patient who frequently enters the lucid dream state.
“The advent of interactive dreaming—with new opportunities for gaining real-time information about dreaming, and for modifying the course of a dream—could usher in a new era of investigations into sleep and into the enigmatic cognitive dimensions of sleep,” the study reads.
Along with leading to a broader understanding of dreaming and sleep, research on interactive dreaming may open the gates to the use of the sleep state for problem solving, skill sharpening, and trauma relief.
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