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The science of lucid dreaming

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What happens when we dream? Can we control our dreams? This video by asapScience explains how we are able to use a technique called Lucid Dreaming to control our dreams and change how we see our dreams. Watch the video and then complete the lesson to learn more about dreaming.

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Science has found many benefits of Lucid Dreaming. It has also found the techniques to fall into Lucid Dreaming affect how we feel when we are asleep. Read this HealthLine article to learn more about the techniques of Lucid Dreaming as well as the health benefits.Although Science as a whole sees a benefit to Lucid Dreaming, there are some downsides or concerns. The National Sleep Foundation warns that lucid dreaming can cause narcolepsy or be detrimental to your health. Read the National Sleep Foundation's article on sleep quality and lucid dreaming. Even proponents of lucid dreaming admit there are dangers to practicing lucid dreaming. Read this article by the Lucid Dream Society.Habiba Awada gave a TEDx talk about lucid dreaming and why it is important to her life. Watch this video to see how one person sees it as an important and vital part of living life.
Lucid dreaming allows each individual to control their sleep state and learn from it. While learning the techniques and practicing lucid dreaming could take time, it may well be worth it to learn how our sleep state is trying to help our waking state function more efficiently.

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