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Lucid dreaming is an issue that has been studied as far back as 1896 A Lucid dream is one in which the dreamer is aware that heshe is dreaming and is sometimes able to take control Lucid dreams are an actual phenomena that do occur in REM sleep Dr van Eeden was the first recorded person to study dreams in which the dreamer is aware they are dreaming In 1896 he began recording his dreams Over a period of one year he recorded 352 dreams but only eight were lucid Dreams 784 The actual definition of a lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer mentally awakens in the dream and becomes aware that it is only a dream This awakening is usually triggered by the dreamer noticing something in the dream that is far too unusual to be real Blackmore 362 The actual term lucid dreaming was first used by the Dutch psychiatrist Fredrick van Olen in 1913 It simply means clear dreaming Blackmore 363 Surveys and research have shown that 50 percent of all Americans have had at least one lucid dream in their life that they could recall Lucid Dreaming 365 When a dreamer becomes lucid there are physical changes on the outside of the body and brain patterns also change There are usually pauses in breathing and changes in heart rate The amount of brain activity is more heightened than that of a regular dream but less than when waking It has also been observed that a person having a lucid dream shows more brain activity than a waking person under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD Lucid Dreaming 364 A lucid dream is usually provoked by an earlier day of heightened stress or anxiety Lucid Dreaming 364 They usually occur at the end of an eight or nine hour sleep Horgan 50
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