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Lucid Dreaming Asleep and Aware Lucid dreaming is an issue that has been studied as far back as 1896 A Lucid dreamis one in which the dreamer is aware that heshe is dreaming and is sometimes able to takecontrol 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 isaware they are dreaming In 1896 he began recording his dreams Over a period of oneyear he recorded 352 dreams but only eight were lucid Dreams 784The actual definition of a lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer mentallyawakens in the dream and becomes aware that it is only a dream This awakening isusually triggered by the dreamer noticing something in the dream that is far too unusual tobe real Blackmore 362 The actual term lucid dreaming was first used by the Dutchpsychiatrist Fredrick van Olen in 1913 It simply means clear dreaming Blackmore363Surveys and research have shown that 50 percent of all Americans have had atleast one lucid dream in their life that they could recall Lucid Dreaming 365 When adreamer becomes lucid there are physical changes on the outside of the body and brainpatterns also change There are usually pauses in breathing and changes in heart rate Theamount of brain activity is more heightened than that of a regular dream but less thanwhen waking It has also been observed that a person having a lucid dream shows morebrain activity than a waking person under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs such asLSD Lucid Dreaming 364 A lucid dream is usually provoked by an earlier day of heightened stress or anxietyLucid Dreaming 364 They usually occur at the end of an eight or nine hour sleepHorgan 50Several methods have been developed for inducing lucid dreams The simplest andmost common method is known as the MILD method or Mnemonic Induction of
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