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Lucid dreamers report being able to freely remember the circumstances of waking life to think clearly and to act deliberately upon reflection all while experiencing a dream world that seems vividly real LaBerge 1990 In lucid dreaming people become conscious enough to realize what they are dreaming and therefore can change the dream they are having A theory widely accepted by many researchers is That lucid dreams are not typical parts of the dreaming thought but rather brief arousals LaBerge 1990 The researchers came up with the fact that the arousals were frequently happening during REM sleep and this became the platform for lucid dreams In the late 1970s evidence started showing up that lucid dreams occur during REM sleep To test this hypothesis out 4 scientists by the names of LaBerge Nagel Dement and Zarcone got together and set up an experiment In this experiment the scientists had to use some sort of signal or response to determine the exact time the lucid dream was occurring In the experiment the scientists used five subjects and studied each from two to twenty nights depending upon how long the scientists thought they needed All in all they studied the subjects a total of 34 nights and came up with a total of 35 lucid dreams from various stages of sleep Of the 35 lucid dreams 32 occurred during REM sleep and the other three took place during other stages of the sleep cycle A later analysis extending these data with two additional subjects and 20 more lucid dreams produced identical results LaBerge 1990 This led LaBerge and the three other scientists to believe that lucid dreaming usually occurs during REM sleep Many other researchers were also studying lucid dreaming and the time of their occurrence Two such researchers named Keith Hearne and Alan Worsley designed a study of lucid dreaming In their experiment the subject spent 50 non-continuous nights in the Hull University sleep
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