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SCIENTISTS are claiming to have discovered an almost foolproof way of allowing people to experience "lucid dreaming" in which they can control their dreams.

Experts from the University of Adelaide found that a technique called mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD) allowed people to take command of their dreams more effectively than other popular methods.

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Lucid dreaming involves taking control of your dreams

Basically, this system involves waking up after five hours of sleep and then telling yourself to make sure you remember you're dreaming as you drift off to sleep.

The researchers said the best way to do this is to keep repeating the phrase: "The next time I'm dreaming, I will remember that I'm dreaming."

Dr Denholm Aspy from the university's school of psychology carried out a study of 47 people to find that 46 per cent of participants were able to take command of their dreams using this strategy, as long as they fell asleep with five minutes of uttering this mantra-like phrase.

"The MILD technique works on what we call 'prospective memory' – that is, your ability to remember to do things in the future," he said.

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"By repeating a phrase that you will remember you’re dreaming, it forms an intention in your mind that you will, in fact, remember that you are dreaming, leading to a lucid dream."

The academic even claimed the lucid dreamers got a good night's sleep.


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"Importantly, those who reported success using the MILD technique were significantly less sleep deprived the next day, indicating that lucid dreaming did not have any negative effect on sleep quality," he added.

"These results take us one step closer to developing highly effective lucid dream induction techniques that will allow us to study the many potential benefits of lucid dreaming, such as treatment for nightmares and improvement of physical skills and abilities through rehearsal in the lucid dream environment."

WHAT IS A 'LUCID DREAM'?

Lucid dreaming is when a person is aware that they are dreaming and are able to control certain elements of the dream they are having - from the people in it to the place they are in.

The term 'lucid dream' was coined by Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in a 1913 article called "A Study of Dreams", although the concept had been around much longer.

References to lucid dreaming have been found in writings by Greek philosophers including Aristotle, whilst the practice also plays a part in the rituals of some Buddhists and Hindus.

It is believed that mastering the art of lucid dreaming could improve the lives of people who suffer from nightmares, as it could allow them to take control and make their dreams a bit less unpleasant.

However, some people are skeptical about the existence of lucid dreams, saying that it is not a type of sleep but a state of wakefulness.

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Dreaming that you are flying gives you the opportunity to examine your life from afar, psychologists believe

He also tested out two other techniques, which were less effective.

The first is called reality testing and requires you to "check your environment several times a day to see whether or not you’re dreaming".

HOW TO LUCID DREAM, ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS

Learn a technique known as mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD).

This involves waking up after five hours of sleep and then telling yourself to make sure you remember you're dreaming as you drift back off to sleep.

The researchers said the best way to do this is to keep repeating the phrase "the next time I'm dreaming, I will remember that I'm dreaming".

This works by encouraging you to get used to constantly trying to discover if you're dreaming, perhaps by giving yourself a pinch whilst at work from time to time.

If you do this all day, then you might end up doing it during a dream and then be able to take control.

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Dreaming is a way for us to process the events we have experienced in the last few days

The other is called "wake back to bed" and involves waking up after five hours of sleeping and then simply nodding off again in the hope of entering a REM sleep period in which dreams are likely to occur.

When using a combination of all three methods, participants were able to enjoy a lucid dream about 17 per cent of the time.

A group of scientists in London recently claimed to have made a group of volunteers experience dream while they are awake. 

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