Is Lucid Dreaming Real?
For any sceptics or naysayers out there, know this – lucid dreaming is for real. It’s been a scientifically verified phenomenon of dreaming sleep for almost 40 years. It exists and we know this because it has unique and ‘discernable neural correlates’, which means that it’s not just psychological, it’s physical.
Lucid dreaming was first scientifically validated in 1975 at Hull University in the UK but more recently in 2009 researchers at Frankfurt University’s neurological clinic confirmed that ‘lucid dreaming constitutes a hybrid state of consciousness with definable and measurable differences from the waking state and from the REM (rapid eye movement) dream state.’1
Then more recently, in 2012, at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry they discovered that, when lucid consciousness was attained within the dream, activity in ‘brain areas associated with self-assessment and self-perception, including the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and frontopolar regions, increase markedly within seconds.’ So the votes are in, however far out it may seem, this stuff is for real.