For anyone who’s ever experienced a lucid dream, it’s hard to forget.
You might be walking along down an ordinary street when you trip and start to fall. Instead of hitting the pavement, however, you find you’re hovering above the sidewalk. In this way, you discover you can fly. You then realize you’re actually dreaming.
With this realization comes the ability to control your flight. The feeling is exhilarating. You decide to fly over the ocean, and you can feel the salty wind in your hair. Lucid dreaming can be a powerful experience that many people seek to induce. In a lucid dream, you can experience anything in the realm of your imagination.
Read on to learn about how floatation therapy can help make lucid dreams more attainable.
What Is Lucid Dreaming?
Lucid dreams occur when the dreamer is aware he or she is dreaming. Sometimes dreamers can even control the dream. About 50% of people have experienced a lucid dream. Like ordinary dreams, these happen during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, which is the last and deepest sleep cycle before the sleeper awakens. The difference between lucid dreams and other dreams is that during lucid dreaming, parts of the brain are active that are normally quiet while sleeping.
In other words, while lucid dreaming, the brain combines components of waking and sleeping states, but the person remains fully asleep throughout.
Lucid Dreams or Hallucinations
Because lucid dreams occur in a brain state that combines sleeping and waking, lucid dreams and hallucinations may be quite similar. This is especially true in the experience of floatation, where lack of sensory stimulation may cause the brain to produce its own sensations.
The difference between lucid dreaming and hallucination is that despite the extra activity in certain parts of the waking brain, lucid dreams occur when the dreamer is still asleep.
Floatation and Lucid Dreams
The most important component for lucid dreaming is initiating REM sleep. Many people who struggle with insomnia have disrupted REM cycles. Floatation reduces stress hormones and increases levels of prolactin, a hormone that reaches its height during REM sleep, aiding in the regulation of sleep cycles.
Many people report lucid dreams during their floatation experiences, most likely because of this increase in REM sleep. Other people report more vivid dreams and more restful sleep.
Are you ready to try diving into your dreams? Contact Northwest Float Center today.