If you like video games and lucid dreaming then you are in for a treat! You hardcore
gamers out there have an advantage over non-gamers in the dream world according to a recent study. As it turns out, all those years in front of the television running around various levels blasting your way to victory has not only helped your hand and eye coordination but it has also crossed over into your dream world by helping you control and navigate better than non-gamers. Its not just ordinary dreams that are enhanced but lucid dreams. Lucid dreams are dreams that you are self aware and you realize you are dreaming. Lucid dreams are considered the gateway to the afterlife. This is the place where you can talk with the dead.
Video Games And Lucid Dreaming: A Compelling Connection
All of us experience dreams. Some are good, others are bad. And if you’re lucky, some are lucid.
In case you aren’t familiar with the term, lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness within a dream—you become aware of the fact that you are dreaming without waking up. Sometimes, once you enter a lucid state, you can even take control of what happens in your dream.
According to studies by experimental psychologist Dr. Jayne Gackenbach, there is a correlation between playing video games and increased rates of self-reported incidents of lucid dreaming. These studies seem to indicate that gamers not only are more likely to have lucid dreams than non-gamers, but also that they are better at controlling their dreams once they are in a lucid state. In other words, gamers are more likely than non-gamers to take over their dreams. According to Professor Gackenbach, “[G]aming allows practice in controlling an alternative (nonreal) world like dreams – thus by the time you get to a dream and a familiar, game like, circumstance emerges it’s no surprise that gamers take control.”
Better still, the studies indicate that gamers who take control of their dreams experience fewer nightmares. Although there could be many reasons for the fewer nightmares, one popular explanation in both the academic literature and in various online anecdotes is that lucid dreaming gamers can turn their nightmares into games. See original story here
Video games and lucid dreaming just seems like a fun combination. If you are new to lucid dreaming or have been trying but without much luck then maybe you should start making time before bed and kill as many zombies as you can. As you are running for your life maybe you will realize you are in control after all.
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