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Monday, 14 April 2014
Why you're more likely to have weird dreams when the Moon is full
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Dreams

Slept badly? Had strange dreams? Blame the moon.

People have more weird and wonderful dreams around the time of the full moon, a British study found.

The content of our dreams doesn’t vary with the seasons or with the days of the week, it showed.

But in the week or so surrounding a full moon, they are decidedly more ‘weird and bizarre’.

Psychologist Richard Wiseman made the surprise discovery as he analysed the experiences of 1,000 volunteers who were played sounds as they slept.

He said: ‘For instance, someone might dream that they are flying on a dragon, then get off the dragon and go and have a cup of coffee with George Clooney. Some people dreamt they were superheroes.

‘They thought they were Batman or Superman, fighting crime. Whereas most dreams were very pedestrian, things like being in the office all day, typing.’

The findings build on Swiss  research last year which found we take longer to fall asleep, sleep for 20 minutes less and sleep less soundly at full moon.

Production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin is also altered. Professor Wiseman believes that this may disturb our dreams.

Another, stranger explanation is that we evolved to be sensitive to the moon’s rhythms.

According to this theory, sleeping lightly at the full moon would have made us more alert to predators, who might take advantage of the stronger moonlight to go hunting.

Our ancestors may also have hunted when the moon was full, with the result that we still find it hard to settle on bright nights.

While Professor Wiseman isn’t convinced by the evolutionary explanation, he does acknowledge that the moon seems to affect our sleep. He suggests those with a partner who is particularly affected make use of the sofa or spare room during a full moon.

Read more: dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Monday, 14 April 2014 01:34 MEST
Friday, 25 October 2013
How To Lucid Dream
Mood:  cool
Topic: Dreams

A lucid dream is one in which you become aware that you are dreaming, but don't wake up. Although some people naturally have the ability to lucid dream, most have to learn and develop the technique. Here's some advice on how to improve your chances of having lucid dreams.


Posted by mindpotion Network at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Friday, 25 October 2013 01:53 MEST
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Just DREAMING about training can make you perform better
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

It seems like the ultimate lazy girl's fantasy - or the plot of a science fiction movie.

But new research has revealed sporting performance can be improved while we sleep.

It comes down to lucid dreaming - essentially the sort of dream you have while fast asleep but in which you aware you are dreaming and can thus control your dream world.

Studies have for some time noted a link between lucid dreaming during REM sleep and improved athletic performance, but had never isolated the reason why.

Now research by Heidelberg University and published in the Guardian's running blog shows that the improvement stems from the fact that your mind believes you are practising the sport for real.

Sportsmen and women who have engaged in training while they sleep have described enhanced performance after practising such things as a complex move, a tricky shot in basketball or a free kick in football over and over again.

Others have controlled their dreams to make themselves run faster, or for longer without tiring, or simply told themselves they can move past feelings of exhaustion to carry on running.

One ballerina in the study describes struggling with a complicated move for some time before 'sleep practising' it - and found she could then perform it in real life too.

Read more: dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:25 MEST
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Biblical Angel Visions May Have Been Lucid Dreams
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: Dreams


Sleep researchers say they have established that many of the visions of angels and other religious encounters described in the Bible were likely "the products of spontaneous lucid dreams."

In a sleep study by the Out-Of-Body Experience Research Center in Los Angeles, 30 volunteers were instructed to perform a series of mental steps upon waking up or becoming lucid during the night that might lead them to have out-of-body experiences culminating in perceived encounters with an angel. Half of them succeeded, the researchers said.

Specifically, the volunteers were told to try to re-create the story of Elijah, a prophet who is referenced in the Talmud, the Bible and the Quran. In one of the stories in the Bible's Book of Kings, Elijah flees to the wilderness and falls asleep under a juniper tree, exhausted and prepared to die. Suddenly an angel shakes him awake and tells him to eat.

Full Story from lifeslittlemysteries.com

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 MEST
Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2012 02:48 MEST
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Lucid dreaming, Rise of a nocturnal hobby
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

A slew of apps promise to encourage "lucid dreaming". So why is there such enthusiasm around the idea of controlling dreams, asks Sam Judah.

"You're only bound by gravity if you believe in it," says Rory Mac Sweeney, impatiently.

He is explaining the logic of a dream world which he not only visits each night, but apparently has active control over, flying at will through lush forests or launching himself upward into the night sky.

It sounds implausible, but the phenomenon is known as lucid dreaming.

Lucid dreaming technically refers to any occasion when the sleeper is aware they are dreaming. But it is also used to describe the idea of being able to control those dreams.

Once confined to a handful of niche groups, interest in lucid dreaming has grown in recent years, spurred on by a spate of innovations from smartphone apps to specialist eye masks, all promising the ability to influence our dreams.

Full Story from BBC

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 MEST
Updated: Wednesday, 6 June 2012 02:31 MEST
Saturday, 28 April 2012
The Benefits of Daydreaming
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

Does your mind wander? During a class or meeting, do you find yourself staring out the window and thinking about what you’ll do tomorrow or next week? As a child, were you constantly reminded by teachers to stop daydreaming?

Well, psychological research is beginning to reveal that daydreaming is a strong indicator of an active and well-equipped brain. Tell that to your third-grade teacher.

A new study, published in Psychological Science by researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, suggests that a wandering mind correlates with higher degrees of what is referred to as working memory. Cognitive scientists define this type of memory as the brain’s ability to retain and recall information in the face of distractions.

Full Story from smithsonianmag.com

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 MEST
Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2012 01:18 MEST
Friday, 17 February 2012
Brain scanner reads peoples dreams
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Dreams

Most of us remember only a tiny fraction of our dreams - but that could soon change.

Scientists predict that we could soon use computers to 'see' what we have dreamed about - and perhaps even record dreams to watch the next day.

Psychiatrists at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany think have already demonstrated that brain scanners can see into the dreams of 'lucid dreamers' - people who can control their dreams.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 17 February 2012 11:53 CET
Sunday, 8 January 2012
People can teach themselves new skills in dreams
Mood:  bright
Topic: Dreams

The idea of the surreal Hollywood blockbuster Inception, where people travel through someone's dreams to 'plant' an idea in his head may not be so out-there after all.

Researchers at Yale have found that 'lucid dreamers' - dreamers who have 'waking dreams' that they control - are able to learn new skills in their dreams.

A team is now experimenting with the idea of 'training' people by telling them what to dream about.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 8 January 2012 02:29 CET
Saturday, 10 December 2011
How sweet dreams ease stress!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Dreams

When the going gets tough, the tough – have a lie in.

Sleeping and, more specifically, dreaming, act as a ‘soothing balm’ to help take the sting out of bad memories, research suggests.

It is thought that a dip in stress hormones while we are dreaming allows the brain to safely work through bad experiences.

As a result, when we wake up, things really do feel better.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2011 01:40 CET
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Scientists Measure Dream Content for the First Time
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Dreams

The ability to dream is a fascinating aspect of the human mind. However, how the images and emotions that we experience so intensively when we dream form in our heads remains a mystery. Up to now it has not been possible to measure dream content. Max Planck scientists working with colleagues from the Charité hospital in Berlin have now succeeded, for the first time, in analysing the activity of the brain during dreaming.

They were able to do this with the help of lucid dreamers, i.e. people who become aware of their dreaming state and are able to alter the content of their dreams. The scientists measured that the brain activity during the dreamed motion matched the one observed during a real executed movement in a state of wakefulness.

Full Story from sciencedaily.com

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 MEST
Updated: Wednesday, 2 November 2011 11:58 MEST

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