What is Lucid Dreaming?

Have you ever been smack in the middle of a dream – maybe you’re sitting down at a table, your mothers kitchen table, and she’s just come in with your favorite homemade pie. She sets it in front of you and you realize very suddenly, that your mother has passed many years ago, that you’re just dreaming. Only, you haven’t woken up, you can still smell the pie, you can see the happiness in your mother’s eyes as she sets the plate in front of you, you can feel the weight of the fork in your hand, but you can also almost hear yourself thinking, “I’m dreaming. This is a dream.”

Well, maybe it wasn’t the exact same scenario but if you’ve ever had an experience like this, it’s the best way I can describe a lucid dream. Studies suggest that about 50 to 80% of people have had a lucid dream at least once. So, there’s a good chance you may have had a similar experience, but probably not often.

So, what’s all this have to do with sleeping pills? Well, depending on the person, the medication, and many other factors, sleeping pills can increase or decrease vividity of dreams. That means, for some people, taking a sleeping pill will put them into a hard sleep, where they’re zonked out for the entire night and wake up having zero recollection of anything, dreams included.

But, for others, sleeping pills can have other affects on the mind ranging from a mild “weird” feeling before falling asleep, to all out hallucinations, lucid dreaming, or even nightmares. There’s not too much scientific research that’s gone on regarding sleeping pills specifically and lucid dreaming, but a quick internet search will yield plenty of results regarding the matter.

The truth is, no one really knows how they’re going to react to sleeping pills so, please, only take sleeping pills if they’re prescribed to you and only use as directed.

Schroeder, M. “What is Lucid Dreaming”. US News. (website). 2018
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