Dreams are mysterious, often like riddles or stories without context. Lucid dreams differ in that the dreamer knows they are dreaming and maintains some degree of control over what they do while in the dream. It is possible to teach yourself to lucid dream as an exercise in accessing the unconscious mind and alleviating stresses and symptoms of other disorders.

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1. How Lucid Dreams Feel

Dreams can occur during any stage of slumber, but lucid dreams happen during REM sleep. Short for Rapid Eye Movement, REM is the stage of sleep when the brain is most active. During a lucid dream, the dreamer is aware of their emotions and may find themselves adjusting the environment and narrative as they proceed. The experience of being hyper-aware in a thought-responsive environment sometimes feels more real than being awake.

Lucid dreaming during deep sleep LaylaBird / Getty Images
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