Wouldn't be peaceful to never have to experience any nightmares? Well now, Dr Denholm Aspy, from the University of Adelaide's School of Psychology has found the most effective ways of controlling dreams.
He has formulated three techniques that can increase the chances of a lucid dreaming. These are dreams in which the dreamer is aware they are dreaming and can, therefore, control the experience.
The three techniques which can be used are as follows:
Reality Testing: This technique involves checking your environment several times a day to check whether you are dreaming or not.
Wake back to bed: Entering a REM sleep period is necessary to induce lucid dreaming. This involves waking up after five hours of sleep and staying awake for some time before going back to sleep. It is during this period in which dreams are more likely to occur.
Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD): This step involves waking up from sleep after five hours and maintaining to remember that you are dreaming before returning to sleep, by repeating the phrase: "The next time I'm dreaming, I will remember that I'm dreaming."
During the study, Aspy found that 17 percent of the 47 people who combined all the three techniques successfully entered the lucid dream within one week.