What is the Difference Between Normal Dreams And Lucid Dreams?
Are you sure you’re not dreaming right now?
Did you know that your average dream can last up to 30 minutes? People have often wondered what the difference between normal dreams and lucid dreams is.
Well now, you can stop wondering because we have the answer to this question right here! Intrigued? Keep reading to find out more!
Dreams are unconscious visual manifestations of information and memories that are already in our heads. Therefore, all the images of our dreams are familiar to us.
New characters or places may appear in a dream, but in reality, they are a combination of the things you saw earlier.
The only difference between both is that in our dreams, it seems that we see things as clearly as if they were a reality.
Dreams are illusions.
We see a reality that does not exist, but we cannot tell the difference between these and the current reality. The neural mechanisms that enable our brain to “see” our dream are probably the same ones we use when we imagine the future.
But when you start to dream lucidly, you are suddenly aware of the fact that your dream world is not real..
And when you realize or are “lucid,” you can control and manipulate certain aspects of the dream.
The lucid dream was first described in 1913 by the Dutch psychiatrist, Frederick Van Eeden to recount a dream in which he was able to act voluntarily and was fully aware that he was not awake.
He was so deeply asleep that he had no external stimuli or bodily sensations during his perception of the soil.
That is what differentiates a lucid dream from a normal dream. Your physical body is deeply asleep and does not actually feel anything about what you do, even if you are conscious and in control.
Scientists are not sure how you realize that you are dreaming lucidly.
Studies show that brain waves are quite similar in people who have lucid dreams as compared to those who have normal dreams. Therefore, it is difficult to pinpoint what specific mechanisms or parts of the brain work during a lucid dream.
Naturally, lucid dreams are not easy to study, since they depend on a self-evaluation as soon as you wake up. The studies conducted on lucid dreams did not see a significant increase in the heart rate or breathing that showed a physical change in the body.
But experts agree that what produces a person lucidity in the dream comes from within the brain, and not external stimuli.
Some studies suggest that lucid dreaming may be due to the fact that the frontal cortex is extremely active during sleep, but it has not yet been demonstrated.
So, it can be said that:
lucid dreams are extremely vivid dreams that give you a sensation of being highly conscious and awake “inside” your dream.
On the other hand, normal dreams are quite bizarre and unrealistic and can sometimes range from funny to downright hilarious owing to their level of ludicrous.
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