Science writer says our dreams are more important than we may think
Lucid dreaming is the ability to be consciously aware you are dreaming while asleep
"We don't really think dreams are important. I mean, if we were treating them as the key to understanding ourselves, then I think [we] would be more willing to listen to other peoples' dreams," author Alice Robb explained to The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.
Robb was first inspired by Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, co-written by Howard Rheingold and American psychophysiologist Stephen LaBerge, to begin her own training and learn how to experience her dreams.
She says that some people can naturally engage in lucid dreams, while others can train themselves to induce lucid dreams through practice and meditation.
One exercise Robb suggested is to close your mouth, plug your nose and try to breathe. While awake it won't be possible.
If done throughout the day, she said, the practice can become a habit that transfers into your dreams where you will be able to breathe and therefore recognize that you are in a dream and can begin exploring from there.
"There are some applications for mental health and anxiety that if you can summon up your demons in a lucid dream and confront them, then that can have a powerful impact on your waking life and relationships."