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Can You Solve Problems While Dreaming?

March 14, 2017


How to Solve Problems with Lucid Dreaming

“The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation.” – M.C. Escher.

Lucid dreaming is an enthralling, all-consuming affair. An alternate reality where one can be whomever you want to and wherever you want to be. It is literally an out-of-this-world experience.

Simply put, Lucid Dreaming can be described as a dream in which the individual knows he/she is dreaming.

Now for the big question – Can Lucid Dreaming actually solve real life problems? Here is our 10 most relevant statements regarding this debatable topic.

Plant the dream-seed

 1. Dream researcher D. Barret, Ph. D. in clinical psychology says that you should take the time once you get into bed to paint a clear picture in our mind of what it is you want to dream about. According to her, the topic, person or problem should be the last thing you think about before falling asleep. Thus, seeding your subconscious to guide your dreams.

The perfect swing

2. J. Nicklaus, a professional golfer, ceased his phase of bad scores after a lucid dream made him realise he had been holding his club incorrectly all along. Many athletes make use of lucid dreaming to improve their techniques without the fatigue of practice in real life.

Interesting insight

3. According to the American Psychological Association, the missing link between lucid dreaming and problem solving is insight. When you lucid dream, you train your mind to achieve a new level of insight which can be used in the real world.

The Committee of Sleep

4. “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” – writer John Steinbeck

Creativity Boost

5. Painters and inventors often use lucid dreams to find designs/ideas that they can interpret and use in real life. Numerous people have found that they are remarkably creative in their lucid dreams – more so than in real life.

That’s a wrap!

6. During a lucid dream, you are the narrator and the stage director. You control every happening. Thus, if you choose to do so, you can work on your problems while sleeping.

Personal problems

7. You would be able to solve personal problems while lucid dreaming, by trying out different scenarios and seeing how each of them play out. If you aren’t certain about how you should handle a situation in your life, lucid dreaming can aid in finding out which way is the right way to approach things

Close all tabs

8. Just like a computer becomes slower when you have loads of tabs open, the brain works in the same way. When you are awake there is usually millions of things on your mind – making it difficult for your brain to focus on one primary problem. Since the brain works in a different way while sleeping, it can often find solutions you would not have been able to think of while awake.

LD Therapy

9. If children can be taught how to become lucid while dreaming, they would be able to step away from their nightmares and realise it is only a bad dream.

Dream Incubation

10. According to the research of Dr. D. Barret, it is, in fact, possible to have an influence on your dreams by using a technique psychologists call ‘dream incubation’. You can greatly increase your chances of having a breakthrough dream by adding specific requests to your dreaming mind.

That brings us to the end of our top 10 points on Lucid Dreaming and problem solving. As you can now understand, lucid dreaming is an extremely powerful tool that can unchain your mind and way of thinking in the most wonderful of ways! One of those ways being - to increase your problem solving capabilities.

You can experience essentially anything your heart and mind can come up with…

Take that first step to unlocking your chances of having successful lucid dreams – and visit The Bed King, where we can assist you in finding the ultimate dreaming platform!

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