benefits of lucid dreaming
Many people experience lucid dreams spontaneously, simply because their mind is alert during that phase of sleep.
Some train themselves to dream lucid, intending to harness the potential of lucid dreams and utilize them to their advantage.
Lucid dreams are known to help with anxiety, nightmares, dispel phobias, boost creativity, improve motor skills, and reduce anxiety
Since lucid dreams hover between reality and dreams, people can use lucid dreaming to play out real-life situations.
For instance, if you are anxious about an upcoming job interview, you can run it through your mind numerous times before going to bed.
Your brain gets accustomed to the scenario and chances are high of the scene playing out in your dreams, where you will have control over your actions.
Playing and replaying the scene in your dream, while being aware of what is happening helps in easing anxiety.
The fear of the unknown fades away, as you experience the situation. Nightmares and PTSD
Nightmares are difficult to deal with, especially if they are repetitive. Sometimes nightmares are a manifestation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which could lead to depression.
Lucid dreams help in tackling nightmares because there is an awareness that the nightmares aren’t real— it helps in distinguishing facts from dreams.
Once you understand the nightmare isn’t real, it eases the trauma associated with it.