Americans have reported that for some reason they seem to be able to recall their dreams more now than they did before the pandemic. In fact, according to a recent survey, almost a full 30% of us feel our recall has been impacted. Apparently, people 18-34 say it's been impacted a lot!
If you think about it, it makes sense. It's arguable that this group of people may have been more affected by the financial and social upheaval of the past few months. And it's likely most people can attest to sleep changes when they're stressed or anxious.
Did you know, though, that you can use your dreams as a tool for healing? There is a way to consciously tap in to your unconscious.
A lucid dream is when you're dreaming, but a part of your brain is aware of it and you can manipulate it consciously. With these special "powers" you can help heal anxiety, depression, PTSD and more.
First you need to be able to test if your dream is a dream or if it's real. Sounds like something from a Hollywood movie, but it's true. Here's how:
1. Mirrors. Check your reflection to see if it looks normal.
2. Solid objects. Push your hand against a wall or table and see if it goes through. Some people push their fingers into their opposite palm.
3. Hands. Look at your hands. Do they look normal?
4. Time. If you’re dreaming, the time on a clock will constantly change. But if you’re awake, the time will barely change.
5. Breathing. This popular reality check involves pinching your nose and seeing if you can breathe. If you can still breathe, you’re dreaming.
Then you need to plan for waking yourself up at the optimal dream time.
Listen to Dr. Wendy explain all this and more below!