Lucid dreaming, the state of being aware that one is dreaming while still in the dream state, has been found to have positive associations with subjective sleep quality, mental well-being, and a reduced sense of loneliness, according to a recent study published in Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.
While concerns about the potential adverse effects of lucid dreaming on sleep and mental well-being have been raised, this research suggests that the overall experience tends to be positive.
The study, conducted by Dr. Tadas Stumbrys, an assistant professor at the Institute of Psychology at Vilnius University, aimed to investigate the potential adverse effects of lucid dreaming.
“Every time I would give a talk on lucid dreaming, there would be always someone in the audience who would ask exactly the same question: ‘Are there any adverse effects of lucid dreaming?’” Dr. Stumbrys told PsyPost. “The truth was that before conducting this research, there was not any systematic research on the potential side effects of it. This has prompted me to look into this topic.”
A comprehensive literature review published in Frontiers in Neuroscience in 2020 underscores Stumbrys’ comments and highlights the need for more research on lucid dreaming risks.
“It seems that we may be cultivating a shared blind spot by focusing solely on the possible beneficial effects of LD induction, without taking into account possible risks,” Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek, the head of clinical psychology at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel wrote.
To explore the topic, Stumbrys conducted an online survey with 489 participants from various countries, primarily the United States. The participants completed a questionnaire that assessed their dream-related experiences, sleep quality, dissociation, and mental well-being.
To gain insights into the participants’ dream-related experiences, they were asked about the…