If you’ve ever woken up in the morning and thought “I’m not sure if I’m awake or dreaming,”.
Then congratulations, you are indeed awake.
Despite what we might think about dreams being too hard to remember, they can be just as vivid as real life events.
Dream expert Dr. Brown explains that this is because of how our brains work when we sleep.
“Your brain goes through cycles during a night’s sleep and sometimes it enters REM (rapid eye movement) sleep – the phase where most dreaming occurs.”
But what’s it like to wake up from a dream?
One way to experience this is by lucid dreaming, which means that you are aware of the fact that you’re dreaming and can control aspects of your own dreams.
Lucid dreaming was first discovered in 1975 by Keith Hearne and has been researched extensively since then with evidence showing how beneficial it can be for people who suffer from mental health problems such as PTSD or anxiety disorders.
The most common technique for achieving lucidity is through “reality checks” where one might ask themselves.
If they really just saw their alarm clock read 12:34am when it should actually say 12:35pm so they would know if they were awake or not.