Applications of lucid dreams: An online study

  title={Applications of lucid dreams: An online study},
  author={Melanie Sch{\"a}dlich and Daniel Erlacher},
  journal={International Journal of Dream Research},
In a lucid dream the dreamer is aware of the dream state and can influence the dream content and events. The goal of this study was to investigate some applications of lucid dreaming. Our survey included 301 lucid dreamers who filled out an online questionnaire. The most frequent  application (81.4%) was having fun, followed by changing a bad dream or nightmare into a pleasant one (63.8%), solving problems (29.9%), getting creative ideas or insights (27.6%) and practicing skills (21.3%). Women… Expand

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