Some people do crazy things in life simply because they are just plain dangerous, like base jumping… but lucid dreaming is not one of those things.
Every once in a while, people ask me, “is lucid dreaming dangerous?” The answer of course is “no.” But, did you know that lucid dreaming actually has some health benefits???????
Stephen Laberge, a PhD and psychophisiologist who studies the subject of lucid dreaming actually claims, “Lucid dreaming has considerable potential for promoting personal growth and self-development, enhancing self-confidence, improving mental and physical health, facilitating creative problem solving and helping you to progress on the path to self-mastery.”
Research has shown that lucid dreaming can actually help people with overcoming night terrors, emotional release, and even PTSD. "Is lucid dreaming dangerous?" you ask… not at all. It’s actually quite healthy. In fact, there are some people who lucid dream naturally without even having to try.
On RadioLab recently, there was an interesting podcast that shared a story about a man who struggled with recurrent night terrors for several years. He tells the story of how he eventually overcame these terrifying dream experiences by confronting the tormentor in his dream through lucid dreaming. It's really rather fascinating and demonstrates some interesting evidence behind the applications of lucid dreaming. I recommend listening to it if you've ever asked, "is lucid dreaming dangerous?"
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