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Is It Possible to Control Your Dreams?

by BetterSleep
May 20 • 4 min read

Dreaming is your brain’s way of releasing your thoughts, emotions, and the things you have seen throughout the day. Suppressed emotions find their way into your dreams when they aren’t addressed. What you watch and the time you watch it can also impact your dreams.

If you have nightmares or dreams that disturb your sleep, you may wonder if there’s a way to control them.

Do you have control over your dreams?

Most times, you are unaware when you are dreaming. You’ll most likely wake up and realize that you were dreaming after the fact. Sometimes, even remembering dreams can be difficult. As strange as it may seem, there are some ways to control your dreams.

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is when you are aware that you’re dreaming and can take the necessary steps to control what happens next in your dream. More than 53% of people experience lucid dreaming at some point, but less than half of these people can lucid dream regularly.

People who lucid dream regularly have trained their bodies to accept cues when they are dreaming.

Dream Shifting

Dream shifting is also known as reality shifting. It consists of you moving your thoughts from one reality to another. When you dream shift, you create an intentional thought before falling asleep. Meditating and focusing on this thought as you fall asleep can bring this same thought into your dreams.

Dream shifting is a combination of lucid dreaming, meditation, and manifestation because of how focused your thoughts and breathing are during the process.

How to Have Good Dreams

Besides practicing techniques like lucid dreaming and dream shifting, there are some things you can do to have good dreams when you sleep at night.

Maintain good mental health.

When your thoughts are clear, stress levels are low, and you address your emotions, you are more likely to experience good dreams. Negative thoughts and emotions towards yourself, other people, or situations can bring about nightmares.

Be mindful of what you watch.

Especially close to bedtime, being careful of the things you watch is important. Your brain takes longer to process negative information than positive. If you go to sleep before this information finishes processing, you will likely see them in your dreams. In the same manner, watching positive things no more than an hour before bedread can bring good dreams.

Eating before bed.

You should try to avoid eating before bed. Eating should occur at least 2 hours before sleeping. Eating foods that are high in sugar is more likely to lead to bad dreams. If you are hungry before bed, you don’t have to deprive yourself of food. Eating a healthy option is a good choice.

You can visit the BetterSleep app today for different ways to improve your sleeping habits. With things like meditation and soothing sounds, you can get quality sleep in no time.

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