New developments - creating the ultimate lucid dreamer tool
We continued testing the Lucid Dreamer over the past weeks. We have found that people who are completely new to lucid dreaming do not become lucid as easily as our initial test group, at least not after a 4 days of trying. Some nights nothing happened, other nights people reported having intense and interesting dreams in which they had clear thoughts about the storyline and other dream characters. They had access to memory; remembered certain plans or had the feeling that they forgot something important. They also experienced dissociation in dreams (looking at themselves in the dream, or watching the dream from outside, as if projected on a screen). One person experienced a large degree of control in a dream: She could influence the storyline (decide where to go in the dream) and was able to extend the duration of the dream. Finally, all participants experienced better dream recall. These are all characteristics of lucid dreams, but it seems that the most defining feature of lucid dreams: the realization that one is dreaming is not so easy to trigger as our initial tests seemed to indicate.
The one thing in which the new participants differed was fatigue: The new participants started out being more fatigued than the initial test group, which may have played an important role. Either way, it seems that not everyone can get full-blown lucid dreams within a few days of using the Lucid Dreamer. While this may be explained by individual differences in sleep quality, use of psychoactive substances or other not yet known factors, the main conclusion is that the Lucid Dreamer has not yet reached is full potential by solely using mild electrical stimulation during the REM state. Therefore, we have devised a plan of action in order to increase the effectiveness of the Lucid Dreamer across individuals. This plan is based on two concepts:
With the Lucid Dreamer you will be able to combine the following techniques:
- tACS (mild electrical stimulation)
- LED light and audio stimulation (including audio-visual entrainment techniques)
- MILD exercises using the Lucid Dreamer App
We will implement algorithms that recommend stimulation protocol settings based on the individual (brain) characteristics of each user. We believe that the ‘crowd science’ approach, in which users can share their protocol settings and experiences in the Lucid Dreamer community, also contributes greatly to this personalization approach. We feel this will give any person interested the best chance of becoming a lucid dreamer.
With your support, the Lucid Dreamer crowd research project will unravel the easiest way for you to become a lucid dreamer.