Can We Control Dreams?


Controlling dreams may sound like something that only happens in movies, as depicted in Leonardo DiCaprio's sci-fi film Inception. Interestingly, there is a study from Harvard that proves that controlling dreams is not impossible. 

It was Deirdre Barrett, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School who revealed this fact in his book The Committe of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists and Athletes Use Dreams for Creative Problem Solving - and How You Can Too. 

Reported by the Independent, Barrett says we can control our dreams with a technique called 'dream incubation'. 

"If you want to dream about a certain subject, focus on just as you are about to sleep. When you start dreaming, hold or focus on the dream image that relates to the subject you were focusing on before you went to sleep," explains Barrett. 

Another way that can make you choose your dream "menu" is by placing a photo or object that describes what you want to dream about next to the bed. But remember, if you experience disturbances during sleep, such as falling out of bed or other things that cause you to wake up, then your dreams will also be disturbed. 

"If you don't immediately remember and recall your previous dream, stay down and try to sleep again while staying focused on the previous dream. Who knows maybe it will come back again. Sometimes the lost dream will come back in its entirety," added Barrett. 

The dream controller is there, but...

You can also control your dreams with a sleeping eye patch device called Remee. This blindfold, which is widely discussed by foreign media, claims to make us control what we see and do when we dream, precisely when we enter lucid dreaming, the overlapping stage between sleep and consciousness. 

The blindfold has six LED lights which the makers say will help the user to change the content of the dream and control the storyline in their dream. Duncan Fraizer, developer of Remee, as quoted by Express, said the blindfold was made to increase the user's dreams, have better dreams, and make dreams feel more alive. 

Although this eye patch has not yet received approval from the medical world, its developers claims Remee can help users understand and control their dreams as well as discussing personal matters. In addition, this eye patch is also allegedly able to help people forget bad dreams. 

In response to Remee's capabilities and the claims made by its developers, sleep expert Dr. Daniel Erichsen, said that the eye patch is actually harmless. 

"These eye patches are harmless, but there's no evidence they work, said Dr. Daniel.