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.