Lucid dreamingThe study suggests that humans are partially aware and able to control their dreams while they sleep, and may explain so-called alien abduction stories.
Allegations of such abductions date back to the 19th century; The circumstances of the abduction often seem fabulous and cause feelings of horror and paralysis. Certain sleep states are also known to elicit such feelings, leading Russian researchers to wonder if sleep experiments could provide clues to alleged extraterrestrial experiences. Scientists have encouraged lucid dreamers to dream of encounters with aliens or unidentified flying objects (UFO), and found that a number of sleepers were reporting dreams that resembled actual descriptions of alleged alien abductions.
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During lucid dreaming, dreamers are aware that they are asleep and can then use this awareness to control what is happening in the dream. According to a 2016 study published in the journal, about 55% of people experience lucid dreaming one or more times in their lives, and 23% have lucid dreams at least once a month. Consciousness and cognition who analyzed the results of five decades of sleep research.
Recently, researchers at the Phase Research Center (PRC), a private center for the study of lucid dreaming in Moscow, experimented with 152 adults who identified themselves as lucid dreamers by instructing them to “find or summon aliens or UFOs” during lucid sleep. , scientists told the newspaper on July 2 International Journal of Dream Research…
The researchers found that 114 participants reported dreaming of successful interactions with aliens. Of these, about 61% described encounters with “aliens” who resembled aliens from science fiction novels and movies, while 19% have encountered aliens who “looked like ordinary people,” according to the study.
Little blue men
One participant said she saw “little people” with blue skin, huge heads “and huge bulging eyes,” the study authors said. When the aliens invited her to their spaceship, “I was blinded by a very bright light, like a searchlight,” she said. “My vision disappeared and I felt dizzy and light-headed.”
Another participant said that he dreamed that he was lying in his bed when it seemed to him that he was “being dragged somewhere,” and he found himself in a room with a white silhouette that reached his chest and began to “do something inside with tools, ”the researchers wrote.
Dream conversations took place in 26% of meetings, and 12% of participants spoke with aliens in their dreams and interacted with them physically. UFOs appeared in 28% of encounters, and 10% of dreamers who saw UFOs described how they were taken inside an extraterrestrial spacecraft.
Of those who described their meetings as “realistic”, 24% also experienced sleep paralysis and intense fear. Such emotions often accompany reports of alleged alien abductions, and while people describing their alien abduction may sincerely believe that what they experienced was real, these people likely experienced an extraterrestrial encounter during lucid sleep, the study authors said.
Feelings of paralysis, fear, and helplessness in vivid dreams can be so intense that they blur the line between dreams and reality, so it’s no surprise that people who may have unconsciously dreamed instead insist that they have actually met aliens who stole them and transported them. them to UFOs, said the chief researcher and founder of the PRC, Mikhail Raduga.
For these unsuspecting dreamers, “abductions are real,” Rainbow told Live Science in an email. “They just don’t know how to explain it.”
Originally published on Live Science.