Lucid Dreams Could Help People With This Sleep Disorder

By: Tia Ghose
Published: 11/05/2014 09:56 AM EST on LiveScience

People who suffer from narcolepsy have more lucid dreams, where they know they are dreaming and can at least partly control the events in the dream, two new studies suggest.

Those with narcolepsy experience sudden “attacks” of sleep, and excessive daytime sleepiness. The new study found these people have lucid dreams about seven times per month on average, compared with once every two months for people without the condition, according to the research.

The reason people with narcolepsy may have more lucid dreams than others could be that the brain region responsible for lucid dreaming is more active during their sleep than in people who sleep normally.

“Narcoleptic patients are always on the border between waking and sleeping, and that seems to be a condition that enhances the probability to get lucid dreaming,” said study co-author Martin Dresler, who was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, Germany, at the time the study was conducted. [Top 10 Spooky Sleep Disorders]

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Narcolepsy affects between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 10,000 people, Dresler said. People with narcolepsy may —> Read More Here


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