Can you control your dreams?

A Better Man

What if you could take control of the things you dream about? Within the imaginative confines of your sleeping mind, you might be able to fly like Superman or hit the world’s greatest blackjack streak — or practice tomorrow’s speech or ease traumatic memories, if you want to get practical.

Being aware that you’re dreaming is called lucid dreaming, and more and more research is looking into how we can use this fascinating phenomenon to our advantage. But first, we have to make it happen reliably. In 2017, an Australian study took a big step in that direction, and what they found out can help you lucid dream, too.

According to a 2016 meta-analysis, about half of people have had at least one lucid dream in their lifetime, and a quarter experience them once a month or more. Since 1975, when the first lucid dream was confirmed in a lab…

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