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  1. There is nothing harmful, but what you are looking for is another matter. Remember that sleep, dreams are the royal road to understanding unconscious desires. But it doesn't always work out intentionally, because the censor still works in the psyche, so spontaneous processes and controlled ones are qualitatively different things

  2. The brain never rests ! It works even in sleep , but less than in the waking state .

    Well-known psychologist Z. Freud, in his work “Interpretation of Dreams”, gave all the answers to possible questions about dreams . There are several reasons why we dream , and I think they are all lucid , because our brain shows us everything we know or have ever seen , even if you don't remember it on a normal day .

    The causes of dreams are as follows :

    1. External factor . The dream is caused by external stimuli . For example, while you are sleeping, you have touched a cold radiator with a Goga and in your dream you feel as if your foot is in water .

    2. Internal factors . These are psychological disorders in your head . Diseases and so on.

    3. Hypnogogic dreams . This is the moment of sleep when you are still not really asleep or awake . At this point, your brain undergoes so-called hypnogogic hallucinations .

    You can learn a lot more , read Freud's work .

    Go ahead, guys !

  3. I have been interested in lucid dreaming for a long time, and I have read a lot of literature on this topic. But then I heard that people who experience lucid dreams are prone to narcolepsy. This is a disease of the nervous system, characterized by daytime attacks of insuperable drowsiness and attacks of sudden falling asleep, attacks of cataplexy, that is, a sudden loss of muscle tone.

    And after that, I stopped doing it.

  4. I can't say anything about physical damage, but psychological trauma is guaranteed. It's probably different for everyone, but sleep paralysis is the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life. An overwhelming feeling of fear and terror, and it's impossible to scream or move, and that makes it even worse. I strongly advise against practicing.

    Although there are different methods of lucid dreaming, sleep paralysis can probably be avoided.

  5. The harm most likely lies in the fact that OS needs to be learned, people use various techniques, train, and therefore spend their time and energy (if you do not take into account the dream itself) on learning these very techniques and communicating on thematic forums. It is quite possible that this can negatively affect the human psyche and change the attitude to the sleep process itself. Of the positive qualities, there may be a person who practices and goes to bed on time, and does not sit in these your Internets answering all sorts of questions.

    But this is not accurate:)

  6. I don't quite understand how you intended to summon him. Because it happens because of sleep disorders, insomnia or nervous exhaustion.

    And you need it?

    Those who have had sleep paralysis laugh at the usual nightmares. The first reaction, since you see your room, is that you are awake and can't breathe. Adding a light-noise view. It's funny that it's been reflected in pop culture, and the x-files writers have experienced it.

    Life hack, it happens if you only sleep on your back.

  7. I have been suffering from epilepsy since I was 9 years old, and about 5 years ago my usual seizures were replaced by sleep paralysis. I would say that it turned out to be a light version of the usual attacks. Unwittingly, I experience sleep paralysis once or twice a week.

    The first cases of such attacks caused, like everyone else, a wild fright-both during paralysis and after. Then I got used to it and the feeling of fear appears only during an attack. I can't see any mental changes in myself. That is, my fairly frequent attacks do not cause me any psychological harm, although in a dream I also experience fear, discomfort from the inability to move, and sometimes I scream (and in reality, too , there is a constant witness in the person of my spouse).

    By the way, I wouldn't call sleep paralysis a lucid dream. At least that's not the case for me. I either realize that I am awake, but I can't move and I hear a constant, growing noise that prompts me to try to wake up completely, or I dream (always eerie in feeling), but I don't realize that I am either asleep or awake. I always shout in the second case.

  8. Just as dangerous as playing the piano and walking in a birch grove are. The most dangerous thing is to deny yourself the pleasure of revealing the secrets of your own body and mind.

  9. If we are referring to the lucid sleep technique, where you go to sleep without moving anything in your body, but concentrate on something with your brain so that you don't fall asleep, then this is the same as practicing meditation. After 30 to 40 minutes, people who have just started to meditate in this way, their limbs become numb and the whole body ceases to be felt.�

    Of course, this is not harmful, but with proper meditation (with concentration) it improves your well-being, calmness and concentration in everyday life.�

    This is in addition to everything written above by others

  10. You don't need any intention to go into sleep paralysis. Every time you fall asleep, your brain puts your body into” sleep paralysis, ” which means it blocks motor signals sent by the brain to skeletal muscles. This is done so that you do not move parts of your body during sleep and do not harm yourself. The only organ that is not susceptible to paralysis is your eyes. It is thanks to this, by the way, that it is possible to understand when exactly a particular sleeping person dreams.

    Perhaps the author of the question was referring to the situation of deliberately achieving a conscious state during sleep paralysis. Such practices exist, and from a physiological point of view, this can not cause any harm. Many people get scared when they get into this state for the first time, because they do not understand the nature of what is happening. Some even consider such an experience supernatural, which is completely untrue.

    Most people take comfort in the fact that sleep paralysis is part of the natural sleep cycle.

    Also, few people know that when you go into sleep paralysis in a state of consciousness, the best way to get out of it is to try to completely relax the body, which is counterintuitive. Attempts to intentionally or forcefully move or scream will only increase the duration of sleep paralysis and may frighten an untrained person even more. It was the lack of understanding of the nature of sleep paralysis in the Middle Ages that gave rise to many frightening illustrations with witches, monsters, succubi, ghosts and other evil spirits sitting on the chest of a frightened person in a state of sleep paralysis.

    As for lucid dreaming, there is also nothing dangerous about it. In order to get the most out of lucid dreams, I advise you to avoid esoteric and mystical, that is, pseudoscientific, literature like Castaneda and company. To better understand the biology, physiology, and psychology of lucid dreaming, read books by Stanford Professor Stephen Laberge. He is one of the few people recognized by the scientific community who is engaged in the science of lucid sleep. The disadvantage of his books is the need for long practice to achieve results. So for theory, I recommend Laberge, and for quick practical results, read and see Mikhail Raduga. His methods are not so scientific, but he is less susceptible to the corrupting and corrupting influence of mysticism. It is also good because its methods and practices will lead you to your first lucid dream very quickly.



  11. Both of these things have happened to me and happen regularly. The first, of course, is more terrible, but there is no physical danger in both cases, only psychological. The body is motionless, since the sleep phase is already deep here. But the essence of sleep paralysis, for example, is precisely this: when you fall asleep, you continue to receive a signal from the senses, but not from everyone, but only supposedly from the eyes and nose (breathing). I usually see a muddy picture of what was the last image before going to bed (apartment furniture, ceiling, door, etc.). At the same time, you are conscious and try to reflexively send a signal to your limbs, but you realize that this is useless – your body is motionless. Then there is a sharp pain in the head (as if it is being squeezed by something), you start to suffocate. The image can turn into darkness or hallucinations. Once I had a rather terrible story: after entering sleep paralysis not for the first time, I realized myself in a dream, calmed myself down and decided to wait out this feeling of death, without trying to move or scream, but suddenly someone grabbed my hanging hand on the edge of the sofa, and a second later the image of a gray-haired faceless woman hung over me. The fright was incredible, but it did not help me quickly get out of sleep – for a few more seconds I was “paralyzed” with darkness in front of my eyes, which replaced my crazy glitch.

    The cry that happens with paralysis is not reflected in reality. I usually ask if someone was around.


    I didn't notice the word “intentionally”in the question at first. It is very difficult to enter sleep paralysis intentionally (I don't know about lucid sleep, sorry). This phenomenon usually accompanies those people who have a broken healthy daily routine, there is a lack of sleep, and sleep during the day in the absence of it at night is a common thing. Thus, in order to somehow artificially bring this state closer, it is necessary to stay awake for 35-40 hours, actively engage in something, drink coffee, exhaust the body, and then lie down on your back in daylight. The likelihood of sleep paralysis will increase, but you and your brain cells will not be better off.

  12. Physically, this experience does not cause any harm, but an untrained person can suffer psychologically, if you are still interested in this experience, then I recommend that you first read the relevant literature, which is easy enough to find on the Internet to understand what should happen and how. Personally, I can advise that if you have a strong fear at any of their stages, for example, if you see your body lying where you started the exit, then do not be afraid. Remember, you can wake up at any time as soon as you express a desire to stop this experience.

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