Issue of the day 14/10/2011
14/10/2011 23h22 - Updated 15/10/2011 15h44
Biomedical scientists can communicate with during lucid dreaming
Lucid dreams are those in which we know we are dreaming. Most agrees to have this awareness, but a man went further.
Dream scenario, summer, many glorious and radiant days. The capital of Rio Grande do Norte is also an important center for the study of the mysteries of dreams real, night. Or rather, that through conscious dreaming way.
Dreams in which we know to be dreaming: it excites neuroscientist Siddhartha Ribeiro, who directs the Brain Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. "In normal sleep, the person feels he is an actor of a movie she does not control. In a lucid dream, the person is the director of the dream, screenwriter, producer. It controls all the elements of the dream potentially "said Siddhartha.
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The topic has been well explored in the film. The film "The Origin" is a dizzying adventure with dreams within dreams within other dreams within dreams more. And all piloted by dreamers.
Greek Bruno, 29, is biomedical, doctoral student and volunteer dreamy airs on a survey of science fiction: "How do you know you are dreaming, you have more freedom to do things you would not normally do," explains Bruno.
"The possibilities are endless: one can fly," said Siddhartha. Like in the movies "The Matrix" trilogy: a scene of martial arts training is a classic. In real life, linked to teacher Siddhartha group German researchers have experimented with simple activities, like throwing coins.
"They put a shot from distance and that person had hit a currency in that cup. This cup placed increasingly distant and had a hit rate. Then the person came into lucid dreaming and trained this ability or not. When she came back, had, in fact, better performance, "said Siddhartha.
The problem is that, by becoming aware of being in a dream, most people tend to agree immediately. But in tests on Christmas mornings in the university hospital, Bruno was a volunteer with greater ability to continue sleeping.
"Lucid dreaming occurs only when the body has rested enough. The next person is waking up, going to the next vigil. So this transition to wakefulness, she awakens inside, instead of waking up, "Siddhartha account.
But what would be the advantage of that experience? Create a defense for those who suffered traumas that cause frequent nightmares?
"If we can induce lucid dreaming that person, it may, during the nightmare, recognize that it is only nightmare and have no fear or anxiety associated with nightmares," explains researcher at the Sleep Laboratory Sergio Rolim.
And how are these lucid dreams Bruno? "I have quite frequently, at least once or twice a week. Sometimes I can even resume the dream I was having. Have I dreamed when I was in the lab, which was within the laboratory. The ceiling opened up and started falling kites from the sky, "he says.
The tests try to even establish a communication between the sleeper and those who research: "I match the person with the dreamer to make a move with the eyes. Place the electrodes near the eye. If the person can have a lucid dream, she makes a move with the eyes, I wait a while, then that person makes the move, and according to the person, "Sergio says.
Detail: the signal is valid only if sleep is evidenced by the pattern of brain waves. Bruno has managed to communicate sleeping a challenge for those trying to unravel this mystery.
"I think we pay little attention to dreams," Siddhartha account.
But we can say that we are pioneers in studying sleep. Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, a monthly meeting brings together experts and students working under the guidance of a neurologist Reimão Rubens, founder of the Sleep Clinic for 34 years.
"Some people need more sleep, some people do not need much. This is true, but there is an important limit. The average we can talk in general adult population, is eight hours of sleep. We can say that a person can endure an hour less sleep for a while and you can get by in everyday life. But more than an hour less than she should sleep, she starts the next day to show consequences, such as drowsiness, accidents, sleeping at work, in school, "said Siddhartha.
The basic recommendation is sleep hygiene: treat it like one does with the teeth, with the power.