Clear dreams in which dreamers become aware that they are dreaming and taking control can be an incredible experience. The only problem: they are rare and difficult to stimulate. As a result, researchers have been trying for decades to develop various techniques to create a clear dream experience, such as sleep disruption, and to use various breathing techniques before sleeping.
But scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Lucidity Institute in Hawaii have found a more consistent way to create a clear dream state, and it involves the use of drugs that are normally used to treat Alzheimer's.
The drug is called "Galantamine". In addition to treating Alzheimer's disease, it is also routinely used to treat muscular dystrophy and other central nervous system disorders.
A study with carriers with clear dreams achieved dramatic results.
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Incredibly, after a dose of 8 mg galantamine, 42 percent of participants reported clear dreams.
The study suggests that the efficacy of galantamine "could be related to it" has effects on cholinergic receptor activity during REM sleep. "The scientists also suggest that the drug's propensity to increase memory function may also be a reason for users to have a lucid dream with galantamine."
"Overall, Lucid dreams," the study reported, "were significantly higher Levels of recall, cognitive clarity, control, positive emotion, sensory liveliness and self-reflection on one's own thoughts and feelings compared to non-lucid dreams.
Users of medications reported minimal side effects.
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