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Lucid Dreaming - Learning to keep nightmares at bay

Researchers in Munich are looking into a possible treatment for chronic nightmares. Lucid dreaming means remaining aware of the fact that you’re dreaming even as you’re doing it. That allows the dreamer to control events in their dreams, and even rewrite the scripts of nightmares.

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Using magnetic resonance technology, the researchers are investigating what happens in the brain during lucid dreaming. They have discovered that, in lucid dreamers, a special area of the parietal lobe remains active even during sleep.