Man is a whole universe full of unsolved mysteries. One of these mysteries is sleep. Although scientists have been trying to understand the mechanism and processes of this state for centuries, so far the scientific community has not advanced much in its study. A recent study conducted by scientists in four countries has lifted the veil of mystery over the so-called conscious sleep.
Scientists call it a state in which a person is fully aware that he or she is sleeping, but can change the content of sleep, control it, including it in the context of what is happening. Such sleep is an intermediate stage between wakefulness and REM sleep. The term was first introduced by scientist Frederick Willem van Eden. His contemporary colleagues decided to conduct a daring experiment to further explore this mysterious state.
The study of conscious dreams allows us to clarify the very nature of dreams. And here it is especially important to learn how to make contact with those who are in this state. Researchers in 4 scientific centers took up this work, selecting for the experiment 36 volunteers who had already appeared in a state of conscious dreaming. Previously a system of conditional signals was practiced with them, providing interaction at the level of one-word answers (yes/no) and the solution of simple arithmetic examples.
A total of 57 sessions of conscious dreaming were conducted. As soon as an entrance into this state was registered, scientists established contact with the sleepers, began to ask questions, and recorded the answers given in the form of conditional signals. To eliminate the randomness factor, each question was duplicated. Then, the participants were awakened and asked to tell what they remembered.
It turned out that every sixth participant was able to interact. However, only slightly more than 18% of the answers to the questions were correct. Nevertheless, the majority of participants in the experiment said that they distinctly remembered being approached by the researchers. At the same time, some people said that the questions seemed to be superimposed on the dream, while others reported that they had already been included in the dream. For example, they were voiced by the radio.
The results showed that the researchers have a lot of material for work and it goes in the right direction. And interaction with sleeping people became a proven reproducible phenomenon, independent of the population – the experiment took place simultaneously in 4 laboratories in different countries. Also, scientists have formed a new term – interactive sleep.