Do lucid dreams offer some kind of advantage?

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Being able to control our dreams is the grand idea of lucid dreaming.

Say that you would like to visit a specific place, such as Provence, France, for instance. Your dream self would obey the waking mind and make the trip.

The possibility of controlling the mind even while sleeping has led some researchers to consider using lucid dreaming to treat nightmares.

In one study, a group of chronic nightmare sufferers who did lucid dreaming exercises had fewer nightmares.

Dream control has enormous practical implications. People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and children who are plagued by scary dreams could be taught to control their dreams and get some rest.

On a much more frightening level, think of the power a government could have if it could figure out how to manipulate the dreams of its enemies.

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