字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Ah, sleep. There's nothing like curling up in bed and slipping into a dream after a long day. All dreams have one thing in common - they ultimately end the same way. Whether the dream was good or bad, you wake up and realize it was all a dream - usually. There is another kind of dream, and it can be very different - and sometimes terrifying. Lucid dreaming is when you dream, but become aware that you are dreaming. Once you're aware, you have greater control over your choices in the dream and may be able to affect its outcome. Most lucid dreams start when you're asleep, but some people have tried to induce lucid dreams from an awake state. So why do people want to experience lucid dreams? Studies show they can decrease nightmares and reduce stress by helping you neutralize and control recurring nightmares. Experts recommend getting a good night's sleep and keeping a dream journal as the best way to encourage lucid dreaming. You'll reduce anxiety, get more confident in your motor skills by practicing them in a dream state, and have an opportunity to explore your creativity in a mostly risk-free environment. Wait, mostly risk-free? Lucid dreaming isn't without its risks. You're deliberately interrupting your sleep cycle, which can lead to trouble getting back into a rhythm. Those who lucid dream frequently report having trouble differentiating between dreams and reality, and even feel disconnected from their own identity. But for a select few dreamers, the experience can be much more terrifying due to sleep paralysis. When this happens, people wake up from a night of sleep only to discover they can't move. Their mind is awake, but it's not communicating that to their body yet - and that's when the hallucinations start. They hear, see, and feel things that aren't there - including visions of demons stalking them and climbing on their immobile body. This normally only lasts a few minutes before their body catches up to their mind, but it can feel like an eternity. And many lucid dreamers experience this terrifying phenomenon and others first-hand. These are some of the scariest lucid dream stories of all time - told by those who experienced them. A lucid dreamer woke up from what they thought was a bad nightmare, but their room didn't seem quite right. Things were out of place, and for some reason, there was a porcelain doll sitting in a chair. Suddenly, the doll lifted its head and stared at the dreamer, and they realized they were in a dream. They tried to fly away from the room, but the room moved along with them until they reached a mirror. They looked into the mirror and gasped with horror. Their face was rotting and falling apart. They screamed, and the image in the mirror laughed until they woke up. Not all lucid dreamers dream intentionally, and this next story happened when the dreamer was only 12. The dreamer found themselves walking through the desert, with nothing in sight. Suddenly, their mother was there in the desert too - and she looked scared. She implored the dreamer to wake up and they did - but the fear was just beginning. The next night they dreamed again, and they found themselves in the same desert. They remembered their mother's words and woke up - but found themselves in a medieval prison, surrounded by monsters. Everyone there was terrified too, telling them to wake up. But to wake up, they had to fall asleep, so it was a long, scary night in that prison before they drifted off and wound up back in their bed. The next dreamer found themselves in a much wetter horror. It was a stormy sea with mist everywhere, and the dreamer was aboard a ship. But they weren't alone - this ship was haunted, and the ghost was chasing them. They briefly got a glimpse of the ghost and it looked human, but when they looked directly at it the ghost transformed into a painting of a grey seashore. While the dreamer didn't know what would happen if the ghost caught them, they were terrified. At some point, they realized they were dreaming and started screaming. But the scream turned into something that sounded like an alarm - and then they realized it was an alarm - their alarm clock. They woke up with a start. The next dreamer found their sweet tooth came back to haunt them. An all-you-can-eat dessert buffet seems like a dream come true - right? Not for the dreamer who found themselves forced to eat a massive dessert made of ice cream, meringue cookies, chocolate syrup - and randomly, little valentine's day candy hearts. The dream was so vivid they could taste it like it was real, and it was the sweetest thing they've ever tasted. It even started to make them sick before they woke up. The dessert wasn't real, of course, but its effects lingered - the dreamer didn't want to eat dessert for weeks. The next dreamer's nightmare was much closer to home. It had been a night of partying and drinking, and they were driving home. They knew they were a little out of it, but they thought they were good to drive. They weren't. Just as they turned the corner, two drunk girls wandered out into the road. There was no time to stop, and the girls went flying. One was only lightly injured, but the other had a shattered leg. The driver helped them while they waited for the paramedics to arrive, but the authorities didn't seem interested in the driver. No one noticed they were drunk, and they just returned home - where they woke up and started screaming. They had to turn themselves in for hitting two pedestrians while drunk! That was when their roommate reminded them that they hadn't been driving that night. But that's nothing compared to the experiences some lucid dreamers have. A young man named Justin struggled with anxiety and nightmares, and found a book on lucid dreaming in his library. He decided he could use this to face the darker side of his mind and conquer his fears. What happened instead was very different. He had fun at first, learning to fly in his dreams and visiting places around the world and beyond. But then his subconscious started taking him to darker places. He hadn't trained in lucid dreaming before he started, and he had no way of preventing his dreams from turning into nightmares. At least he could always wake up - right? Sometimes he would wake up, only to realize he was still in a dream. Sometimes he would find himself in a state of sleep paralysis and would see a horrific shadowy man looming over him with a knife. The being would stab him - and he would feel the pain of every stab. But when he would wake up in the real world, there would be no wound in sight. It would be years before he could finally overcome this pattern, as he got older and gained a better awareness of his subconscious. Another woman got a disturbing view of lucid dreaming from the outside. When she first met her boyfriend, he seemed normal. But he was interested in lucid dreaming, and he started saying odd things. When he proposed to her, he started acting oddly - and she realized he believed he was still dreaming. As time went on, he started talking less and only communicating in short bursts and single words. It was like he was walking through life half asleep and half awake. He was hospitalized, but the CAT scan showed nothing was wrong. His problems were all in his mind. She wasn't sure if the cause of his bizarre behavior was due to lucid dreaming or something else - like a bad reaction he had to trying marijuana years in the past - but she felt like he was slipping away. Many lucid dreamers report terrifying experiences - but lucid dreaming can't kill you, right? Despite the famous movies about the serial killer Freddy Krueger killing people in their dreams, there are no reports of anyone dying during a lucid dream. But that doesn't mean people don't feel like they have close calls. One recurring theme has come to be known as the Old Hag. This is one of the most common manifestations of sleep paralysis. People wake up and find they can't move - or are they even awake? They sense something else in the room with them, and they feel intense pressure on their chest. They can't breathe! That's when the presence makes itself known. While the figure's appearance varies, many people report it looks like a horrible old woman or a decaying corpse. They see the being come forward, and they find they can't avert their eyes. Some who experience this presence in a lucid dream say they see horrible visions of their spouse, dead next to them. Eventually, they do wake up unharmed - albeit with their heart beating out of their chest. The old hag or similar creature is nowhere to be seen. But many people wonder - why do so many people, across so many countries, have the same experience? And is there a tie to another famous horror people encounter in darkened rooms? Many people report seeing mysterious beings known as the shadow people while in sleep paralysis or during lucid dreams. These inky-black beings with shining eyes take many forms. Some look small, almost like shadow children. Others are looming over them, seemingly larger than life. Sometimes they're violent, attempting to strangle the lucid dreamer or stab them. Other times they just stand and watch for what seems like an eternity. But much like the “old hag”, their appearance is a common theme in countless people's lucid dreams. Even scarier, the line between lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis can blur. One man reported waking up in a state of sleep paralysis, feeling a terrible sensation all around him. He could swear he was being lifted off the ground, and the pounding of his chest woke him up - or so he thought. He woke up for the second time in a state of sleep paralysis, and this time he saw a haunting green glow outside the window. It was only the second time that he woke up that he was truly awake, and the second time he'd had no awareness that he had been dreaming. He had slipped between a lucid dream and a normal dream undetected. How deep down the rabbit hole can people go? And how difficult can it be to find their way back? A veteran lucid dreamer discovered just how tricky false awakenings can be one night. He had been struggling to get to sleep the last few nights, but this night he fell right to sleep. He didn't have time to meditate or relax, and when he woke up it was around 3 AM. He knew right away he was locked into sleep paralysis, and he quickly felt like something was pressing down on him. It felt like it went on for hours, and none of his usual tricks like meditation worked. Finally, it let up, and he got up to use the bathroom. He went back to bed, fell asleep, and the next thing he knew it was the morning. Or was it? As he made breakfast, he realized he felt hung over - but he hadn't been drinking. His commute to work seemed to take far longer than usual, and his interactions with people seemed odd. Suddenly, he felt sick. He felt a sharp stabbing pain in his stomach, collapsed - and woke up in bed. The false awakening had felt like it lasted hours, but had all been in his head. And it wasn't over. For the next few hours, this happened repeatedly, locking him into a strange Groundhog Day-like cycle of false awakenings. By the time it was over, the veteran lucid dreamer was so unsure he was awake, he spent ten minutes pinching himself before he would even let himself get out of bed. It almost made him want to give up lucid dreaming - but not for too long. For more on lucid dreaming, check out “How To Lucid Dream in Your Sleep in Three Minutes”, or for more on the terrifying secrets of the human sleep cycle, check out “Human Sleep Experiment That Went Horribly Wrong”.