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  • 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 theold 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 outHow To Lucid Dream in Your Sleep in Three Minutes”,

  • or for more on the terrifying secrets of the human sleep cycle, check outHuman Sleep

  • Experiment That Went Horribly Wrong”.

Ah, sleep.

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 02 月 04 日
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