Scientists have come up with new apps to let you generate your perfect dream, by playing a ‘soundscape’ that sleeps into the sleeping mind .
Here users can select from peaceful rural settings, busy street scenes, or even dramatic space adventures.
In Hertfordshire University, Mr. Richard Wiseman, professor of psychology, who assisted to develop the program me, believes it could be a boon for sleeping disorders or depression.
Wiseman plans to collect thousands of records from users of the app as part of a mass experiment for the Edinburgh International Science Festival to find out how easy it is to influence dreams.
The app, called Dream: ON, is free and can be downloaded by iPhone users from Tuesday. An Android version is planned for later in the year, the Daily Mail reports.
Before going to bed, the user should select the time they need to wake up and picks their ideal dream scenario. Then they place their phone face down on the mattress, preferably close to their head, and it uses a motion sensor to identify when the sleeper is dreaming.
Throughout the night, when we sleep, we pass through’ cycles is made up of 3 stages. During deep and light sleep, the first two stages we are restless in bed.
But during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (dreamtime), the brain paralyses the body so we won’t react for our dreams and hurt ourselves. The app waits until the last period of REM sleep before the chosen waking time, and then plays the soundscape.
Once this dreaming sleep is over, the app wakes up the user within a minute to escalation the chances of them remembering the dream. They are invited to record their dream and submit a explanation into an online database.
Some of the soundscapes are designed to encourage ‘lucid dreaming’; where the sleeper is aware they are dreaming and can influence what happens. Soundscapes featuring the mimicked voices of celebrities, actors and even President Barack Obama are also planned.
This article collected from IBN.
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