While there is no shortage of wearables to help you get a good night’s rest, there are hardly any that induce lucid dreaming.
For those that may not know the term, a lucid dream is a dream during which you are aware you are dreaming. This gives you the ability to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. You still wake up refreshed because a lucid dream doesn’t have any difference from an ordinary dream, except you can control it.
It has been suggested that sufferers of nightmares could benefit from the ability to be aware they are indeed dreaming. Some experienced lucid dreamers have learned to remember specific practical goals such as artists looking for inspiration.
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LucidCatcher is a Sleep Neuromodulation Headband, or in plain English a virtual reality dreaming wearable. Such technology has been available for years to scientists, and has found implementation in mental therapy and mindfulness. Its only now that its finding its place in the retail market.
Lucid dreaming is a skill and it takes practice to become good at it. This is where LucidCatcher helps with its ability to provoke the state of mind similar to that which occurs during meditation.
When you go to bed, put the headband around your forehead and adjust electrodes slightly pressing them towards your head. During the night, the device will analyze your brain waves in real-time and pick up on the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase which signals that you are dreaming.
This is when the wearable will start to emit electrical impulses which will awake your mind, but not your body. It will bring your logical brain back into service enabling you to recognize that you are dreaming and becoming a mindful part of the experience, while dreaming. The manufacturers say they’ve tested the device on over 500 people, and found that the headband gives you a 40% chance of having a lucid dream.
But there’s more. In addition to sleep, choosing a different frequency can aid in meditation for example or study. We suspect the device may be particularly popular with yoga and meditation practitioners as well as students.
The headband has a slim and soft construction made of hypoallergenic materials in order to guarantee maximum comfort. It comes with a comprehensive smartphone app that features your dream statistics, guided experiences, a social community, rewards and much more.
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