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Doctor insights on: Is Lucid Dreaming A Medically Proven Phenomenon

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Is lucid dreaming a medically proven phenomenon?

Is lucid dreaming a medically proven phenomenon?

Can Measure & Create: We've ways of detecting lds & even stimulating the brain 2produce lds. Thnx 2cognitive neuroscience (study of neurobiological underpinnings of perceptions/thoughts/emotions) we r learning which brain areas r involved in generating lds & which states of consciousness (as reflected in eeg brain waves) signal they're occurring. Some r testing ld techniques 4treating trauma survivors having nightmares. ...Read more

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Is lucid dreaming actually possible? Is mutual dreaming possible?

Is lucid dreaming actually possible? Is mutual dreaming possible?

Lucid dreaming: is possible. We take control of our dreams. Seeing a mental health professional who specializes in this can help you learn techniques to lucid dream. A therapist who uses a Jungian approach is a related way to go. There are many self help books available also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to practice lucid dreaming frequently?

Is it unhealthy to practice lucid dreaming frequently?

We are not sure: Lucid dreaming is the conscious awareness of dreaming during rem sleep. There is no well documented evidence of bad effects of lucid dreaming. However, it may be because there is not a lot of people doing that type of research. Some medications that can prevent rem sleep, are not associated with observable ill-effects. That being said, we are learning that rem is very important for memory. ...Read more

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Is the sleep provided by mirtazapine remeron considered restful sleep or is it restless sleep? considered real sleep or is it a drug induced coma?fake

Is the sleep provided by mirtazapine remeron considered restful sleep or is it restless sleep? considered real sleep or is it a drug induced coma?fake

Remeron (mirtazapine) is used: to treat depression, so it depends on why you’re taking it. Without knowing more about the underlying reasons for your sleep problems, if they’re related to depression for example, it’s hard to say whether or not this will give you restful sleep. Remeron is not a sleep med but is sedating; it treats depression, which can treat insomnia that is related to depression. ...Read more

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Is alice in wonderland syndrome (visual distortions before falling asleep) usually considered an atypical migraine or tle? Or is the cause unknown?

Is alice in wonderland syndrome (visual distortions before falling asleep) usually considered an atypical migraine or tle? Or is the cause unknown?

How often?: I'd expect migraines to be less frequent than seizures and seizures probably would be more likely as you drift off to sleep. Does this bother you enough to take another medication everyday? ...Read more

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Is dreaming while conscious a seizure?

Is dreaming while conscious a seizure?

Usually not: There are sleep disorders with that. Occasionally people have a simple partial seizure (aka an aura) with a dream-like aspect. It is usually the same dream every time, unlike sleep disorder. ...Read more

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Is there a sleep aid that is not addictive?

Is there a sleep aid that is not addictive?

Different options: Some herbals that are used to help sleep include Valerian, Kava Kava, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Hops, Skullcap & California Poppy. Melatonin is always a good option. Kava Kava can cause liver problems. ...Read more

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Odd question, maybe, but have you encountered any evidence of actual near death experiences? Is this a real phenomenon? Is it explainable?

Near Death Experienc: Many have documented there experiences. There many theories about why it happens. Non of them, of course, are scientific.. I think it depends on a persons personal belief and spiritual upbringing as to what they consider it actually is. There is no doubt it does occur..but WHY? Stay tuned..who knows one of these days you might find out. ...Read more

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How is the phenomena of auditory hallucinations when half sleep (can be physically wake but drifting) explained? Not sleep paralysis. Increasing volum

How is the phenomena of auditory hallucinations when half sleep (can be physically wake but drifting) explained? Not sleep paralysis. Increasing volum

Consciousness is: not an on/off thing; there are degrees of consciousness, like dawn to dusk. When we are in the in between state between sleeping and waking, the brain does not filter out thoughts like it does when fully conscious. This can lead to strange, pleasant, and unpleasant thoughts and feelings. If auditory hallucinations happen at other times please see a mental health professional. Peace and & health ...Read more

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Is acupuncture for weight loss supported by any scientific evidence or is it nonsense?is it worth trying?

Is acupuncture for weight loss supported by any scientific evidence or is it nonsense?is it worth trying?

Check the NIHACM: National Institute of Health for Complementary and Alternative Medicine database to read on the studies done on this, and associated studies. Acupuncture works on the meridian systems that are integrated with our body, and can work even on smoking cessation, through placement of needles or magnets in specific spots on the body. Give it a try and see if it helps you. ...Read more

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Is there a good way of inducing REM sleep?

Is there a good way of inducing REM sleep?

Get more REM: Sound sleep is the best day. Withdrawal and discontinuation of medications that suppress rem is helpful in a number of patients. ...Read more

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What is sleep paralysis using wild lucid method?

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What is sleep paralysis using wild lucid method?

Sleep Paralysis: Possibly sleep paralysis, which occurs in 1 out of 3 people in their lifetime. Is caused by sleep deprivation, shift work sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, alcohol or drug use. ...Read more

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Clinical psychology or psychiatry question: i heard that yawning really is contagious, is that true?

Clinical psychology or psychiatry question: i heard that yawning really is contagious, is that true?

Yawning: Yes, studies have shown in humans that yawning is contagious! there is still much to be understood why we do it (and many other animals) and why is it contagious. Some researchers think it has to do with social bonding. It doesn't usually become contagious until about age 4. Kids with autism (and challenged social bonding) are half as likely to "catch" a contagious yawn. ...Read more

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Is coherent sleep-talking a sign of nocturnal seizures? Sometimes my speech is vulgar if that changes anything...

Is coherent sleep-talking a sign of nocturnal seizures? Sometimes my speech is vulgar if that changes anything...

No: No correlation between coherent sleep talking and seizures. Plenty of people with violent convulsive disorders at night never even utter a sound before going into a spell. ...Read more

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Is it true that depression is considered a neurological disorder?

Is it true that depression is considered a neurological disorder?

Yes, but...: All psychological/psychiatric disorders/symptoms are neurological in the sense that they are all expressed through changes in the brain and nervous system. In that sense depression is a neurological disorder. However, the difference between depression and say parkinson's disease or stroke is that in many instances of depression, talk therapy is effective. ...Read more

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Is parasomnia a catch-all for sleep disorders otherwise not explained?

Parasomnia: Parasomnia refers to things during sleep where something is going wrong, such as movement, night terrors etc, as opposed to insomnia where there is a problem falling asleep staying asleep or both. Yes it is a broad term that includes a lot. So it wouldn't be someone's actual diagnosis, the diagnosis would be more specific. ...Read more

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I have never understood how ld50 is very confidence inducing? Has the medical profession ever considered raising that standard?

I have never understood how ld50 is very confidence inducing? Has the medical profession ever considered raising that standard?

The : The ld50, which is the dose of a substance that will result in death of 50% of the people who take it, is not really a medical term. It is a term from the science of toxicology. In medical use, it is a way judging the relative safety of a medication. Generally, a physician would want to prescribe a medication with a therapeutic dose that was as much lower than its ld50 as possible.. Most substances, even water, can kill people if taken at a high enough dose. The ld50 is simply a way of looking at the relative safety, or danger, of a substance. ...Read more

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If melatonin is the 'natural' sleep aid, is there a 'natural' aid for anxiety? Does something like that exist?

If melatonin is the 'natural' sleep aid, is there a 'natural' aid for anxiety? Does something like that exist?

There are natural: supplements for anxiety, GABA being one. Please check w/your doc or a natural medicine professional before choosing any of these. Also consider using the "Relaxation Response" book and technique by Herbert Benson. Peace and good health. ...Read more