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Lucid Dreaming Treatment for Nightmares: A Series of Cases

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Goal of this series of cases was to investigate lucid dreaming treatment for nightmares. Hypotheses were that lucid dreaming treatment would decrease nightmare frequency and state/trait anxiety, and improve the quality of sleep. Eight participants received a one-hour individual session, which consisted of lucid dreaming exercises and discussing possible constructive solutions for the nightmare. Nightmare frequency and sleep quality were measured by a sleep questionnaire, anxiety was measured by the Spielberger State and Trait Anxiety Inventory. At the follow-up two months later the nightmare frequency had decreased, while the sleep quality had increased slighty. There were no changes on state and trait anxiety. Lucid dreaming treatment seems to be effective in reducing nightmare frequency, although the effective factor remains unclear.

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Spoormaker, V.I., Bout, J.v.d. & Meijer, E.J.G. Lucid Dreaming Treatment for Nightmares: A Series of Cases. Dreaming 13, 181–186 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1025325529560

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  • nightmares
  • lucid dreaming
  • treatment