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Lucid dreaming feature added to intelligent sleep mask

Steve Rogerson
June 14, 2016

A lucid dreaming feature is being added to Neuroon, an intelligent sleep mask that can monitor and analyse users' sleep and enhance its quality. This function combined with a new mobile app could change the way people think about their dreams and interact with them.
Lucid dreaming brings an element of control into dreaming. The person is aware while being asleep and therefore able to influence consciously the content of the dreams.
The scientific evidence on lucid dreaming came out of Hull University in the UK in 1975, when Keith Hearne recorded the predetermined eye movements of his lucid dreaming patient during the REM phase of sleep. Since then, on-going neuroscience discoveries have strengthened researchers' beliefs that lucid dreaming can no longer be thought of as just a fantasy in a movie script.
Neuroon, a device that is the result of current trends in neuroscience, is the first product on the consumer market that can automatically analyse human sleep by monitoring brain signals and improve sleep with light therapy.
Lucid dreams may occur rarely spontaneously or they can be induced by specific techniques divided into two groups: behavioural techniques and external stimuli. The Neuroon's ability to detect REM sleep precisely allows it to start implementing external stimuli techniques into the mask and induce lucid dreaming while the person is in the REM phase of sleep. The system has a built-in sleep tracker and artificial algorithmic methods for performance improvement.
The lucid dreaming feature will consist of two parts: behavioural techniques and external stimuli. Both are based on the research conducted by Heidelberg University in Germany and the University of Bern in Switzerland among others.
Behavioural techniques aim at preparing the user's mind to start lucid dreaming while external stimuli are a direct influence of the mask on the user's REM sleep with the help of light, vibration and acoustic stimulus. Only with both of these methods can lucid dreaming be fully experienced.
Working on the lucid dreaming feature was first announced by joint Polish and US company Inteliclinic, inventor of the Neuroon, during its Kickstarter campaign two years ago. The idea was given a positive reception so, after finishing the final version of the Neuroon, Inteliclinic's developers focused on this new function.
The lucid dreaming app will be available from August and will only work in its full potential with the Neuroon mask.