New research published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that aspects of a certain type of dreams , called a lucid dream , may be associated with psychological well-being (or, at least, the absence of psychopathology).
For those who haven’t, a lucid dream is defined as a dream state in which the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming (but without waking up) and has the ability to at least partially control the outcome or direction of the dream.
In this research, psychologists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel recruited 187 undergraduate students to participate in a sleep diary study.
What they found is fascinating: intense lucid dreamers had, on average, lower levels of psychological distress. Specifically, students who experienced high-intensity lucid dreams as defined by high ratings on lucid dream confidence, control, length by seconds, and length by scenes_had less depression, anxiety, and stress than low-intensity lucid dreamers.