Can you control dreams

I do not dream at all. Or to be more accurate, I do not recall my dreams. It is believed that everyone dreams; something that occurs during the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of your sleep. The length can vary from a few minutes to a vivid movie like experiences which can extend up to twenty to thirty minutes. Opinions differ on why you dream and whether they signify something that is to occur or has occurred in your life. The earliest recorded dreams date back to approximately to 5000 years ago in Mesopotamia, which was documented on clay tablets. Back then it was believed they were messages from God. So here is the exciting thing – can you control your dreams? Can you be the Director of the movie and allow the dream to take the shape that you desire?

Allow me to let the cat out of the bag. You can control your dreams. In fact, many people have demonstrated the ability to control their dreams. The ability to control dreams is probably a good thing given that often dreams can be unpleasant and almost nightmarish. In a more pleasant outcome, in 1865, Freidrich August Kekule, woke up from a dream in which a snake was swallowing its tail. The dream led him to describe the shape of benzene. Could you similarly solve problems that plague you or even the world similarly?

In something called a lucid dream, you dream that you are dreaming; much like the movie Inception. In this fashion, you could control your dreams. Alternatively, in control groups, people have been shown to solve real-world problems by dreaming the solutions. It would be fascinating is to be able to control someone else’s dream. It turns out even that is possible through sensory stimulation ahead of the waking up time. Now if only I could make my dreams come true.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.