Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Being chased by monsters... an infinite fall from the sky... being naked in public. Why we exactly dream is still a question for modern science. But dreams can sometimes take on strange shapes. They often feel random and completely out of your control. An average person has 2190 dreams a year. Wouldn't it be awesome to get a bit more control over them? Lucid dreaming is a scientifically documented state of dreaming which enables you to become aware of your dreams while dreaming and enhance this experience by gaining control over the narrative, characters, and environment. Sounds cool right? But lucid dreaming is not only about having fun. It enables people to experience whatever they're afraid of without facing the consequences. Therefore, it can be used for overcoming a phobia or trauma or the treatment of PTSD and nightmares. So, how does it work? Our sleep consists of five different stages, which repeat themselves every 90 minutes. The fifth and final stage in this cycle is the rapid-eye-moving stage. This is where dreams occur. Your eyes move rapidly around and your brain is highly active. However, your body is relaxed. The moment you start to become conscious of dreaming you tend to wake up and you'll leave the REM stage. Your dream… is then lost. There are several practices and techniques which allow you to gain control whilst remaining in the REM stage. Some of the most common exercises include keeping track of a dream journal and perform(ing) "reality checks" regularly. This trains your brain's awareness while dreaming and allows you to become a lucid dreamer! Want to try it yourself? Check out our infographic in the link below! Like what you see? For more AnyStories subscribe to our YouTube channel!