This study was not supported by external funding. There is no conflict of interest of any author. The study is not used by any off-label or investigation.
Lucid dreaming: an age-dependent brain dissociation
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2012
© 2012 European Sleep Research Society
Journal of Sleep Research
Volume 21, Issue 6, pages 634–642, December 2012
How to Cite
VOSS, U., FRENZEL, C., KOPPEHELE-GOSSEL, J. and HOBSON, A. (2012), Lucid dreaming: an age-dependent brain dissociation. Journal of Sleep Research, 21: 634–642. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2012.01022.x
- Issue published online: 27 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2012
- Accepted in revised form 22 April 2012; received 18 January 2012
- lucid dreaming;
- REM sleep
The current study focused on the distribution of lucid dreams in school children and young adults. The survey was conducted on a large sample of students aged 6–19 years. Questions distinguished between past and current experience with lucid dreams. Results suggest that lucid dreaming is quite pronounced in young children, its incidence rate drops at about age 16 years. Increased lucidity was found in those attending higher level compared with lower level schools. Taking methodological issues into account, we feel confident to propose a link between the natural occurrence of lucid dreaming and brain maturation.