Soon, a headband to give your dreams wings
Posted on Jan 17 2014 | IANS
New York, Jan 17 : What if you could transform that frightening nightmare into a jacuzzi bath at a five-star hotel or scuba diving in Egyptian red sea? Possible.
A new headband promises to do just that by helping you reach what the creators call a 'lucid dream' state.
The headband - called Aurora - measures brain waves and eye movement activity to determine when a person enters Rapid eye movement sleep (REM) - a stage of sleep where dreams are more likely to occur, said a report on FoxNews.com.
Launched by Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects, the headband emits lights to let the sleeper know he/she is dreaming, without waking him/her up.
Now the person can take control and enter into a lucid dream state, and the fun begins, said the report.
"We want to improve sleep overall. Dreams are a part of sleep. We're researching lots of other areas in where the technology can be used," Aurora headband co-founder Daniel Schoonover was quoted as saying.
"When performing a task in a lucid dream such as playing basketball, it reinforces your natural pathways in real life," stressed Schoonover.
Lucid dreaming is said to bring down stress levels and has been proven as an aid in stopping frequent nightmares, Schoonover added.
Scientists, however, are a bit sceptical.
"The public is fascinated with dreams. I think we are a long way away from this headband being used as a clinical tool," Rachel Salas, assistant medical director at Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep, was quoted as saying.
"At a time when there is an 24/7 onslaught of cell phones, computers and LED lights - creating sleep disorders - the lights from the headband may actually ignite insomnia in users," Salas was quoted as saying on FoxNews.com.