Reality Check - Can Gaming Change the Way You Dream?
Cam investigates the science of sleep this week and asks if playing video games can affect the way you dream.
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Well, I would fit in the description "hardcore gamer" but have random nightmares almost every night and never had control over them ... -.-
But whatever, at least waking up is more fun this way ^^
"Hardcore gamers" f**k sake, tell you what, the person / people who come up with that, if their a*s holes were as big as their mouths their guts would fall out.
Games do change the way you dream, when I was younger and I wasn't very good at some games and used to play them a LOT more, like a certain mission I was stuck on with GTA San Andreas, I'd dream about doing it well then I did it properly in real life, it felt weird, almost like I could see into the future or something haha, but I know it's just something to do with brain development.
Babies have the same thing with the different shape blocks and holes, sleep helps with little puzzles I think.
I remember back then never having nightmares, and I had one of breathing water, honestly felt like I was in the dream. Maybe because of the length of time Lara Croft can hold her breath underwater, played Tomb Raider a lot.
I mainly day dream about nice things these days, quite long detailed ones, I have more nightmares though, usually about zombies, damn that Walking Dead show =P
Have to agree with that lesser amount of nightmare comment. It's true that I do not see any significant amount of nightmares like i did in my childhood.
I've had lucid dreams before. None recently. But then, I don't game 2 hours a day anymore.
And I've never had a dream about Cam...or kissing a llama.
Ok now I classify myself as a hardcore gamer, I play games 6 to 7 days a week & can range in a day anywhere from 2 to 10 hours at a time (usually in intervals).
I find dream studies pretty random as for the past 4 years I feel as if I haven't had a single dream, I am not sure whether I am just not remembering my dreams & having them or if I am not having dreams at all, I have had dreams in the past (not very often) and when I do I can always remember them down to almost the finest of details as they are usually quite vivid.
when I get to sleep the most bazaar of things seems to have happened & I don't feel as I am alone as I have had 1 or 2 friends that can account having the same problem, what happens (in the best way I can describe it) is this.
I fall asleep, my mind feels quite empty before hand as I try to purposely calm my thoughts, I then feel as if a few minutes have past (feel's like 5 to 10 minutes at most), I then wake up to find 7 to 8 hours have actually past.
is this something I should be concerned about? I also tend to feel no more refreshed from sleeping, I tend to feel more rested when I lay in bed with my eyes closed but fully aware of everything around me (kinda like in a cat nap state), just for reference point I'm a girl & in my twenties.
I used to have night terrors when i was young (big difference from a nightmare) but when i became a hardcore gamer they stopped all together. and i do have lucid dreams quite often as well.
Been having lucid dreams as a kid and even before I started playing video games (decades ago). Does playing videos seem to enhance this more ... for me no. So for their study I guess I would be a positive control in which they would determine how much game playing have increased normal player's lucid dreaming.
In my dry January I experienced quite a bit of lucid dreaming, all of which lasted seconds before my brain went "Oh are you enjoying flying about like a superhero well you're dreaming so wake the hell up!" That's all stopped now that sweet Lady Alcohol is my companion again.
Fascinating idea, though. I suppose as gamers we're already primed to take control of visions!
(Not sure about that "switching from 1st to 3rd person" claims, sounds like study-trolling)
I've definitely had moments when I know I am dreaming. But Its still pretty hard to take control. Most of the time I have to pull myself around with my arms. My legs just don't work proper in my dream. maybe because I am laying on my back and my legs can't ever move backwards.
Cameron is the Hottest Gamespot Staff Member so far. but your all so Funny During the Feedbackula Comments. I love how Gamespot staff really emote the questions.
Well I game every day and have quite a lot of nightmares , but I'm usually aware it's a dream and have somewhat control over it.
Really intriguing! I have lacked gaming lately and it doesn't compare to my past when I played games 24/7 almost. It is still mind warping when playing those games. I think the classic games were most intriguing to how my dreams were affected. I pay my respects to the gaming world. Your facts prove it to me...I wonder if VR can make things more interesting. Thanks Cameron...I really like your shows! Always a gamer...hehe
lol IRL: Nature's Nightmare™ in most of my dreams (or those I can recall) it's as if I'm playing a first person game but I only observe the actions taking place. sometimes the character is me other times it is me 'in the body' of another experiencing their actions.
This really described how I dream perfectly. I would've of never really thought it was because I'm a gamer. Really cool stuff.
The shift in perspective is very interesting. Usually I dream in third person, hovering just a bit above myself, or whoever I am in a particular dream. It's somewhat liberating.
Nightmares can definitely be interesting if you are able to control your actions in the dream; if you are too scared you can always change dream in an instant ahah.
I seem to have dreams that go on for a long time (but they probably don't really take long at all) and in which I can make many decisions about what direction the dream will go next. Sometimes the dreams feel so real that I'm not even sure if something actually happened or not.
True story: I had a Lucid dream about 2-3 months ago. In it I bought an X Box One, and when I was home, getting ready to open it, I asked myself in the dream, "Did I just get an X Box? I would never do that, I must be dreaming." Then I woke up. It was pretty funny, and even my wife got a kick out of it.
I've had dreams where I just keep going through a level until I find a way to beat it. Levels from a horror game. Fun and scary.
I don't even remember dreams i have. I can't remember having nightmares so it could be true as i have been gaming since childhood
Anytime I have a nightmare I wake myself up. Rarely happens though.
I can usually control myself in my dreams, but they are not entirely lucid, although I have had one before. It's pretty interesting to see a correlation here.
Even if I have the occasional nightmare, it's generally lucid anyway and i control that fucker. I'm fairly sure 90% of my dreams nowadays are lucid.
i totally agree... i swear i can control my dreams sometimes. i can even wake up and fall back asleep multiple times and continue dreams if i want
I've only ever had lucid dreams/nightmares on SSRIs. My nightmares pop up when my depression gets out of hand and are unrelated to my hobbies. I've even kicked my radiator and punched my wall in my sleep. That was fun. Needless to say, this only partially applies to me. I'm great the rest of the time.
@MotokoHutt I am a 14 year old male and my experiences are pretty similar and I'm pretty sure it's that memory part. I have major dreams and I always feel like i'm hours in but I know through my own sense of counting into a couple of minutes, but really it's been even longer that it feels when i finally wake up, sometimes ending in a painful experience too real for me to take, and making me snap into reality, such as being injected to save me from an injury caused by some mystical projectile, in result I feel like I can't breathe, my hearts racing well over 250bpm, and I have troubles thinking, or doing anything really. (It's a little different than that, It's the fact that I always forget a majority of my dreams and I can't really describe it that well.) But the point remains that there is much more to dreams than we can comprehend.
In fact, one time I communicated through a dream. I told a friend to call me in the morning in the dream, and then he called me asking what I wanted, having no idea what he was talking about. And only recently did I remember of this dream and put 2 and 2 together. This has very strangely,(including my first comment) been happening only since I first touched Wind Waker when I was like 4. It just made me see everything so much differently.
@kevicus12 About the 1st to 3rd person switching, it really happens. No trolling there. I suppose it depends on how much control you have at that particular moment or a thought that made you think of looking from an outsider perspective.
Every person is different.
@Andrendenum1 I did. oops.
@gohanrage I believe it depends on what REM state your in.. If I'm just laying down and am in the earlier stages, it will be a very short dream and I can feel my physical body moving around as I move in the dream. If it happens in the later stages, when the body is completely paralyzed, I don't feel physical body movements, have more control, and a longer duration.
yes, just like day dreaming but it really feels like your there. Even moving and your sense of touch feels real.