Brain "Zap" to Control Dreams Could Benefit PTSD, Schizophrenia Patients

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The ability to induce lucid dreaming in sleeping patients via a gentle, targeted electrical current may be a promising treatment for PTSD and schizophrenia. New research in the journal Nature Neuroscience utilized frontotemporal transcranial alternating currents (tACS) on 27 volunteers while they slept to replicate the brain waves in the lower gamma frequency band (about 40Hz) that occur during lucid dreams. Delivering 40Hz of tACS induced lucid dreaming in the volunteers; the researchers note that this could be effective for patients with PTSD and schizophrenia that suffer from reemerging nightmares as a means to change dream content.

Brain "Zap" to Control Dreams Could Benefit PTSD, Schizophrenia Patients
Brain "Zap" to Control Dreams Could Benefit PTSD, Schizophrenia Patients

How would you like to control your dreams. Researchers who zapped sleepers with a very gentle, targeted electrical current were able to send them into a state of lucid dreaming — when they knew they were dreaming. They're often accompanied by waves in what's called the lower gamma frequency band ...

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