When I was in graduate school, I became interested in the Senoi Indians in Malaysia. They are a tribal society that incorporates dreaming and lucid dreaming techniques as a psychologically adaptive tool which has become a significant part of their culture. Anthropological studies have often reported significant enhancements in psychological health both for the individual tribe members as well as for their society as a whole. The health of their culture has been attributed to these dreaming practices.
Lucid dreaming is a dream state in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. This gives the dreamer the ability to exercise some control over the dream environment. The Senoi have been teaching this practice to their children for generations. In the 60’s and 70’s, the onset of the “psychedelic” generation, coupled with the development of biofeedback technology, evidenced a significant surge in interest in techniques to better understand and control the human mind and body. Lucid dreaming was such a technique.
I just came across this blog post, suggesting a very novel use of green tea as an aid in Lucid Dreaming. I don’t know if there is any research to support the assertions made. However, based on what I know of the physiological actions of the constituents in green tea, they seem plausible to me. Let me know what you think about this and, if anyone has used it in this fashion, please share. If not, maybe we can get some volunteers to try it out.