Lucid Dreaming App is 1 Year old!
Today celebrates one year since I published the Android lucid dreaming app. The iPhone App is slightly less mature – at 6 months. By now the app should’ve been thoroughly tested and used by a number of people. What are your thoughts? Does the app work for you? I keep getting feature requests, bug reports, but not much feedback on whether the app works or not. And so I would ask you, the users, did you ever had a lucid dream because of the lucid dreaming app? What reminders did you use?
It is very likely that at the end of August I will have about 6 months to dedicate to my personal projects before going back to work. I want to spend this time wisely. If the lucid dreaming app does not work for lucid dream induction, I’d much better rework it as a sleep study tool to keep looking for the induction method that works.
Current status of the app:
- Stage 1 is complete - the app can detect dreaming
- Stage 2 – understand what’s happening during dreaming – in progress
- Stage 3 – understand how dreaming can be influenced
Understanding when the person is dreaming is not a simple task! I’m very glad that the app works. However, I don’t know how to interpret the results. Over the past 6 months I’ve looked into chronobiology, circadian rhythms, spoke to sound therapist, a sound healer, and read books on mood disorders. What I found is that the human brain is very weird, there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.
My initial assumptions about what sleep is and how it can be manipulated were wrong. Consider the example below:
This is the human biological clock, it is exhibited by every cell within a human body. It’s not a simple timer that one might think of, but a complex interaction of genes. It is impossible to change this clock instantly, and the results of clock manipulation are very likely to manifest themselves with a 2-3 day delay. How can one experiment with such clock while leading an ordinary life?
Here’s an article that describes the clock:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3138846/?tool=pubmed
The complexity of this task makes me wander – should I keep trying to build an app that tries to influence such a complex machinery? A LOT of people complain about the complexity of the interface of the current Singularity Experience app, and it seems that the actual machinery involved in the sleep/wake cycle is even more complex. Did the current app help you understand your sleep at least a little bit?
Thank you for your feedback and continuous support!