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Before going to bed you indicate the type of dream you would like to have and when you want to wake up. You then place your iPhone on your bed and go to sleep. Dream:ON then activates and begins monitoring your sleep pattern.
When Dream:ON senses that you are dreaming, it plays a 'soundscape' that has been carefully designed to help create your desired dream. Whilst your chosen soundscape is playing, Dream:ON continues to monitor your movement and adjusts the volume accordingly to ensure you're not woken up.
Before going to bed, the user selects the time they want to wake up and chooses their ideal dream scenario.
Author: Psychology professor Richard Wiseman helped develop the software
They then put their phone face down on the mattress – ideally close to their head – and it uses a motion sensor to detect when the sleeper is dreaming.
During the night, we pass through cycles made up of three different stages of sleep. During deep and light sleep, the first two stages, we are restless in bed.
But during rapid eye movement, or REM sleep – the time in which we dream – the brain paralyses the body so we don’t act out our dreams and harm ourselves. The app waits until the last period of REM sleep before the chosen waking time, then plays the soundscape.
Once this dreaming sleep is over, the app wakes up the user within a minute to increase the chances of them remembering the dream. They are invited to record their dream and submit a description into an online database.
Some of the soundscapes are designed to encourage ‘lucid dreaming’, where the sleeper is aware they are dreaming and can influence what happens.
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Originally posted by Schkeptick
I'm really curious (and worried!) about how in the world it would monitor you?
If my iPhone has those capabilities, I'm going to stop taking it to my bedroom at night...
Dream:ON is also a social experiment - in the morning Dream:ON presents you with a graph of your movement during the night, allows you to tag any of your friends who appeared in your dreams via Facebook (just like you would when you tag a picture)