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Given how dreams are a way for the brain to process the day and make connections to other things, creating the new neural circuits to support new things you have learned, doesn't altering the normal course of that also mess with that circuit building?

It's not uncommon for lucid dreamers to report feeling their head hurt (inside the dream), and from my experience physical discomfort within a dream is a signal from your brain that something is actually wrong with your body or with the environment. Like when you hear a loud sound and there's actually something loud outside in the world, so it's the way the brain can pass the real stimulae into your sleep so you can wake up and react to them.

I feel there should be at least some order of research or insight into this matter, as many people embark on lucid dreaming eagerly but they might well be interfering with one of their most precious processes. So does lucid dreaming hurt the learning process in any way?

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closed as off topic by Rory Alsop Oct 25 '12 at 23:03

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This is not on topic here. I am not sure we have a site where this would be on topic. Skeptics would be closest, but only if there was a notable claim that was published somewhere. – Rory Alsop Oct 25 '12 at 23:04
I'm sorry, but it seems to me skeptics would be challenging the assumption of lucid dreaming on the first place, not assuming it to be true and then asking a question on top of that, as I have. If you're in the mood of closing out every question on Producivity.SE which is about a practice unbacked by science, you might as well close most all the Pomodoro questions, and I urge you to close this most successful question about Polyphasic sleep (…), wholly disputed by sleep scientists. – Vic Goldfeld Oct 26 '12 at 1:35
Just to finish, I think you're doing a great disservice to an already limited community. Lucid Dreaming would, by any productivity freak (as I am), be completely on-topic here. In fact our community struggles because it's failing to attract such minded people, and you're not helping the least. On top of that, my question is ultimately about learning, and I can point you to a few dozen other learning questions here that haven't been closed. In short, learning and creativity are highly on topic here. Productivity.SE is about hacking life, mind and body, and it saddens me to see your decision. – Vic Goldfeld Oct 26 '12 at 1:39
The problem with this question is that it doesn't touch on productivity at all. There are definitely questions on lucid dreaming which could be on topic, but your question isn't one of them. Your first two paragraphs describe a premise and your final one basically says 'is there any research into it' - please have a look at the FAQ for how to ask good questions on this site. – Rory Alsop Oct 26 '12 at 7:05
My question proper makes itself known in the title, but I've echoed it in the final paragraph if you've taken issue with directing this towards asking for research. In any case you had previously put bluntly "This is not on topic here" which seems not to be the case, and doesn't communicate the real issue you've closed it for which is "This needs to be rephrased", if I understand you correctly. Also, not 'touching' productivity at all is quite the bold assertion. How is it not that informing oneself about whether a given body hack will get in the way of learning be anything but productivity? – Vic Goldfeld Oct 26 '12 at 7:41