We all wish we could control what our dreams are at night, whether it's to pretend we have powers like Superman or simply to enjoy a relaxing stroll through a mansion on the Moon that happens to have a talking lion for a butler, complete with monocle. Sadly, we're still a long way away from programming our sleeping moments like a Netflix queue, but one Japanese app may have a quick solution. The Yumemiru app for iOS can detect when you enter dream sleep and then plays a soundtrack to influence what happens in your dreams.
It sounds like something from the movie Inception, but altering a person's dreams can reportedly be fairly simple. The app uses a timer and the Apple device's microphone to detect when a user has entered REM sleep, which is when they're most susceptible to dreaming. Then it begins to play a soundtrack for the specific type of dream that the user selects, which could include sound effects or voices directing their dream. The available dreams include walking through a forest, visiting the beach, flying, becoming rich, and even romances specified for both men and women.
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On top of that, Yumemiru also includes social functions for users to document and share the dreams the have, which also increases the chances of a person remembering their dream more fully. It also includes an alarm function, so you don't enjoy your dream for too long.
You can download the Yumemiru app right now in the App Store (though it might take some guess work to actually use it, since it is in Japanese).
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