Lucid dreaming incidence: A quality effects meta-analysis of 50years of research

Conscious Cogn. 2016 Jul;43:197-215. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2016.06.002. Epub 2016 Jun 20.


We report a quality effects meta-analysis on studies from the period 1966-2016 measuring either (a) lucid dreaming prevalence (one or more lucid dreams in a lifetime); (b) frequent lucid dreaming (one or more lucid dreams in a month) or both. A quality effects meta-analysis allows for the minimisation of the influence of study methodological quality on overall model estimates. Following sensitivity analysis, a heterogeneous lucid dreaming prevalence data set of 34 studies yielded a mean estimate of 55%, 95% C. I. [49%, 62%] for which moderator analysis showed no systematic bias for suspected sources of variability. A heterogeneous lucid dreaming frequency data set of 25 studies yielded a mean estimate of 23%, 95% C. I. [20%, 25%], moderator analysis revealed no suspected sources of variability. These findings are consistent with earlier estimates of lucid dreaming prevalence and frequent lucid dreaming in the population but are based on more robust evidence.

Keywords: Frequency; Frequent; Incidence; Lucid dreaming; Meta-analysis; Prevalence; Quality-effects.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Awareness / physiology*
  • Dreams / physiology*
  • Dreams / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Research*