The idea of being able to control your own dreams may seem like just a plot from a recent Hollywood movie to some people, but it is actually a very real thing. Lucid dreaming, or the ability to control your dreams, is a skill that can actually be learned. However, it is known to be difficult and requires training. Less than 100,000 people in the United States are estimated to have this ability.
True research into lucid dreaming began taking place in 1959 at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. In 1989 Paul Tholey wrote a paper about a technique he used to induce lucid dreams called the reflection technique. Current dream researchers have expanded on this technique, which they call reality testing. It involves practice at recognizing odd occurrences or "dream signs" that are indicators of being in a dream. Another current technique for inducing lucid dreams is called the MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams) technique. If you want to know more about this technique check this website out. http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/mnemonic-induction-of-lucid-dreams.html
The most interesting part about lucid dreaming is that it can have real world applications. For example, lucid dreaming can help people in overcoming nightmares, increasing self-confidence, improving mental health, and more. Lucid dreaming is basically a simulation of the real world so the possibilities for the future of this practice are endless.