Researchers Emulate ‘Alien and UFO Encounters’ In Sleep Study

A recent study performed by the Phase Research Center in Moscow looked into a possible connection between REM sleep states, lucid dreaming, and “contact” with space aliens.

“Alien and UFO encounters (AUEs) have been a well-known part of human culture for centuries, but we are still unsure of their nature. Some studies suggest that in some such encounters, these phenomena could be related to dissociative REM sleep states, like lucid dreams (LDs), sleep paralysis (SP), and out-of-body experiences (OBEs). The present research focuses on the hypothesis that if some of AUEs are indeed the products of REM sleep, then they could be deliberately emulated by LD practitioners.”

The researchers tasked 152 participants with attempting to lucid dream while specifically focusing on contact with aliens. 114 (75%) managed to do just that, and their reports of the experience included a number of similarities with what past witnesses have reported during “real” alien encounters.

At least one person reported speaking with aliens aboard their space craft. Overall, 61% “encountered alien-like creatures,” and 28% saw UFOs. For those who experienced the most realistic lucid dreams (around 20%), they reported intense feelings of fear and sleep paralysis.

According to the study summary, “In theory, random people might spontaneously encounter AUEs during REM sleep and confuse the events with reality.”

Is it possible that at least some UFO or alien encounters are simply momentary dreams? Is it possible aliens can be contacted through dreaming? You can check out the full study paper right over here.


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.