Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had the option to choose what we dream about and at what time? The creators of the newly launched iPhone app Sigmund would like to believe that it is indeed possible for people to customize their own dreams by using this app.
An invention of students from Harvard and MIT, Sigmund works with the philosophy that dreams are based on words or ideas that circulate in a person’s subconscious during his or her sleep cycle. The app contains a lists of words from which users can choose words or themes that they want to make a part of their dreams. These words are repeated at specified instances when the person is sleeping, triggering the brain to respond in the form of dreams related to these words.
According to a report on CNN, 34-40 percent of users on which the app was tried showed successful results. The app developers do not regard Sigmund as a way to let themselves get lost in a fantasy world, but to help people struggling with repeated nightmares to deal with them in a better way. What could be considered a shortcoming of the app are the different connotations in which the words fall. For instance, words like ‘romance’ or ”adventure’ can go out of control, further complicating the dream cycle. Moreover, words like ‘mountain’ or ‘flying’ may seem liberating and soothing but they may have a nightmarish impact for someone with a fear of heights.
The dreams can be timed by setting an alarm starting from the time you plan to sleep to the time you want to wake up.
Sigmund can be bought for $0.99 from iTunes.