Healthline: Scientists are increasingly making a connection between lucid dreaming and mental health.
Lucid dreaming may have positive effects on mental health for some people. An International Dream Research survey questioned 528 respondents about how they used lucid dreaming.
Common reasons for lucid dreaming included: problem solving, overcoming fears and nightmares, spiritual growth and inner work, cosmic adventuring, emotional, mental, and physical healing.
Many participants, particularly men and young people, used lucid dreams for wish fulfillment. Older dreamers and women were more likely to lucid dream for inner work or healing purposes.
When it came to how dreamers felt when they woke up, lucid dreaming led to neutral or, particularly in the case of wish fulfillment, positive moods.