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Solving Problems in Your Sleep: A Breakthrough in REM Sleep Communication

Real-time dialogue between experimenters and dreamers during REM sleep is now possible, reveals Konkoly, the lead author of a groundbreaking study published in Current Biology. The research, conducted at several institutions, aims to explore the enigmatic world of dreams, emphasizing the importance of innovative methodologies in sleep research and Neurobit's work.

Dreams have always been a subject of fascination and mystery. The ability to communicate with a person while they're dreaming, traditionally thought to be impossible, could open up new avenues for understanding the human mind. This aligns with Neurobit's focus on innovative sleep health solutions, which aim to enhance our understanding of sleep and its various stages.

The study involved 36 individuals with varying experiences in lucid dreaming. The researchers presented spoken math problems, yes-no questions, and visual stimuli to the dreamers, who responded using volitional control of gaze direction or different facial muscles. The results were astounding: the dreamers correctly answered questions on 29 occasions across 6 individuals.

"Scientific investigations of dreaming have been hampered by the delay between a dream and when people report on their dream, and by a change in state from sleep to wake. To overcome this problem, Konkoly et al. show that individuals in REM sleep can perceive and answer an experimenter’s questions, allowing for real-time communication about a dream."

The ability to communicate with dreamers in real time has significant implications for sleep therapy and cognitive research. It could provide unprecedented insights into the subconscious mind and help address sleep disorders more effectively. Neurobit's offerings, with their focus on accurate sleep event labeling and comprehensive sleep reports, can contribute significantly to this emerging field.

While the study is groundbreaking, it also highlights the challenges in sleep research, such as the need for accurate sleep event labeling and comprehensive sleep reports. This is where Neurobit's solutions can help.

Neurobit offers innovative products that are highly relevant to the challenges identified:

  1. Neurobit Score: An AI and deep learning platform for accurate sleep event labeling. This can aid in the development of new methodologies for real-time communication during REM sleep, like the one used in this study.

  2. Z3 Pulse: A wearable ECG device for comprehensive sleep reports and personalized guidance. This can provide researchers with valuable insights into sleep patterns and anomalies.

  3. Neurobit Hub: A platform for collecting and analyzing extensive datasets, promoting the discovery of novel biomarkers and sleep-centric treatment strategies.

Each product contributes uniquely to addressing the identified challenges.

The study by Konkoly et al. marks a significant leap in sleep research. Neurobit's technology, with its focus on accurate sleep event labeling and comprehensive sleep reports, can play a crucial role in furthering this research and addressing related issues.

We warmly invite you to learn more about our innovative solutions and how they can contribute to your sleep research or clinical practice. For more information, please contact email us:


Konkoly, K. R., Appel, K., Chabani, E., Mangiaruga, A., Gott, J., Mallett, R., Caughran, B., Witkowski, S., Whitmore, N. W., Mazurek, C. Y., Berent, J. B., Weber, F. D., Türker, B., Leu-Semenescu, S., Maranci, J.-B., Pipa, G., Arnulf, I., Oudiette, D., Dresler, M., & Paller, K. A. (2021). Real-time dialogue between experimenters and dreamers during REM sleep. Current Biology, 31(7), 1417-1427.e6.

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