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Sigmund app delivers aliens, mermaids to your dreams

If you've ever wanted to parachute into a castle with a camel, then the Sigmund iOS app is for you. It aims to sculpt your dreams with words whispered while you sleep.

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Sigmund whispers dream suggestions while you sleep. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

You could hire a dream specialist to sit beside your bed and whisper dream-altering commands at you all night long, or you could pick up the Sigmund app for iOS for 99 cents.

I had a dream a few weeks ago where I was having a hard time breathing, like the atmosphere was incredibly thick. I woke up to find a cat weighing down my chest. External stimuli can impact the content of your dreams.

That's the thinking behind Sigmund. The app uses an algorithm to determine when you go into REM sleep and then whispers sweet nothings into your ear. Actually, it quietly speaks up to five words of your choosing from the app's list.

There's an emphasis on words with strong visual correlations, such as "zebra," "mermaid," and "Los Angeles." I'm going to try out a combination of absinthe, accordion, encyclopedia, hurricane, and octopus, and then see what happens.

Sigmund also acts as an alarm clock so you can escape from the barbarian croissants chasing you across Paris. I do see one big omission from the word list. There is no "zombie."

Still, the available words give you plenty of flexibility when it comes to programming dream suggestions. Pair this app with the Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask, and you should by flying across Amsterdam on a blue anaconda in no time.