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Lucid Dream & How to Lucid Dream?Because brain activity during the dream state is the same as during a real life event, what you “learn” or “practice” in your lucid dream state is similar to the training and preparation you do in the waking world. Your neuronal patterns are already being conditioned.
At least half of all adults have had one lucid dream in their lifetime. Many have reported having lucid dreams without even trying. Often flying is associated with lucid dreams. With practice, lucid dreaming can be learned and achieved at your will.
Steps to Improving Lucid Dreaming
- First and foremost, you need to be able to recall your dreams and make a habit of journaling your dreams. In doing so, you familiarize yourself with your dream style, mood, and quality. Eventually, you learn to recognize that you are dreaming.
- Throughout the day, while you are awake, ask yourself, “Is this a dream?” anytime something odd happens or even when nothing out of the ordinary happens. The trick is not to answer the question with an immediate “Of course I am not dreaming!”. Come up with a consistent way to check if you are awake or asleep. For example, checking the time on a clock and then quickly check it again. If you are dreaming, the time will always dramatically change at the second glance. Or, if you are reading something, look away and then read it again. Again, if you dreaming, whatever you are reading will be completely different when you look at it the second time. As you keep asking yourself this question during the day, the question will become second nature. Eventually, you will automatically ask the question in your dreams. When you do your check to see if you are awake or asleep, you are well on your way to lucidity.
- Utilize a counting method to enter lucidity. As you are laying down to go to sleep, start counting. One, I am dreaming. Two, I am dreaming. Three, I am dreaming. At some point, you will say, fifty-one, I am dreaming, and by then you are really dreaming.
- Identify your dream signals. These are objects, images or actions in your dream that serve as cues or markers to let you know that you are dreaming. Anything can be a dream signal and is unique to each individual dreamer. It may help to read through your dream journal and select an image that constantly appears in your dreams. By selecting a recurring image, then it has a better chance of appearing in your future dreams. When you are ready for bed, tell yourself that “when I see an apple, then I know I am dreaming.” or whatever dream signal you have chosen.
- Use your dream signs to let you know that you are dreaming. When an anomaly or something impossible occurs in your dream, do not ignore it or try to rationalize it. Let this odd occurrence be an indicator that you are dreaming. Some common dream signs include flying, walking through walls or the appearance of someone who is dead in real life.
- Finally, encourage your lucid dreams, but do not force them, as your efforts may have an opposite effect. You may use the above techniques in conjunction with one another. Tell yourself that you will have a lucid dream tonight. It is important to relax and be patient.
…or How to Lucid DreamDream lucidity is awareness that you are dreaming. This awareness can range from a faint recognition of the fact to a momentous broadening of perspective. Lucid dreams usually occur while a person is in the middle of a regular dream and suddenly realizes that they are dreaming. This is called a dream-initiated lucid dream. A wake-initiated lucid dream occurs when you go from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness. In either case, the dreams tend to be more bizarre and emotional than regular dreams. Most importantly, you will have at least some ability to control your “dream self” and the surrounding dream.
Method 1 of 3: Using Dream Awareness Techniques1 – Keep a dream journal. Keep it close by your bed at night, and write down your dream immediately after waking, or the emotions and sensations you experience right when you wake up. This will train you to remember more of your dreams, which is important for lucid dreaming. Plus, there’s not much point in controlling your dreams if you forget the experience before the morning.
- Alternatively, keep a recording device by your bed.
- You might remember more of your dream if you stay still for a few minutes concentrating on the memory, before you start writing.
- Read a page of text or the time on a clock, look away, then look back again. In dreams, the text or time will be blurry or nonsensical, or will be different each time you look.
- Pinch your nose, close your mouth, and test whether you can still breathe.
- Simply look at your hands and feet. These are often distorted in dreams when you inspect them closely.
- Some people like to combine this step with a reality check by staring at their hands for a few minutes before they go to sleep.
- You probably know some of these already. Common dream events include losing your teeth, being chased by something large, or going into public without clothes on.
- Note that most lucid dreams occur while the person is fully asleep, usually because he notices a bizarre event and realizes he’s in a dream. This is just an alternate trigger that starts off about 25% of lucid dreams.
- You don’t want to actually wake yourself up (unless you try the Wake Back to Bed method below). Keep the light alarm more than arm’s reach away from your bed, and/or cover it with a sheet to dim the light.
Method 2 of 3: Using the Wake Back to Bed Method1 – Know when lucid dreams most commonly occur. Lucid dreams, and vivid dreams in general, almost always occur during REM sleep, the deep sleep phase characterized by Rapid Eye Movement. The first REM phase typically occurs ninety minutes after you first fall asleep, with additional phases roughly every ninety minutes afterward. The goal of this method is to wake up during a REM phase, then fall back asleep and continue the dream aware that you are dreaming.
- You won’t be able to time your phases exactly unless you visit a sleep lab or have a very dedicated night owl watching your eyelids all night. More realistically, just keep repeating the method below until you catch yourself in REM phase.
- This can be difficult to balance with the step below, which interrupts your sleep in the middle of the night. If you have trouble falling back asleep, try a different method instead, or limit your attempts to once or twice a week.
4 – Stay awake for a while. Write down your dream if you were having one, make yourself a snack, or just get up and walk around for a while. Your goal is to get your conscious mind active and alert, while your body is still full of sleep hormones.
- One study shows that staying awake for somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes gives the highest chance of a lucid dream.
6 – Try other concentration techniques. If your mind wanders while trying to “catch” the dream, or if you don’t remember the dream at all, instead try focusing on the movement of your fingers. Use a pattern of small movements, such as “index finger up, middle finger down, middle finger up, index finger down.” Repeat this rhythmic movement until you fall asleep.
Method 3 of 3: Using Additional Techniques1 – Meditate. Before going to sleep, meditate in a quiet, dark room. Taking a meditation training course may give better results, but to start out, just pay attention to your breathing, or imagine ascending or descending stairs. The goal is to stop thinking and enter a quiet, comfortable state, and from there slip into a lucid dream.
- Keep in mind that “Wake Induced” lucid dreams are rarer and more difficult than dreams that become lucid after you’re already asleep.
- There are many meditation guide videos online specifically designed to help you lucid dream.
- Spin your dream body around or fall backwards. Some people report that this helps, although the reason is unknown.
- In the dream, rub your hands together. This can distract you from the sensations of your actual body.
- Continue doing whatever you were doing before the dream became unstable, asserting that you are still in the dream. This is much less effective than the techniques above.
- Binaural beats can come with soothing background music, or just the beat itself.
5 – Consider taking galantamine. Galantamine, a drug synthesized from the snowdrop plant, may be the most effective drug for inducing lucid dreaming. Take 4 to 8 mg in the middle of the night for best results; taking it before bed can worsen sleep quality and cause unpleasant dreams. Due to this possibility and the unpleasant side effects listed below, galantamine is only recommended as an occasional supplement.
- Talk to a doctor first if you have any medical issues. Galantamine can worsen existing conditions such as asthma or heart problems.
- This drug also increases the chance of sleep paralysis, a harmless but often terrifying experience of being awake for several minutes without being able to move your muscles.
- Check with your doctor first if you are taking any medications, or if you have a disorder involving bleeding, the stomach, the intestines, or the heart.
- This drug sometimes causes people to wake up in the night, so it may be counterproductive if you’re a light sleeper.
- Lucid dreaming is a skill that must be learned, and even people who lucid dream regularly may only do so once or twice a month. Be patient and continue using these techniques, and the chance and frequency of lucid dreaming will gradually increase.
- If you sometimes get “false awakenings” while dreaming, get in the habit of performing a reality check (such as trying to read a book) as soon as you wake up. Otherwise, a false awakening can turn a lucid dream into an ordinary one.
- When you do lucid dream, consider waking up intentionally after a few minutes. This increases your chance of remembering the dream.
- Do not drink any fluids for one hour prior to sleeping. The last thing you want is to wake up from successfully lucid dreaming just because you had to use the bathroom.
- If you find the dream is not going how you want it to, “close your eyes” for a bit in the dream, then open them forcefully. Repeat until you wake up.
- If you think you are losing control, shout out what you want to happen next very loudly until you regain control or it happens.
- Lucid dreaming can cause sleep paralysis, in which you remain conscious and aware of your surroundings during the transition from sleep to wakefulness, but are not able to move your muscles. This is harmless, but often terrifying, especially as it can be accompanied by hallucinations of a strange presence in the room. Some muscles are often less affected than others, so concentrate on wiggling your toes or swallowing and stay calm until the hallucinations stop.
- If you get very excited during your lucid dream, you might wake up suddenly. To attempt to return, shut your eyes and focus on your dream. If you are caught partway through waking up, but still “in” your dream self, spin around or rub your hands.
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