Have you ever wanted to escape into the world of the dream?
All of us are capable of dreaming,
but sometimes, it feels like our dreams are controlling us.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term,
lucid dreaming is when an individual,
is fully aware that they’re dreaming while they’re asleep.
this allows you to have a certain degree of control over
what happens in your dream when you know you’re in one.
Lucid dreaming can especially come in handy
when you have reoccurring nightmares,
have a desire to speak to a loved one who’s passed away
or when you want to problem-solve creatively.
Sounds cool, right?
Here are 7 steps that can help you lucid dream.
Keep a dream journal.
Even if you don’t fully remember all the details of your dreams,
it’s good to get in the habit of writing what you can recall.
You can start off by jotting down
fragments of sensory information that stood out to you,
who was in your dream, what were they wearing,
were there particular sense or fragrances that you remember?
What was the environment like?
Did you hear any music?
What emotions did you feel?
One perspective that may be helpful to adapt is to
consider your dreams as a memory
that you’re stepping back into.
When you get in the habit of
writing down what you remember,
you can start to look for dream signs or patterns,
which can be a tool to analyze your thoughts.
Auto-suggestion is when the dreamer suggests to themselves that
they will have a lucid dream right before they fall asleep.
This serves as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The more you expect yourself to participate in lucid dreaming,
the stronger the likelihood is.
the dreamer suggests that they will lucid a dream
while they are relaxing
and work on clearing their mind before they fall asleep.
You are what you think after all.
Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD).
Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams
is done right before the dreamer falls asleep.
The sleeper rehearses the dream
and imagines what they will be in it.
Then you can say phrases such as,
”The next time that I dream,
I want to remember that I’m dreaming”.
It’s similar to auto-suggestion
with the aspect of self-fulfilling prophecy,
but includes a mantra that they repeat
right before they fall asleep.
According to a study of the University of Adelaide,
researchers found that participants
who used the MILD technique
and said their mantra five minutes prior to falling asleep
had the best rates of lucidity.
Participants who took longer to fall asleep
were less likely to lucid dream using this method.
Wake up back to bed involves the dreamer waking up
in the middle of the night before their usual wake-up time
and having them stay awake between a half hour
to two hours before returning to sleep.
This technique increases your alertness
and due to your natural sleep pattern,
you will enter an REM cycle faster than you typically would.
This in turn will help you lucid dream
because lucid dreams occur the most during REM sleep.
From the sleep study,
researchers have concluded that
combining the techniques of both WBTB and MILD
is most effective at generating lucid dreaming
in a one-week period.
But, we’re not sure
if you want to sacrifice your sleep to test this out.
When the dreamer does a reality check,
they ask themselves whether they’re dreaming
while they are awake and look for signs
in their immediate environment
that indicate they are in fact awake.
For instance, you can jump up in the air or check the clock.
In real life, when you jump up,
you will immediately come back down.
But in dreams, you may stay in the air or float.
And when you check the clock,
the time will barely move in real life,
but in dreams when you check it,
the time may be drastically different each time.
The intention of using reality checks
is to help you recognize reality from dreaming more easily.
But researchers from the sleep study discovered that
it’s least effective when used alone.
To ensure a stronger likelihood of lucid dreaming,
we recommend combining it with other techniques.
Intention involves the dreamer imagining that
they’re in a dreamlike situation and recognizing the dream
right before they fall asleep.
This technique can be helpful
for those who experience reoccurring nightmares.
When you use this method,
it can help you switch over to a more favorable dream.
By setting up what you wish to dream up
with visualization techniques,
you’re more likely to experience that dream
when you do fall asleep.
External stimulation used during REM sleep
can influence one to participate in lucid dreaming.
This is because the dreamer can rely on the external cue
to remind them that they are asleep and dreaming.
The most popular external cue people often use is a sleep mask.
This is because it’s directly in contact with ones skin
to remind the dreamer that they are asleep.
By investing in a good sleep mask,
you can increase your likelihood of lucid dreaming.
Have you ever been able to control your dreams?
Did you use any of these steps to make it happen?
Let us know in the comments below.
And as always, thank you for your continued support.