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How to master lucid dreaming
Dreaming while aware of the state
Lucid dreaming is dreaming while completely aware that everything around you is a dream. When you realize you are dreaming, anything is possible. When one is asleep, the subconscious takes over. When you are aware your conscious comes into play, allowing you to make changes to every aspect of the environment, people, even yourself. Many who use this technique benefit by learning how to cope with life's difficulties by interpreting them while sleeping.
When someone is having a lucid dream, their beta-1 frequency band is high (13-19 Hz). The beta frequencies are associated with awakeness, alertness, and concentration. Overall, its a conscious process. When a person learns how to master lucid dreaming, they must be able to "wake up in their dream" if you will.
Common stage of sleep for lucid dreams
In order to learn how to master lucid dreaming, you must first understand the different stages of sleep. Altogether there are four stages in the process of sleep. These stages fall under two main stages. Rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep) and non rapid eye movement sleep (NREM). So which form is the best time to practice lucid dreaming?
The first stage is between wakefulness and sleepiness. Its called polysomnography which is the reduction of wakefulness and stage 1 sleep. The second stage is light sleep where brain activity shows positive and negative waves. Muscles relax, body temperature lowers and the heart rate decreases, which is the process leading to a deeper sleep. Stages 3 and 4 are the deeper stages of sleep, commonly known as delta sleep. These stages are apart of N-REM sleep and leads to REM sleep, which is where most dreams occur.
REM sleep occurs during the first 2 hours of sleep. This is when the individual is dreaming. Scientists believe REM occurs when the person is looking around in their dreams. Whatever direction a person looks at while dreaming, that's where the eyes go. Those who are deprived of sleep are most likely to fall into REM faster than those who rest regularly. This doesn't mean that one will be able to perform lucid dreaming or even remember if they had a basic dream. Training is the best option and it could take a long time to learn how to master lucid dreaming.
How to master lucid dreaming techniques
There are two types of lucid dreams; from dream to lucid, and from wake directly to lucid. Many say its easier to have this encounter if you are already asleep but I can't protest nor confirm this. This is a time consuming project that may take months to learn. Make sure you have plenty of time to sleep. I learned this from a Wikihow article on the topic. The following are separate techniques that can help you and are not meant to be followed in any particular order.
- Throughout your day ask yourself "am I dreaming?" If you continue to do this it will become a habit, even while you're dreaming.
- Jot down your dreams. This helps you realize the different types of dreams you have and can help you identify a dream, entering lucid dreaming.
- Take a nap a few hours after waking up in the morning. Sleep earlier at night if you have to or wake up earlier via alarm clock to make time.
- Set your alarm clock 5 hours after you fall asleep. Remember as much of your dream as possible when you wake up. Remind yourself you will be aware you are dreaming in any way you choice and go back to sleep. Remember the longer it takes, the better your chances.
- Mark an "A" on your palm mentally. Every time you notice the A on your hand while awake go back to sleep. You may see it in your sleep and you'll be lucid dreaming.
For more information on how to master lucid dreaming, check out this Wiki How