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Everything You Need To Know To Lucid Dream
What Lucid Dreaming Is
Lucid dreaming is being aware that you are dreaming and controlling it. There are no limits in your dreams, and once you control it you have unlimited power. You can experience things you could never experience in reality.
The Stages Of Sleep
Your body goes through 5 stages of sleep in one sleep cycle.
Stage 1: A light sleep where you can be woken easily. During this stage twitches or jerks of your body may occur. Also hypnagogic hallucinations, but I'll talk about those later.
Stage 2: Brainwave frequencies lower with sleep spindles or short bursts of brain activity.Sleep paralysis occurs in this stage of dreamless sleep.
Stage 3: Deep sleep begins. It becomes more difficult to be woken during this stage, but if you are you will mostly experience sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is the feeling of being groggy and tired after being woken. Sleepwalking is most likely to occur in this dreamless stage of sleep.
Stage 4: Children may suffer bed-wetting during this stage of deep sleep. This stage is where your body does most of it's rejuvenating. This stage usually only lasts for around 30 minutes. Stages 2 and 3 are repeated after stage 4 before going into stage 5
Stage 5: Also known as REM sleep or "rapid eye movement". This is the stage where most of the dreaming happens. Brain activity is increased and muscles become more relaxed. This is the optimal time for lucid dreaming.
The Dream Journal
Keeping a dream journal is crucial. This may be a long term step, but it's the most important and will help with more consistent lucid dreaming. There are many ways you can keep a dream journal. You can write in a notebook or there are even apps for smartphones you can use as dream journals. I use Dream Keeper because once my alarm goes i off i can save my dream in the app right away. However you keep it remember to record the date and key points of the dream that will help you recall the dream when you look back at your writing later. Keeping a dream journal does several things to help you with lucid dreaming. First of all, it helps you channel your energy into thinking about and remembering your dreams. The more you are surrounded by thought of your dreams the better. Also it allows you to see patterns in your dreams that will help you achieve lucidity, but more on that later.
This has probably been one of the most effective techniques in helping me achieve lucidity. Anyone trying to lucid dreams should do reality checks. A reality check is basically something you do to check if you're dreaming or not. This could be pinching yourself to see if it hurts, trying to read something, or checking the time. If something is weird like you don't feel pain or reading time doesn't make sense than you're dreaming. It's important to do this regularly so it becomes a habit because then you might do a reality check in your dream and BAM! Once you do that you will achieve lucidity.
Now that you have increased your dream awareness and have gotten into the habit of doing reality checks, it's time to try becoming lucid. There are a number of methods of inducing lucidity. Some very popular ones are explained below.
The WBTB or "Wake Back To Bed" method is a fairly simple method that is great for beginners.
1. Wake up five or six hours after falling asleep.
2. When you wake up, get out of bed, and stay awake for about 30-40 minutes. If possible keep your mind on lucidity by reading content about lucid dreaming.
3. Go back to sleep. As you're falling asleep keep telling yourself "I will be aware I'm dreaming" or something along those lines. Continue to think this until you fall asleep.
This method works because when you go back to sleep you go right back into REM sleep. Also you stimulate your brain and you retain your consciousness in your dreams
The MILD or Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming method was created by Stephen Laberge.
1. Wake up 4-7 hours after falling asleep.
2. When you wake up try to remember as much of your dream as possible.
3. Go back to sleep. While falling asleep imagine yourself back in your previous dream while, similarly to the WBTB method, tell yourself "I will be aware that I'm dreaming". If your mind starts to wander, bring yourself back to the dream.
This works because you essentially sink your intention of lucid dreaming into your subconscious and you will remember it while you are dreaming.
The WILD or Wake Initiated Lucid Dream method is basically maintaining your awareness while sleeping.
1. Wake up about five hours after falling asleep.
2. Once you wake up relax your entire body. Start from your head all the way to your toes. Get rid of any tension in your muscles.
3. Close your eyes and eventually you will start seeing distorted colors and patterns. Don't try to control these. These are called hypnagogic hallucinations. This is completely normal.
4. Soon more vivid images will appear such as places or objects. Stay calm and relaxed. These images are how dreams are formed.
5. Now the images will be extremely vivid and realistic. You most likely won't be able to move at this point. You have to keep remembering that you are dreaming, and eventually you will enter a dream. If you maintained your awareness you should be completely lucid.
This method is more difficult than the previous ones, but it is very powerful and leads to a strong consciousness in your dream.
Things To Help You Achieve Lucidity
- Mark the letter "A" on your hand, and whenever you see it perform a reality check. Hopefully this will happen in your dream, and you will achieve lucidity.
- Foods can help induce lucid dreams. Try orange/apple juice, milk, cheese, and mustard. Eating these foods before sleeping can increase the chance of having lucid dreams. Also Vitamin B6 such as bananas and fish.
- Some drugs can further help having lucid dreams. For example Huperzine-A and melatonin.
Controlling Your Dreams
There a lot of things you can do once you become lucid. Everything is possible in a dream, from flying to talking to talking to your subconscious. Below are some popular things people do in lucid dreams.
How To Fly
Flying dreams are very popular thing people do when first becoming lucid. However it can be hard to control at times. The best way to learn to fly in your dreams is to get a running start. While running start jumping higher and higher until you take off. The most important thing is to convince yourself you can fly otherwise you may fall. You can also use things such as jet packs to help you.
Changing The Environment
You may find yourself in an undesirable scenery such as a desert. You may want to change the things around you, and there are many ways you can do this. You can use a portal or a dream door. Just imagine where you want to go, and walk through the door. You can also imagine the scene behind you and just turn around. The most important thing again is to believe the scenery will change.
How To Talk To Your Self Conscious
You can learn a lot from yourself. You can attain more insights about who you are. The best way to do this is to imagine a friendly avatar that you would like to talk to. This can be an animal or even just yourself. You can ask this image anything and see what you can discover about yourself.
Bin-aural Beats and Isochronic Tones
These are sound frequencies you can listen to. These stimulate certain brainwave frequencies and can help you relax and induce lucid dreams. Isochronic tones are usually more powerful and effective. Below will be some links to some isochronic tones you can try out.
When becoming lucid the first times, people often get excited and end up waking themselves up. There are several ways to extend the length of your dream. If you feel the dream fading try spinning around and reminding yourself you are dreaming. Also you can try rubbing your hands together, this prevents the feeling of laying in bed.
Benefits To Lucid Dreaming
Controlling your dreams can do a lot of great things for your physical and mental self. It can relieve stress and relax you. It can even improve memory and enhance your creativity. Also it can help you rid yourself of nightmares.
Remember It's Just A Dream
Every once and while remind yourself that you're in a dream and nothing can hurt you. Don't be afraid to try anything that you couldn't do in real life. Anything is possible, just go for it!