Lucid Dreaming AN INTRODUCTION

A lucid dream is any dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.

Method 1: MILD

Mnemonic Induction to Lucid Dreaming (MILD)

Mnemonic induction simply means "using memory aids," or phrases that help you be aware that you're dreaming.

  • Some people like to combine this step with reality checks by staring at their hands for a few minutes before they fall asleep.

Method 2: WILD

Wake Induced Lucid Dream Technique (WILD)

The wild lucid dreaming technique involves keeping your mind awake while your body shuts down and goes to sleep.

  • The basics of this technique are to stay focused, keep concentrating on staying awake, while letting your body go into what is called ‘sleep paralysis’.

Tips

KEEP A DREAM JOURNAL

Keep it close by your bed at night, and write down your dream immediately after waking, or write about the feelings you may have experienced right when you woke up. This will allow you to remember your dreams with increased vividness and detail which is important for lucid dreaming.

FREQUENT REALITY CHECKS

Every few hours during the day, ask yourself "Am I dreaming?" and perform one of the following reality checks. With enough practice, you'll start following the habit in your dreams as well, cluing you in to the fact that you're dreaming.

  • Simply look at your hands and feet. These are often distorted in dreams when you inspect them closely.
  • Pinch your nose, close your mouth, and test whether you can still breathe.
  • 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.

Drift back to sleep

When you wake up and remember your dream, write it down in your dream journal, then close your eyes and focus on the dream. Imagine that you were in the dream, noticed a dream sign or reality check, and realized it was a dream. Hold on to this thought as you drift back to sleep, and you may enter a lucid dream.

  • 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.

Consider Additional Techniques

Meditation

Before going to sleep, meditate in a quiet, dark room. 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 more rare and difficult than dreams that become lucid after you've already gone to sleep.

Binaural Beats

A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically.

Most would-be lucid dreamers use beats that mimic Theta brain waves, which occur in REM sleep, but some swear by Gamma or Alpha beats instead, or a progression through several types.

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