How To Have Lucid Dreams:
Lucid dreams are to fantasise as you are aware. This awareness can take the form of a vague recognition of this state or a temporary widening of your perspective.
Lucid dreams usually occur while a person is in the middle of a common dream and realises suddenly that he/she is dreaming. This is called a lucid dream. A lucid dream initiated by a sleep state occurs when switching from a normal waking state to a dream state with no apparent loss of consciousness.
In each of these cases, your dream looks weirder and more emotional than your usual dreams. The most important aspect is that you will have some ability to control what you do in the dream and the environment of the dream. Interestingly, lucid dreams can also be induced. In this article, we will learn methods of how to have lucid dreams.
Use methods of consciousness during the dream:
Keep a journal of your dreams. Keep it by your bed at night and write your dreams there immediately after you wake up or emotions and sensations you felt after you awake.
This will cause you to remember more often that you dreamed, which is important to train yourself to have lucid dreams. Besides, there is no real interest in wanting to control your dreams if you forget what happened once you wake up.
Alternatively, you can also keep a tape recorder by your bed.
You may also remember details of your dreams if you stay quiet for a few minutes to focus your memory before you start writing.
Check the reality several times a day. Every two or three hours, ask yourself if you are dreaming and make one of these in your state verification techniques. With enough training, you get to follow your dream habits and you will know if you’re dreaming or not.
Read a page of text or time on a clock. Look in another direction, then look again. In a dream, the lines of text will appear blurred and will not be meaningful or time on the clock will be different.
Pinch your nose, close your mouth and see if you can still breathe.
Just look at your hands and feet. They appear distorted in dreams when you observe them closely.
Repeat to yourself, ‘I will be aware that I am dreaming’ every time you fall asleep. Every night when you fall asleep, repeat to yourself: I know I’m dreaming or a similar sentence until you head off from your consciousness. This technique is called mnemonic induction of lucid dreaming.
The mnemonic induction means using techniques that rely on your memory, in this case, a repetitive phrase that turns your awareness of the state of sleep in automatic habit. Some people like to combine this step with a reality check by looking at their hands for a few minutes before going to bed.
Learn to recognise the signs of personal dreams. Read your newspaper regularly and watch for recurring dream signs. There are situations or recurring events you might see in your dreams. Familiarise yourself with these signs and you could then recognise your dreams and understand that you are dreaming.
You probably already know some of these signs. The common dreams often include loss of your teeth, something wide that you continue or exit in public without wearing clothes.
Go back to sleep after you woke up from a dream. When you wake up and remember your dream, write it in your diary, then close your eyes and focus on your dream. Imagine you are in your dream, look at a sign or fact checker and realise that it was a dream. Hold that thought while you fall asleep again, and you might get into a lucid dream.
Be aware that most lucid dreams occur when the person is completely asleep, usually because he/she notices a strange event and realises that it is a dream. It’s just another trigger that occurs only about 25% of the dream.
Consider buying a light alarm. Visit the Internet and buy a light alarm rather than an audible alarm or even a specialised alarm designed to induce lucid dreams.
Set it to go off 4, 5 or 6 hours after you are asleep or set it to go off every hour if possible. Although the sound, touch or other stimuli during REM sleep can also make you aware that you are dreaming, one study showed that light is more efficient to achieve this result.
You do not want to wake up (unless you try the method described below which consists of waking up to go to bed). Place the warning light at a slightly greater distance than the length of your arm and cover it with a cloth to filter the light.
Use the recovery method to get back to sleep:
Know when lucid dreams are most likely to occur. Lucid dreams and all realistic dreams, in general, are almost always held during REM sleep.
The first REM sleep occurs usually 90 minutes after the subject is asleep, and these phases are repeated roughly every 90 minutes. The goal of this method is to wake up during REM sleep, then go back to sleep to continue your dream consciously.
You cannot time the phases accurately unless you place tests in a specialised laboratory, or you ask someone to watch you all night. The most realistic approach is to proceed as described until you get to wake up during REM sleep.
Encourage your body to have more REM sleep. There are many ways to increase your amount of REM sleep. One of the most efficient methods which allow observing more frequent REM appearances is to set a sleep schedule and sleeping long enough to feel well-rested when you wake up.
It can be difficult to find a good balance in this step below since it is to interrupt your sleep in the middle of the night. If you have trouble falling asleep after you awake, try a different method or limit your testing to once or twice a week.
Wake up in the middle of the night. Set one of your alarms to ring at 4, 5, 6 or 7 hours when you are asleep. You’re more likely to find yourself in REM sleep during those moments, even though it may be difficult to predict. You will probably be waking up at 6 or 7 AM, as later phases of REM sleep last longer and are more likely to contain realistic or lucid dreams.
Stay awake for a while. Write down your dreams if you had one, prepare a snack or simply get up and walk for a while. Your goal is to put your consciousness in an active state and alert while your body is still full of sleep hormones.
One study showed that you most likely to have lucid dreams if you stay awake for 30 to 60 minutes.
Focus on the dream, close your eyes and go back to sleep. If you remember your dream, think of it as you go back to sleep and imagine yourself going to continue this dream. Although it takes some time before happened, you have a good chance of making a lucid dream.
Try other concentration techniques. If your mind wanders while you try to catch your dream or you do not remember any of your dreams, try to focus on the movement of your finger. Use small movements, e.g. forefinger, middle finger dropped, middle finger raised, index finger declined. Repeat this rhythmic motion until you fall asleep.