Assume you have the ability to influence your dreams while you’re fast asleep? You can eat all the foods on the globe for free, travel the world, meet celebrities, and even have a philosophical chat with your dog. Fortunately, learning how to lucid dream opens the door to all of this and more.
To help you achieve lucid dreaming, we’re going to discuss several tried and true methods. A conscious dream can happen as early as tonight, even if you’re not yet an expert in the art of dream recall. Let’s go!
Lucid Dreaming – What is it?
A dream in which one is aware of one’s surroundings is known as a lucid dream. A new world might open up to you while you are in this frame of mind. During lucid dreaming, you have varying degrees of control, but at the very least, you will be strolling through a world that your subconscious mind has drawn while fully aware that you are in a dream.
Lucid dreams come in two flavors:
When you become aware of the fact that you’re dreaming, this is known as a “dream-initiated” dream.
An awakening-initiated lucid dream is a straight transition from waking life. This type is easier to manage and may be prepared for with a bit of experience and study.
The Perks of Lucid Dreaming
Craft Your Dreams Yourself
You are no longer constrained by irrational dreams concerning random events that happen to you over the course of the day. Instead, you can pick what images you wish to see before you go to bed. Despite the fact that you haven’t been to Paris, you’ll be amazed at the degree of detail your imagination can conjure up.
Dreaming in lucidity has no boundaries; it’s all in your head. You’ll be astounded at what you can do when your conscious and subconscious thoughts collaborate to build a new world. The possibility exists that you could even come up with an amazing, life-saving idea.
Meet Your Lost Loved Ones
In the wake of the death of a loved one, you may find solace in meeting them in a dream and participating in a dialogue with them, rather than simply being a passive observer. Dreams about our loved ones have occurred to many of us at some point.
When we wake up, we wonder why we spent so much time talking to them about how to empty the washer when we might have been having a bunch of interesting conversations instead.
Overcome Your Fears
Because there are no repercussions, this is the best moment to face your anxieties. You are impervious to harm while in a state of dreaming. If you’re terrified of heights, imagine yourself skydiving! If giving a speech in front of an audience causes you discomfort, imagine giving one that is met with a standing ovation.
Catch up with Your Subconscious
Unlike our conscious mind, our subconscious mind is far more powerful, and its programs are constantly operating in the background. It’s your subconscious that’s at work if you’ve attempted to overcome habits like addiction or self-sabotage and failed. A lucid dream allows you to speak with your subconscious and, in some cases, change its behavior.
Hone Your Motor Skills
You could “practice” and enhance your skills at something like playing a musical instrument by just dreaming about it. Learning new skills is easier when you practice in your dreams, so lucid dreaming is an excellent way to get started.
When you’re in a lucid state, you don’t have to worry about being startled awake by dreams you weren’t expecting. A better night’s sleep is made possible by fewer disturbances.
Whether or not you recall it, your subconscious mind is like a massive library of all of your past experiences. Even if you weren’t aware of what was going on around you, your subconscious mind is keeping track of it all and compiling it.
It’s possible that a lucid dream might provide the inspiration you’ve been looking for, especially if you’re working in a creative industry.
Say Bye to Nightmares
There’s no need to play the victim when you’re being hunted by a fire-breathing dragon. Instead, summon your sword, face the monster with courage, and defeat it.
Lucid dreaming allows you to manage the situation or at least take solace in the knowledge that nothing can harm you, no matter how harrowing your nightmare may be.
Initiating Lucid Dreaming
To begin, do as much research as possible on the subject of lucid dreaming. Fortunately, this article offers all the information you want to begin.
Starting with 25 reality tests a day, you could gradually lower the number as you grow better at lucid dreaming. Try this one out.
Take a look at your hand.
Try pushing a finger from the other hand through your palm with the other hand’s fingers.
In a lucid dream, your finger will pass through the surface of your palm, however when you are awake, it will contact the surface.
The goal of reality checks is to execute a simple activity that confirms that you are awake. Whether you’re awake or sleeping, the consequence of the action will be different. Your subconscious mind will begin to associate this activity with your waking life if you do it frequently enough. In a lucid dreaming state, your body will perform this work and you’ll be able to recognize that you’re asleep.
Do Away with All Screens
Power off any digital devices with illuminated screens at least an hour before heading to sleep. For optimal melatonin synthesis, keep your bedroom as dark as possible, which will help you sleep by promoting melatonin’s production. It’s crucial to keep your environment dark since light interferes with the generation of melatonin.
Set an Alarm
Set an alarm for five hours after you’ve gone to bed. The best time for the alarm to go off is between 4 and 6 a.m.
You’re supposed to be awakened by the alarm while in REM sleep and then go back to sleep again. In the next phases, you’ll apply the procedures to ensure that you’re in a lucid dream state.
There are two things to keep in mind to make this phase a success:
The tone of the alert should be calming. A blasting noise, a persistent buzzing sound, or an irritating ringtone are too unpleasant to wake you up, even though they are necessary. Consider using relaxing music or ambient noises.
When the alarm goes off, don’t open your eyes. Make sure the alarm is within easy reach.
Wake up While Keeping Your Eyes Closed
Although you may feel like you are waking up, keep your eyes closed for the time being. Even while your mind is still busy and semi-awake, you’re prepping your body to sleep again.
Try a “WBTB”
The term is an acronym that stands for “wake back to bed.” After a deep sleep, you’ll be able to educate your body and mind to go back asleep at the same time.
As a result, you’ll soon begin to feel sleepy. If you put your body through a sleep test, it may deceive you into believing your mind is awake. The brain will get a signal from the body telling it to do things like roll over, itch your nose, or touch your stomach. Take a deep breath and resist the temptation to move.
You’ll begin to see colors, forms, and even views of scenery as soon as your body accepts that you’re asleep. As of this moment, you’ve entered a state of lucidity.
Bonus Tips & Techniques
In the last part, we said that the mind and body are distinct entities. With practice, this talent can be honed with the use of meditation.
Buddhist monks, for example, are known to sit in silence for long periods of time to practice meditation. Because their bodies have fallen asleep, but their thoughts have not, they are able to accomplish this feat. In many ways, lucid dreaming is the same as lucid dreaming in that it involves the same skills.
Try Some Binaural Beats
Aside from helping you concentrate, study, and sleep, binaural beats can also aid with lucid dreaming, as well. The brain combines the two distinct frequencies that are being played simultaneously and processes them as a single frequency.
On YouTube, you can get free binaural beats recordings, or you could download an app for even more options. It’s important to match the frequency of the Hz (frequency) to the brainwaves that are associated with lucid dreaming. Theta waves, with a frequency range of 4 to 8 Hz, are what you need here.
Indulge in Video Games
In video games, you are immersed in a new world and have the opportunity to explore the boundaries of this new realm. By pushing yourself to discover new regions when you’re having fun, you’ll be more prepared to do it at night.
Try Some Galantamine
As a natural remedy for improving cognitive function and memory in people with Alzheimer’s, galantamine is widely prescribed. Plants such as dandelions and spider lilies contain the chemical, which is extracted for oral use commercially.
Studies have indicated that this supplement can help you get more REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and improve your memory of your sleep. The odds of having a lucid dream were 5.8 times greater in this study when the subject was given Galantamine rather than a placebo.
Take Vitamin B Supplements
Lucid dreaming has been linked to vitamin B6. Serotonin levels in the brain are increased by taking this supplement, and this study implies that the vividness and color of one’s dreams can be enhanced by this supplement.
Does lucid dreaming have any risks?
Despite the fact that you won’t be in any danger, you might have to brace yourself for new feelings and sensations that you have never had before.
Can beginners have lucid dreams?
The more you do something, the better you get at it. The tactics described in this article can lead to your first lucid dream after a few nights of using them.
What are lucid nightmares?
It’s like having a rough lucid dream, except worse. As long as you’re conscious of the problem, you may take a more active role and tackle whatever is generating the nightmare.