Do you ever have dreams where you feel in total control? Dreams in which you know you are dreaming but the dream seems very clear and almost like real life?
Lucid dreams are just one of the mysteries of what goes on in our brains when we are asleep. They usually occur in the middle of normal dreams when the randomness seems to settle down and you can feel as though you are awake even though you are having a lucid dream. You also tend to remember lucid dreams much more clearly than regular ones and they’re linked with REM sleep, just before you wake up.
The enhanced sense of control and clarity can make lucid dreaming a pleasurable experience, and one which you want to get straight back into if you’ve been rudely awakened. Learning how to have lucid dreams can also be a great way of avoiding having nightmares or uncomfortable sleep disorders.
However, learning how to have lucid dreams isn’t as simple as learning to improve your golf swing or how to speak another language. Lucid dreaming is just too random. But what you can do is use some techniques to improve your chances of slipping into a serene lucid dreamscape you can control.
Keep a dream journal – Whenever you have a lucid dream, write down what it was about and, in particular, whether the same people or places keep appearing in your lucid dreams. You’ll need these journal entries for some of the other techniques you can try.
Drink orange juice – A glass of OJ 30 mins before you sleep is believed to relax the body while maintaining the mental agility needed to have a lucid dream. The best time to drink it is 30 minutes before bedtime.
Get WILD in bed
Getting WILD or, to give it its full name, Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming is one technique you can to have a lucid dream. It’s aim is to trick your body into thinking you are falling asleep while maintaining a level of mental consciousness. Essentially it’s based around the fact that dreams run in 60 minute cycles. So if you can interrupt yourself in the middle of a dream and then get back to sleep you’re maximising your chances of jumping straight into a wonderous lucid dream.
If you’d like to use the WILD method, here are the steps to take:
1) When you go to bed, relax your body in a comfortable position. You will need to stay in this position, without moving, for 10-20 minutes while you try and relax one body part at a time.
2) While keeping still, you need to try and balance yourself mentally between being relaxed and feeling mentally active.
3) Allow your breathing to become relaxed and slow as you gradually drift into sleep paralysis. Just allow the sensations and random thoughts wash over you as a sign that you are entering a lucid dream.
How to have lucid dreams with the Wake Back to Bed Technique
If getting WILD doesnt do the trick then another popular method is Wake Back To Bed (WBTB). This entails waking yourself up in the middle of a dream state and then creating the optimal conditions for slipping back into a lucid dream, so not ideal if you suffer from insomnia and value your beauty sleep.
If you’d like to try WBTB to have a lucid dream, the steps are:
1) Set an alarm clock to go off 6 hours after you go to sleep.
2) When your alarm clock disrupts your slumber, stay awake for 1.5 hours. The aim is to gain yourself a measure of alertness while still being able to quickly fall into a dream state quickly.
3) 30 minutes before going back to bed drink a glass of orange juice and then read an article about lucid dreaming or some of the entries in your dream journal. This will help you to start mentally thinking about having a lucid dream.
4) Use the WILD method to go back to sleep and slip into a blissful and wonderous lucid dreaming experience.
Hopefully, a combination of WILD and WBTB should do the trick. But if you’re still wondering how to have a lucid dream successfully, you might want to check out the free ‘OBE Lucid Quickstart Kit‘ which includes an Lucid Dream Timer MP3 which its creator used to stop having nightmares and more lucid dreams.
It’s free, so why not give the Lucid Quickstart Kit a go to start having more lucid dreams and fewer nightmares.