Tips on Lucid Dreaming

An interesting one short video about lucid dreaming.

Have you ever wanted to take control of your dreams? Now you can, with the science of how to lucid dream! With these simple steps, and a little practice, you'll soon experience sleep like never before.

Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).

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Some Sources—

1) http://www.lucidity.com/SleepAndCognition.html
2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19750924
3) http://bit.ly/vkD3oM
4)http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120727095555.htm
5) http://www.amsciepub.com/doi/abs/10.2466/pms.1980.51.3f.1039

If people have additional helpful tips for lucid dreaming, please share them in the comments. And especially ask questions about lucid dreams if there are any. There are quite a few lucid dreamers here who can provide answers.

Related items:
-) Previous articles on lucid dreaming on visionary
-) Find out the meaning of your dream dreaminfo.nl
-) Top 10 movies about lucid dreaming

 

17 thoughts on “Tips over lucide dromen”

  1. Douwe, the movie is no longer there!

     

    What I wanted to say about it: I have never used the MILD and WILD method myself and is therefore not necessarily necessary. I have experienced that state in which you are conscious but paralyzed, but it was not directly related to lucid dreaming. For me it worked to just write down dreams in a notebook and recognize certain patterns in it. These patterns can trigger you in your sleep, which can be unconscious, causing you to suddenly doubt whether you are dreaming. In that case you can do a reality check, such as watching the clock as mentioned in the video. Sometimes I also do such a check during the day, but that does not happen often. The first few times you lose this lucid moment very quickly, but the more often you experience it, the better you get at it. And then it can be a lot of fun!

    1. Movie added again, do you by any chance have any idea whether this is due to the software update? I prepare an article, check whether the video is correct and that is the case at that time and at the time of publication wordpress seems to throw the video out. I think it really started last Thursday ... 

  2. After years of lucid dreaming I can say for myself that WILD is really extremely difficult, and MILD a lot of work is what you have to put in during the day.
    I have had much more success with a dream news, as Niek also says, and in addition the alarm method in combination with fasting, drinking plenty of water and abstinence from sleep. All in all, a hassle and not always to fit into a normal daily rhythm. The alarm clock method is really by far the easiest way for me to dream lucidly. Just go to sleep normally, set an alarm about 3 hours after I expect to fall asleep (so in my case 3.5 hours after I lie down) and set this alarm to go off every 5 minutes, and only with a complex action can be switched off. I have an app for that with which you can. Then you are woken up every 5 minutes, you doze off, wake up again, etc. until you are actually continuously in vibrations and OOB or lucid becomes very easy.
    I do this planned and in a different room because my partner does not like my night outings very much.
    Another good method is to set the alarm after 6 hours (so the 2nd REM), get out for a minute or 10 when you are still drunk asleep and NO lights on, and drink plenty of water. And then back to bed. Also works very well, but there is a chance that you will wake up in a wet bed ..

  3. Poor Ricardo, you will have a bad night's sleep :)
    The method of looking at my hands works for me. When I am awake I occasionally count my fingers during the day. I have also managed to count my fingers a few times during dreams and then realize that I am dreaming because my fingers look strange or are more than five. I only managed to influence my dream a little bit, usually my consciousness is quite short and then I get carried away in the dream again. But I am hopeful that I will get better at this. I find it very entertaining.

    1. Lucida,
       
      Isn't looking at your hands the technique Carlos Castaneda uses?
      Don Juan, who teaches Carlos Castaneda to achieve the "double" through Lucid dreams.
       
      See Carlos Castaneda's book on this, The art of dreaming. Don Genaro, one of the shamans of Don Juan's group is so adept at dreaming that he can make his dream body, the double, be physically present as if it were his ordinary self. This double has consciousness, only functions such as food, evacuation and sex are not there. However, its doubly has miraculous powers.
       
      A very nice book that is also about lucid dreaming is Master of lucid dreams by Olga Kharitidi.
       
      I also believe that there is a Dutch translation of this.
       
       
       

    2. No Lucida, I plan that very carefully. My wife knows what I'm going to do and doesn't bother me, put in earplugs and you're done. Usually I try to fast 2 days in advance or at least not to eat meat, that seems to have an effect, although I cannot explain why. Then on the day itself a lot of exercise and wear myself out and then the alarm clock method.
      I must say that I have actually passed the lucid dreaming stage a bit and now focus more on spontaneous out-of-body experiences. Very fascinating but a bit more work to achieve. A lucid dream is still quite random and more difficult to control. An out-of-body experience is very special and emotional in that respect, cannot explain it very well.
      But I really like to sacrifice some sleep for that every now and then;)

  4. I miss the most effective method.

    Conditioning.

    You sleep in bed; You can do Lucid Dreaming (WILD style) elsewhere.

    So think about lying down on the couch, in a difficult to change position, start meditation and continue in a dream.
    (difficult to change is useful, because turning your body is a significant disruptive factor in staying aware, such as rolling, turning and sleeping)

    You can feel the transition as appearing further away.
    (including some vibration sensations, but that is mainly resistance, and if you do enough attention training on your body daily with each breath, it is no longer the case)

    Works reasonably well as a training to softly set up a talk show in a language that you can recognize fairly automatically.
    For example an English talk show with Scottish / Irish / Cockney guests or the like.

    The effect of exercising on the couch with awake dreams and sleeping in bed is that your body recognizes the situation and behaves accordingly. (see effect of environment on drug overdose with addicts; almost never at home, because the body is prepared, so much earlier outside the home)

    So sleep well in bed, with naja, also consciously flying and stuff, but always meditation-dream walking on the couch.

    Creating a scenario that will make you dream awake is also very helpful.
    Then you are already busy with some form of dreaming, and the transition is less great.

    Obviously, writing down and drawing (!) Dreams a lot works well in moving around in the dream world more easily.
    (bio-neurologists claim: you only see it when you draw it, which is also demonstrably neurologically correct)

    If it is more famous, it is not as scary, nor as surprising and exploration is easier.

    Pro Tip:
    If in a dream it is not possible to take off and fly briskly:
    Use something to imagine flying art, and then sit on it.
    (a pillow works fine for me, and you quickly know how to fly without a pillow)

    1. Indeed, as I said above somewhere I sleep in bed with the woman, I do this hobby somewhere else. Not on the couch, but in an easy chair that I can fold back. I cannot roll over because of the railings, because movement is indeed disastrous.
      Still, I don't think WILD is the easiest method. It requires a lot of concentration and it is quite difficult to get over your fear of sleep paralysis at first. The time is also very important. WILD just before bed often results in actually falling asleep because you are just tired from the whole day. A few hours of sleep (3 or 6 hours) and then setting an alarm, and then making an attempt is more successful.
      What is also a good time is in the afternoon, a siesta say, and preferably if you have been sitting in the sun or lying with your eyes closed in the sunlight. This stimulates certain hormones that regulate your sleep cycle and certainly helps you increase the rate of success.

  5. I have almost always dreamed about lucid for years. That is, while dreaming, I know in the back of my mind that I am dreaming but I don't want to know. Dreaming and letting your subconscious take its course seems much healthier to me than trying to influence it. After all, the subconscious wants to tell you something.
    By the way, I can also dismiss some myths: I can just read texts in my dream, not a mishmash of letters but normal melodious sentences. That this could not be done is therefore not correct. Furthermore, your hands are not wrinkled when you look at it, everything is as you think it should be, in this case normal. I also dream in full color, sometimes dazzling HD quality, dynamic images with sparkling content. I also now know that it is very easy to suddenly change your dream environment. Your dream environment “morphed” from one situation to another. What your focus is on is retained, the environment of that focus morphed into something else and voila, suddenly you are in a completely different situation. I used to always be able to fly by keeping my hands horizontal. Now I just fly if I find it fun or useful, without having to do anything special to indicate that to myself or my subconscious.
    I don't like out-of-body experiences. Probably happened once before and shocked me to death. Since then I have developed a fear of that, hence. Does not matter :-)

    1. Cardinal, I recognize this as my own dream spectrum. I never need artificial tricks and I often remember such dreams. I don't even remember how many times I've flown over clean landscapes and leafy environments. Indeed, the subconscious often wants to tell you something, but just as often relaxation is also the goal as relief from tensions. Wonderful story from your hand, which will let me stay again, I think, thanks. Have a good night to everyone. ;)

    2. I can also just read in dreams, but when I turn my head and read it a second time, it usually says something else and I know that I am dreaming. As far as health is concerned, I don't think it could harm your dream. Certainly if, for example, you suffer from nightmares, lucid dreaming could improve this. I also think that if you bring more awareness into your dreams, you are also more aware in daily life and are less likely to be carried away by annoyances and emotions and to approach these situations more as “just a dream”.

  6. A helpful tip from the lucid dreaming reddit:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/LucidDreaming/comments/1gi2mk/one_simple_change_has_given_me_lds_pretty_much_at/

    One simple change has given me LDs pretty much at will.
    Sleep sitting up.
    Not the whole night, just the latter half. What you need to do is sleep 3-4 hours in your bed, wake up (with an alarm) and go finish your sleep in a recliner or deck chair that has head and neck support.
    I used to only LD once every few months, now I have them whenever I drag myself to the recliner (a few feet from my bed) in the middle of the night.
    The technique is explained in full detail here:
    http://www.dreamviews.com/beyond-dreaming/118621-sitting-technique-maximize-your-chances-obe-astral-projection.html
    It works because your body, being exhausted, will easily fall asleep, but your mind senses (through the vestibular system) that you're in an upright position and so remains aware. The bottom line is that you're asleep, but the higher mental processes that are usually offline at this time such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, and self-referential mechanisms are prevented from being shut down. Most of these functions are located in the prefrontal cortex, so I'm guessing that specific part of the brain remains active while sleeping upright and shuts down while asleep in natural positions. Also, you don't go into the deep sleep stages, so you remain in the sweet spot between waking and coma-like sleep.
    A few notes
    -Read the link, it has quite a few helpful tips and illustrations.
    -Every single one of the LDs I've had from this method (which is more than 70 now) begins in a replica of my room (the place where my recliner is). As such, my room functions as the loading dock of my entire LD universe.
    -This method produces LDs that are very high level.
    -As the creator of the technique says, make sure you support your lower back with a pillow. If you're not comfortable, you won't fall asleep.
    -Also helps to have a pillow behind your neck so that you're facing forward like you are in waking life.
    -The recliner / deck chair should be roughly at a 120-130 degree angle.
    -Put the alarm on the other side of the room to make you get out of bed.
    -If you're having a hard time falling asleep after waking up, I've found that sleep deprivation (30 hours +) works just as well with no need for WBTB. What you do in that instance is stay up for about 40 hours then go straight to the recliner / deck chair rather than your bed. This results in sleep paralysis which you can then convert into an LD. For some reason, going to the recliner in the first half of the night doesn't work without sleep deprivation (rem rebound?).
    -If you have trouble falling asleep and don't want to use sleep deprivation, I guess you can only sleep 2-3 hours before WBTB. I'd still strongly recommend you use sleep dep if you can't fall asleep after 3-4 hours sleep, as I haven't experimented with 2-3 hours (because I fall asleep fine on 3-4).
    -Whatever you do, don't turn on the lights. That makes it much harder to fall asleep. If your laptop / computer has to be on, download F.lux to eliminate blue glare.
    -This technique has made lucid dreaming a choice for me. What I mean is that before I struggled and struggled with little to show for it. Now I simply ask myself, do I want to LD tonight? Y / N? If I'm too tired, have an early wake up or a hectic schedule the next day, I just decide that I'll LD the night after. If I'm not zonked out and don't have any commitments the next day, it's a go. I'm now on the choice side of the LD equation. I simply have them when I want to have them rather than just desperately hoping for them.
    -This is the chair I'm using, just to give you an idea:
    http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-textilene-recliner/492-0126.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=492-0126#BVRRWidgetID
     
    I picked it up for £ 24. You don't need an elaborate la-z-boy set up. It just has to be comfortable enough for you to sleep in.

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