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How To Lucid Dream: 5 Techniques, Benefits, and Cautions

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Lucid Dreaming

  • You’re aware of your consciousness during a dream
  • You can control what happens in your dream
  • Occurs during rapid eye movement (REM), the dream-stage of sleep
  • 55% of people have had one or more lucid d...

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Psychophysiologist Dr. Stephen LaBerge has become the pioneer in the subject.

He invented one of the most popular lucid dreaming techniques and led many scientific studies.

His work has helped researchers discover therapeutic benefits of lucid dreaming, which may ...

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They train your mind to pay attention to your own consciousness. They’re also designed to help you regain or maintain consciousness as you enter REM sleep.

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Reality checking is a form of mental training. It increases metacognition by training your mind to notice your own awareness.

Enhance your metacognition by doing reality tests while you’re awake.

Try following these steps:

  • Ask yourself, “Am I dream...

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Common reality checks that people use to lucid dream:

  • Mirrors. Gaze at your reflection to see if it’s normal.
  • Solid Objects. Press your hand against something to see if it goes through.
  • Hands. Stare at your hands. Do th...

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Lucid Dreaming | WBTB Technique

Wake back to bed (WBTB) involves entering REM sleep while you’re still conscious.

Try this:

  1. Set an alarm for five hours after you go to bed.
  2. Go to sleep as usual.
  3. When the alarm goes off, stay up for 30 minutes. Enjoy a quiet activity like reading...

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Lucid Dreaming | MILD Technique

Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD), created by LaBerge, was one of the first methods that used scientific research to bring on lucid dreams.

It’s based on a behavior called prospective memory, which involves setting an intention to do somethi...

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Lucid Dreaming | How To Use the MILD Technique

  1. Think of a recent dream as you fall asleep.
  2. Look for a “dreamsign,” or things that are strange in the dream. Like flying.
  3. Think about going back to the dream. Recognize that the dreamsign only happens when you dream.
  4. Say, “The next time I dream, I want to remember tha...

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Lucid Dreaming | Dream Journaling Technique

A dream journal, or dream diary, is a popular method for initiating lucid dreaming.

When you record your dreams, you’re forced to remember what happens during each one. It helps you recognize dreamsigns and enhances awareness of your dreams.

Log your dreams r...

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Lucid Dreaming | WILD Technique

Wake-Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD) occurs when you directly enter a dream from waking life.

WILD helps your mind stay conscious while your body goes to sleep.

Basically, you lay down and relax until you experience a hypnagogic hallucination, o...

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How To Wake Up from a Lucid Dream

Try these techniques:

  • Call out for help. Yelling in your dream tells your brain it’s time to get up.
  • Blink. Repeated blinking may help wake up your mind.
  • Fall asleep in your dream. If you know you’re dreaming, go to sle...

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Benefits of Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming might help people therapeutically:

  • overcome recurring nightmares and issues, often associated with PTSD, anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, etc.
  • control their dreams to face the situations that cause them anx...

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Some negative aspects are:

  • Sleep problems. With WBTB and MILD, you wake up in the middle of the night, making it hard to get enough rest. More so, if you suffer from a sleep disorder.
  • Derealization. Sleep disturbances can lead to derealization,...

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