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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

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

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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.

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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 rea...

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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 aga...

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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...

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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 c...

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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 th...

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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. I...

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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....

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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 y...

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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, ins...

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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 s...

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