What is lucid dreaming?
Lucid dreaming is when you are aware you are dreaming. That's the simplest way of explaining it.
Aristotle stated, "often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream." During a dream, something strange will happen and you begin to question it, and that's when you realize you are dreaming.
Who can lucid dream?
Anyone. It takes dedication and practice, but over time you'll see anyone can do it.
Why lucid dream?
Lucid dreaming has been considered a way to escape stress and it gives you the freedom to do whatever you want in an environment of your choice.
Where did lucid dreaming come from?
Lucid dreaming has a lot of scientific and cultural history to it, and it's a lengthy explanation so more details can be found here.
Step 1: Things You'll Need
Dedication and practice is the key to having lucid dreams.
You'll need nothing else to achieve it.
Step 2: Keeping a Dream Journal
This is considered to be one of the most important parts of lucid dreaming. If you keep it by your bed you can immediately write in it after you have woken up. Whether you wake up from a dream or wake up in the morning, you should always jot down what you remember from your dream exactly how it was without altering it at all. The closest it is to how it actually happened the easier it will be to remember. Keeping a dream journal can also help you detect unique dream signs. Things that you notice in your dreams over and over. Once you have detected these 'things' it will be easier to be aware you are dreaming.
Step 3: REM
REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement. When you're in REM sleep you're dreaming. Most lucid dreams will occur later in the sleep period or during REM.
Step 4: Method 1: MILD
Mneumonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming (MILD) is a method used by Stephen Laberge. I personally found this to be one of the best methods for beginners. Here are the steps:
1. Set your alarm clock to wake you up 4.5, 6, or 7 hours after you've fallen asleep.
2. When you have woken up at any of these times, focus on what the dream(s) you had, and try to remember it as much as possible.
3. Once you've remembered your dream as best as you can, imagine yourself in the dream. Picture yourself being in your dream. Tell yourself out loud, "I will be aware that I am dreaming" until the thought as sunk in, then you're ready to fall back asleep.
Step 5: Method 2: WBTB
The Wake Back to Bed (WTBT) method is considered the most successful.
The process goes like this:
1. Set your alarm clock 5 hours after you sleep.
3. Focus on nothing but lucidity.
4. Go back to using the MILD technique
Step 6: Reality Checks
Recommended reality checks:
- Look at a digital clock to see if it remains constant.
- Look at text then look away. Does it change?
- Lean against a wall. Often times you'll fall through it if you're dreaming
- Cover your mouth and pinch your nose. Can you still breathe
Step 7: Helpful Tips
Don't eat or drink right before you go to bed. The chemicals from the food will prevent lucid dreams from occurring.
Always tell yourself you can do it, it will help your brain remember lucidity.
Sleep early. The earlier you can sleep the better chance you'll lucid dream.
For more details, (this is where I got my information) you can go to this WikiHow