Lucid dreaming is becoming aware that you are in a dream while it’s happening. Anyone can learn it and millions of people do it naturally. Once you become lucid, you can take control of the dream much like a video game.
Fly, explore the dream environment, talk with dream characters and do much more. With practice, you can learn to change the dream environment, or build a completely new one. Visit distant galaxies lightyears away and explore your subconscious.
We recommend you watch this video we have prepared about lucid dreaming, to better understand what it is and how it can be helpful.
Keeping a dream journal is the most important step. It will train your brain that remembering dreams is important, which will drastically improve your dream recall – you’ll start to remember your dreams in greater detail and much more vividly. Results will be noticed very fast. After the first few nights you’ll see how your dream recall is improving exponentially. Be sure to write down your dream (or dreams) as soon as you wake up, because after a few minutes you will start to forget important details.
Keeping a dream journal will also allow you to notice recurring patterns (dream signs) in your dreams. You might often dream about your pet, a deceased family member or about the same place like the ocean. These dream signs are unique to every individual. Once you identify your common dream signs, they can be used as a trigger for you to start questioning reality when a familiar sign appears the next time – allowing you to become lucid if you’re in a dream.
Reality checks are simple actions you can perform discreetly at any moment to check if you are currently in a dream or not. Our brain does a pretty good job of tricking us when we are in a dream. Once you perform a reality check in a dream you will instantly know that you are currently dreaming – making you lucid. It is important to build a strong habit of doing reality checks throughout the day. We recommend doing them around once per hour. When the habit is formed, you will start to perform reality checks in dreams also.
When performing a reality check you must shift your focus completely to the exercise. Pay very close attention to the reality check you are doing. There are hundreds of different reality checks you can do, but we’ll go over the 5 most popular ones.
Pick any one reality check and stick to it for at least a few weeks. Do not change the reality check you have picked, as it will partially reset your progress of habit building. If you don’t like any of the reality checks we have listed – feel free to do your own research, as you will find many, many more reality checks to choose from.
Daily reality check reminders are integrated in our app – you can find it under Settings. You’ll get a notification to perform reality checks throughout the day, with your preferred frequency.
Don’t drink alcohol before going to sleep
Using mind altering substances overall, and especially before going to sleep, will reduce your chances of having a lucid dream.
Avoid waking up right after becoming lucid
Many people get too excited the first few times they become lucid, this excitement causes them to wake up from the dream. So try to calm down and don’t move around the dream environment until your emotions are more stable.
Improve vividness of a lucid dream
Sometimes if you feel like your lucid dream is slipping away and becoming less vivid, stop and look down at the ground. Put your hands on the ground and try to feel the texture of it. This will stimulate your senses and make the dream more vivid again.
Practice real-life skills in a lucid dream
It is possible to practice real-life skills in a lucid dream, and improve the skills for real life. This is true because the same areas of your brain are activating even when you practice in a dream.
Overcome anxieties in a lucid dream
Similar to practicing skills in a lucid dream, you can also experience any scenario that is hard or impossible to arrange in real life. For example, if you are anxious about public speaking – go ahead and step on a big stage in your lucid dream. If you are afraid of swimming – swim in your lucid dream. Options are limitless.
Flying is one of the most enjoyable things you can do in a lucid dream. Flying is very easy even for beginners who just started lucid dreaming.
Meditating daily for a minimum of 10 minutes is another great way to improve your success with lucid dreaming. Meditating will clear your mind making you more aware. This awareness carries through to your dreams and will help you recognise them as dreams.
Avoid sex in a lucid dream
Although it is possible to have sex in a lucid dream with dream characters, we strongly recommend you avoid doing the deed until you are a very experienced lucid dreamer. The only reason is that you will get too excited, and you will wake up – ruining your potentially long and vivid lucid dream.
Don’t do anything too exciting
This is a follow-up on the previous point. Early on avoid doing anything that might be too exciting for you when lucid dreaming. The excitement often wakes beginners up!
Have a plan for your lucid dream
Make a simple plan of what you’d like to do in the dream the first few times you become lucid. This will keep your mind on a goal in the dream environment and you will be much less likely to lose lucidity or wake up.
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