How to lucid dream

A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment; however, this is not actually necessary for a dream to be described as lucid.

Keep a dream journal.

Keep it close by your bed at night, and write down your dream immediately after waking, or the emotions and sensations you experience right when you wake up. This will train you to remember more of your dreams, which is important for lucid dreaming. Plus, there’s not much point in controlling your dreams if you forget the experience before the morning.

• Alternatively, keep a recording device by your bed.

• You might remember more of your dreams if you stay still for a few minutes and concentrate on the memory before you start writing.

Use reality checks frequently.

Every few hours during the day, ask yourself “Am I dreaming?” and perform one of the following reality checks. With enough practice, you’ll start following the habit in your dreams as well, cluing you into the fact that you’re dreaming.

• Pinch your nose, close your mouth and test whether you can still breathe.

• Simply look at your hands and feet. These are often distorted in dreams when you inspect them closely.

• Read a page of text or the time on a clock, look away, then look back again. In dreams, the text or time will be blurry or nonsensical, or will be different each time you look.

• Attempt to push your index finger straight through the opposite palm. Really expect it to go through, asking yourself whether you’re dreaming or not both before and after attempting. During a dream, your finger would pass straight through your opposite palm, and asking yourself the question twice will increase your chances of realizing this is not normal.

Repeat “I will be aware that I’m dreaming,”

each time you fall asleep. Each night as you fall asleep, repeat to yourself “I will know I’m dreaming” or a similar phrase until you drift out of consciousness. This technique is known as Mnemonic Induction to Lucid Dreaming, or MILD. Mnemonic induction just means “using memory aids,” or in this case using a rote phrase to turn the awareness of your dreaming into an automatic habit.

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