How to get Lucid Dreams

Have you ever dreamt when you were controlling the dream and killing all your enemies? I used to have such dreams a lot, and even if I had similar dreams, we have one thing in common; we both had lucid dreams.

Overview

A lucid dream is a dream wherein you are dreaming and aware that you are dreaming. As per research in Germany, it is a state where you are neither fully awake nor entirely asleep. Further developments in psychological research may lead to its inclusion in sleep therapy.

As per studies, about half of the population had lucid dreams at least once in their lifetime.

We did two quick surveys of around 130 people in total, asking if they ever had lucid dreams. 72% of the people said that they had experienced it.

Researchers don’t have the exact reason behind lucid dreams, but in an experiment, they found that people who often get lucid dreams have a bigger prefrontal cortex. It is in the front of the brain, which helps make decisions in high-level tasks, etc. 

A team of cognitive scientists did an experiment where they were trying to establish two-way communication with people undergoing lucid dreams. They could comprehend complex questions using their working memory and communicate with eye movement and facial muscle signals.

By Authors of the study:Karen R. KonkolyKristoffer AppelEmma ChabaniAnastasia MangiarugaJarrod GottRemington MallettBruce CaughranSarah WitkowskiNathan W. WhitmoreChristopher Y. MazurekJonathan B. BerentFrederik D. WeberBaşak TürkerSmaranda Leu-SemenescuJean-Baptiste MaranciGordon PipaIsabelle ArnulfDelphine OudietteMartin DreslerKen A. Paller

Now, you might wonder how to get lucid dreams. Let’s find out.

How to get lucid dreams

There are few tips and ways by which we might be able to get lucid dreams.

Rapid eye movement (REM)

There are five stages of sleep where the last stage is REM sleep. “REM” is the stage where you are most likely to dream. Our body’s breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and brain waves tend to reach their lowest level when we are in deep sleep (4th stage), but in the REM stage, it shoots up and comes close to an individual who is awake. As our eye moves around and brainwaves start to fluctuate.

You will come to this stage approximately 90minutes after you fall asleep, and then the cycle repeats every 90minutes.

On average, the session will be for 10 minutes, and with every cycle, the session time will increase, going up to an hour.

Ways to get better REM sleep:

  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, and consuming caffeine after 6-7 pm.
  • Make a proper sleeping routine.
  • Exercise regularly
  • If you don’t feel like sleeping, don’t just lie on the bed, get up and read something or listen to soothing songs.
  • Develop a sleeping schedule

Journal

Writing down your dreams in a diary might help you in getting lucid dreams more often. Writing down will make you recall that again, making you navigate and think about it in a conscious state.

You will have a broader spectrum to observe and think about being in a conscious state, making you control and mold your dream in a better manner. And then, you will be able to synthesize events of real-life into creative expression.

We did a quick survey asking if they could control their lucid dreams, and 62.5% said that “yes” they could control their lucid dreams.

WBTB technique

Widely known as the walking back to bed technique, an individual wakes up after 4-5 hours of sleep (may take the help of an alarm) and then stay awake for some time.

Before sleeping, you make yourself remember that you were dreaming and think about that while trying to sleep this puts you in the “REM phase” where an individual gets the most dreams.

MILD Technique

MILD stands for Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams. We can plan and set the intentions for future tasks. We do it regularly when you remember to call someone.

When we do the same things with our dreams, then it helps us in getting lucid dreams. How to implement the technique:

  • Once you wake up, try to remember your dream and rescript it. Try to make it more meaningful for the next time.
  • Now, recall the new version which you have created. You might need to repeat it multiple times until you fall asleep thinking the same thing and end up in a lucid dream.
  • Prepare yourself for the lucid dream by saying in your head that “I will know that I am dreaming.”

Modified Castaneda Technique

A technique developed by Waggoner. This technique works by developing a “conditioned response.” A conditioned response is working on your simple stimulus-response associational link, and this is how it works:

  • Sit on your bed and once you are settled, then look at the palm of your hands.
  • Looking at your palm and tell yourself, “today, while dreaming, I will see my hands and will realize that I am dreaming.”
  • Repeat the same till you feel sleepy, and then you may stop repeating it.
  • If you wake up in the middle of the night, recall the same thing so that it remains in your mind even when dreaming.
  • In the beginning, it may take some time, but eventually, “your hand” will come into your dream. Whenever it comes, then you will be able to make the connection that it is a dream.
  • Try to explore being in that state, and once you wake up, you may write it down. Once you are up in a conscious state, you may plan and give it a direction. So, when you sleep and come at the same point, you will be able to mold it.

Devices to Induce Lucid Dreams

In 2013 Aurora company launched an LD (Lucid Dream) inducing headband device. It has electrodes for EEG oscillation detection and accelerometers that track body movements. Similar to that, many portable devices have been invented in the form of sleep masks or headbands.

These devices work on the flashing lights, noise, and vibrations that act as an auditory, visual stimulus for their working. 

If you want to read people’s experiences, you may refer.

Facts

  • Time passes at a slower rate than usual.
  • People who experience frequent lucid dreams have a greater grey matter volume in the frontopolar cortex than those who don’t.
  • Like any other skill, you get better at lucid dreaming.
  • A lucid dream is different from nightmares.
  • Not getting a lucid dream is normal.
  • The exact reason behind lucid dreams hasn’t been found yet.

Dangers

  • The colorful and complex dreams might wake you up, and then it might make difficult for you to sleep again and may lead to sleep deprivation.
  • Using any technique where you might have to wake up after a few hours and then sleep again, you might fail at sleeping the next time you try to sleep.
  • Lucid dreaming might make it difficult for people with mental disorders like schizophrenia to figure out the difference between reality and imagination.
  • Lucid dreams give you realistic emotions, they can give you the feeling of joy, happiness, and even sex, but on the other hand, it can also give you sorrow, pain, and negative feelings.

Conclusion

Lucid dreams can be a life-changer for you if you use them properly, but if you have any mental illness, you may consult with your doctor before trying or practicing any technique to get lucid dreams.