Lucid Dreaming – the ultimate guide
Sleeping is good, dreaming is awesome (when it’s not a nightmare, of course). However, what if your could dream so vividly that it almost seem real? Well, you can, and it’s called “Lucid Dreaming”? Got your attention already? Good, lets move on.
The “art” of lucid dreaming is when you’re able to regain conscientiousness during your sleep. Biologically speaking, parts of your body shut down so they can go through their resting cycle while your brain activities remain stable/awake. Basically, is being aware that you’re asleep, while having total control of your actions in that specific moment.
Despite sounding strange, this “technique”(?) is very doable, no matter how young or old you are. Actually, lucid dreaming is scientifically proven, with brain activity tests during REM sleep.
So, are you willing to give this technique a try? If your answer is yes, it’s time to go WILD! Yes, wild: Wake Induced Lucid Dreams. Hacking you’re brain isn’t that hard, but it takes some training and habit creation so it can work perfectly.
Grab a notebook, notepad, simple pen and paper, write on your skin, get a tattoo, I don’t know how, just write down everything you can remember a soon as you wake up (if you don’t want to loose too much time writing, click Here and learn how to master the speed note-taking technique). Having a journal will make you remember your dreams more often and with more precision each time you re-dream it.
Doing this will help you recreate a scenario in your head, facilitating the ambiance during your first times lucid dreaming.
Being totally relax to do this technique is very important. Be in control of your breathing, reduce as much as you can your heart rate and try to maintain this calmness till you fall asleep. If you need help to be more relaxed and how to sleep faster, we’ve made a Post about it earlier. However, before relaxing and going to sleep, make sure to force yourself to wake during the night, so…
Set your Alarm Clock
Now, this is the hardest and most important part of the technique. After 4 or 5 hours of sleep, set your alarm clock to you can interrupt the previous REM cycle. Now, hear me out: Don’t get up, Don’t go back to sleep, try not to change positions. This part is hard because you cannot go back to sleep, whatsoever. After you wake up, your body will still feel tired and will try to go back to sleep. He’ll automatically start to shut down some “unnecessary” parts of your body and your get more and more likely to fall asleep. A nice tip is to focus on a subject while you’ll get more and more tired, or even focus only in the absence of light and embrace the darkness of the room even if you have your eyes closed.
Now, for the strange part of this process. One of the first stages of entering in lucid dreaming is seeing flashes, images in your head. This means that your brains is inclined to began its REM process again, and you don’t wan’t to pay attention or try to understand everything you see, just be sure that’s a normal thing.
Also, have a way to constantly check up to see if you’re sleeping or not. Trying to turn on/off the lights, snapping your things, cracking your knuckles or things like that. And how will you know if your lucid dreaming or not? You simply won’t be able to do it!
Have you ever done it? Share your experience with us on the comment below