So, you have read about lucid dreaming and decided that it is something that you want to learn to do yourself. You know you have had lucid dreams before, but the thought of making a lucid dream happen is a new concept to you. How do you go about making a lucid dream happen? Obviously you’ve read about keeping a dream journal and doing reality checks. Here are a few more easy lucid dreaming techniques to get you started on the path to becoming a skilled lucid dreamer.
4 Lucid Dreaming Techniques
Technique #1: Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams: This technique is also called MILD and it involves setting your mindset as you are falling asleep. This technique was developed by Stephen LaBerge, one of the leading authorities on lucid dreaming and the founder of the Lucidity Institute. It works best when going back to sleep.
So, after sleeping for five or six hour, wake up, record any memories from your old dream, if you had been dreaming and then, as you are falling back to sleep, tell yourself that you will remember the next dream you have. Repeat to yourself the next time I am dreaming I will remember that I am dreaming. Concentrate on this single thought as you fall asleep and your brain will be very likely to pay attention to the details of the dream and possibly even keep you aware of the fact that you are dreaming.
Technique #2: Nap Induced Lucid Dream. This NILD technique involves staying awake for an hour or so after you wake up before going back to bed. Let yourself sleep for five or six hours. When you wake up from this period of sleep, stay up for an hour or two before going back to sleep. Focus on remembering your dreams before you let yourself fall back to sleep. Staying awake for an hour and a half has proven to be more effective than staying awake for only an hour, and six hours of sleep is better than five but it might prove to be more restful and make it harder to go back to sleep.
Technique #3: Try staying caffeinated right up until the time you go to sleep, or when trying the Nap Induced Dream, drink some coffee or caffeinated soda during the hour and a half that you stay awake. If you are a light sleeper, try to increase your tryptophan intake (have a turkey sandwich).
Technique #4: Some herbs and vitamins can help your memory recall your dreams. Some of these herbs and vitamins include Licorice Root, St. John’s Wort, Kava Kava, Lavender, Catnip, Honeysuckle, Jasmine and Nutmeg.
There are a great many easy lucid dream techniques that you can choose from. Obviously the easiest is the MILD method, but you might be able to help your lucidity by drinking some licorice tea before you go to sleep. Whatever easy lucid dream technique you use, you will find that having lucid dreams can be a very rewarding experience.
3 Lucid Dreaming Tips
Lucid Dreaming Tip #1
Lucid Dreams can be very addictive. Once you realize you are dreaming, especially if you have developed the ability to control the actions taking place in your dreams, you are going to want to have more dreams just like that. There is a lot of information that will tell you how to induce lucid dreams and how to make them a regular part of your sleep cycle.
Lucid Dreaming Tip #2
Nobody is sure exactly how dreams happen. Scientists know that during REM sleep the brain’s activity is almost like the activity of a brain of a person who is awake, but nobody is sure why this is or how it happens. Scientists don’t know if the brain generates dreams or if the body forces the brain to be active during REM sleep.
Lucid Dreaming Tip #3
Analyzing dreams is one of the most popular areas of psychology. There are lots of resources for people who are trying to figure out the symbolism of their dreams. There are online dream dictionaries and dream encyclopedias for sale at bookstores. Analyzing the individual symbols of a person’s dream can help that person deal with areas of their waking life and this is why it is such a popular subject.