Lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness in which you are aware that you’re dreaming. You are able to control the dream’s outcome and make it vivid and long-lasting.
Lucid dreaming is becoming increasingly popular. Some people are taking it as a form of therapy to help them get in touch with their subconscious, others take it as an opportunity to explore new worlds.
There are a lot of people who learn and practice new skills while they are lucid dreaming. In fact, the results from lucid dreaming can be just as good as anything they learn and practice in their waking life.
Here are 3 lucid dream inducing techniques and tricks which will help you get more out of your dreams.
#1 Reality Checks
Doing a reality check can help you remember and become more aware of your dreams. Reality checks are quick and easy to do anywhere, anytime.
How to do it:
Simply ask yourself “Am I dreaming?” Do reality checks by looking at your hands or the environment around you. The more often you do reality checks, the sooner it will trigger lucidity.
#2 Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)
A mnemonic induction is a series of suggestions meant to make you more aware of your surroundings in the moment.
The MILD technique can be used just as you are drifting off to sleep and repeating the same phrase like “I will remember that I am dreaming.”
With this technique, you will be able to find and recall memories, follow instructions, and become lucid in your dreams.
#3 Wake Back to Bed (WBTB)
Wake Back to Bed is a technique that is used to increase the length and vividness of your dreams.
The technique involves waking up after 6 hours of sleep, staying awake for 20–60 minutes and going back to bed to dream for the next few hours.
This technique forces you to stay in REM sleep longer than usual which increases the time you are dreaming and gives you a better chance of having a lucid dream.
For even better results use the MILD technique as you are falling back to sleep after completing the WBTB technique.