Do you wake up every morning with only snippets of memories from your dreams throughout the night? Lucid dreaming may only happen a few times in your life, but you may be able to change that. In fact, there are several techniques you can use to make lucid dreaming a regular part of your life. Read on to find out how you can easily have lucid dreams.
What Is a Lucid Dream?
Unlike most dreams, a lucid dream is one you can clearly remember. You may also be aware you are dreaming as it happens, and in some cases, you may have some control over the narrative of the dream. Lucid dreams feel like reality, and the dreamer can play a role in how the dream plays out. Unlike those fuzzy snippets of memory you have after a regular dream, a lucid dream is clear, and you can remember it in detail after the fact, as well.
Can Anyone Try Lucid Dreaming?
Lucid dreaming is something that can be achieved by anyone. However, it takes some work, training, and mastering of specific techniques. Everyone has the capacity to develop these techniques and master the art of lucid dreaming. The question is, what do you have to learn in order to be able to have lucid dreams on a regular basis?
What Are the Benefits of Lucid Dreaming?
There are many benefits to lucid dreaming. One of the most important advantages is that mastering the art of lucid dreaming can actually help you sleep better. You fall into a deeper, more restful sleep as you practice the art of lucid dreaming. Better sleep can make a world of difference in your life, particularly if you have difficulty sleeping already.
Lucid dreaming can also help you develop personal skills in real life. If you are afraid to try something new, practicing it in a lucid dream may give you the confidence you need to try the very same activity in the real world. Sometimes the only thing stopping us from trying something new is our self-doubt.
You can also really explore your imagination with lucid dreams. You can delve into a world of make-believe that makes you happy. Lucid dreaming allows you to control the scene and create a dream world that is peaceful, entertaining, and lots of fun. You can pass your creative limits in a lucid dream and explore ideas you never thought possible.
Effects on Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety and stress are emotions that we often may not be able to control. All we can do is learn techniques to help us deal with those issues. Lucid dreaming can have positive benefits for those who suffer from stress or anxiety. You may wonder how?
For example, if you are feeling very anxious about a confrontation with your boss or co-worker, you can act it out first in your lucid dream. As you go through the experience – in a way in which it feels very real – you may be able to relieve some of the anxiety you feel towards that situation when you awaken.
The same goes for stress. If something is weighing you down, but you don’t know how to release it in real life, lucid dreaming may help. You can release the stress through your dreams, and when you awaken, that stress-free feeling will follow you into the real world.
If you suffer from nightmares – particularly if you have suffered a trauma – then you know how difficult it can be to live with such a problem. Regular nightmares can cause stress, anxiety, and even depression. They can interfere with your sleep, increase your blood pressure, and make you feel afraid to go to sleep. Regular nightmares can affect your daily life in so many ways.
The art of lucid dreaming will allow you to control the narrative of your dream. This means it will enable you to stop the negative things that haunt you from entering your dream. You can heal the problem through your lucid dream, as well. The ability to be in control can help trauma survivors move on from their experience and live a healthier and fuller life.
Controlling your lucid dreams means you won’t have to suffer from the repeated trauma you experience every time an uncontrollable nightmare sneaks up on you. For many nightmare sufferers, lucid dreaming is the solution for better sleep and a happier life.
Other Benefits of Lucid Dreams
In a lucid dream, the limitations of life do not apply. If you are having trouble coping with the loss of a loved one, or feel as though you did not get any closure on the death of a loved one, life does not allow for a redo. Death is final. While you can never bring someone back, you can have lucid dreams that include your lost loved ones.
For many people, this may provide an opportunity to act out a final goodbye that was missed in the real world. Although the dream is not reality, it feels so vivid and real that the dreamer is often able to find the closure that they need from this alternate reality. The experience and the emotions felt during lucid dreaming are very real, even though the dream itself is not.
How to Induce Lucid Dreaming
To induce lucid dreaming, you’ll need to work on a few different things. You need to make your sleep area conducive to good rest. You also need to understand your personal dream patterns and how they work. Then you’ll need to exercise certain techniques to help you encourage more and more lucid dreaming.
What Is the Easiest Way to Lucid Dream?
The simplest way to achieve lucid dreaming is to teach your mind how to remember each dream you have. There are techniques to practice that will help your mind remember each dream you have. You can slowly train it to remember a little more each time until you are able to achieve a fully lucid dream.
Step One: Make Your Sleep Area Relaxing
The first step to achieving lucid dreaming is getting your body to fall into a deeper sleep more easily. A bedroom that is filled with disturbing noises – like a ticking clock – may make sleep more difficult.
Set up an area that is comfortable, relaxing, and serene. Remove anything that may hinder your ability to fall asleep, such as bright objects or tempting devices like tablets or cell phones.
Step Two: Keep a Dream Diary
Every time you wake up, immediately write down whatever you can remember for your most recent dream. It may only be clear in your mind for a few minutes after awakening. Keep a notepad next to your bed, and be sure to write down your notes immediately.
This strategy has two benefits. The first is that it allows you to train your brain to remember. You’ll notice you can remember more and more as time goes on, and your brain adjusts to this habit. The second benefit is that your new journal will allow you to discover dream patterns.
Review your journal every day and look for clues or hints as to what triggers your brain into a specific dream. What actions happen in your dreams before something negative or positive happens? Eventually, as your accounts become more and more detailed, you have a clearer understanding of what your dream patterns are.
Step Three: Use the Power of Your Mind
Before you fall asleep each night, repeat the same phrase to yourself over and over until you fall asleep: “I will remember my dream tonight.” This will train your brain into remembering your dreams. Never underestimate the power of the mind. Tell your brain to remember, and you’ll be surprised to see that it actually will.
Step Four: Go Back to Sleep
If you wake from a dream, after writing it out in your journal, try to go back to sleep if time permits. Sit in bed and think about the dream you just had. Try to focus on the parts you can remember as much as possible as you nod back off to sleep. This may help your mind continue the dream or recreate it.
Step Five: Set Your Alarm
Wake yourself up five or six hours into your sleep. This should awaken you when you are in REM sleep. You may have a clear memory of a dream you’re having at this stage. Then try out step four, and go back to sleep. This may help you get a more lucid dream. If you are slightly awakened, you may be able to have some control over how the dream plays out.
Step Six: Start Playing Video Games
Studies have actually shown that those who play video games are more likely to remember their dreams better. Playing in an alternate reality is the basis of video gaming. This is a technique that may help train your brain to remember your dreams more easily.
Are There Apps or Devices to Help With Lucid Dreaming?
There are several apps you can use to help you with your lucid dreaming techniques. You can try Dream Journal, a mobile application, to help you jot down notes on your dreams. You can also try Focalizer and Dreamscapes to help you find more tips on how to focus your mind and control your dreaming abilities.
How Long Will It Take to Achieve Lucid Dreaming?
If there is one thing you take away from this article, it should be this: patience is key. Mastering the art of lucid dreaming may take several months. Don’t be discouraged. This ability takes a long time to master for everyone. It involves learning different ways to control your sleep and improve your focus.
All of the skills and techniques required to achieve lucid dreaming take a tremendous amount of effort and dedication. Lucid dreaming can help you improve your life in so many ways. It can help you relieve stress, deal with anxiety, and build confidence. None of these are things you can fix in a day.
If you are dedicated to achieving lucid dreaming, it will happen for you. If you are experiencing trouble, you may also meet with a therapist or health practitioner to ask about healthy sleep habits and tips for a healthier lifestyle. Staying healthy and active throughout the day can help you achieve lucid dreaming faster.
Remember, the idea is to be patient and slowly train yourself to master the skills needed to achieve lucid dreaming. Best of luck and sweet dreams!