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Learning how to lucid dream—that is, to be aware during your dreams that you are, indeed, dreaming—will allow you to live out fantasies, stop nightmares, and even road test some solutions to real life problems.
Step 1: Start a dream journal
Keep a journal and a pen next to your bed so you can immediately record everything that happens in your dreams. You’ll begin to see patterns, and that will help you realize when you’re actually in the middle of a dream.
Step 2: Adopt some new habits
Look intently at mirrors, book titles, and your watch face several times a day. In dreams, these images are always blurred. Looking at them while awake will increase their appearances in your dreams, helping you recognize when you are dreaming.
Pinching yourself when you’re awake is another good way to train your brain to recognize when you’re dreaming, because when you pinch yourself in a dream you feel no pain.
Step 3: Talk to yourself
Tell yourself as you drift off to sleep that you’re going to have a lucid dream. Research shows that simply instructing your brain to realize you’re dreaming—especially when you’re in the suggestible pre-sleep phase—helps boost your odds of doing so.
Step 4: Set an early alarm
Set your alarm half an hour earlier than normal. When it rings, stay awake 30 to 60 minutes, then go back to sleep. Because you likely interrupted dream-intense REM sleep, you’re now 20% to 50% more likely to have a lucid dream.
So George Clooney is about to kiss you and you feel like you’re starting to wake up? Pretend to spin around in circles. This keeps the dream going 96% of the time.
Step 5: Start directing
Once you’re attuned to the fact that you’re dreaming, start altering the action. Fly over mountains. Tell off your mother-in-law. Have a 'dream' date. You can also test problem-solving scenarios, practice sensitive confrontations, and speak to loved ones who have passed.
Did You Know?
Lewis Carroll was inspired to write Alice in Wonderland after having a lucid dream.
i personally NEED to Lucid dream because i have a... world. in my mind. and i would LOVE to make it come true for a few dream hours... or maybe even... dream *years* =) though how long would a dream "year" be exactly?
I remember having this dream, Where I was in my house, I got up out of bed, and walked out into the hallway, and it was like a video game, in the sense that the wall, floor, and ceiling textures all changed. And I remember saying, "Yeah, This is a dream and I Should probably wake up now..". It was weird. I wouldn't know if that counts as a Lucid Dream though.
lets make it clear.while lucid dream anything you focus closely won't show much detail.don't need watch or compass.too much focus will make you feel like you have eyes all over the place then it brings random thoughts and make current dream story unstable.
What usually happens to me is i wake up in the middle of the night either because i was thirsty or needed to go to the bathroom and when i come back and try to sleep i feel like im not asleep but just imagining stuff. I basically feel aware and awake but i cant move or open my eyes and i cant influence what im thinking/dreaming of. If i try to interrupt my dream it stops and then it continues just like when you have a song stuck in your head and can't get it to stop. Then i start panicing as i cant move and feel really uneasy because of it just like when you are pacing out and you know you are pacing out. and when i finally wake up im covered in sweat and feel super awake as if i just drank 2litres of coffee.... I need help
A few weeks ago I knew I was dreaming and I had been trying to lucid dream and when I tried to do stuff nothing happened, after trying for a while I just gave up and told myself to wake up
Also vsauce brought me here
TBH, I don't get Step 4. Set the alarm half an hour earlier than normal, stay awake for one hour, and THEN go back to sleep? So I will wake up at around one hour later than normal? That's not normal for me if I'm going to my job at 8 o'clock!
I saw this program once on some russian channel, there was this guy who lived a separate life in his lucid dream, he had wife in it, the kids, the house, the car etc. And he considered his real life to be a second life. He thought of his lucid dream as a real life, he actually was sleeping during a show, living real life per se. When I saw it that day 8-10 years ago I though it was for a show, but now I wonder..
****GOES INTO LUCID DREAM****
Me: H-hi o///o
crush: I love you
ME: OOOOOHHH SHOOOOT. DAMN IT!
crush: ****gently pokes you**** want to play pocky ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
me: Okay... *oh shoot dis is rlly happening dont wake me up if this is a dream plz*
****2 MINUTES LATER****
moM: GET UP ITS SCHOOL!
"mirrors are always blurred" Umm no they aren't
"in a dream you feel no pain" Yea I do, not as vividly as when awake but still I feel a phantom pain that I cant distinguish.
My point; you cant know how others dream unless you ask them. Everyone dreams in a different way, for some everything might be blurred. I have lucid dreamed before, but when I do its always a recurring dream, and I can't "control" per se it I do say to others in the dream that "I have had this dream before" but can only ever make different choices that I could have made the first time around.
I'm noticing when I dream, sometimes around the end of the dream I realise I'm dreaming, but can't do anything to keep it going, and just before I wake up, the dream universe seems to collapse in a way.
So a lucid dream is when you are conscious in a dream? That happens to me all the time. I know I'm dreaming, but I can't control what's going on. I try but I get pretty much slapped by my dream and something else happens.
Everyday, I feel like I'm in a dream that everyone and everything is fake. I can't just think of something without knowing that all of this is made up and when I die I will see that a puppet master is behind it and they were controlling everything while I was small. I want to lucid dream, because there nothing's impossible. I want to be myself and school doesn't stop me. I day dream in class to make time go by. Sometimes I just want to die and see who god or who ever is behind this and wonder, "Why do we live when we still die at the end?" Then there's no point of living. Dreams are like doors to your imagination and sometimes people pull you out to stay focused and close the door, but what they don't realize by what's behind our doors are amazing. I don't want to judge people of what they put behind their door cause it's important to them.
Dreams are amazing and please agree on me. I know it's long, but dreams are wonderful.
It's not true that you don't feel pain in your dreams... well partially. There is no physical cause for pain but because of whatever injury you get in your dream your brain perceives it as painful and you may "feel" it. I've had this happen in my dreams several times.
In the back of our minds way deep down in our consciousness
Would’ve we thought we Were in A Dream? Called Life We got Here By Saying let’s dream This day From the beginning to the End when I Will die I’ll Wake Up
I would love to try this, but my big problem is that 99% of the time I can't even remember my dreams.
This doesn't only mean I'll have trouble with the dream journal, it also means I have no chance of knowing in the morning if I dreamt lucidly that night.
Any idea how to work on that?
wait now seeing this i realized that i actually have had lucid dreams before and many times
when something wakes me up in a middle of a dream i usually can go back and finish that dream and control what will happen
Wouldn't lucid dreams be impossible considering our brains can't create complex situations out of nowhere? Like, ok, now I want to fly and go to amrs and find a high tech martian city and enjoy a day there, but my brain would probably just create reasons for why I can't fly or get out of the planet to cover the fact that it can't create all those images so fast, as they're ideas too complex and out of known ground for it to simulate.
Also, when I'm dreaming I'm often times in a state of torpor that kills any kind possibility of logical thinking.
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