I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from my initial post “how to lucid dream“. For as long as I’ve been involved in lucid dreaming I’ve been interested to see how other people manage to trigger a lucid state. I’ve compiled some tips that others have used that you may find helpful. Thanks to everyone who has told me that my page on how to lucid dream has been helpful to them. If you haven’t had a lucid dream yet, don’t give up! It will happen with practice!
I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream.
— William Shakespeare – “A Midsummer night’s dream”
Here are some more tips that may help you learn how to have a lucid dream:
- Sleep more during the day, or take naps regularly in the afternoons. It can be easier to blur the lines between waking and dreaming if you are drifting into a nap during the day versus deep sleeping overnight.
- In addition, if you sleep more your dreams are often clearer.
- Set your alarm to awaken you during the night. Not only will this often interrupt a dream allowing you to write it down in your dream journal, but it can also allow you to slip back into the same dream. As you have just been awake, it can be easier then to become aware that you are, in fact, dreaming.
- Additionally, as you return to sleep if you do awaken during the night, as you drift back off to sleep, say over and over in your mind “this is a dream”. This is less useful as you are going to sleep as it usually takes up to 90 minutes for REM sleep to occur if you have not already been dreaming.
- Regularly review your reality. See if you can check off how you came to be doing what you are doing. See how far back you can go. Did you just appear in the middle of the street/building/park with no clear idea how you came to be there?
- Use the act of turning the lights on or off as a reality check. Inside a dream it is unlikely that light levels will vary as dramatically as they do in waking life.
- Try holding your nose and breathing through it. If you are asleep, you’ll be able to do this since you won’t be physically able to hold your nose.
Last (but definitely not least!), some people have reported great success with this.