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Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Categories of Lucid Dreaming Induction Techniques

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Lucid dreaming was a phenomenon known since the time of Aristotle; however, it was successfully verified by the researcher thirty years ago clinically and in a sleep laboratory by measuring eye movement and studying the REM state of sleep.

So, as a result, it is considered that lucid dreaming is primarily a REM sleep phenomenon. As we already know, LD is a learnable skill, and various techniques are recommended for lucid dreaming induction.

In this article, we study different lucid dreaming techniques and their classification. So the systematic study of lucid dreaming examined the effectiveness of induction techniques.

Induction Techniques During Day Time

Some tips are very useful for inducing lucid dreaming and getting into the mindset of experiencing lucid dreaming in the night.

Reality Testing

You can do different reality tests throughout the day to train your mind. It is very helpful to increase metacognition by training the mind and noticing the awareness of dreamers. The brain's prefrontal cortex plays a major role in reality testing and lucid dreaming.

Mindful During the Day

Dreams are a continuation of our waking life., whenever we start noticing the surroundings and being mindful throughout the day, it helps to lucid dream during the night.

Induction Techniques Before Sleeping

There are some techniques used before sleeping that are useful for lucid dreaming.

Set bedtime routine

Bedtime routine plays an important role in inducing lucid dreams. Set the bedroom environment, light, temperature, and noise. Take a warm bath and perform some meditation to achieve focus.

Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD)

MILD is based on a behaviour known as prospective memory. It involves setting an intention to do something (like LD) later. MILD can also be practised after waking up during a dream. Firstly, set an intention to achieve LD and keep thinking about having a dream when I fall asleep. After setting reminders, your brain is working on what you want.

Induction Techniques During Sleeping

There are many techniques used during sleeping to achieve lucid dreams.

Keep a dream journal.

It is necessary to have a dream journal to record dreams when you are trying to attain lucid dreams; it will help you understand the patterns of dreams. Whenever you awake, recall all bits and pieces of your dream and write them down in detail.

Reality Testing

Reality testing is a great way to train your mind to differentiate between awakened life and a state of lucid dream. The dreamer keeps performing the reality tests unconsciously and assesses the state according to the test result.

Wake Back To Bed (WBTB)

A technique of WBTB is to set the alarm for four to six hours after bedtime, go to sleep as usual when the alarm rings, stay up for 30 minutes, then fall back asleep. It involves entering REM sleep when dreamers are still conscious. When the dreamer goes back to sleep, there will be more chances for him to get lucid.

 

To achieve lucid dreams successfully, you can try several techniques from different categories; however, a combination of reality testing, WBTB, and MILD can work effectively.