Let’s see how many different techniques, which people use trying to achieve a lucid dream stage of sleep:
Dream recall. Dream recall is simply an ability to remember dreams. Dream recall is usually described as the initial step towards lucid dreaming. If you have better recall it increases awareness of dreams in general. With limited dream recall any lucid dreams can be entirely forgotten. To improve dream recall, some people keep a dream journal, writing down any dreams remembered the moment they are awaken.awake
Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD). The MILD technique is a common technique developed by Stephen LaBerge. It based on the process, which induces a lucid dream at will by setting an intention, a command to yourself right before falling asleep. This technique is aimed to remember or to recognize that you are dreaming or just to remember to look for dream signs while you are asleep and having dreams.
One very simple method is to count usually yours or other people’s fingers during the daytime, making sure it is thoroughly done and by reaching the expected number. If this is done frequently when you are awake, the similar behavior will progress itself into the dream, whereby any discrepancy from the reality will be noticed and realized that it is dreaming and the dream will become lucid.
Wake-back-to-bed (WBTB). The wake-back-to-bed technique is often the easiest way to persuade a lucid dream. The method involves going to sleep as tired as you can and waking up in four to six hours later. Then, continuing focusing all thoughts on lucid dreaming, try to stay awake for an hour and going back to sleep while practicing the MILD method. Research shows close to 60% of success rate by using this technique.
Wake-initiation of lucid dreams (WILD). The wake-initiated lucid dream occurs when the sleeper enters REM sleep with unbroken self-awareness directly from the waking state. There have been developed many techniques aimed at entering a WILD. The key to these techniques is recognizing the hypnagogic stage, which is right at the threshold of being awake and being asleep. If a person is successfully manage in staying aware while this stage occurs, they will eventually enter the dream state while being fully aware that it is a dream.
Cycle adjustment technique (CAT). The cycle adjustment technique, developed by Daniel Love, is another attractive method to induce lucid dreaming. It involves adjusting one’s sleep cycle to encourage awareness during the morning part of the sleep. This is how it’s done:
Person spends a week waking up 90 minutes before normal wake time until their sleep cycle begins to adjust.
After this cycle adjustment phase, the normal wake times and early wake times alternate daily.
On the days with the normal wake times, the body is ready to wake up, and this increases alertness, making lucidity more likely.
Lucid Dream Supplements (LDS). The Lucid Dream Supplement (LDS) technique was developed mostly by Stephen LaBerge, which is based on boosting acetylcholine levels to promote lucid dreaming. It is now known that taking the right balance of supplements after several hours of sleep is far more effective for inducing lucid dreams.
Lucid dream induction devices (LDID). Lucid dream induction is possible by the use of a physical device. A well-known and the original widely-distributed dream-induction device is the NovaDreamer, designed in 1993 by experienced lucid dreamer Craig Webb, executive director of The Dreams Foundation. The general principle is based on the natural phenomenon of incorporating external stimuli into one’s dreams. Usually a device is worn while person is sleeping. This device can detect if the sleeper enters a REM stage and it triggers a tone and/or blinking lights with the purpose of incorporating the external signals into the person’s dream. Here is an example: flashing lights might be translated to a police car’s headlights in a dream. The Dream Mask by Bruce Gelerte has been developed years later based on the the NovaDreamer concept.
Lucid dream mask models. The Lucidity Institute produced the original DreamLight and NovaDreamer models which were originally on sale for $120 and only produced in semi-limited quantities. Funds raised from these devices where used to help fund further research by the Lucidity Institute. A similar device called the NovaDreamer II has been “coming soon” since at least 2004, and should be made available to the general public in late 2009. A similar device known as the Dream Mask has also been produced. Some individuals have created their own devices using foam and simple electronics.
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This post was updated on July 16, 2009