Usually, when we are asleep, we do not realize that we are in a dream at that moment. After waking up, we start to remember certain aspects of our dreams. But that is not the case when you are lucid dreaming. While you are in your lucid dream, you aware that this is not the reality but just the dream. Sometimes, you are also able to control your actions and characters in your lucid dreams. According to a study, 55% of people have experienced lucid dreams at least once in their life.
What Happens When A Lucid Dream Occurs?
While we are sleeping, our eyes are either in a rapid motion or non-rapid eye movement. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is when we enter into lucid dreaming. In this state, our brain activity, eye movement, and heartbeat become faster than usual. On the other hand, during non-REM sleep, our brain and heartbeat slow down.
There are several benefits of lucid dreaming. Many people learn to lucid dream as a way to enhance the brain activity in the prefrontal cortex. This part of our brain is responsible for recalling memories and making decisions. Moreover, lucid dreaming also helps us gain control over our thought patterns and enhances our creativity.
How to Experience Lucid Dreaming?
There are different ways you can experience lucid dreaming but anything that goes beyond the limit can be harmful. Here are a few safe tips that you can try to induce lucid dreams:
1) Practice Healthy Sleep Habits:
The chances of entering into a lucid dream increase when you are in deep REM sleep. It is important for us to have a healthy sleep schedule for our physical and mental health. Make sure you are not forcing yourself into a lucid dreaming practice.
You can start with creating a relaxing and calming environment before you sleep. In addition to that, make sure you are not using electronics for at least 1-2 hours before you sleep. Even in case, you do not experience a lucid dream, this healthy habit will help you achieve restorative sleep.
2) Keep a Journal:
Another important tip that will help you learn about and even control your unconscious thought patterns through lucid dreaming is to keep a journal, pen, and a lamp around your bed. Whether you wake up in the middle of the night or at your normal time in the morning, the dream diary will always be there. Writing your dreams will help you improve your awareness while you are lucid dreaming. Over time, even your memory will be enhanced by writing about your dreams in your dream journal.
3) Practice Reality Check:
Another useful tip is to incorporate reality check practices into your daily routine. By improving your awareness in the waking state, you enhance your level of consciousness while you are dreaming. It is all about training your mind. By regularly practicing reality checks, you can become more aware of yourself in your dreams. Here are some practices that you can do:
- Tap your finger into the palm of your other hand. Several times a day. If the finger passes through your palm, that means you are in a dream.
- Look at your reflection in a mirror. The reflection will look different in a dream.
- Pinch your nose and try to inhale. You won’t be able to inhale in reality while in your dream, the case would be the opposite.
Lucid dreaming makes you aware of your suppressed emotions and thought processes. If you want to experience lucid dreaming, make sure you are doing it in the right way. Although there are many benefits of lucid dreaming, do not overstimulate your mind, or else you can suffer sleep paralysis, depression, or anxiety.