Updated 07/11/14

Top tips for lucid dreamers

Here are a few tips to improve your chances of having a lucid dream.

Get the right amount of sleep
If your alarm clock wakes you in the morning, you're not getting enough sleep. Aim to wake up naturally before your alarm goes off. Your last REM cycle is the best opportunity to have a lucid dream - don't let it be taken away. Try to go to bed at a regular time.

Do a reality check when you wake
Turn a false awakening in to a lucid dream.

Chain your lucid dreams
You may find after becoming lucid that the dream fades and you find yourself back in bed. Don't move. Keep your awareness. It's common at this point for another dream to form within seconds. You can easily turn a failed attempt in to multiple shorter experiences.

Don't get overexcited
New lucid dreamers often feel excited when they enter a lucid dream. The initial surge of excitement can pull you out of the dream. Try to stay calm and relaxed.

Recognising lucid dreaming opportunities

It's important to recognise and capitalise on occasions when you're in an ideal state to experience a lucid dream.

Time for another dream You wake in the morning feeling relaxed. You're not yet thinking about the day ahead. When you close your eyes, you see flashes of shapes or images.

Your mind is trying to draw you in to one last dream. This is a perfect time to fall asleep and quickly enter a REM state. Read the "Set your intention" section of this artice

Interrupted sleep Something has woken you and you're feeling wide awake. It's hours before you need to get up so you know you need more sleep.

Your mind decided you needed to be awake for some reason. It may take a little time to relax again. This is a perfect time to practise Kiplar meditation. It will help you relax and sleep and will increase your chances of a lucid dream.

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