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How to Lucid Dream

Controlling Your Dreams

It's something that few people can do, but almost everyone wants to be able to do:  Lucid dream. Lucid dreaming is simply the process of being able to control what happens in your dreams. It can sometimes happen spontaneously but, for a lot of people, it's something that has to be learned. And, while it isn't necessarily difficult to learn, it can take some insight and a bit of work to actually get started lucid dreaming.

Keep a Dream Journal

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One of the best ways to lucid dream is to start by studying your dreams. But how do you study dreams, when so many of them just evaporate in the morning? The answer is simple:  A dream journal! Start a dream journal, and keep it beside your bed so that you can record what you dreamed about the moment you wake up. Doing this, you'll have an ongoing record of your dreams, even when you don't remember.

Use an App

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There are a lot of apps that help you learn how to lucid dream. Some are part dream journal, as well as part mnemonic device, playing sound or voices (such as “you are dreaming” repeated over and over again), so that you have a better chance of lucid dreaming. It might even monitor your sleep, so that you can pinpoint the perfect time to give lucid dreaming a try. Some are free; others might cost a small price.

Perform Reality Checks

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When you're actively dreaming, it can be difficult to determine that you're dreaming. Even the oddest thing will likely seem commonplace in a dream. To counteract this, you should perform reality checks. Reality checks are activities you do while you're both awake and a sleep, that will be different when you're sleeping. A good option is to count your fingers. They should stay normal when awake, but the count will likely fluctuate (or, alternatively, your fingers themselves might change) in your dreams.

Look for Dream Signs

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Most people have reoccurring dream signs in most dreams that they have. By studying your dream journal (remember that?), you can determine what these are. Look for both imagery, which can be a bit difficult to pinpoint, and actual events, which is easier. A good example of this would be a the same item (say, an apple) in every dream, or being chased by something in every dream. Knowing this can help you realize you're sleeping.

Go Back to Sleep

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You're in the middle of a dream… and then you wake up. What do you do know? The correct answer is… go back to sleep! After you record your dream in your dream journal, of course. Managing to fall back to sleep after waking up can help you remember that you're dreaming when you start dreaming again, making your chances at lucid dreaming all the better!

Lucid dreaming does take some work to accomplish. You might have to keep a dream journal, and do reality checks. But being able to lucid dream is certainly worth it in the end!

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