One of the biggest problem people have that are wishing to experience lucid dreams is premature awakening. This premature awakening can be frustrating after spending considerable time into achieving lucidity in the first place. These premature awakening can also be manifested as False Awakening Dreams but that is hole other subject.
Stephen LaBerge proposed two ways to extend a lucid dream. The first technique involves spinning one’s dream body. He proposed that when spinning, the dreamer is engaging parts of the brain that might also be involved in REM activity, helping to prolong REM sleep. The second technique is rubbing one’s hands. This technique is intended to engage the dreamer’s brain in producing the sensation of rubbing hands, suppressing the sensation of lying in bed from entering into the dreamer’s awareness. Testing of this Resulted in about 90% of the tested subjects having their dreams prolonged.
Another obstacle to Lucid Dreaming is the excitement of being conscious within a dream. It is important that the dreamer immediately relax upon becoming lucid. There are many methods that work, but in general saturating any of the senses with stimuli from the dream is important. Vision is usually the first sense to fade away, with touch commonly being the last. If the dream starts to fade, grabbing hold of anything close by, the tactile sensation can prevent the dream from fading. Other techniques include shouting in a loud voice, “INCREASE LUCIDITY”. People are often hesitant to do this, but it significantly stabilizes the dream and increases its vividness. Also the action of the dreamer pressing their tongue to the roof of their mouth can greatly increases the realness of the dream.
The experience of losing lucidity and waking up has been described as similar to using a camera to become unfocused on a distant object while refocusing on a much closer one. The distant object (the dream body) blurs out at first and eventually disappears completely as the closer object (the physical body) comes into focus. Using a different analogy to describe the transition, the mental or dream body image slowly evaporates like water on hot pavement, as the normal physical body image coalesces and takes its place.
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