The MILD technique: is a common technique developed by Stephen LaBerge used to induce a lucid dream at will by setting an intention, while falling asleep, to remember to identify that you are dreaming or to remember to look for dream signs when you are in a dream.
One easy to apply technique is to count your fingers during the waking day, making sure it is done diligently and that you reach the anticipated number. If this is done regularly when awake, similar behavior can persist into your dream, where by some discrepancy from reality, you would then realize that you are dreaming and the dream may well become lucid.
A technique developed by psychologist Stephen Wack of remembering to think about lucid dreaming before you fall sleep is to have a key component that will permit your memory to flashback to the thought of lucid dreaming This could be as simple as a sign taped to your wall that says ‘lucid’ or any other kind of reminder. This will allow the sleeper to participate in the daydreaming of lucid dreaming while entering into REM, steadily increasing the likeliness of achieving lucid dreaming.
The key component in MILD is reviewing in memory the dream from which you have just awoken. When a point is reached in your dream at which an obvious dream sign occurred (e.g., an egg sitting on a chair) you depart from actual memory and replace it with the imagine you became aware of while dreaming. Upon returning to sleep, you will often find yourself back in the same or similar dream, occasionally even encountering similar dream signs.
The wake-back-to-bed technique: is often the easiest way to promote a lucid dream. This technique involves going to sleep and waking up five to six hours later, focusing all your thoughts on lucid dreaming while staying awake for an hour, and returning back to sleep while practicing the MILD technique. This technique has had a 60% success rate in research. This is because the REM cycles get longer as the night goes on, and this technique takes advantage of the best REM cycle of the night. Because this REM cycle is longer and deeper, acquiring lucidity during this longer and deeper REM cycle may result in a longer lucid dream.
The wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD): “occurs when you enter REM sleep with uninterrupted self-awareness straight from the waking state”. There are numerous techniques aimed at entering a WILD. The key to this technique is to recognize the hypnagogic stage, which is contained in the border of being awake and being asleep. If you are successful in remaining aware while this stage occurs, you will eventually enter the dream state while still being fully aware that you are dreaming.
There are key times at which this state is best obtained; while success at normal bedtime after being awake all day is very hard, although it is fairly easy after sleeping for 3–7 hours or in the afternoon during a nap. Techniques for inducing WILDs abound. You may count, visualize yourself climbing or descending stairs, chant, anything to keep your thoughts from drifting, concentrate on relaxing your body from head to toe, remaining calm enough to let your body fall to sleep.
One technique recorded by Stephen Wack is a method of attempting to remain in the dream after realizing that one is experiencing a lucid dream by touching something with a lot of detail such as your hair or running water. One of the most unique interactions a body can experience is touching the tip of the tongue to the roof of one’s mouth. This can be very helpful in remaining in the dream.
The cycle adjustment technique (CAT): developed by Daniel Love, is an effective way to provoke lucid dreaming. It involves adjusting your sleep cycle to promote awareness during the latter part of the sleep. First, you spend one week waking up 90 minutes before normal wake time until their sleep cycle begins to adjust. After the sleep cycle adjustment phase, the regular wake times and early wake times alternate daily. On the days with the regular wake times, the body is ready to wake up, and this increases alertness, making lucidity more likely.
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