We may not remember whether if we dream or not as soon as we awake, but in fact, everyone dreams between 3-6 times/night! Dreams can be entertaining, disturbing, and sometimes frightening.
Did you know that you can take over control of your dream? It’s called a lucid dream. While in a regular dream you’re like watching a movie play out in front of you, in a lucid dream, you become the active participant in that movie!
How to control your dream
Some lucid dreamers are able to influence their dream and even changing the story. This is a great advantage if you’re having a nightmare! However, many experts recommend to let your dreams flow naturally.
But, if you’re curious and interested enough to experience a lucid dream, Mimpi got some tips for you!
Get more REM sleep
The lucid dream usually happens during REM sleep, and spending more time in this stage will increase your chances of a lucid dream. You can extend your REM sleep period if you’re getting enough sleep. Practicing good sleep hygiene habits will help your body get through all four stages of sleep!
Learn more about sleep hygiene here.
Practice reality testing
This is a form of mental training by increasing your metacognition. For this, follow these steps several times of day:
- Ask yourself, “Am I dreaming?”
- Check your environment to confirm whether or not you’re dreaming
- Notice your own consciousness and how you’re engaging with your surroundings
Keep a dream journal
Some studies show that people who kept a dream diary had more lucid dreams because they were more focused on them. Get into the habit of writing down every detail of your dream immediately after you wake up!
Try induction techniques
Lucid dream often happens randomly but, it’s possible to initiate lucid dreaming through these techniques:
Wake Back to Bed (WBTB)
First, wake up after 5 hours of sleep. Then, stay awake briefly. After that, go back to bed to try to enter a REM sleep period.
Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dream (MILD)
Tell yourself that you’ll lucid dream tonight. You can do it before you sleep or when you’re awake during WBTB
Wake-initiated Lucid Dream (WILD)
You’ll need to lay down and relax until you experience a hallucination that occurs when you’re just about to fall asleep.
Mimpi’s mattress can help you!
Similar to any other sleep disturbance, lucid dreaming can also affect the quality of your sleep. It may impact how you function throughout the day, your digestive system, your mood and memory, and your ability to be productive in general. Still, for some, the risks are worth the reward because many people describe it as an amazing experience. Also, when used in therapy, lucid dreaming can reduce mental health issues and increase creativity.
Mimpi’s mattress can help you experience lucid dream by giving you a good night’s sleep which increases your chances of getting REM sleep. We offer amazing support for your body’s natural shape and dynamically adapt to all sleeping positions!
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