Lucid dreaming is an experience which can be exciting, fun, interesting and even frightening at the same time. When this happens, you are dreaming and are completely aware than you are that dream. but it’s actually great to dream while knowing that you are dreaming. Trying to achieve the state of lucid dreaming is something that requires effort and practice, but also has positive effect on your overall health and help you sleep faster and better, which is great if you are dealing with insomnia.
Are you ready to try and have your first lucid dream experience? Here are some things that you can follow:
You need to understand a little bit of science to unlock the door to lucid dreams. The first thing that you can do is to try to increase the melatonin levels in the body, which you can do with the following:
1. Have a consistent sleeping schedule
Having regular sleeping patterns allows your body to follow a regular sleeping schedule, making it easy for you to fall asleep each night.
2. Sleep in darkness
Studies show that melatonin levels are at its highest at night, when you are sleeping in complete darkness. Sleeping in complete darkness helps you have more vivid dreams and also promotes better dream recall.
3. Eat the right food
Some types of foods increase melatonin levels in the body. Also known as lucid foods, they increase the chances of lucidity and will help you achieve lucid dreams. These foods include mustard, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cherries, tomatoes and bananas. Food items like cheese, yogurt, milk and eggs are rich in protein are also lucid-dream friendly
4. Limit your contact with technology (or work with them!)
Bright lights from spending too much time on the computer or watching too much television can reduce your melatonin levels, so limit your time with electronics especially before bedtime.
On the flip side of the coin, you can make use of specific kinds of technology, like iPods and mp3 players so you can listen to some subliminal audio files or binaural beats. These audio files can alter your brainwaves to a more receptive state, so that you can dream better.
5. Smell the right stuff
Scents have a powerful effect on the brains limbic system, and the right scent can evoke specific types of emotions or memories, which may spill over to your sleep, leading to that elusive lucid dream.
6. Think about a specific dream
They call this incubation, which means that before sleeping, you should already start thinking about a dream that you would want to have. Think of a specific dream when you’re about to doze off, and you are more likely to experience that dream when you fall asleep.
Meditation has many benefits, and is a powerful tool to help in lucid dreaming. It opens your mind and creates a state of awareness, so that you are more sensitive to subconscious messages that come in your dreams.
These tips will help you experience lucid dreaming over time, and when you do – just enjoy the ride. Some people or figures you may encounter in your dreams may be scary, but all of these are reflections of yourself, so don’t be afraid to go on that adventure and have fun!