Welcome to week three of Sleep school, thank you for being so punctual. Yesterday it came out in the news, that there is a new pill available on the market which promises to help you control your dreaming. It got us chatting in the office about whether anyone has ever had a lucid dream experience (the general answer was no unfortunately), but it got us thinking, is there everyday things that we can be doing to get us into the right frame of mind to control our dreams?
First things first, “what is lucid dreaming?”, you ask (listen up, here comes the sciency bit). Lucid dreaming is where one is aware that they are dreaming during their REM sleep cycle, and can result in being able to take control of how they want their dreams to go. Fascinating, eh! Ever wanted to fly, travel to a distance planet, or breath underwater? Then why not try pushing the boundaries of possibility and explore lucid dreaming. Of course, it isn’t that easy, and it doesn’t happen over night (sorry!). It can take years of discipline. Not only is it interesting and fun, but research has said that it can help with problem solving and developing mental control in everyday life.
Now, if like us you were not 100% sure that you would want to take medication for this, we thought we would track down some tips and mental workouts that have been known to promote lucid dreaming. So hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen! We have tracked down four ways to get you started. You’ll be the president of Jupiter in no time…
First things first, it is said that to start lucid dreaming, you must pay more attention to experiences in every day life whilst you are awake. Throughout the day question whether you are in a dream or not, and start to do certain actions that make you totally aware that you are awake. Of course, you may want to do these things in private, but one way is to try and poke your finger through your hand. You would assume that it is safe to say your finger will not go through (if it does, then please make your way calmly and very quickly to the emergency room), because if you try this in a dream the possibilities are endless. Becoming aware of how your body is in an awake state has been proven to cause lucidity, as when you are asleep you will be able to look at your hands and know that you are in a dream like state.
Of course, you are welcome to elaborate on this technique, for example asking yourself throughout the day “am I dreaming?” is a great way to reinforce this practice.
Throughout this lesson and process, we would recommend keeping a dream journal to record as you learn, and develop your skills. If like us, you find yourself forgetting why you went into a room, it is also a great way to start to jot down dreams that you have had, and can help with recognizing patterns and symbols, which with practice become crucial for lucid dreaming.
Write down every dream you have, even if it wakes you up during the night make a conscience effort to write down what it was about.
Now this one may seem a little odd, but research has found that having a glass of water before going to sleep is a sure fire way help lucid dreaming. It is obvious that this will wake you up during the night, but it also is a great way to keep you alert, and able to notice your dream as they happen, don’t forget to jot it down in your journal!
Last week we covered off what nutrients can help you get a better sleep, and again eggs have made an appearance. Eggs can help with memory, so will help you remember more about your dreams. So make sure you pop eggs down on your shopping lists this year.
Last but by no means least, when you wake up in the morning, take the time to lie very still and breathe deeply. It is easy to get rudely awoken by a noisy alarm clock, jump out of bed and get ready for the day ahead, and this means that your lovely dreams you had the night before get lost in the havoc. So make time to remember and don’t forget to jot it down.
So there you have it, have any of you had a lucid dream experience? Of course it takes a lot of discipline but we hope that these tips will guide you in the right direction.
Join us next week for lesson 4 of our Sleep School curriculum, don’t be late!