The Brain Science of Lucid Dreams

The Brain Science of Lucid Dreams

The Is No Spoon

Lucid dreams are perhaps the most bizarre perceptual experience one can have. You are asleep and dreaming, but suddenly you realize that it’s all just a dream. At that point, you can choose to wake up (I usually do… I don’t think I’ve ever had a lucid dream that wasn’t a nightmare) or you can continue to dream on, with one important advantage. You’re now aware that the world around you is completely made up by your brain. As with the post-awakening of Neo in the movie “The Matrix”, you can bend the physical laws to your liking. You can fly, stop bullets with your bare hands, or even deliver magical punches to the bad guys to make them shrink in size. There is no spoon.

While there are countless techniques touted to induce the state, scientists have largely found low success rates among those who put them to the test.

But, a new study has now identified three tricks that can increase your chances of having lucid dreams. By combining the techniques, the study found participants were more likely to have success in controlling their dreams – and, doing so had no negative effects on the quality of their sleep.


A new study has now identified three tricks that can increase your chances of having lucid dreams: 

1. Reality testing - Check your environment several times a day to see whether or not you're dreaming

2. 'Wake back to bed' - Wake up after five hours, stay awake for a short period, then go back to sleep in order to enter a REM sleep period, in which dreams are more likely to occur

3. MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) - Wake up after five hours of sleep and then develop the intention to remember that you are dreaming before returning to sleep, by repeating the phrase: 'The next time I'm dreaming, I will remember that I'm dreaming.' At the same time, imagine yourself in a lucid dream

Lucid Dream Nootropics


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