Today, I’m going to share a powerful tip that could nearly double your success rate with lucid dream induction techniques, based on findings from my latest research!
In my National Australian Lucid Dream Induction Study, I found that when people were able to fall asleep within five minutes of completing the Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) technique, they were 86.2% more likely to have lucid dreams compared to when they took more than five minutes to return to sleep.
This makes sense if you think about it. If you're able to fall asleep quickly after forming a strong MILD intention to remember that you're dreaming next time you're dreaming, then it's more likely that your intention will remain active in your mind and carry over into the dream state. This in turn makes it more likely that you will then notice that you are dreaming when you are in a dream, and become lucid.
In my most recent study, the International Lucid Dream Induction Study (ILDIS), I replicated this finding using the criterion of ten minutes instead of five minutes. The effect was similar to my earlier NALDIS study, and it applied to both the MILD technique and to the SSILD technique.
Therefore, if you want to maximise your lucid dreaming success rate, you’ll need to experiment a little bit to get your level of wakefulness just right when you wake up after five hours of sleep to do MILD or SSILD, so you can get back to sleep within five to ten minutes.
Try these tips to get the right level of wakefulness:
If you’re falling asleep too quickly (before finishing the technique), you can try putting the alarm on the other side of the room so you’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off, turning the lights on when the alarm goes off, and reading about lucid dreaming for a few minutes before doing the technique. This will help increase your wakefulness so you don't fall asleep too quickly.
If instead, you’re having trouble getting back to sleep after doing the technique, you can try keeping the lights off, using a quieter alarm tone, minimising movement when you wake up, or drinking a full glass of water before going to bed so that you wake up naturally instead of using an alarm. This will make it easier to return to sleep once you have performed your lucid dreaming technique.
If you can employ this simple but powerful tip and minimise the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep after doing MILD or SSILD, you can expect to have a greatly increased chance of having a lucid dream!
I hope you find this tip useful in your lucid dreaming practice and I hope you have a great week ahead!
Dr. Denholm Aspy
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