The 5 best lucid dreaming techniques

Lucid Dreaming Techniques

Many people who want to go lucid in a dream may be wondering what the best lucid dreaming techniques are. While there are many publicized methods, not all of them produce the same effective results.

There have been a few key studies on how to learn lucid dreaming techniques and these are five of the most effective methods.

1. Light-Based Lucid Dreaming Masks

Lucid dreaming masks are masks that have embedded LED lights near the eyes that flash while sleeping. The lights are strong enough to be seen through closed eyelids but not enough to wake a person up.

lucid dreaming light mask
lucid dreaming light mask

The lights cause a lucid dream induction since the mind will remember that flashing lights mean that a dream is happening.

The mask doesn’t do the entire job for a person but it is one of the more effective methods to trigger self-awareness while in a dream state.

These type of devices are also very effective when used in conjunction with binaural beats and other brain entertainment technology.

1. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)

This technique is a simple but effective method. It involves thinking about what you want to do before you go to sleep. Imagine an environment, such as the beach in the middle of the summer.

Set up the scene in your mind before you go to bed. As you sleep, your mind will follow the unconscious action of the dream.

It can take time for this method to work, so be prepared for a few misses before getting it right.

3. The Reflection Technique

Lucid dream techniques don’t always happen only at night. This one starts in the daytime. A person will ask themselves if they are awake or dreaming several times throughout the day.

This questioning will allow the person to develop a critical attitude of consciousness. When dreaming does occur, the unusual and improbable world of dreams will allow a person to recognize the dream state.

Becoming more self-aware during the day will translate into becoming more self-away while sleeping as well.

4. Napping

This is one of the lucid dreaming methods that is incredibly simple but effective. It was a technique developed in the 1970s and morning napping can be used for lucid dream induction.

This technique involves waking up an hour earlier than normal, staying awake for 30 minutes, and then going back to sleep. This increases your chances of lucid dreaming since a person has already been awake and is more self-aware.

5. Wake Induced Lucid Dreams

This technique will take some time and practice but is effective as well. Start while falling into sleep and repeating the mantra, “I’m dreaming” in your mind while drifting off to sleep.

WILD lucid dream technique
WILD lucid dream technique

As you fall further into sleep, use visualization to picture a desired dream scene. Make the landscape or situation as rich as possible.

As you put yourself into the scene, allow your body to complete the final step into sleep. With the right method, you will immediately enter your dream while being self-aware.

These are the 5 best lucid dreaming techniques to be used today. It can take some time and practice to use any of them.

Try out one or more to see which is the most effective method.

Using Binaural Beats for Lucid Dreaming

me listening to my binaural beats

Heinrich Wilhelm Dove was a physicist and a meteorologist in Liegnitz in the Kingdom of Prussia – a defunct German Kingdom that existed from the 18th century to the 20th century and occupied territory in many of present-day countries – who was born in 1803.

In 1839, he is credited for discovering binaural beats; a technique in which, when two slightly different frequencies are played in each ear, a perception of interference beats is produced at the same rate as would be created physically.

For binaural beats to work, stereo headphones or earphones must be used.

This is to enable the two frequencies to be delivered together without interfering outside the ear.

If they did, as would happen with loud speakers, it would then become monaural beats.

binaural beats and Heinrich Wilhelm Dove

Brainwave Entrainment

Brain entrainment is altering your brain waves and stimulating the brain into entering specific moods; mostly of relaxation.

Although binaural beats use sound, other entrainment techniques may use light or electromagnetic waves.

Besides binaural beats, other entrainment methods include:

• Monaural beats – Just like binaural beats, they involve two tones with the same intensity.

How Binaural Beats WorkThese tones are however mixed at source and the single tone resulting from it is made to pulse on and off in desired patterns.

• Isochronic tones – They have a pulsating tone that is achieved from turning on and off.

They employ a distinct and clean wave form that efficiently harmonizes with the brain.

They are often used with monaural and binaural beats. Isochronic tones are considered the most effective of sound entrainment.

• Sound and light Entrainment – As the name suggests, this is an audio-visual form of entrainment.

The light strobes in time with the beats which makes this a very powerful method. Its effects kick in almost immediately.

• Electromagnetic Entrainment – This method uses small, pulsing electromagnetic waves and is extremely fast-acting.

Binaural Beats

In 1973, Dr. Gerald Oster researched and presented a paper in the Scientific American. The paper was titled “Auditory Beats in the Brain”.

let the binaural beats beginIn the paper, he discussed how the brain interprets frequency signals to produce binaural effect.

This paper led to more research in the field of brain entrainment to what we have today.

Using binaural beats for lucid dreaming

Lucid dreaming involves having a dream and being aware at the same time. This means that you are aware of the fact that you are having a dream.
Brainwaves are known to have specific frequencies such as the gamma, beta, alpha, theta and delta waves.

Binaural beats can be set to work on any of those frequencies but the best frequency for lucid dreaming is the theta frequency.

This is between the 4Hz and 8Hz range.

To achieve lucid dreams using binaural beats, follow the following steps:
1) Since this works differently for different people, it is advisable to have a paper to note down what works for you. This is to have an easier time if you decide to try again.

2) You need to successfully perform either the Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILD) or the Wake Back To Bed Method (WBTB).

3) Get sleep first. Ideally around 6 hours and then wake up as this is where you are most likely to experience lucid dreams.

4) Relax and play your chosen binaural beats. Remember to use stereo headphones.

Binaural Beats Lucid Dreaming Video