False awakenings are just one of the scary things about lucid dreaming that we all have to deal with, it’s only worse when we have false awakening LOOPS!
A false awakening loop is when you dream about waking up over and over again, sometimes even up to 10 times or more without knowing WHICH time you’re actually awake. They can be confusing, scary and sometimes just plain annoying.
There are some simple ways you can stop having false awakening loops, and you can actually learn how to use this weird experience to your advantage. A false awakening is a normal and natural part of sleep, and every has one at some point in their lives.
Some people experience them more than others, just like some people experience sleep paralysis more than others. It’s all about awareness, and by just slightly changing the way you think about false awakenings, you can avoid them altogether.
How to avoid false awakening loops
A FA loop as we said is repeated dreams about waking up, where you’re not sure if you’re dreaming or not. It can look like this:
You get out of bed, put your slippers on and walk downstairs. You think about what to have for breakfast, cornflakes or toast.. You had cornflakes yesterday but toast would be a bit too much right now..
You move over to the kettle and start thinking about what time it is, and how long you have before you need to be at work. You panic and start moving a bit faster. You feel rushed even though you know you have time to get ready, but what WAS the time?
You’re back in your bed. Was that all a dream? It felt so real… Anyway, I better get up for work and make some breakfast..
And so on. These loops can happen multiple times per night, and they can be really scary or annoying for some people. You don’t know for sure when you’re awake or asleep, and you can’t really control it or bring it into lucidity. Why?
Well, the basis for false awakenings is debatable. Some people think it’s due to stress, or anxiety, others think it’s due to bad sleep. There are lots of theories as to why we experience false awakenings but it’s not known for certain.
I personally think that it’s in part due to stress or being forced to do something you don’t want to do in the morning. For example if you’re stressed about getting up on time for work, but you don’t WANT to go to work, you’ll likely have a false awakening.
What’s really happening is you’re having a mini nightmare or just a bad dream about doing the thing you don’t want to do. It’s commonly known that if you really are scared of something, at some point you’ll have a bad dream or a nightmare about it. Why?
Because what you focus on, you experience more of. The solution is to try and think about negative things less, and try and DO what you enjoy, rather than get up and panic about getting to a job you hate.
Turning FL loops into lucid dreams
I’m going to share a very simple and powerful tip with you which will let you turn all those false awakening experience into beautiful lucid dreams.
The tip is:
Every time you wake up, do a reality check.
Yep, it’s literally that simple. The second you wake up, EVERY TIME you wake up, do a mindful reality check like pushing your finger through your palm. This will almost guarantee that you never have false awakenings again.
It will almost guarantee that when you would normally have a string of false awakenings, or get stuck in the FA loop, instead you’ll just have a string of lucid dreams, otherwise known as dream-chaining or lucid linking.
This works because when you first wake up, the first thing you think about should be mindfulness. You should think ‘am I awake?’ Instead of just opening your eyes and assuming that you’re awake and not dreaming. That’s why the best time to do a reality check is when you first wake up! Test it!