Lucid Dreaming is the ability to be aware of your dreams, and control them. I know, I know: You want to know how to lucid dream right now, easily, don’t you? Lots of people do. You’re not alone!
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Before we go any further, this is going to be a fairly long post, so feel free to bookmark it if you want to come back to it later. So assuming you’re a beginner and don’t know much about the subject, Lucid Dreaming is basically the ability to ‘wake up’ in your mind and control your dream. It allows you to do almost anything and it all feels very real.
This is assuming you know at least what lucid dreaming is. Don’t worry, clicking it will open in a new tab so you won’t lose this page.
Now that that’s out of the way, we can start talking about the easy way to lucid dream tonight. If you know a little bit about all of this, then it will make more sense. We’re talking here about the best way to induce a lucid dream quickly.
So it’s about having one tonight, with as little practice as possible, for the people who want results fast. This is the best way to get fast results. They’re not guaranteed, and it’s not for everyone, but if you want to skip the basics and just dive right in, this is how to do it..
Will this be your first Lucid Dream?
Something to consider before we dive in is whether this is your first lucid dream or not. If you’ve done this before, and are just looking for a way to speed the process up and get results quicker, then that’s fine, read on.
If you’re looking for a way to lucid dream tonight and it’s your very first one, (how exciting!) then we just need to explain a couple of things. Lucid Dreaming is very intense, and the experience is different for everyone. If you don’t want to try it, then don’t. It’s no more dangerous than just going to sleep normally, but emotionally, you may experience things you aren’t prepared for.
Examples of this include becoming lucid, willing a ‘lost relative or friend’ to appear, and then being distressed or emotionally unstable when you wake up. It’s not very common, but just be aware that you will be aware in the dream, and it will seem very real to you.
We need to just explain this sort of thing to people who are just starting so they don’t get a nasty shock. So, let’s get to the good stuff already, you want to know how to lucid dream tonight, with as little waiting as possible. Okay!
How To Have a Lucid Dream Tonight guaranteed*
*Almost. Of course, I can’t totally guarantee you’ll do it because everyone’s different. It my take you a while, or it make take you a day.
To start with, do some basic prep, get your room nice and clean, make sure there won’t be any light coming into the room from computer screens etc later, get the room as dark as possible when you go to sleep. We should mention at this point, that the method shown here is going to involve waking up a little bit earlier than you normally do, only for a few seconds, it’s literally to just wake up your mind.
You won’t need to get out of bed, don’t worry. For the scientists/technical people among you, the method is called the ‘Wake Back To Bed Technique‘, and as the name suggests it involves setting an alarm, ‘waking up’ your mind and then going back to bed. There are very good reasons for this; your brain is most active during REM sleep, which happens a couple of hours before you wake up naturally.
If you have time, maybe go to the shop and get some basic dream aids such as incense, pillow spray, background noise etc. If you don’t have time, then try and learn some basic relaxation techniques. (You can find these things on my Lucid dreaming tools page).
Step 1 – Spend the rest of the day reading about Lucid Dreaming
So this is where we’ll start. For the rest of the day until you go to bed, think about lucid dreaming. Read about it, talk to your friends about it, think about what you’re going to do in your lucid dream.
The key is to get yourself focused on what you’re about to do.
If you’ve never done this before, make sure to read lucid dreaming stories from other people who have done it, to get the feel of what you’re in for. Read about their experiences and try and imagine what yours will be like. The dreaming blog is a good place to start..
Step 2 – Do lots of ‘Reality Checks’
Right this second, as you’re reading this, draw a small ‘A’ on your palm. This means ‘awake’ and whenever you see this, (which should be a fair few times) ask yourself ‘Am I dreaming?’.
This is called a reality check.
We have more information on reality checks if you want to read, but for now, just ask yourself ‘Am I Dreaming’ as many times as you possibly can until you go to sleep. Really ask yourself the question as well, think about it and where you were 10 minutes ago, to make sure you’re not dreaming.
The more times you do this the better your chances are of lucid dreaming tonight. Ask the question really clearly to yourself, and ‘prove to yourself that you’re awake’ by trying to push your finger through your other palm.
Combine this with the question ‘Am I Dreaming?’. OH by the way, lots of people struggle with reality checks. Getting them to actually SHOW UP in your dreams can be difficult, so if that’s you, read my complete guide to reality checks for lucid dreaming.
Step 3 – Turn of all screens an hour before bed
Right before you go to bed, don’t look at any screen.
Turn your phone on to silent, (but make sure the alarm still works) and don’t watch any more TV. This is because you want your body to produce enough of the hormones that make you sleepy, and these are slowed down by artificial light.
If possible, turn the lights down or off and just relax for a bit, if not then just read a book for an hour or so before going to bed. This really starts to wind you down and relax your mind. You could even wear a sleep mask and just meditate.
Step 4 – Set your alarm
This is the first stage of the Wake back to bed method for lucid dreaming. Whatever time you normally wake up, set your alarm about 2 hours before that. If you normally wake up at 9, set the alarm for 7. Choose an alarm that is going to wake you up but isn’t too loud.
You want something soothing and easy to listen to, and you need to put your phone close enough to you that you can turn it off without getting out of bed, and without opening your eyes. A great wake up tune is my alarm tune ‘Heartbeat – Nneka‘ because it starts with a soft piano tune.
Whatever alarm you decide to have, make sure it’s not going to snooze, you want it to wake you up one time and then turn off. When you’ve set your alarm, make sure you have your dream diary on hand with a working pen on top of it. Have all of these things within reach from the bed, so you don’t need to get out.
Because this is the WBTB method essentially, it’s pretty much easy lucid dreaming. You’ll usually find that this works really well. If you’d like another easy technique, you could also try the SSILD technique as this is very beginner friendly!
Step 5 – Wake up with your eyes closed
This is going to bed the hard part. You want to wake up to the alarm, without opening your eyes. Keep your eyes wide shut, so to speak. This means wake your mind up, but keep your eyes shut. It doesn’t matter all that much if you do open your eyes for a second or so, but it’s best not to.
You want to basically go right back to sleep as soon as you’ve turned the alarm off. This is why it’s called ‘wake back to bed’ because you’re literally waking up for a second only to go back to sleep. But, there is a hugely important thing to remember here.
This next stage, the final stage to having a lucid dream tonight is the most important, as you’re going to be performing a wake induced lucid dream; sort of. It’s more like a combination between a WBTB and a wake induced. Because you’ve woken up early, you’re going to be activating your brain, but you will also be going back to sleep.
This is why we asked you to perform loads of reality checks, because hopefully, if you accidentally drift off, you’ll do the reality check in the dream and become lucid anyway. It’s sort of like a fail safe. Because this is all about how to lucid dreaming tonight, we’re throwing everything at you at once. The reality checks can be used on their own as a method, but in order to lucid dream tonight it’s best to do everything.
So the main part of this method is what happens next. You’ve woken up early, turned your alarm off and are now laying there awake with your eyes closed. Next, you are going to ‘stay awake’ in your mind, but let your body drift off to sleep.
Now, this may be scary for you if you’ve not done it before, because you’ll experience what’s known as ‘sleep paralysis’ where your body is unable to move but your mind is awake and self aware. You’re basically going to feel your body shut itself down, all while being aware in your head. Don’t worry, it’s nothing to be afraid of.
– It’s not dangerous in any way
– It’s the way you’ll be able to lucid dream tonight
– When you’ve done this a couple of times, it will be fun and easy!
– It may feel weird and scary but just relax, and don’t try to move
So like we said before, you’re going to be laying there, awake, but your body will be frozen. The reason for this is that you’ve interrupted yourself during REM sleep, so your body goes into overdrive and tries to put you straight back into that deep state of sleep. The key here though is to ‘stay awake’ while this happens.
You’re going to keep focused and thinking while your body shuts down, and this is what puts you directly into a dream which is lucid from the start, because your mind never goes to sleep at all with this method. Hopefully you’ve followed up to this point..
Step 6 – Perform a ‘WBTB’
Don’t worry I’ll explain what this is and how it works. You’re laying there, frozen, eyes closed and mind awake. Now just relax and allow yourself to drift into what’s best described as hallucinations. You’ll see colors, shapes, flashes of scenery and random people. You may even hear sounds.
At first they’ll be random and unformed but as you drift into it they’ll start to link together and last for longer than just a few seconds. Soon enough you’ll be so deeply involved that you’ll be able to look around, and that’s it. You’re in a lucid dream, and can control it completely. Some things to remember about lucid dreaming, specially if this is your first time..
– Don’t get too excited, you’ll just wake yourself up too quickly
– Relax, and ‘guide; the dream rather than controlling it at first. Explore it
– If you get too excited, you’ll wake up. Needs to be said again, because you’ll kick yourself when you wake up
– Enjoy it! not many people know how to lucid dream, so enjoy the fact you’ve just had your first Lucid Dream!
I have a more detailed guide to the wake back to bed method, but I didn’t want to have loads and loads of text in this article as I wanted this to be a sort of introduction to get you lucid dreaming fast. Go and read that post if you’re still interested at this stage and haven’t given up!
The most important things to remember
There are a few things that are VERY important to remember if you really want this to happen.
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Don’t try too hard. Beginners often try to lucid dream so hard and this is the reason they can’t. It’s something that you have to just let happen in many ways. It’s like trying to go to sleep. You can’t TRY and fall asleep, it just sort of happens. You don’t really remember the moment you actually fall asleep and that’s because it happens automatically when you’re ready.
Try and relax, and not try so hard. This is easier said than done because of course you really want it to happen, but really make an effort to just relax and let things unfold naturally. Still focus on your intent and tell yourself ‘I will control my dreams tonight’ but let it happen rather than try and force it to happen.
Another really important thing to remember is that your attitude towards it plays a big part. If you’re approaching it with the mentality of ‘I want to do this, therefore if it doesn’t work, I’ll just get angry and storm off’ then it won’t happen. Approach it with an open mind and don’t doubt yourself.
Did it work?
So hopefully this guide worked for you, it’s a little rough in places, or may seem to miss a few details which the more experienced dreamers will probably notice, but that’s because this is intended as an article on how to lucid dream tonight, with the focus being on results now.
It’s not always possible to attain results right away, but for lucid dreaming, this should give beginners a fairly good chance of doing it first time. If you set the alarm for 2 hours before wake up time you will have a very high chance of doing it right. If you truly want to learn to control your dreams, here are some places to get started.
The next step if you’re serious about lucid dreaming
If you’re really serious about learning to control your dreams and you REALLY want it to happen, you need to build up the HABITS you’ll need to lucid dream. There are things you must do every single day which over time will help you naturally lucid dream whenever you want. These are very important, and learning the wrong things will mean you’ll waste HOURS.
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