Module 3: Long Term VS Short Term Techniques
LESSON 7: Long and Short Term Techniques Compared
This is an incredibly important lesson, talking about the difference between ‘long term’ and ‘short term’ techniques.
You need to use BOTH if you want to lucid dream often. Also, I explain my custom technique that’s the most effective of them all.
It takes BOTH types of technique to really master lucid dreaming! You can use the 90ILD technique to make sure you have a lucid dream, to get you in the mood, and motivated. You should focus on LONG TERM techniques, because they don’t involve interrupting your sleep quality
- There are SHORT and LONG term techniques for lucid dreaming. The short term ones usually damage your sleep quality, and you’ll feel tired the next day
- You can use both types of techniques, but you should have a balance between them. Remember that your sleep QUALITY is always the most important thing.
- The 90ILD technique is a powerful way of lucid dreaming in the SHORT term, but I’ll explain the 90ILd more in the specific video for that technique, and the notes below
LESSON 8: Long Term Techniques
Long term techniques refers to things you can do that will make it likely you’ll lucid dream RANDOMLY, in the future.
This is what I would suggest you spend most of your time trying to learn, once you know you can lucid dream and you know roughly what to expect.
It might take a bit longer to get results with this, and it’s a bit less exciting. That’s because you can’t MAKE SURE you’ll lucid dream with a long term technique.
That being said, please stick with it and be patient.
It’s worth learning this the right way, otherwise you’ll become one of those obsessed crazy lucid dreamers who are sacrificing sleep QUALITY for short term lucid dreams.
- Read: The MILD technique explained (A very reliable long term technique)
- Read: The book written by the author and creator of the MILD technique!
LESSON 9: Short Term Techniques
Short term techniques are a little bit more exciting. They refer to techniques that you can do TONIGHT, and make it quite likely you’ll lucid dream the first or second time you try them.
I know that sounds better, but trust me, it’s not. It’s good at the start, and I would encourage you to try these techniques at the start of your journey, but not long term. If you’ve NEVER had a lucid dream, then yes try these techniques.
The reason is that short term techniques damage your sleep quality, and one of the main reasons I learned how to lucid dream was to IMPROVE myself. You can’t easily improve yourself if you’re feeling tired, weak and depressed the next day, because you didn’t sleep well.
- Watch: The stages of sleep explained (Better understanding of how sleep works, and why it’s important to get ENOUGH sleep)
- Read: Improving your REM sleep in easy steps
LESSON 10: 90ILD Technique
- The 90ILD technique is a short term technique that will make it easy to have lucid dreams in the short term. This is very similar to the ‘emergency lucid dreaming’ technique I explained previously
- It’s easy to replicate this, and it should never be used more than one day in a row because your sleep quality will decline rapidly
- Set your alarm to go off after 90 minutes, and EVERY 90 minutes throughout the night. This interruption will make it very likely you’ll wake up just before your REM sleep, meaning you’re VERY likely to lucid dream and remember them
- You should be able to remember about 3-5 vivid dreams in one night, and at least 1-2 of them should be lucid, even if it’s just for a few seconds
- The first time it wakes you up, nothing might happen. Stay patient, and focus on doing this for the WHOLE night, and see what happens
- You might find it useful to use my free lucid dreaming app to set these reminders and wake yourself up at these random times in the night
LESSON 11: WBTB Technique
The WBTB refers to the ‘wake back to bed’ technique. This can actually be modified a few ways, and there are some different variations of this. It refers to any technique where you set an alarm, wake up, and then go BACK to bed.
Usually you’ll go back to bed with the INTENTION of lucid dreaming. This alone is normally enough to get you to become lucid, but you can vary it a bit and add in different twists.
The REASON this technique involves waking up and going back to bed, is because you’re trying to do two things.
1: To interrupt your sleep to get a spike in serotonin, which makes it more likely you’ll become lucid, and:
2: To wake up just before your REM sleep, and then go back to sleep with the intention of directly entering a lucid dream. (This is also the most effective time to take dream supplements, if you’re going to take them).
There are many variations, for example thinking about certain sensations, things, thoughts, emotions and visualisations AS you fall back asleep. you can play around with it to get the perfect mixture of habits and focus points.
- Watch: How to fall asleep even if you’re not tired (Makes the WBTB easier)
- Read: WBTB VS WILD Technique (To help you choose)
LESSON 12: WILD Technique
The WILD technique is actually one of the most commonly taught and known techniques in the lucid dream space online. I’m not sure why though, as it’s the most difficult and unreliable one, in my experience.
Also, in the experience of many beginners who try it, it’s just not that effective. I should make it clear, the technique WORKS VERY WELL, when you can meditate, focus for a certain length of time, and know how it works.
But for beginners, it’s tough to get it right, and if you don’t time it right, you’ll be laying there for potentially 60 minutes or more, WAITING to fall asleep (if you even do in the end!)
- Watch: Why the WILD technique can be so difficult
- Watch: What if you can’t go back to sleep very easily?
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