Dream Induced Lucid Dream (DILD): The Easiest Ways To Do It


🌙 Written by Stefan Zugor, international lucid dreaming expert and teacher. Learn how to lucid dream in 7 days or less.

I’m pretty sure you’ve stumbled upon a lucid dreaming method on Titktok but have you heard of the Dream Induced Lucid Dream?

Dr. Stephen LaBerge, a psychophysiologist, has pioneered lucid dreaming research during the last 20 years.

He not only invented one of the most prominent lucid dreaming techniques, but he also led several scientific research on this.

LaBerge’s study has aided researchers in discovering the therapeutic effects of lucid dreaming.

For instance, it might help with problems including PTSD, frequent nightmares, and anxiety.

Lucid dreaming normally occurs on its own. But there are other ways for learning how to lucid dream.

In this article, I’m going to teach you the most natural lucid dreaming induction method which is the DILD.

Want to learn how to do this and how it works?

Let’s dive in!

Dream Induced Lucid Dream

The dream induced lucid dreaming is said to be the most natural lucid dreaming method. But what makes it different from the others?

How Does The Dream Induced Lucid Dream (DILD) Technique Work?

Dream induced lucid dreams or ‘DILD’ for short are dreams in which someone becomes Lucid RANDOMLY and without much planning. Something TRIGGERS the person to become lucid. Here’s everything you need to know.

Here are some ways it could happen:

  • You’ve randomly done a reality check in a dream and it’s worked and made you lucid
  • You’ve tried to read some text in your dream and realized something’s not quite right
  • You’ve seen something in the dream which isn’t quite right
  • You’ve had an echo of a ‘thought’ like an affirmation from a MILD or something you were thinking about before going to sleep
  • You see a dream sign which causes you to ‘know’ you’re dreaming
  • There are some other ways as well, which we’ll cover.

There are more but hopefully, you get the idea. It’s something that happens within a ‘normal’ dream which causes a change in your awareness causing you to become Lucid.

It could be thought of as the most ‘natural’ lucid dreaming technique when compared to other extreme ones such as the Wake back to bed or Supplement induced dreams.

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Types Of Dreams

1. Nightmares
They are the most frightening nightmares, and they cause the most distress. Reading or viewing terrifying movies or books, sleep deprivation, pharmaceutical side effects, or sleep problems might all cause nightmares.

Reading or viewing terrifying movies or books, sleep deprivation, pharmaceutical side effects, or sleep problems might all cause nightmares. f you are under a lot of stress, you may experience these terrifying nightmares. Death or witnessing death, physical violence, being followed or hunted, horror-related dreams, or even prior traumas are common themes in nightmares.

2. The Night Terror
Night terrors are more typical in children than in adults, and they are essentially a sort of sleep disturbance. When a person has a night terror, he or she wakes up startled, with just a hazy remembrance of the dream they witnessed. Others even wake up screaming, moving wildly, and sweating.

3. Lucid Dreams 
These are the ones in which the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming while remaining in the dream. These, like most dreams, occur during Rapid Eye Movement sleep. They aren’t common, but according to one research, 55% of individuals have had them at least once in their lifetimes, making it one of the most uncommon forms of dreams.

4. Daydreams
This is the only sort of dream in which the person is awake while dreaming. They happen consciously, although a person isn’t aware of their surroundings when they happen. They generally involve persons we know or have previously known.

5. Recurring Dreams
These are the dreams that repeat themselves. These might be benign recurrent dreams or even nightmares that stress a major event you’ve had or are thinking about.

6. False awakenings – Dream Types
In this form of a dream, the person feels he or she has awoken yet has not. Waking up in these dreams is essentially a component of the dream.

7. Dreams that are vivid – Dream Types
These are the ones that are most easily recalled and are linked with simply waking up.

These are some of the most common sorts of dreams that people have while sleeping.

Numerous studies say that sleep without dreams is one of the most calming, and our dreams frequently leave our thoughts fatigued.

Whatever it is, dreaming is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating and delightful things that may happen to us.

Especially lucid dreams but not everyone is doing it. Why?

Because it is also a skill to learn. And that’s why we’re here. To teach you how to do it.

How to have a Dream Induced Lucid Dream (10 ways to get started)

The DILD (dream-induced lucid dream) is NOT a specific technique on its own. Rather, it’s a METHOD of becoming lucid, and there are different ways it can work.

Here are 10 simple ways to have a dream-induced lucid dream:

1: Through doing reality checks

By doing reality checks during the day as often as you can, you increase the chances of having a dream-initiated lucid dream. It would look like you just doing a reality check in a dream and then suddenly saying to yourself: ‘I’m dreaming!’. It’s probably the most natural way to have a lucid dream.

2: By recognizing dream signs

Dream signs are recurring symbols or items that you see in your dreams. They’re usually your subconscious mind trying to show you something, but for us lucid dreamers, you can use them to become lucid. If there’s an object that KEEPS popping up again and again in your dreams, you can recognize that, and tell yourself ‘Whenever I see that object again, I’ll know I’m dreaming’.

3: Raising your subconscious awareness

Another great way to have a DILD is to just train your subconscious mind to become lucid more. Every time you’re lucid in your dreams, shout out to the dream itself: ‘Please help me to become lucid faster next time’. Do this every time, and eventually, the dream itself will induce your lucid dream for you!

4: Listening to brainwave entrainment (binaural beats)

Binaural beats are a powerful way to have more lucid dreams, simply by playing a special soundwave through your headphones as you fall asleep. You can get started with these or you could look at my list of all the best binaural beat websites. The way they work is by playing a slightly different frequency in each ear, causing your brain to change its state to match the two tones in the middle (your head).

5: Meditating and focusing on lucidity

Meditation can be used to have DILDs at will. You can either use a guided lucid dreaming meditation technique or you can just meditate to be more aware in general. By meditating for just 10 minutes a day, you massively increase the chances of having a random dream-initiated lucid dream that night.

Meditation statue near a sunset

6: Mnemonics and mantras

The mnemonic induced lucid dreaming technique can be used to have random lucid dreams. Because the MILD is based on repeating mantras and telling yourself ‘I will lucid dream’, it often leads to lots more random lucid dreams or DILDS along the way! It’s a very simple technique to learn, and you can get started tonight!

7: Hypnotizing yourself

Hypnotizing yourself is a great way to have DILDs, but don’t worry you’ll be in full control of this, and you won’t be stuck in a trance-like state, as the movies are so fond of making you believe! This is a powerful and very simple way to have a DILD. Here’s how to get started:

  • Lay on your back as you’re about to fall asleep, and don’t move any muscles
  • Imagine yourself walking down a staircase, with each step making you more relaxed
  • As you go down each step, slowly, tell yourself something like ‘I will become lucid’ or ‘I’m going to control my dreams tonight’
  • Eventually, you’ll be in a lucid dream and you’ll be VERY aware of it!
  • You could try counting instead of the stairs, so just count slowly from 1 to 100, but in between each number say ‘I’m dreaming’ (1, I’m dreaming, 2, I’m dreaming, 3 I’m dreaming, 4, I’m.. ACTUALLY DREAMING WOW!)

8: Using the WBTB technique

The WBTB method is a technique in its own right but it’s a great way to have a dream induced lucid dream as well. when the WBTB is NOT combined with the WILD, it’s just a form of DILD. I know these terms might be starting to mix together now, but let me explain:

When you wake up in the early morning to do a WBTB, you’re normally meant to just go back to sleep, and naturally drift into a lucid dream. That makes it just another form of dream INDUCED lucid dream because it’s natural. When you MIX the WBTB with the wild, it becomes something else. Here’s a quick video about the WBTB:

9: Using a lucid dream mask

There are so many lucid dreaming masks and devices now that it’s hard to know which ones work! That being said, there are a few that will really help you induce lucid dreams naturally. The best ones are the ones that sort of ‘lull’ you to sleep and track your brainwaves.

10: Become a natural lucid dreamer

After a few years of practicing lucid dreaming, you start to have more DILDS naturally. This is a result of you simply being better, more experienced, and have a stronger ‘lucid subconscious’. It’s just like any skill that you practice, eventually, you’ll be good enough that you can do the basics of it with little or no effort. This is one of the reasons I naturally lucid dream a lot without really trying. See this video for more:

Can experts have DILDs every night?

Maybe not every single night, no one’s perfect but skilled lucid dreamers are able to do this technique without much effort at all, it’s something that you get better at with practice. You can get to a point where almost every day just triggers your lucidity naturally and you’re able to control the dream without much effort at all.  It’s certainly a level to work towards and with practice, you’ll get there.

Doing it faster

I have created a technique which is very effective, brand new for 2019 actually. It’s called the 90ILD technique and it let’s you lucid dream in 5 minutes or less. Check it out!

Tips for having a Dream Induced Lucid Dream (DILD)

DILDs are sort of the ultimate goal for lucid dreamers. It’s a natural way of lucid dreaming, and you can do it without much effort, after you’ve built up the skills. Here are some tips and tools to make it easier


  • Get a good dream journal to write down your dreams signs. It’s important to realize your dream signs
  • Listen to binaural beats like these as you fall asleep. They’ll help massively. (If you do that, please keep a dream diary near you, because you’ll want to be able to write down your lucid dreams in detail, they’ll be good!)
  • This technique is not really a technique at all. Don’t be stressed about this one, it’s one of the methods that builds up naturally over time. It won’t work first time probably, so be patient. This is what natural lucid dreamers and skilled dreamers can do! This will be YOU soon!
  • People report having lots of natural lucid dreams as a result of reading my beginners guide to lucid dreaming, because it goes into such detail about what it feels like and how to do it. You might find that useful!

Dream Induced Lucid Dream

Dream induced lucid dreams or ‘DILD’ for short are dreams in which someone becomes Lucid RANDOMLY and without much planning. Something TRIGGERS the person to become lucid. Here’s everything you need to know.

There are many other methods but the dream induced lucid dreaming is said to be the most natural one.

When utilized in therapy, lucid dreaming can aid in the treatment of illnesses such as recurring nightmares and PTSD. Researchers believe it might also help with physical rehabilitation.

Use the strategies given above if you want to lucid dream. These techniques can teach your mind to be aware of its own consciousness during sleeping.

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, PTSD, or any mental health illness, you should consult your doctor.