How To Lucid Dream Without WAKING UP!


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

Are you curious if you can lucid dream without waking up?

Perhaps you’ve tried to lucid dreams with an alarm because you’ve read a post.

Maybe you’ve seen a tutorial video where it tells you how to lucid dream in 5 minutes.

What you do, according to them is set your alarm for 4 AM, wake up, and then go back to bed.

The next day, you feel sluggish and you can’t concentrate on your work.

Maybe your spouse or roommate is suddenly giving you the silent treatment and you don’t know why. But actually, you do.

Also, your dog is sleeping all day and you try to play catch with him but he ignores you.

If you’ve tried that then you know it’s quite annoying.

Okay, the waking up thing does work reliably if you do it right but don’t you want to learn how to lucid dream without an alarm?

So without having to wake up early and annoy yourself, your partner, or your dog?

In this blog post, I will teach you exactly how to do that.

Let’s dive in!

Lucid Dream Without Waking Up

Lucid dreaming is fun and all that. You know, flying in the dream, meeting your dream guy, jumping off a building, and landing on a cake. It’s all fun and games until you’re sluggish the next day and you start looking like a panda. 

How do you lucid dream without waking up? Is lucid dreaming without sleep deprivation even possible?

How Can I Lucid Dream Without Waking Up?

There are two ways that you can lucid dream without waking up. You can rely on background techniques such as the MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) or the DILD (dream-induced lucid dreams).

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We’ll discuss that further in a bit. Before that, I know our attention spans are getting lower and lower so, for this blog post, I encourage you to please close all the other tabs and put your full attention into reading this.

Is Lucid Dreaming Healthy?

Lucid dreaming is generally healthy unless you use techniques that require you to wake up at weird times.

Don’t get sleep-deprived because of lucid dreaming.

As I mentioned, the techniques telling you to set early alarms do work but they make you tired.

It ruins your sleep quality so apart from making you feel sluggish, it’s really not beneficial for your health.

It’s not realistic and it’s not sustainable because you can’t do that every night. If you do, you’ll lucid dream but you’ll be sleep-deprived.


So I encourage you to do it in the right way. That is, lucid dreaming while keeping yourself healthy.

And you know, there are also benefits to lucid dreaming.

Lucid Dreaming Benefits

Some people’s mental health may benefit from lucid dreaming.

An International Dream Research poll asked 528 people how they employed lucid dreaming.

Among the most common benefits of lucid dreaming were conquering dreams and phobias, spiritual development and inner work, cosmic exploration, and emotional, mental, and physical healing.

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Many participants, particularly men and young individuals, used lucid dreams to make their wishes come true. Women and older dreamers were more likely to lucid dream for inner work or healing.

In terms of how dreamers felt when they awoke, lucid dreaming resulted in neutral or, in the event of wish fulfillment, positive vibes.

Another study on lucid dreaming as a therapy for nightmares in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder showed that although it had no effect on nightmares, participants reported decreased anxiety and depression upon completing the therapy.

The researchers found that LDT or lucid dreaming therapy might be used as a supplement to treat PTSD-related nightmares.

The ability to control parts of the lucid dream influences whether or not the experience is beneficial to one’s mental health.

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Why You Can’t Lucid Dream

If you’re experiencing problems lucid dreaming, it might be related to poor sleep quality.

Sleep is the most crucial ‘biohack’ or strategy you may apply to improve your mood. Your body requires sleep, and getting enough of it may greatly boost everything else in your life.

Nature’s way of replenishing your body is sleep. You should be waking up feeling rejuvenated and full of life. It should give you energy rather than deplete it.

Apart from that, if you don’t get proper sleep, you won’t get into REM or rapid eye movement sleep and you won’t be able to lucid dream.

I talk more about this in this blog post about how to lucid dream in 5 minutes.

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If you have trouble falling asleep or waking up, you should consult a doctor about how to improve your sleep habits.

It is possible to sleep for 9 hours or more without falling into a deep sleep. You might not realize that you’re deep sleep deficient unless you’re tracking your sleep. That is why it is critical to track your sleep.

I have this sleep-better action plan if you want to know you can get better sleep quality naturally. It tells you how you can increase your sleep and improve its quality by helping you understand how you should sleep and what ideal sleep looks like.

How To Lucid Dream Without Waking Up

Most people give up on lucid dreaming because of how complicated the process is with setting alarms and all. They don’t know it’s possible to lucid dream without waking up.

Not only is it possible but it’s also incredibly easy. Here’s how you can do this:

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1: Rely On Background Techniques

If you’re gonna try to lucid dream, I highly recommend you rely on background techniques.

By background techniques, I mean those techniques that don’t require you to interrupt your sleep.

What are these techniques? The MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) or the DILD (dream-induced lucid dreams).

The MILD and DILD techniques have been proven to be the most effective. They will be the most reliable and the most consistent techniques.

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By the way,  there’s a whole section on this in the Lucid dreaming Bootcamp, which is a proven printable template that guarantees that you will lucid dream in less than two weeks.

This is one of the golden keys to lucid dreaming and it really comes back down to the background techniques.

It really focuses on the basic things: mindset, affirmations, intentions, and belief.

So by focusing on background techniques, things like the mild, you don’t need to set an alarm because the technique is literally your self-awareness and perspective, memory, the ability to remember to do something in the future,

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2: Try The MILD Technique

Dr. Steven Laberge developed the Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreams (MILD) induction technique. The approach is intended for beginners and assists in becoming self-aware of your dreams.

When you follow the procedures, the MILD approach for lucid dreaming DOES work, but because it is dependent on anything happening randomly in the dream, it cannot provide you with instant lucid dreams anytime you desire.

It must be ingrained in your routines to increase the likelihood of having a lucid dream. As with any method, it is essential to practice it on a regular basis and not to rely only on only one thing.

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According to researchers from the International Lucid Dream Induction Study (ILDIS). The success of the mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD), was dependent on individuals falling back to sleep immediately after performing it.

You can read more about this in this MILD technique blog post.

3: Go A Step Further With The DILD Technique

DILDs are sort of the pinnacle of lucid dreaming. It’s a natural form of lucid dreaming and once you’ve mastered it, you can do it without any effort.

No one is flawless, but expert lucid dreamers can do this method with little effort.

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With DILD or dream-induced lucid dreaming, you can come to the point where practically every day you can spontaneously trigger your lucidity and control the dream. It’s a level to strive for.

Don’t be stressed about this one as it’s one of the strategies that build up gradually over time. It might not work the first time so be patient. This is what lucid dreamers and natural lucid dreamers do.

With practice, you will be able to reach this level of lucid dreaming.

If you want to know how to do this, here are 10 ways to have dream-induced lucid dreams.

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4: Top That With The Mental Techniques

After that, you can throw in other mental techniques like meditation, self-awareness reflection, and mantras.

In this case, if you train yourself to do reality checks at certain times, you’ve cracked the code.

If you can train yourself to do a reality check, to remember to do a test in 3 or 5 hours’ time, and do that consistently in the day, then it’s guaranteed almost that you will lucid dream.

If you set the intention to do it when you go to sleep, once you get to the REM sleep cycle, you will remember to do it and become lucid again.

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I break this down in the lucid breakthrough course. People are really getting crazy results. People who have struggled for years learn this system and they’re getting guaranteed lucid dreams most nights with very little effort if any.

So if you want to learn where to jump down the rabbit hole, you really want to be focusing on things like improving your memory, your focus,  doing brain training as well as meditation.

These things are really going to help you with actually learning things that will get you to become lucid more often.

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Why Do I Lucid Dream Every Night?

According to research, when a person lucid dreams every night, they have increased functional connectivity between aPFC and temporoparietal association areas. These are parts of the brain normally deactivated during sleep. It could also mean you are spiritually gifted. 

If you want to know for sure if you are, I have made a list of signs you have spiritual gifts. 

What Causes Lucid Dreams?

During REM sleep dreaming, “a change in brain activity in the direction of waking” triggers the transition to lucid dreaming. This creates a “hybrid” scenario where you’re partly in REM sleep and waking.

Is Lucid Dreaming Dangerous?

Lucid dreaming is not dangerous. It can be scary but it is all only in your mind. The body keeps you safe by making sure your body is asleep so you don’t suddenly fall off your balcony because you could fly in your sleep.

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How To Lucid Dream Without Waking Up

So how do you lucid dream without waking up?

You can have a lucid dream without waking up by relying on background techniques.

These techniques help you have lucid dreams without waking you up.

There are two background techniques that I recommend. These are the MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) and the DILD (dream-induced lucid dreams).

These two have also been proven by research to be the most effective among all the induction techniques.

You combine this with mental techniques such as doing reality checks and you’ll be lucid dreaming in no time.

Sleep is very important. We need it to function properly as humans.

So if you’re relying on techniques that decrease your sleep quality, it’s not gonna be sustainable.

So use the MILD or the DILD if you want to lucid dream without looking like a panda and annoying your dog.

Now you’ve learned how to lucid dream without waking up!

Leave a comment letting me know what you want me to make a blog post about next. Do you want me to go into the reality-shifting stuff, spirituality, make more lucid dream audio tracks?

I’m happy to do a bit of everything, but I would really like to know where you need the most help.

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