How To Lucid Dream Tonight For Beginners: 6 Step Guide + Tips


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

In today’s post, we’ll cover how to lucid dreams tonight, even if you’ve never done it before. 

Lucid Dreaming is the ability to be aware of your dreams and control them. This lets you sleep better, experience the impossible, and practice real-life skills.

Here are some powerful techniques you can use to have a lucid dream TONIGHT (with and without waking up).

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I’m Stef and I teach lucid dreaming to students all around the world. In this post, I’ll share how to lucid dream TONIGHT (yes that quick!), as well as explain how it works and what it feels like. 

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By the way, If you want to lucid dream WITHOUT having to wake up early, or set an alarm, I have a tutorial for that near the end of this article so you can scroll down to see that!

If you only read this one article, you will be able to lucid dream more reliably, more often than 90% of the people out there.

I’m going to share my best lucid dreaming techniques, tips, you know, low-hanging fruits things I’ve learned over the several years of teaching thousands of people, how to lucid dream all around the world.

What Is Lucid Dreaming?

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 very different to astral projection.

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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.

By the way if you’re more of a visual learner, watch this short video I made showing you how to lucid dream tonight: 

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.

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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.

How To Lucid Dream Fast As A Beginner

I’m going to explain the basics with a twist. Let’s call it beyond the basics. So not only do you want to make sure that you are meditating for at least five minutes a day, you want to make sure that you’re meditating every single day.

And if you haven’t learned how to meditate, I do have other videos about that on my channel. It’s actually pretty simple to meditate. All we need to do is just count our breath from one to 10 and just focus on our breath.

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That’s all you need to do. You don’t need to focus on, you know, any kind of mantra or an affirmation.

If you don’t want to, especially if you’re new to meditation, you want to just do what works for you. What’s actually going to keep you lucid dreaming for the longest period of time?

So just do a really simple meditation, but make sure you do it every single day.

1: Learn Lucid Dreaming Reality Checks

We should all be doing reality checks. I have a free lucid dreaming app on iPhone and soon to be Android, which will give you reality check reminders that will tell you to do reality checks at specific times.

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That should help you to remember. But if not, you can do any kind of reminding technique. You could write it on your phone lock screen. Something like:

Are you dreaming?

You could go as far as me, and just tattoo it on your thumb.

Literally, a reminder that says, you know, are you awake or not?

Or you can just write a note and put it on your fridge, put it on your mirror.

There are many different ways you can go with this, but the key is you need to be doing reality checks often.

So every day and often, but you also need to be doing them every time you see, hear, or feel something strange.

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That’s probably the most important time to do them because those are the moments that are more likely to show up in your dreams.

It’s not the mundane stuff. It’s usually the things that are different from what you normally experience.

This is why, at least for me, I lucid dream and have more vivid dreams much more often when I’m traveling or when I’m doing something, you know, something unusual, something I don’t usually do.

And those are the times when I have the most lucid dreams randomly or, you know, seemingly randomly because that’s when I’m more likely to remember those experiences when I actually, you know, go to sleep and, and dream about them.

So make sure you reality-check when you see or experience something strange.

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2: Focus On ONE Technique At A Time

If you are going to focus on a lucid dreaming technique, just make sure you focus on one technique at a time, only.

My suggestion? Focus on the MILD technique, the mnemonically induced lucid dreaming technique is probably the most effective technique.

And it certainly is the one that in a recent study was shown to be pretty much the only technique that was really effective for beginners, compared to the control group.

And that being said, it’s also one of the easiest techniques because you don’t have to, you know, set a crazy alarm, wake up in the middle of the night, feel tired and then try and hit the perfect timings for when you fall back asleep.

You don’t have to do any of that.

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You rely on your ‘prospective memory’, which is your ability to remember something in the future. This is the most powerful way to lucid dreams. If you have to learn any technique, it would be the mild.

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3: Learn All Day Awareness

You need to focus not just on awareness and lucidity at night, but during the day as well, it’s been referred to as all day awareness. Now all day awareness is basically the ability to be self-aware.

And I guess you could say lucid all the time, not just in the nighttime.

All day awareness

So the benefit of that is that, by being self-aware all the time, you’re much more likely to randomly lucid dream because you have that foundation of awareness all the time, all their awareness. I think it’s called ADA.

A good example is when you’re commuting to work, most people are sort of in autopilot mode. They’re not really paying attention to what they’re experiencing. They’re just letting themselves go through the motions.

Have you done this?

We all do this at some point, whether it’s when we’re listening to someone speak that we don’t like, or when we are commuting to a job that we don’t like, maybe even when we’re getting changed at the gym, these kinds of boring moments.

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Moments we’ve experienced so many times before, we can tend to go into autopilot during those moments, and what does that do?

Well, the more we do that, the more moments we have that are on kind of autopilot, and the less likely we are to lucid dream.

This is because we lose that sense of awareness, just being aware of what you’re doing, like knowing what you’re actually doing.

Being really present in the moment is going to go a LONG way to helping you lucid dream.

And this is what I believe separates the kind of natural or random lucid dreamers that everyone thinks are so lucky from people who struggle. Seriously.

And it’s just that they tend to be natural lucid dreamers because they’re actually practicing all their awareness, even if they don’t realize they’re doing it, they are very self-aware.

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Now some of the students that have gone through my breakthrough course are killing it with this technique.

So what we need to do to get started with it, it’s just to really focus as often as you can, during the day on awareness.

Be aware of what you’re doing, think about why you’re doing it and stay grounded in the present moment.

So there are a few things you can do.

  • For example, you can routinely ask yourself, where was I, 10 minutes ago?
  • Where am I going?
  • How is my body feeling?
  • What sounds can I hear just being present in the moment?

Things like these are going to go a long way to helping you lucid dream.

4: Improve Your Internal Motivation To Lucid Dream

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The next ninja tip is motivation.

We all struggle with motivation from time to time. But with lucid dreaming in particular, you’ve got to remember that this is a complex skill that you can’t really learn in one day.

You can’t even learn it really in one week, you need to practice the techniques and really get to feel what works for you.

What doesn’t work for you, you know, and what you actually are going to practice on a long-term basis, what techniques are going to become part of your life and part of your habits.

Now, the only way to do that really, and to stick with it long enough is to be motivated. So you need to keep yourself motivated.

And this goes beyond just, you know, thinking about what you’d like to do, thinking about what you might want to experience in a lucid dream.

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It goes beyond that. You have to have some kind of reason, some kind of why, as in, why are you trying to learn how to lucid dream?

This is what separates lucid dreaming from, let’s say playing a new video game.

With a new video game, you don’t really have to have a reason for buying it. You can just see a trailer for the game, and think, ‘Ah, it looks kind of cool. You know, maybe that will be fun. I’ll give it a try.

It’s very different from lucid dreaming because, with the video game, you can just play it INSTANTLY.

You can immediately get the results.

You can just buy it, download the game, and play it right now.

And let’s say tomorrow, if you’re bored with it, you can move on to the next thing.

man holding a video game controller

Lucid dreaming is not like that video game, because it takes longer than a day to learn it. It takes a longer than a week to learn it.

And so you need a motivation or a reason to actually want to stick with it and learn it because otherwise you’ll just give up.

There are so many people in the comment section of my videos and Reddit and Facebook groups, who got excited at one point about the idea of lucid dreaming, but then they just lost interest completely and got bored.

They didn’t stick with it and so they didn’t do it. They didn’t stick with it long enough to actually experience the results.

5: Fix and Change Your Subconscious Beliefs

The thing about the subconscious mind, is that our subconscious beliefs are the foundation basically for everything that you do in your life.

So if you have a subconscious belief that you can lucid dream, your mind will constantly look for ways to confirm that truth.

children playing on a park

Whether it’s putting more effort into the techniques, trying harder, or just maybe flipping that switch in your brain, that makes you able to lucid dream because your subconscious mind wants what we call congruence…

It wants your beliefs to match your unconscious beliefs, and your thoughts to match your actions, to match your results.

And there needs to be what we call congruence between all of these different things.

Otherwise, we have what’s called cognitive dissonance or you know, some kind of discord in your brain where you believe something’s at a subconscious level.

But because you’re not experiencing it, your conscious mind and your subconscious start to think, but hold on a second, but I can lucid dream.

I believe I can. So why am I not doing it?

So by having that focus on the belief that you can lucid dream, you don’t really need to understand how it works, but it just does.

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Your subconscious mind will start to shift to actually making that true. Immerse Yourself In Inspirational Lucid Dreaming Content

Another way you can keep yourself motivated is to be immersing yourself in inspiring, uplifting, positive, and motivating videos about lucid dreaming.

So Sci-fi movies, fantasy movies, superhero movies in particular.

I was recently watching all of the X-Men films again.

They’re really good for this kind of thing because they physically show you what it’s like to have a superpower to be able to do crazy things like fly, teleport, and run really fast.

I’ve got a couple more really powerful tips, and kind of a really important concept I want to share with you.

But first, I want to tell you a bit more about this course I mentioned earlier, which is the lucid breakthrough course.

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I won’t talk about this for very long, but basically it’s a super effective video course that I made specifically for people who have actually tried other things.

You’ve tried books, you’ve tried, you know, courses and systems and even by neural beats and supplements, but nothing is working for you reliably because the thing is you want to be able to lose a dream reliably…

And whenever you want, basically, right, you want to actually have the experience and learn the skills that will let you do that.

And so this course is specifically for that. It’s a high-quality video course.

You’ll get like a member’s area, PDF notes for every lesson you can study and keep yourself motivated. There are also audio downloads for each lesson.

So if you want to listen while you’re walking the dog or climbing a tree at the gym, you can do that.

And there are also kind of several bonuses and things to keep you accountable within the system.

man walking with headphones on

So the lucid breakthrough course, I believe that’s the best solution for you if you struggle to lucid dream, or if you’ve tried other things, but they’ve not really worked for you.

And the thing is you could figure this out yourself, but it might take you years.

You might even never figure it out.

So that’s why this course has been specifically designed. I’ve had conversations with countless people, with thousands of people all around the world to really dig into why they can’t lucid dream.

And I’ve really, you know, brought it out to the surface and made this course specifically to address the things that stop most people, from lucid dreaming.

So in theory, if you follow this course, if you follow these steps, you will lucid dream no matter what has been stopping you before, even if you’ve been struggling.

So please go and check out the Lucid Breakthrough Program.

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It will really support me and this channel if you were to get on board with the course. So if you do that, I highly appreciate that. And thank you so much. So let’s get back on with the post.

6: Optimise Your Beliefs, Mindset And Thinking Patterns

The next kind of section that I want to break into here is your mind. So when I’m talking about your mind, I mean your expectations, it’s your beliefs, the kind of expectation of timeframe and how realistic it is that you will learn.

And also whether it’s scary, dangerous, real, or whether you can get stuck or any of that kind of stuff. So your mind and your subconscious mind, are like I said, really a key part of whether you can lucid dream or not.

If your subconscious mind does not believe you can lucid dream, it’s going to constantly stop you from doing it.

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6.1: Write Down Lucid Affirmations Daily

So the first focus really needs to be on affirmations, making sure that every day you’re writing down, I can lucid dream. You know, 10, 20 times or more.

There’s a reason that it was a punishment for kids when they were in school. They had to write lines like this because they knew that if you make someone write something out again and again, ‘I will not throw paper in class.

I will not throw paper in class’. Eventually, it’s going to be pretty much stuck in their brain.

And so they will believe that statement, and it works the same for lucid dreaming.

So you just write down your affirmations again and again, on a piece of paper and try and do this every day.

But if you can’t, then at least, you know, at least a couple of times a week would be really good. You also need to master your expectations about lucid dreaming. And I’ve made another video about this.

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You can check it out on my channel if you haven’t seen it yet, but you need to remember that like any skill lucid dreaming takes time, and compared to other skills, lucid dreaming is quite difficult.

I mean, it’s not the most difficult thing to learn, but it’s also not the easiest thing to learn.

It’s not like just plugging in a video game and learning how to control the character. It actually has a lot to do with your self-awareness your being able to do reality checks, and prospective memory.

And also your dream recall is another big part of this, which I’ll get onto in a minute.

But it’s a lot about your expectations.

The breakthrough course is actually really good at keeping you motivated.

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There’s a whole section on that explaining in detail how to do it, but you need to keep yourself motivated.

If you’re not motivated, you’ll give up before you’ve had the chance to actually build up the skills and be anywhere close to lucid dreaming properly.

The same can be said for people who think or people who I should say, people who’ve read experiences about lucid dreaming, like on a forum or something.

Maybe you’ve read a blog post or some comments somewhere from some person where they’ve said, oh, I tried to lucid dream, but it was terrifying.

‘It was really scary’…

‘And I had this nightmare and it was, it was a bad experience’.

If you read those sorts of things, it’s going to subconsciously make you expect those things.

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So whenever you read a comment about lucid dreaming, good or bad, okay, you need to constantly remind yourself that everyone’s experience is different.

It’s a very subjective thing!

Only you can decide what your experience is going to be. So if you read a comment from someone saying, oh yeah, I tried to lose a dream. And then I got stuck in the floor and then some dragon tried to eat my arms off…

That’s their experience.

Who knows? Maybe they are horror fans. Maybe they’d been playing too many video games. They were staying up late drinking Red Bull.

And then that’s the dream experience they had that doesn’t have to be your experience, but it will be if you read a comment like that and then expect that to happen.

So every time you read a piece of information or a comment, ask yourself, do I want this experience? And this applies not just to lucid dreaming, but to any information you consume, any headline you read, you need to ask yourself, do I want that to be true?

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If the answer is no, then you need to really make an effort to say, okay, this is what I’m experiencing.

  • This is the headline.
  • This is the comment.
  • This is the story.
  • But that’s their experience.
  • That’s not my truth.
  • That’s not my reality.

And that’s super important to understand. Now there are a lot of questions that I get in comments, sections in, you know, emails and messages and things like that.

Let’s get onto the good stuff:

How To Lucid Dream Tonight (Simple Technique)

To lucid dream for beginners, you need to prepare your body, mind and bedroom beforehand. Then set your alarm to go off after 6 hours. When it goes off, wake up and then go back to sleep with the intention of lucid dreaming, and keep your muscles still while you drift into a beautiful lucid dream.

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That’s the BASICS at least. Now let’s break it down even further… Here’s how to lucid dream tonight:

  • Spend the rest of the day thinking about lucid dreaming
  • Do several reality checks in the right way
  • Turn off ALL screens an hour before bed
  • Set your alarm for 6 hours time
  • Wake up with your eyes CLOSED
  • Go BACK to sleep with the intention of lucid dreaming

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 just waking 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.

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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 meditation techniques for lucid dreams.

Let’s dive in: 

Step 1: Spend the rest of the day reading about lucid dreaming

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, and 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. Here are some articles you could read: 

Those links will all open in new tabs, so you keep your place here. 

The reason you’re reading about lucid dreaming is that it will train your subconscious mind to THINK about being lucid. For many people, just thinking about being lucid will be enough to actually make you lucid.

That’s a really simple hack that you can use from now on. Every night when you go to bed, think about the IDEA of lucid dreaming. More than that, visualize yourself BECOMING lucid while you’re dreaming. 

For many, just visualizing this point of lucidity is enough to make you lucid. Try it out for yourself, and from now on imagine yourself becoming lucid several times a day. It should help to make it more likely.

Step 2: Do lots of reality checks

A ‘reality check’ is where you test whether you’re awake or asleep.

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You should perform reality checks about 10 times a day, but if you’re trying to do this tonight, perform at least 25 of these reality checks today before going to bed.

Here’s how to do a reality check to lucid dream:

  • Hold out your hand and with your other finger, try to push a finger through your palm
  • REALLY expect it to go through, and ONLY when it doesn’t go through, say to yourself ‘Oh, I must be awake’
  • As you’re expecting it to go through, ask yourself ‘Am I dreaming?’
  • In a dream, the finger/s will ALWAYS go through your hand, but in real life, they NEVER will
  • Do this test lots of times throughout the day, and eventually it will happen in your dream
  • When it happens in your dream, the finger will go through your palm, and you’ll say to yourself ‘I MUST BE DREAMING!’ and you’re now lucid!

Lucid dream tonight using a finger palm push reality check shown here This is just one reality check…

There are many different ones you can do, but we’ve found that this finger palm push test is the most effective one, and it will help you lucid dream FAST. Later on, you can experiment with other reality checks, if you want.

It’s very important to remember if you’re trying to lucid dream tonight that you DO these reality checks.

It’s no good to just try and lucid dream at night, the practice begins during the day. And that’s the best advice for many people, is just to do more reality checks during the day.

But that’s only a tiny part of the problem.  Lucid dreaming is a complex and nuanced skill that can’t REALLY be learned in one night, or at least not for many people.

It’s possible, sure but it’s more likely that it will take a bit longer. And that’s fine because the results when you GET there are very much worth it. Moving on: 

Step 3: Turn off all screens an hour before bed

Right before you go to bed, don’t look at any screen.

Turn your phone to silent mode, (but make sure the alarm still works) and don’t watch any more TV.

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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.

I would say this is actually THE biggest sleep hack or tip I can give you as well. 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.

Why is this so important? Well, our bodies are finely tuned machines. We’re designed to go to sleep when the sun goes down and wake up early and full of ENERGY when the sun rises.

So why don’t we? Well, because we artificially stimulate our brains with light, using phone screens, LED light bulbs, TV screens, and more.

And this causes your body to produce serotonin at times when you should be relaxing, and winding down for the night.

It also STOPS your body from producing serotonin which as I said means you have trouble falling asleep, and even MORE trouble having deep sleep.

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The worst part? Well, unless you track your sleep and try experimenting with things like this, you won’t even KNOW you’re not sleeping properly.

You won’t KNOW that you’re not getting enough deep or REM sleep at night, and you are left confused in the morning as to HOW you can be so tired. 

And many people wake up after 8 or more hours of sleep wondering why they’re still feeling tired and miserable. It’s because you didn’t get enough DEEP or REM sleep, because your body didn’t produce enough melatonin the night before. 

If you still have trouble sleeping after you’ve done all this, this lucid dreaming supplement can improve your sleep and help you lucid dreams.

Step 4: Set an alarm for 6 hours or so

Whatever time you would 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. My free lucid dreaming app has several of these alarms.

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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. Choose a soft-sounding bit of music or a relaxing tone.

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!

But there are a few modifications we’re going to do to the WBTB technique, to make sure you lucid dream TONIGHT.

This isn’t just simple stuff, we’re going to spice it up a little bit, and towards the end of this article I’ll share some really powerful tips that will make it even more effective.. Let’s continue: 

Step 5: Wake up with your eyes closed

This is going to be the hard part. 

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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 lucid dream. 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 lucid dreaming tonight, we’re throwing everything at you at once.

Reality checks can be used on their own as a method, but in order to lucid dream tonight it’s best to do everything.

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So the main part of this method is what happens next. You’ve woken up early, turned your alarm off, and are now lying 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.

Keep your mind awake so you can lucid dream tonight

You’re going to keep focused and thinking while your body shuts down, and this is what puts you directly into a dream that is lucid from the start because your mind never goes to sleep at all with this method.

I know sleep paralysis can seem scary, but I PROMISE it’s normal, harmless and a big part of lucid dreaming. In fact, you should WELCOME it because it means you’re one step closer to lucid dreaming, and you’re almost in a lucid dream!

Here’s a short video I made about how to GET sleep paralysis on purpose: 

Hopefully, you’ve followed up to this point and you weren’t freaked out by the sleep paralysis.

Step 6: Perform A ‘WBTB’ Lucid Dream Tonight

Don’t worry I’ll explain what this is and how it works.  You’re laying there, frozen, eyes closed, and your mind awake.

This is the point where you’re VERY close to having a lucid dream. 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.

This is normal and part of the process. By the way, I know this can be an annoying process, and you might even be wondering if it’s WORTH learning this and going through this effort to learn to lucid dream. I promise it is worth the wait.

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, especially if this is your first time..

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  • 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!

There’s 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, and hopefully have some results instantly.

Go and read that post if you’re still interested at this stage, and haven’t given up!

Much of lucid dreaming is in the nuance, and the little details. For that reason, take a few seconds to read through these powerful lucid dreaming tips, to make it MORE likely you’ll do it tonight. 

Powerful Lucid Dreaming Tips For Beginners

So here are some of the most important things to remember. Lucid Dreaming is a SKILL. It’s not something that you can just instantly do with no work. If you practice what you have learned here you’ll do it tonight, or very soon after.

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Bonus tip 1: Don’t try TOO hard!

Beginners often try to lucid dreams 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.

It’s often like this in life too. We can only try ‘so’ hard and then after that, we have to surrender and let things happen.

Do everything you can control, give it your best shot, set a powerful intention, and then wait. It comes down to mainly trying these things, and then being patient enough to see results. It might take longer than you thought, and that’s what stops most beginners really sticking with it!

Bonus tip 2: Try and relax more

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.

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If you’re stressed and you’re thinking ‘IT MUST HAPPEN’ then what happens when you don’t lucid dream?

You beat yourself up and tell yourself it’s stupid or that you were doing something wrong. This just makes it even LESS likely that you’ll lucid dream.

So don’t do that, and stop beating yourself up if it doesn’t happen. It will happen if you’re patient enough but the fact that you’re looking for an article called ‘How to lucid dream tonight’ means you’re in a rush.

I get it, it’s exciting. You want to do it tonight but please be patient. It’s WORTH the wait, even if you don’t do it in one night.

Meditation can help you be more generally relaxed so maybe try to do one beforehand. I have these harmonically coded tracks that are perfect to meditate and sleep on to lucid dream faster.

Is it dangerous to lucid dream?

The simple answer is no, lucid dreaming is not dangerous because you’re not really doing anything other than experiencing something in your own mind, while you’re sleeping. That being said, you are connected to, in some cases your higher self and to other dimensions and guides, but it’s kind of a consensual thing. You have to open up to that in order for it to happen.

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And if you don’t open up to that, you’re basically just laying, you’re sleeping.

You’re having a dream uninfluenced by other things.

So no lucid dreaming can not be dangerous. The only way it will be dangerous is if you were constantly interrupting your sleep again and again, trying to do the weight back to bed method. And over time you just had sleep deprivation.

And then that led to you not being alert enough while you’re driving your car. Let’s say, then it will be dangerous.

But I get it, SOME aspects of lucid dreaming appear scary and that can put people off. But please don’t let that happen! Read more about sleep paralysis and the scary side of lucid dreaming so you’re PREPARED.

Being prepared is much better than just giving up or not trying because you’re scared.  There are a few specific dangers or risks of lucid dreaming to be careful of, but these really aren’t that bad. They’re sort of ‘side effects’, which you can reduce or avoid if you’re learning in the right way.

Here’s a short video I made explaining these dangers:

Is It EASY To Lucid Dream?

No, it’s not easy to lucid dream, because as with any skill, when you first learn it, there is ‘the learning curve’.

The learning curve is how fast you can go from knowing nothing about the topic, to knowing enough about the topic to be able to self-correct yourself and improve over time.

Lucid dreaming has quite a high learning curve, but you can make it a lot easier by just picking the low hanging fruit, stacking the odds in your favor and doing the basic things in the right way.

Which is basically what I cover in my videos on my channel.

So you should go and check out the other videos and subscribe by the way, if you haven’t already.

What Are The Benefits Of Lucid Dreaming?

There are several reasons why you would want to learn how to lucid dream tonight. The main reasons you would want to learn how to do it, is that you’re asleep for a third of your life.

That doesn’t mean we can dream for a third of our lives, but we can dream for our percentage of that third, which is still a long time and you are going to be asleep anyway, so you might as well USE that time.

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So you might as well lucid dream, right? It makes perfect sense.

When you think about it like that, secondly, you can practice real-life skills and actually improve at those things in waking life. This has been documented. There was a study done about this.

It’s a pretty interesting thing that I think is mind-blowing.

The ability to practice something in your dreams and then be able to really improve it. That thing is pretty incredible. In my opinion, you can also, and this is, you know, let’s not downplay this. You can do anything.

You can possibly imagine any experience, any fantasy, any adventure, you can do that. And it will feel so real and so vivid that you’ll never want to stop lucid dreaming.

It has been said that lucid dreaming can improve your sleep quality. Now that’s kind of a gray area because it really does depend.

What normally happens is by focusing on certain things, meditation being aware, calming your mind down before bed, avoiding blue light. Before you go to sleep by doing those things, you will improve your sleep. But it’s not because of the lucid dreaming. It’s because of those things.

So that’s kind of a gray area.

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Does Lucid Dreaming Make You MORE Tired?

Lucid dreaming does not make you any more tired than normal dreaming, but the reason that people ask that question so often is because if you do it wrong, then of course you will feel tired because certain techniques involve waking yourself up early or interrupting yourself..

I’m talking about techniques like the WILD.

If you do that every single day, if you constantly interrupt your sleep like that, then of course you’re gonna feel tired, but it’s not lucid dreaming.

That’s done that. It’s the interruption of your sleep. You could very easily lucid dream without waking yourself up and being able to lucid dream without waking up is a good skill to learn.

That’s what I would say to focus on the MILD technique. If you do the MILD technique, it won’t make you more tired. It, if anything, it will improve your sleep quality.

But when you do the weight back to bed in the wild, you’re going to have a bad time if you do them every single day.

Why Is Lucid Dreaming Difficult?

Lucid dreaming is difficult because like any skill, when you first learned it, there is a learning curve. You need to build a skills up that will let you actually do it, and most people lose motivation way before they even get to that point. The second thing is, there’s a lot of misinformation out there.

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People think they know how to do it. And they’ll be posting in forums, in groups, and re-edits and stuff based on their personal subjective experience instead of actually what’s been studied.

How To Remember More Dreams And Write Them Down

Being able to remember your dreams is critical to lucid dreaming. There are many ways you can do this but the most common is to write your dreams down every morning, in a dream journal. The more you do it, the more you’ll be able to remember.

The reason for that is that just like anything, if you don’t practice it, or if you don’t try and do it, you won’t be able to do it. You use it or lose it.

So if you don’t practice writing your dreams down and trying to remember them, then you’re not going to be very good at it because you’re not practicing it.

So you need to every single morning specifically, when you wake up really, really set the intention to remember your dreams.

Actually set the intention before you go to bed that the next morning, you’re going to remember your dreams.

When you wake up, take out your journal.

And the first thing you do should be to try and remember your dreams in as much detail as you can. Most people don’t actually do that. They wake up and if they can remember their dreams, great.

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Sometimes I write them down, but most people don’t set the intention before they go to bed and they don’t, you know, set aside five minutes of time to really try and remember their dreams.

Think back to the last time you tried to remember your dreams, but couldn’t, how long did you keep trying for?

The chances are you woke up and you thought, oh, okay. I can’t remember any dreams. Fine. Let me continue with my day.

That’s not the way to do it. You need to set aside three to five minutes. And then for that time, all you’re going to do is focus on remembering your dreams.

Even if you go that whole five minutes without remembering anything, the fact is you sat down to try for that time.

So the next day your subconscious mind will think, we’ll say, okay, last time he sat down for five minutes and we didn’t remember anything. So let’s try and do a bit better today.

And then over time, you’ll actually remember more and more dreams.

What Is Sleep Paralysis?

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Sleep paralysis is when your body paralyzes your muscles to stop you acting out your dreams. It’s very useful. If we didn’t have it, we would be running around acting out our dreams.

However, where it gets tricky and scary is that if you are aware and awake during sleep paralysis, it can be quite scary.

It can feel like you’re obviously paralyzed because you are paralyzed, but there’s really nothing to worry about.

So sleep paralysis is actually a good thing because it stops you physically moving around in your sleep.

There’s nothing scary.

You know, although it can feel scary, just tell yourself that nothing bad is going to happen. Nothing can harm you. It will be over in a few minutes and you should be fine.

What Are The Best Experiences To Have In Lucid Dreams?

The best thing to do in a lucid dream, to be honest is the thing you actually want to do.

The thing that you’re most excited about doing, because by doing that, you’re going to be motivated to make an effort the next day, and to try and lucid dream again. So just focus on whatever is the most exciting thing for you.

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So the truth is if you’re struggling to lucid dream, the lucid breakthrough course, I really believe will be the best thing for you.

There’s even a little video that explains a bit more about it and how it works, but I truly believe that will be the best thing for you.

Can you lucid dream EVERY night?

It’s certainly possible to lucid dream every single night, but it’s incredibly unlikely.

Some lucky people are able to have a lucid dream every night but for most of us, lucid dreams happen less than 1-2 times per month, if we practice self awareness and lucid dreaming techniques and habits.

But don’t let that stop you.  There are things you can do to make it more likely that you’ll lucid dream, and actually be able to control those dreams.

These are proven things that will really make a difference to your practice, and they aren’t that difficult to put into practice either. The things I would suggest you read are:

How to lucid dream tonight WITHOUT waking up early

To lucid dream WITHOUT waking up, you need to have a very strong intention to do ‘reality checks’ later, in the dream.

This will make it likely that you’ll realise you’re dreaming and will engage your ‘prospective memory’. This is the ability to remember to do things in the future, like ask yourself if you’re dreaming. 

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But here’s the deal: MOST lucid dreaming techniques involve waking up early, and then going back to sleep. The reason for that is to do with your REM sleep and how your sleep cycles work, but it doesn’t have to be like that. I’ll explain.

  • We sleep for 8-9 hours per night, and this sleep consists of about 5 sleep cycles. A sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes and consists of 5 SLEEP STAGES
  • The last sleep stage of each cycle is REM sleep, which is when we dream
  • Your REM sleep stage gets longer and longer with each subsequent sleep cycle until you wake up
  • So the LONGEST period of REM is actually just before you wake up, meaning your longest and most vivid dreams will happen about 1-2 hours before you wake up
  • This makes it the most likely time you’ll be able to get lucid, hence most techniques targeting that part of the night

But there’s another way. It has to do with your prospective memory. This is your future memory, or the ability to remember something in the future either after a certain period of time, or when something happens (a trigger).

So if you can train your brain to do something (ask yourself if you’re dreaming) after a certain period of time, you’ll be likely to lucid dream without waking up.

And this means you won’t need to set an early alarm and wake up just to lucid dream, it should happen naturally.

It’s known as the MILD technique for lucid dreaming or the mnemonically induced lucid dream. It’s a very effective technique based around prospective memory triggers, and it WORKS. In fact, it’s the main and pretty much only technique I teach my students, and that I teach in my main courses

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And it’s really simple to learn. Here’s how to do it: 

  • Do reality checks throughout the day (as many as you can)
  • Be really mindful when you do those reality checks
  • Throughout the day, visualize yourself becoming lucid in the FUTURE
  • Use triggers, for example, tell yourself ‘When I next see a dog, I’ll realize I’m dreaming
  • This works best if the triggers are things you regularly dream about (dream signs)
  • Before you go to sleep, set a REALLY strong intention to lucid dream
  • Tell yourself ‘I’ll lucid dream soon’ and plan for it