How To Stay In A Lucid Dream For Weeks


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

Curious to know if you can stay in a lucid dream for weeks?

There are people talking about it on Youtube, Reddit, and so on.

“I was in a lucid dream for 3 weeks!” 

Some even go as far as years. But is it really possible?

Assuming you know what lucid dreaming is and you’ve maybe tried it successfully.

How can you have a lucid dream that lasts for not just hours, but actually weeks and maybe even years? 

Maybe live on a different planet and build your own empire or have a week-long adventure with a soulmate in a ghost town?

First, I want to tell you that it’s possible.

Second, I will show you that it’s really easy and I will show you exactly how to do it.

This is a bit of a controversial topic if f you read this whole article, you’ll probably agree with me.

Why? because I’m about to provide you with a rational approach. 

In this article you will learn:

  •  What Is Lucid Dreaming
  •  How To Lucid Dream
  •  How To Stay In A Lucid Dream 

Are you ready to make what seems impossible, possible?

Let’s dive in!

Staying In a Lucid Dream

Lucid dreaming is a lot of fun once you learn how to do it properly. Some people even lucid dream every night.

It really is an awesome thing to be able to have a nightly lucid dream adventure, but can you make this adventure last for weeks?

Can I Stay In A Lucid Dream For Weeks?

As a general rule, it is possible to stay in a lucid dream for weeks by the concept of time dilation. You can do this by cramming more exciting activities to do in your lucid dream.

“But, how can I control my dreams?

Now, I know this sounds confusing for some people but is there a way to control what you dream and how many activities you will do?

Of course! But first, let’s talk about what lucid dreaming is.

How to stay in a lucid dream for weeks

What Is A Lucid Dream?

A lucid dream is one in which the dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming while still dreaming. The dreamer may have some influence over the dream characters, storyline, or surroundings during a lucid dream.

This is most common during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, sometimes known as the dream stage of sleep.

According to a study, an estimated 55% of people have had at least one lucid dream in their lifetime.

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 directed several scientific research on the subject.

LaBerge’s study has aided researchers in discovering the therapeutic benefits of lucid dreaming. It might help with problems including PTSD, anxiety, and even recurring nightmares.

For most people, lucid dreaming normally occurs spontaneously. However, there are other methods for learning how to lucid dream.

Some people have even managed to make lucid dreaming a lifestyle. They go to sleep all excited for the lucid dream adventures they’ll have each night.

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I have an article specifically about what lucid dreaming is. So if you want a more in-depth discussion, definitely check that out.

How To Lucid Dream

“So, how can I start lucid dreaming tonight?”

Before you can learn how to lucid dream, there’s a very important pre-requisite and that is meditation.

You want to make sure you’re meditating for at least five minutes every single day.

If you don’t know how to meditate yet, I have several videos on my Youtube channel about it.

If you are going to concentrate on a lucid dreaming method, make sure you only concentrate on one method at a time.

My recommendation?

Practice the  MILD or mnemonically induced lucid dreaming techniques.

Recent research found it to be the only method that was helpful for beginners.

how to lucid dream tonight

It’s also one of the easiest since you don’t need to do anything crazy like set an alarm, get up in the middle of the night, catch the perfect timing, and so on.

You just rely on your capacity to recall information in the future.

This is the most effective method for lucid dreaming so if you have to master any method, this is it.

I have a step-by-step guide on how to do the MILD technique including some tips.

how do you control your dreams

If you think you’ve tried all the lucid dreaming techniques but nothing’s working, check out this easy-to-learn breakthrough system that I’ve created. 

How To Control Lucid Dreams

The most exciting part of exploring the world of lucid dreaming is learning how to dream what you want and how to control your dreams.

But how do you do this?

Assuming that you already know how to lucid dream, the only thing left to do is to keep practicing and to keep a dream journal.

“Practice makes perfect.” -Benjamin Franklin.

It is only through practice that we can master any skill.

Just like how it’s hard to do yoga as a beginner, but the more you practice, the easier it will be to control your body and ease into the poses.

Lucid dreaming is no different. The more you do it, the better you will be at controlling how your dreams will go.

And then, add dream journalling to the mix.

woman dream journalling

Aside from being a great method for getting started with lucid dreaming,  writing down your dreams pushes you to remember them.

This then increases awareness of your dreams and awareness helps you take control. The opposite of this is just being on autopilot and letting things happen to us instead of actively influencing them. 

“I wasn’t able to take much control of my dream tonight as I was scared. But tonight, I will be more relaxed and this is what I want to happen.”

How To Stay In A Lucid Dream For Weeks

If you want to be able to lucid dream tonight and it’s your first one, there’s something you need to know.

Lucid Dreaming is quite an intense experience and it’s unique to each individual.

If you don’t want to risk it, don’t. It’s no more harmful than going to bed regularly, but you may encounter sensations you weren’t expecting.

But if you’re down for a unique experience, then let’s get into it. 

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1: Know That Time Is Not Absolute

Have you ever heard of time dilation

Time dilation is the concept that time is relative and moves at different speeds for different observers depending on a variety of conditions.

Sorry, is that too ‘science-y’?

What it means is that time is not as absolute as we think it is.

your experience of time passing can be different from somebody else’s experience of time passing.

Let’s say you take two people and they both experience an hour of time according to a clock.

That might feel like a few minutes to one, but to the other person, that might feel like a whole day. 

different people sleeping

It really depends on your perception and point of reference.

This is something we can actually control as well. It’s not like we all have to experience an hour of time as exactly an hour of time. 

There are different things you can do, especially in lucid dreams, to make time feel shorter or longer.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes time feels like it’s moving so slowly and sometimes it feels like it’s moving too fast?

It all depends on what you’re doing in those moments.

Just like one person can feel like they’ve lucid dreamed for several weeks, while another might feel like they’ve only had a few minutes of dreaming.

While a third person might track them and say: “No, both of you were dreaming for only ten minutes.”

That doesn’t mean that the other one is wrong. 

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2: If It’s Real To You, Then It’s Real

Look, there is no way of making a lucid dreaming REM period last for several years or months. 

If somebody else was to record you while sleeping and time it, it wouldn’t be several weeks long. 

Of course, it would usually be just a few minutes long.

But this raises an interesting point.

If in your dream, it felt like three weeks, who’s to say that it hasn’t been three weeks for you? 

Although you were in REM sleep for only a few minutes, for you, it felt like more.

Who’s to say that that’s not a real experience? 

If it’s real for you, then it is real.

woman smiling at her mirror reflection

I’ll give you another example.

Let’s say there are two housewives. They both weren’t able to build their careers because they got pregnant very early and instead chose to be stay-at-home moms.

The other one feels miserable and frustrated about the things that could’ve been while the other is completely happy.

“You can’t possibly be that happy in that situation. I don’t believe you.”

But she really is. Similar situations, different perspectives.

What is happiness? It’s a feeling or an emotion within you. 

One person can be happy while another can be unhappy in a similar situation. That doesn’t mean that either one of them is wrong. 

woman posing in front of mirror

Another example is, let’s say you feel confident.

So even if someone says: “No, she’s faking it. I think deep inside, she’s very insecure.”

That’s not the truth. Only you can tell if you really are confident or not.

Why? Because confidence is a feeling that comes from within.

If you feel confident, then you are confident. 

If you feel like your dreams lasted several weeks, that’s as good as actually lasting for several weeks.

2: Cram As Much Activity As You Can

The best way to make your lucid dream last longer is to cram as many exciting activities into a short space of time. 

woman floating in forest

The more things you do in the lucid dream, the longer it will feel. 

If you have a lucid dream where you’re just sitting on a chair, that’s going to be over pretty quickly. 

And that would be super boring. You might not even remember it. 

But if you have a lucid dream where one second you’re on this planet, and the next second you’re on another, that would feel a lot longer.

Now you’re interacting with a different race of beings and learning and experiencing new things.

The key is to have an exciting dream.

Do more things, cram more things into the dream, and increase your memory of it. 

woman practicing awareness

3: Practice Awareness

There’s one critical thing you need to bear in mind based on my opinion.

Don’t waste any second of the dream.

The whole way through the dream, maintain your focus so that you are aware of each second passing. 

You can do this by counting out louder in your head as you lucid dream. 

You do this by sheer intention, just believing and trying to do it. Be aware of every second that passes by.

Practice this in your waking life as well. This is called ‘all-day awareness’ or the ADA technique, which is really powerful.

By being aware and more conscious in the present, in every moment, it feels like a long time is passing. 

To put it another way, it feels like time is passing more slowly or you’re living more intensely in the moment.

staying in a lucid dream for weeks


Is It Normal To Lucid Dream Every Night?

It is perfectly normal and safe to lucid dream every night. Some people have this innate ability that allows them to lucid dream whenever they want and some people have mastered it with practice.

It could only be harmful if you were frequently disturbing your sleep, which doesn’t need to happen in a lucid dream. You already know the dangers of sleep deprivation.

How To Stop Lucid Dreaming Nightmares?

You can stop lucid dreaming nightmares by relaxing, reminding yourself that you are safe and in control, and then setting an intention to change the direction of your dream.

Let’s say a monster is chasing you in your lucid dream. Ask yourself why you’re running when you can easily change the dream and then, maybe look at the monster and start chasing him instead.

Or focus your mind on turning this monster into a cute puppy. Have fun with it!

What Causes Lucid Dreams?

The most common causes of lucid dreams are external stimuli during REM sleep, reality checks performed throughout the day, setting an intention before falling asleep, and practicing lucid dream techniques.

It’s also said that some drugs such as donepezil can trigger lucid dreams.

woman lying on grass

How To Stay In A Lucid Dream For Weeks

So, how do you stay in a lucid dream for weeks?

You can do this by first changing your perception about time, by cramming as much activity as you can in the dream, and by practicing awareness.

Also, don’t let others tell you that you’re bluffing.

“You weren’t in the dream for weeks, you were only there for a few minutes.”

If it was a week to you, it was a week. You had a week’s worth of experience.

No one can tell you that your experience wasn’t real.

Now you’ve learned how to stay in a lucid dream for weeks. What experiences do you want to have in your lucid dream?

Let me know in the comments!

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