What does Lucid Dreaming feel like?

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Lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness in which the individual is aware that they are dreaming. 

During this experience, you will have a highly vivid and immersive experience as if you are fully awake and in control of your actions, as well as your surroundings. 

You will feel that you are able to control the world in your dream by manipulating your body. You may be able to interact with the people in your dream giving you an impression as if everything is real. 

You will have full control over the events happening in your dream. You can change the direction of the dream and make things happen as you feel like. You can go to new places and change scenarios in the dream.

You will get a feeling as you can do anything you want in the dream world. There will be a sense of excitement and wonder as you discover more in your dreams.

In general, lucid dreaming is a unique experience that can be highly personal, and every individual will experience it in a different way. A feeling of increased awareness, control, excitement, and wonder, are some of the most common sensations that people associate with lucid dreaming.

What happens in the brain during lucid dreams

When we have lucid dreams, our brains are in a state of heightened awareness and consciousness.

During a lucid dream, the brain is in the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep and this is the stage when most dreaming occurs. In any case, the only difference between a normal dream and a lucid dream is that during a lucid dream, the brain is more active and cognizant than it is during a normal dream.

There is a significant increase in activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain during a lucid dream. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for higher-level thinking, planning, and decision-making. The increased activity during lucid dreams indicates that the dreamer is more aware and in control of their actions and surroundings.

Additionally, the brain also shows increased activity in the amygdala and hippocampus. Both play a crucial role in the processing of emotions and memory formation. This increased activity in the brain is the reason why lucid dreams are very vivid and emotionally intense experiences.

Easy Lucid Dreaming Techniques

Some common techniques for inducing lucid dreams include:

Testing your reality

This involves periodically checking your surroundings to see if you are dreaming. This helps you to train your mind to become more aware of the dream state and increases the chance that your normal dream will become lucid with practice.

Wake-back-to-bed method (WBTB):

It involves waking up after several hours of sleep and then returning to bed to give your mind a chance to become lucid. This helps your mind to be in a state of increased awareness and that can help you to experience a lucid dream more easily.

Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) technique

It is a technique in which you set a strong intention before going to sleep that you want to recall your dream in as much detail as possible and want it to become a lucid dream. You can trick your mind with psychological tricks like repeating a phrase before sleeping, such as “I will remember that I am dreaming.” 

Dream Journaling:

Dream journaling is another effective technique. By maintaining a journal of your dreams you can increase your chances of having a lucid dream. Keeping a dream journal will help you become more aware of your dreams. If you happen to wake up at night, immediately start writing down your dreams. This will train your mind to recall dreams better. It can also give you clues as to when you are most likely to have a lucid dream.

Lucid dream induction devices:

There are some devices available in the market that can help to induce lucid dreams. These devices use a certain kind of light or sound patterns to indicate to the dreamer that they are dreaming. This can increase the chances of transforming a normal dream into a lucid dream.

Overall, it requires some experimentation to understand what works better for you, and may take some trial and error to find the techniques that will work best for you. At the end of the day, lucid dreaming is a skill that can be developed over time through practice and perseverance.


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