I didn’t realize until recently that I had been using the WILD technique for having lucid dreams. In case you don’t already know, WILD stands for Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming or Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming. There are a fair number of lucid dreaming techniques out there and they are all successful to some degree. I happen to deprive myself of sleep on a regular basis so I can’t really get into the timing of such techniques that have you sleep for 5 to 6 hours and then wake up for about an hour and then go back to sleep. I typically get between 3 and 5 hours each night, so I like the WILD method.
You basically have to fall asleep while remaining aware. In this way you sleep into the dream state aware that you are dreaming. I haven’t mastered this technique, but now that I know what it is and realize that I have been doing it all this time, I am sure to be honing my skill. There is another technique called MILD which is Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreaming or Mnemonic Initiated Lucid Dreaming. This is a method by which you give yourself reality checks so that you know you are dreaming. Some really great ideas I have read about are things like checking the time or looking at your hands. Apparently, when checking the time or looking at your hands while dreaming, the time or hands are distorted enough to allow you a chance to realize you are in a dream. I know I have done similar things to this. Especially looking in the mirror. This one never seems to fail. I can’t recall ever looking in the mirror and seeing a reflection that was clearly me.
So, if you are a person like me who gets little sleep, you might try mixing WILD and MILD to experience the joys of lucid dreaming. Luckily for the sleep deprived, lucid dreaming time is longer than awake time.
Does anyone else have some good techniques that work well for those who don’t get much sleep?