How to use binaural beats for lucid dreaming?
I was wondering, binaural beats are often used to induce lucid dreaming ie. being aware when you are dreaming. My question is, how are you supposed to do this? When are you supposed to listen to them? While you are laying in bed trying to sleep? Should I listen to binaural beats WHILE I am sleeping?
The binaural beat programs designed for lucid dreaming I’ve seen are meant to be listened to while you are sleeping. I imagine many of them have an opening sequence which leads you into sleep, but then they play random combinations of beats for a short period of time to sort of jolt you into awareness of your dream.
Really though, if you’re using a program that claims to be designed for lucid dreams, it should have some sort of listening method documented somewhere… Otherwise, it’s probably not all that great.
Also, I wouldn’t recommend relying solely on binaural beats to induce lucid dreaming. The techniques documented by Stephen LaBerge really are your best bet… This guy’s been researching this stuff for 20-30 years. Here’s his most up-to-date book, which I’m thinking of picking up myself:
How to increase my chances of having a dream tonight?
First of all, I want to know: Is it true that we have dreams every single night? If it is, then I want to know how to increase the chances of me REMEMBERING my dreams. But if we don’t dream every night, then I would like to know, what can I do to increase my probability of having a dream?
Yes, we do have dreams every night. But we do not always remember them. To increase your chances of remembering your dreams, try the following :
– During the day repeatedly ask ‘Am I dreaming?’ and perform reality checks (like pinch yourself)
– Keep a dream journal. ( this is very important) If you really don’t want to write, then saying the dream aloud to yourself works as well
– The most common time to have a dream you are aware of is about 3 hours after you wake up in the morning
– Try Stephen Laberge’s technique (google it)
Do your dreams ever seem so real that they start to blend in with reality?
It’s happened to me a few times, and other times (even after I’ve been awake for hours) I will remember something that I have to take a while to think about it to realize it was a dream.
I think it’s actually pretty interesting…
P.S. I’m not talking about some little details that you might forget anyway, but major events that would make your life very different. Otherwise I wouldn’t bother asking this question.
For lucid dreamers, sleep can be even better than reality.
Researchers at Stanford University are now developing software to help people become aware that they are having a dream so that they can then live out their fantasies during REM sleep.
Oneironauts, or lucid dreamers, are conscious when they are having a dream and can control how the dream develops. During lucid dreams, people are “awake” within their dreams, and can sometimes direct what happens next in the dream.
With enough practice you can fly, visit exotic places, experience vivid colors, or eat all the ice cream you want, all without taking your head off the pillow.
Being awake during a dream may seem like a contradiction, but to those involved in lucid dream research, it’s all, well, crystal clear.
“Lucid dreaming lets you make use of the dream state that comes to you every night to have a stimulating reality,” said Dr. Stephen LaBerge, founder of the Lucidity Institute at Stanford University, a research lab that teaches people how to have a lucid dream.
LaBerge said that controlling dreams can also have therapeutic value. Potentially, he said, people can overcome nightmares that haunt them repeatedly. It may even help a person improve in sports, enhance self-confidence or confront problems that elude being solved in waking life.
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, a book co-authored by LaBerge and Howard Rheingold, is one of many books to help wannabe lucid dreamers get started. The Lucidity Institute offers a variety of tools for people set on taking charge of their subconscious life.
The Institute’s SuperNovaDreamer kit includes a copy of LaBerge’s book, and the kit recommends reading a few chapters before getting started. The book asks that you learn to recognize “dreamsigns,” or signals within a dream that alert you to your altered state. One common dreamsign: elements within your dream are out of context. Objects are not where they belong within a room, or certain people are in locations they normally wouldn’t be — how often do your parents drop in at the office?
The NovaDreamer includes a mask that tracks eye movement to recognize when you’re in REM as well as to determine the amount of time you take to get to sleep.
Depending on how you configure NovaDreamer (a determination made partially on the basis of how light or heavy a sleeper you are), the NovaDreamer flashes a series of red lights into your (hopefully closed) eyes, providing yet another signal that you are dreaming and can now do whatever you please in the dream.
LaBerge advises novice lucid dreamers to be patient, adding it can take as long as four months or more to regularly have lucid dreams.
LaBerge’s research indicates that when a person does something in their dreams, the experience may be closer to reality than you’d think.
Early experiments show that lucid dreamers have a good comprehension of time while dreaming. Researchers that asked lucid dreamers to move their eyes in a specific pattern, and then repeat the pattern 10 seconds later, found they did so in about the correct amount of time.
How can I choose what I want to dream about?
I am getting sick of having dreams that I can’t do anything fun in. How can I choose what to dream about?
During the day repeatedly ask ‘Am I dreaming?’ and perform some reality checks whenever you remember. With practice, if it happens enough, you will automatically remember it during your dreams and do it.
Keep a dream journal. This is perhaps the most important step towards lucid dreaming. Keep it close by your bed at night, and write in it immediately after waking. Or you can keep a recording device if you find it easier to repeat your dream out loud. This helps you recognize your common dream elements (people from your past, specific places, etc.), and also tells your brain that you are serious about remembering your dreams!
Learn the best time to have a lucid dream. By being aware of your personal sleep schedule, you can arrange your sleep pattern to help induce lucid dreams.
Studies strongly suggest that a nap a few hours after waking in the morning is the most common time to have a lucid dream.
Lucid dreams are strongly associated with REM sleep. REM sleep is more abundant just before the final awakening. This means they most commonly occur right before waking up. (Sleep-onset REM is a symptom of narcolepsy. If you have lucid dreams right after falling asleep, you may wish to consider seeking medical advice from a sleep medicine specialist. However, there are studies which show people can recall dreams after being awakened during non-REM sleep).
Dreams usually run in 60-minute (Weiten Psych book 2004) cycles during sleep. If you are working on dream recall, it may be helpful to try waking yourself up during one of these cycles (interrupted dreams are often the ones we remember).
Try Stephen Laberge’s mnemonic induction of lucid dreaming (MILD) technique.
Set your alarm clock to wake you up 4 1/2, 6, or 7 1/2 hours after falling asleep.
When you are awakened by your alarm clock, try to remember the dream as much as possible.
When you think you have remembered as much as you can, return to your place of rest, imagining that you are in your previous dream, and becoming aware that you are dreaming. Say to yourself, “I will be aware that I’m dreaming,” or something similar. Do this until you think that it has “sunk in.” Then go to sleep.
If random thoughts pop up when you are trying to fall asleep, repeat the imagining, self-suggestion part, and try again. Don’t worry if you think it’s taking a long time. The longer it takes, the more likely it will ‘sink in,’ and the more likely you will have a lucid dream.
Immerse yourself in the subject of lucid dreaming. For example, you can look on lucid dreaming websites, watch movies with lucid dreaming (eg. Abre los Ojos), read books about it, etc…
Try marking an “A” (which stands for “awake”) on your palm. Every time you notice the “A” during your waking hours challenge whether you are awake or asleep. Eventually you may see the “A” in your sleep and become lucid.
What time is it?Get into the habit of doing reality checks. Do at least three reality checks every time something seems out of the ordinary, strongly frustrating, or nonsensical, and that habit will carry on into your dreams. In a dream, these will tell you that you are sleeping, allowing you to become lucid. In order to remember to do reality checks in dreams, you need to establish a habit of doing reality checks in real life. One way to do a reality check is to look for “dream signs” (elements that frequently occur during your dreams, look for these in your dream journal), or things that would not normally exist in real life, and then conduct the reality checks. When these actions become habit, a person will begin to do them in her or his dreams, and can come to the conclusion that he/she is dreaming. Some tactics include:
looking at a digital clock to see if it stays constant;
looking at a body of text, looking away, and then looking back to see if it has changed;
flipping a light switch;
looking in a mirror (your image will most often appear blurry in a dream);
pinching your nose closed and trying to breathe;
glancing at your hands, and asking yourself, “am I dreaming?” (when dreaming, you will most often see greater or fewer than five fingers on your hand);
jumping in the air; you are usually able to fly during dreams
poking yourself; when dreaming, your “flesh” might be more elastic than in real life; a common reality check is pushing your finger through the palm of your hand;
Bite your arm. In a dream, you shouldn’t be able to feel your bite.
Try leaning against a wall. In dreams, you will often fall through walls.
Prolong lucid dreams by spinning your body in the dream (suspected of prolonging REM), and rubbing your hands (prevents you from feeling the sensation of lying in bed). Take care while spinning. Remind yourself even as you spin that you are dreaming, as you will find yourself in a completely different location when you stop spinning and may lose lucidity otherwise.
Be Pro-active about your dream. Have a goal in mind and try to a
How do I mainain conciousness while falling asleep?
The desired effect being me being completely aware of myself while I’m sleeping. Please, NO answers from people who don’t think it’s possible.
It is not only possible, its easy. Lucid dreaming takes practice, but once you get the hang of it becomes much more natural to slip into. I learned from a book called “lucid dreaming” by stephen laberge, ph.d, and his method was to slowly count while falling asleep. Its simple and unintrusive, allowing the body to drift into an unconscious state while the mind stays focused and “awake”. It worked for me. Usually i get to about a thousand before i stop counting and start flying.
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