Can we use lucid dreaming for medical purposes?
The most important thing in lucid dreaming is to have control over the dream and the situation. Lucid dreaming can be used as a therapy and can be trained. People that suffer from nightmares can use this technique to reduce the nightmares and to control them without having consequences. Some people experience lucid dreaming aware or not, but some use it as a technique or therapy for certain purposes. There some exercises that can be performed in order to apply the therapy and achieve the goal.
When we are talking about Lucid Dreaming, we are curious about the way the lucid dream appears, in which period of the night it happens or if the person is conscious about the activity, if the dreamer has the power to control the dream and decide what will happen next…
First thing that we can do if we want to experience lucid dreaming, we can use the dream awareness techniques. This includes writing down notes about the dream and the feelings that he has when he woke up. This will help to remember the dreams.
Reminding us that we are falling asleep will help us to accept the fact that at night we experience dreams, our reality is different and there is no place for panic. This technique is known as Mnemonic Induction to Lucid Dreaming, or MILD.
This topic is very closely connected with the waking up, it’s very important for the person to wake up in the moment when the dream is taking place. The most appropriate moment for this is the beginning of the REM phase. This is called sleep interruption – an element that describes the process of purposefully awakening while we are sleeping (hour or half an hour after we fall asleep). We can do this with help of alarm clock, so you must get up to turn it off when you hear it. This will help you to become conscious that you were dreaming.
We can sleep through organizing a daily sleep schedule and to waking up well-rested. We can wake up in the middle of the night, stay awake for a while, take notes about the dream and go back to bed. When we fall asleep again we must concentrate on the dream.
Drifting back to sleep is a good thing to do when we experience a lucid dream. We can wake up, note down what we were dreaming about and that we can go back to sleep.
We can recognize our personal dream signs – what are the most common things that we encounter in our dreams, the situations in which we find ourselves or the persons that we meet. We can find their meaning in a dream book when we wake up.
Sleep continuity is very important part because you must ‘’train’’ your body to go in bed every night in the same time and you avoid some ‘’rituals’’ before bed, such as drinking coffee and water or eating too much.
In some cases people use reality checkers – they represent kind of test that will help you to be sure if you are dreaming or you are awake. For example, you can make some exercises with breathing, jumping, reading or touching some objects to see if they are real etc.
If you want to focus on the consciousness about having a lucid dream, you can make yourself auto suggestions before falling asleep so you will have it on your mind. The chances to become lucid are bigger.
There are some techniques that can be used while you are experiencing a lucid dream, in order to interrupt the dream, to memorize it and become more conscious. Sometimes lucid dreams are spontaneous and rare, but sometimes the dreamer has the ability to induce them with usage of Inducing methods, such as: wake initiated, dream initiated and aid techniques. These three groups have different degree of influence on different types of people.
Techniques that belong to the first group lead the dreamer from the waking state directly to lucid dream. The dreamer stays conscious till the dream starts:
- WILD – Wake Initiated Lucid Dream
- CANWILD – Custom Alarm Noise Wake Initiated Lucid Dream
- VILD – Visually Incubated Lucid Dream
- SSILD – Senses Initiated Lucid Dream
- FILD, also known as Hargart’s Induction of Lucid Dreams or HILD – Finger Induced Lucid Dream
- HIT – Hypnagogic Imagery Technique
- DEILD , also known as Dream Exit Initiated Lucid Dream – Dream chaining
The second group of techniques helps the dreamer to become ‘’lucid’’ when he is already dreaming. The dreamer is recognizing the dream state by questioning the reality – checking if is a dream or is real. Here we have:
- DILD – Dream Initiated Lucid Dream
- LILD – Light Initiated Lucid Dream
- Lucid Induced Lucid Dream (also abbreviated to LILD)
- Spontaneous lucidity
The third group consists of techniques that are not classified in a given group, but they serve only as an “aid” for other techniques and can be combined with them.
- HILD – Hypnosis Induced Lucid Dream
- MILD – Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams
- WBTB – Wake Back To Bed
There are some additional techniques that can be used to focus on lucid dreaming, such as: meditation, playing video games, we can take vitamin B supplements in order to relax our body and be more conscious. Which technique fits the best depends on many factors. The choice is yours.
Which of these techniques you will try to use, depends on your personality. The choice is yours.