During a 2014 study it was demonstrated that it was indeed possible to trigger lucid dreaming. The were 24 volunteers in Germany who had been stimulated electrically with a 40 hz current, which is the frequency that is associated with dreaming and self-awareness. Even though none of the participants had previously been a lucid dreamer, it was discovered that 77 percent of these volunteers were able to control their dreams under the right circumstances.
New Study Offers Fresh Facts in Lucid Dreaming
So two years after that study, additional research revealed that when motor skills are practiced during sleep, it can actually be as effective as activities performed while awake. A research group that was led by Dr Tadas Stumbrys decided to split their participants into four distinct groups—“a mental practice group (23%), frequent lucid dreamers (25%), a physical practice group (24%) and a control (no practice) group (24%)”—with every single volunteer asked to practice a sequential finger tap exercise. Of the four groups, it was found that the lucid dreamers had enjoyed the most improvement in their skills.
Discovering Three Dreaming Methods
It had already been known for people who are not lucid dreamers; they can be one with some practice. Now there is new evidence from research conducted at the University of Adelaide, which was posted in the publication, Dreaming, where they have investigated three methods for enhancing this skill: “reality testing, mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD), and the wake back to bed (WBTB) technique.”
The first method is a quite common. During this testing, volunteers checked their environment many times every day to determine if you are dreaming. One certain approach is to notice specific landmarks, such as a common door, and knocking on the door so that you actually feel that sensation. This kind of sensory input is very important. If you happen to notice any wood underneath your knuckles, then you are indeed awake. If you are asleep, then you could actually pass straight through the door or even fail to hear the knock. These are the landmarks which prove vital in sensing you are dreaming, and then gain some control in the unconscious environment in which you find yourself.
The wake back to bed method where it is required that you awaken after sleeping five hours, you make yourself remain awake for a period, and then you go back to sleep. This is the very sweet spot that is required for REM sleep—often times it is referred to as the “enigmatic state,” is the period where your muscles become paralyzed, and when dreams are much more likely. And after you’d already disturbed your sleep with a short period of awakened activity then you are more apt to move to sleep inside an altered awareness.
Mnemonic induction of lucid dreaming methods requires that you awaken after five hours during the night, except that this time you consciously try to remember you are actually dreaming when you fall back asleep. You actually pre-empt your dream by first imagining it. You are also required to repeat a mantra inside your head: “The next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming.”
In this study, 47 people combined and test the three methods. After only one week of practicing they recorded a 17 percent success rate, this was considerably more than the week where they did not even practice. The people who went to sleep within 5 minutes of repeating the mnemonic induction mantra reported an incredible success rate of 46 percent.