Here’s something that will make you can’t wait to fall asleep as students:
Lucid dreaming. What is it? Heard of Inception? Well, it’s not exactly like that but take the idea of being in your dream and being aware that you are dreaming. For example, say if you were dreaming about winning the Tour de France. You are about to cross the line, your legs ache and your forehead is soaked from the sweat beads dripping off your fringe. You suddenly realise that you are dreaming but the dream goes on, you accept it and continue with the scenario (possibly even manipulating it without much effort or realising it) and you finish the race, victoriously popping that champagne bottle.
You’re a star.
Only momentarily though.
After a few moments you wake, knowing that when you were in the dream, you recognised it and just played along with it.
Why is it so fascinating? Think about it! You have the possibility to control your dreams. Think up whatever you want and bam, it’s almost like an alternate universe. Miranda Kerr? BAM! There she is! A pile of cash? BAM! It’s all yours!
Lucid dreaming is actually easily achievable and more common than many people think! Here’s some ways to get you to lucid dream better. Get ready!
1.) The most common time to have a lucid dream is a few hours after you wake in the morning.
What can you do? Set 2 alarms. One 3 hours before you have to wake and another when you usually wake. Otherwise, if you are prone to clicking the snooze button or turning off your alarm and sleeping in, you may have been lucid dreaming without even knowing it!
2.) Another tip is to keep a dream journal, as soon as you remember your dreams, write it down.
This may give you some indication as to what you are dreaming about and what aspects of your real life is imitated or triggering these dreams. Look for patterns and similarities!
3.) Give yourself a symbol to indicate you are in reality.
Okay, this one sounds a lot like Leonardo DiCaprio’s little spinning top in Inception. Well, it is similar. He spins it to let himself know whether he is in a dream or in reality because sometimes we are not aware if we are dreaming and as soon as we wake, we forget our dream. Pinch yourself and repeat the words “I’m awake” or even give yourself some kind of action that is personal to you. If you do it enough in real life, over time, when in dreams, you will also recognise to do this and know whether you are dreaming or not. If you are dreaming, it will not be the exact same action, or you feel like you can’t see parts of your hands etc.