Best Times for a Lucid Dream
By: Jerry A. Greene
The more often you are able to have lucid dreams, the more you will be willing to put the time into learning how to have lucid dreams at will. Knowing the time to "target" for lucid dreaming will give you the best chances for achieving the state on a consitent basis.
At one point, during this cycle, we enter the state of REM sleep, or (Rapid Eye Movement). This is the time when we are most likely to experience dreams.
Studies have also shown that when we nap, we tend to go into REM sleep pretty quickly, without any real deep sleep. Because of this, naps happen to be one of the best time to have lucid dreams.
Second, we have been awake for some time before the nap, causing our objective mind to have been quite active for part of the day already.
Third, we enter the dream state rather quickly.
Most lucid dreamers would agree that they tend to have more lucid dreams towards the end of the night, or during naps.
Of course, due to your schedule, you may not have much time, or ability to take naps in order to experience lucid dreams in that way.
The Best Time to Have Lucid Dreams
Do something very active for at least a half hour to get your objective mind to be very active. One of the best things to do is to analyze the dream you were having when you woke up and look for dream-signs. Then get up from bed and do something active for a few minutes. Anything that engages your objective mind in one way, or another.
After this period of relative activity, go back to sleep with the thought that you will try to recognize when you are dreaming. Perhaps do a few reality checks and then nod off to sleep. With enough practice, you will most likely experience a lucid dream within a few days. Never give up, if you don't experience one right away. Trust me, it is well worth the effort!
One thing for sure is that if you DO in fact have a lucid dream, you must take note of the things you did to have it. Not only what dream sign made it happen, but what did you do in waking life to make it happen? How were you sleeping? On your right side.left side? On your back? On your stomach? The scientists that study lucid dreaming tend to believe that certain postures of sleep encourage lucid dreaming.
Some people experience lucid dreams many days in a row, but then completely lose them for a while. It seems that the brain does not always want to co-operate, even though you may have a lot of practice and have had a great deal of success. Other people are are able to have lucid dreams at will. Some of these dreamers are able to produce lucid dreams in a laboratory and have them confirmed by the fact that they are able to signal to the outside world with a predetermined eye movement that has been decided upon before going to sleep. You can read more about these types of experiments in Stephen LaBerge's "Lucid Dreaming".