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      Waking up in the night naturally.

      So this is my second time posting this, the first was before I found out the forum was hacked.

      I'm pretty sure I could get lucid every night if I could only wake up in the middle of the night naturally (and notice it). The first time I tried I didn't have a problem, but now I'm not doing so well. So can I get some of your best methods on waking up if you have any?

      For autosuggestion, what affirmations do you use? How close to falling asleep do you do them? Do you try to keep a certain feeling going? And lastly, does giving yourself a specific time to wake up help you?
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      I always use autosuggestion. It works like a charm for me when it comes to waking up naturally in the middle of the night. I use the mantra "I am waking up in the middle of the night," though sometimes I specify a time and I often come close, but I'm not sure if that's a coincidence or not, since I usually specify a time after what would be the end of my REM anyway. I don't force myself to fall asleep while thinking it, I just say it for a few minutes beforehand, or else I won't fall asleep at all.
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      I usually just go to bed earlier.

      Other ways:
      • phone vibrator
      • any alarm
      • drink water
      • sleep in an uncomfortable way (no sheets)
      • leave a light on
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      You already do wake up naturally in the middle of the night. Everyone does. However, most of us fall back asleep and forget all about it. Realize that, and then tell yourself with any affirmation you want that you are going to recognize the awakenings. Doing it before falling asleep works good, doing it while falling asleep might give you a hard time falling asleep. It'll work after a few days maximum

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      I thought of something else that might work also. Using my alarm clock ruins my FILD attempt since I have to get up and turn it off. But I can set my alarm, turn it off, and then make myself wake up a few minutes later, which I sometimes do when I turned the alarm off instead of hitting snooze and still don't want to get up for school yet. If I can do that I can wake up without the alarm and do it. Anyways I'll just do some experimenting for what works, I think if I did this a while ago I would have found something that works for me, but I've just been jumping around trying to give all these different techniques a shot but don't slow down to develop a single one much.
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      simple way is to drink water before bed so you get up in the night to pee
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      If I want to wake up sometime in the night naturally, I usually drink a lot of water so I wake up because I have to pee .

      Anyway as for autosuggestions, I usually say them right after I close my eyes while laying in bed. I say things like "I want to wake up at *time*" a couple times. I think that saying a specific time really does help. If my mind starts to wander I keep randomly saying the autosuggestion until I fall asleep.

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      For autosuggestion I usually just repeat a mantra similar to "I will wake up after a dream and remember it." This way I'm reminding myself to wake up at a time when most people usually wake up naturally, and reminding myself to remember the dream. It's killing two birds with one stone I suppose. And I feel like it's the one that works the best for me, I usually do wake up in the middle of the night with a dream fresh on my mind and the thought to write it down. Drinking water is my second best bet, though it doesn't work for DEILDs so I usually go for the mantra instead.
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      For that you could also use a recall method I'm working on (for which I might post a full guide in 1 or 2 weeks). Basically it is nothing more than keeping a tag book beside your bed and whenever you wake up write down tags for all dreams into it you currently remember. Though I usually just fall asleep again unnoticed, the bare thought of doing that already made it work for me and whenever I wake up after a sleep cycle I think about the dreams for a short moment and immediately start thinking of the tags, making me aware of the fact I just woke up.
      Unlike a lot of other methods like drinking water that also allows you to wake up several times naturally, without disrupting your sleep. Not to mention the fact it can increase your recall quite a lot.
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      For me, waking up in the middle of the night came naturally with me wanting to remember my dreams. All I had to do was as I am going to bed think about the amount of dreams I want to recall and know that I must wake after each dream to remember them. After a short while I started waking up after almost every sleep cycle, writing down my dream and going back to sleep. By doing this I still get anywhere from 4-6 dreams on an average night

      It also gives you a great chance to use MILD techniques and WBTBs, when you're going back to sleep a few times a night
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      Wake up with an alarm 3-4 nights in a row. Then you get used to it, and eventually wake up naturally. I'm just like it now.
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      Wake up after dream

      I tell myself to wake up after a dream. Thats what you want, right? Going for a specific time seems more hit and miss.

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      Quote Originally Posted by roland3tr View Post
      Wake up with an alarm 3-4 nights in a row. Then you get used to it, and eventually wake up naturally. I'm just like it now.
      I concur. Autosuggestion doesn't seem to do much with me, my unconscious is wise to my tricks
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      It's always drinking water for me. However, I seem to wake up naturally after my second last cycle.

      Any questions about lucid dreaming? Drop me a PM here!

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      One thing for me, whenever I set an alarm to wake up early. I always wake up before the alarm clock because I guess I anticipate it.
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