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      Question Depression increase chances of lucid dreaming when going to bed?

      I read that people suffering from depression (like myself) are more likely to experience REM when sleeping and therefore dreaming occurs more often, longer and more frequently than non depression sufferers. so i was wondering, do you think this means i have a greater chance of having a lucid dream (providing i attempt it) at night? I also read that the reason a lot of depression suffers always feel tired and groggy is because they often don't experience non - REM/ deep sleep at all and i often experience this but never bothered to capitalize on it due to every where i read saying it is impossible to experience lucid dream at night as soon as you go to bed.

      i repeat as soon as i go to bed due to my brain chemistry causing REM to happen and occur more frequently than non - depression sufferers. Do you think this means if i repeatedly try i might be able to experience lucid dreaming either DILD or WILD directly at night i.e. when i get into bed????

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      every where i read saying it is impossible to experience lucid dream at night as soon as you go to bed.
      Not impossible, just hard and highly unlikely for most people. Theoretically, it's perfectly possible.

      i repeat as soon as i go to bed due to my brain chemistry causing REM to happen and occur more frequently than non - depression sufferers. Do you think this means if i repeatedly try i might be able to experience lucid dreaming either DILD or WILD directly at night i.e. when i get into bed????
      The difficulty with this is that we don't know exactly how depressed are you (sorry, but no other way to put it). Highly depressed people can experience REM right after 45 minutes of the first sleep cycle. I'd suggest you not to test such radical approach, but rather work it with an early WBTB and GO BACK in the clock (instead of foward like most lucid dreamers).
      Basically, you'll have to experiment with it just like the rest of us. Try setting alarm for WBTB after 4.5hours, then try to WILD. Are you male? An erection tends to be present if you wake up during or after REM, so that's a pretty good sign if you're recall isn't particularly good. From that point on you just need to test and re-test until you find your sweet spot. Of course a fundamental rule for this exercise is having a regular sleep pattern, aka one where you wake up at the same time without any alarm.

      PS: play it safe: never attempt a WILD too late. You're already experienced significantly less N-REM, and for obvious reasons, you should put it as top priority during the night Oh, and try to avoid more than one WBTB. One study determined that when depressed people were woken up during REM, the brain pushed into even more REM. This is great for lucid dreaming, but don't go out screwing your sleep over this. This study is present in the book "The mind at Night", I'll try to see if I can find it.
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      Thanks for the reply it was helpful and cleared up a few things. i'll take into account what you said =) and yep i'm male and have always wondered about what you mentioned :p

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