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      Lucid dream on naps

      Hi, guys!

      I'm new in this forum and in LD too. I started my dream journal on 1st october and I'm having a good dream recall.

      But I'm struggling to have a lucid dream.

      On last month I had a short lucid dream during a nap day and then started to took regular naps.

      Well, it worked well. In 1 of 3 naps I have a short lucid dream, but I don't evolved anymore.

      It's always short dream, like 2 minutes at maximum and my dream fade out and I wake up.

      Do you have any advice to me increase my dream time, since now I now how it feels to be in a dream?

      Thanks!

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      For starters, welcome to the forums.

      So, you're getting lucid during naps because your brain is a little more awake during these times. A lot of people have success becoming lucid during naps. However, if you wish to have lucid dreams at night too, you want to:

      1) Go to bed early, this always helps me. Even if I can sleep in, going to bed late does something that messes me up usually. Make sure you plan for enough sleep. At least 9 hours if you can.

      2) Continue to record all dreams and fragments in your dream journal by your bedside (just remembering does not have the same effect as writing them down - it's all intention based, and writing things down builds your intention).

      3) Practice WBTB (Wake Back To Bed). It's the most powerful technique out there, if you ask me. After sleeping about 5 hours, sometime around 3-4 in the morning, wake up. Stay awake for 1 hour. This time may vary, everyone is different, for me it's about an hour. For you, it may be less or more. Experiment with the timing. When you're ready, go back to bed. Your chances of lucidity are now much higher because your brain is a little more awake, and you're entering into sleep cycles that have longer REM periods as the morning progresses.

      You can and should practice other techniques, too, such as reality checking, prospective memory building, visualizations / meditation, relaxation techniques for WILDing, etc., but the above strategies are a great starting point to build from.

      Second question - increasing dream time when lucid -

      So this is more of matter of experience and practice. It is all too common for new lucid dreamers to have very short dreams in the beginning. Usually, it's because of emotional instability. If you experience a spike of emotion while dreaming (especially fear), you will lose your dream. You will master this with time. Additionally, you want to practice stabilizing your dreams. To do this, as soon as you're lucid, look at your hands (or another dream object) until you can see every wrinkle (or detail). Say your name. Say out loud that you're dreaming - that you're lucid. Crawl around instead of walk. Focus on your senses. Lick the walls. Touch things. All of these actions will help to stabilize the dream. Also, you can even ask the dream itself for increased clarity or stability. I've even asked the dream for a "Time extension please!" before. Get creative, you'd be surprised what may happen if your expectations are in alignment with what you want.

      Good luck!
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      Hi, MoonageDaydream!

      Thanks for your answer and the advices

      I will for sure continue to record my dreams and I also started to practice systematically the WBTB thechnique.

      The last days I stayed awake for 1 hour at 3am, but then I took a long time to sleep again and had just non-lucid dreams.

      I'm not frustrated with this, I just keep trying with little modifications.

      So, do I need to reduce my time awake?
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      Quote Originally Posted by tacadevinho View Post
      Hi, MoonageDaydream!

      Thanks for your answer and the advices

      I will for sure continue to record my dreams and I also started to practice systematically the WBTB thechnique.

      The last days I stayed awake for 1 hour at 3am, but then I took a long time to sleep again and had just non-lucid dreams.

      I'm not frustrated with this, I just keep trying with little modifications.

      So, do I need to reduce my time awake?
      Not necessarily. Play around with it, but for me, I can say, the longer the better. 2-3 hours is great for me, but that's definitely hard to do on a work schedule. Good luck
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      It took me 1.5 months to have my first lucid dream.
      That was with constant reality checks, and daily all day awareness
      Stay the course you will eventually have one and you will love it
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      Have you tried the MILD technique? The combination of this, reality checks and WBTB should improve your chances.

      Though longer WBTBs can have good results sometimes all you need is 5-10 minutes. If you’re like me and struggle to get back to sleep quickly after waking up then you may benefit from a shorter wake up (Micro-WBTB).

      As others have said, get at least 7-8 hours sleep if you can and attempt your WBTB in the last 2-3 hours of sleep for the best results.
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      Okay, got it.
      Thanks!

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      Quote Originally Posted by 3so View Post
      It took me 1.5 months to have my first lucid dream.
      That was with constant reality checks, and daily all day awareness
      Stay the course you will eventually have one and you will love it
      The last weeks I started to do constant reality checks during my day and I'm understand the concept of all day awareness yet.
      Staying in the course 😉
      I'll post here when I succeed!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Tiktaalik View Post
      Have you tried the MILD technique? The combination of this, reality checks and WBTB should improve your chances.

      Though longer WBTBs can have good results sometimes all you need is 5-10 minutes. If you’re like me and struggle to get back to sleep quickly after waking up then you may benefit from a shorter wake up (Micro-WBTB).

      As others have said, get at least 7-8 hours sleep if you can and attempt your WBTB in the last 2-3 hours of sleep for the best results.
      Alright! I'll do some longer WBTB to test some more weeks and get the 7-8 hours of sleep consistently. If I continue to struggle to get back to sleep, I'll do the micro-WBTB.

      I read about the MILD., but not tried yet, I'll do!

      Thanks for the answer!
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