I've read tons of articles and a few books that describe the different methods, including the WBTB, and I understand the mechanics of it, but I must either be doing something that doesn't fit right or I am not yet experienced enough in the utilization of this technique. So, I'm looking for some pointers from those that use this method.
Here are a few questions that I have, any advice helps!
How long do you sleep before waking up? (I usually set an alarm to go off after 6 hours of sleep)
Have you found a way to understand your personal REM cycle? If so, how? (IE phone app, etc.)
What amount of time do you spend awake? (I usually stay awake for 20-30 mins)
What do you think about/do while awake? (I try to think about the goal of my LD, but maybe another method would work?)
What sleeping position have you found to work best when attempting to go back to sleep? (I always lay on my back in hopes of sleep paralysis, but I always just fall into unconscious sleep, with the exception of once...ONCE! )
Have you found any modifications to this method to work best for you, or have you heard of any modifications that work best for others?
I wake at 4am, I don;t set my alarm as i can wake on demand but if you need to use an alarm make sure it is not too intrusive as you want to wake as gently as pos so you can recall your dreams.
When I awake I lie there in the same position feeling my dreams, the texture, feelings, images in particular, just letting the dream state I came from flow through my head like a river.
Then I put on my lamp, have a sip of water and write down my dreams (or the most prominent ones) and sometimes thoughts I have about them.
I then go to the loo, go downstairs and make a hot cocoa...raw organic cocoa just topped up with water. You can put a bit of raw cane sugar in. I find this drink is comforting and relaxing to body and stimulating to mind. I only have a small cup for obvious reasons as i don't want to be awaking for the loo again! If you are generally a heavy sleeper (I am not) you might want to have a small black coffee instead. But not too strong obviously!
I then meditate for 10 mins, but you can do what you want...just nothing too mad like replying to 100 emails or dancing round the lounge to One Direction...you get the drift...reading a bit of fiction can be good. Or just sit and chill for a bit and sip your warm drink.
Generally I am up for 45 mins.
Then I swill my mouth out so I feel fresh and clean after my drink so I can feel fresh for bed without the groggy feeling.
I go back to bed and lay on my back. I do a body scan. Body scan from feet to head. Just notice your body lying on the bed, feel the bed under you, enjoy the support it gives you from tip to toe. Gently focus on breathing. This aids great relaxation. It doesn't have to be called a meditation. One way to become relaxed again but stay mindful and aware is to keep your inbreath and outbreath the same length...say a count of 3 for each. Do this for say 20 in and out breaths then let your breathing go back to it's natural pattern.
I then enjoy the hypnogogic state for a while. But i start to notice each image, rather then just let them amble around. I don't think about them, just notice what comes up with no feeling or emotion. It's pretty cool - I am so glad i learned this as it is a great state in itself. Imagine all this time i hadn't really taken much notice of the hypnogogic!
I lie on my back until I get to the stage where my body wants to turn into my fave sleep position which is on my right side. I turn but still carry on taking notice of the hypnogogic images. This is the important bit for me. If I start to drift a bit, i just catch myself and go back to noticing what was in my head when i started to drift. If my mind is just blank, i just notice the blankness. People talk about eyes...i think mine are looking at the back of my lids or into the center of my brow sometimes. But as long as you are able to stay cosy, relaxed but aware, I don't tend to worry.
After some time...and I can't tell you exactly how long cos I go by instinct but I would say pos 20 mins or so...I just let go. But it has also happened where I have had such a seamless link to WILD that I have not even noticed I have entered dream state and 'wake up' in my room!! But I'm wise to this now.
There have been times when I know I have fallen asleep then very soon after had a DILD which is more vivid then the spontaneous DILDs i always got before using WBTB.
This is my way so perhaps you can have a go too. I learned this method from Charlie Morley's book and it's called 'Hynogogic Drop in'. It's a WILD technique but I have tweaked it and molded it into my WBTB routine that I found suits me, and I think that is the key...I am experimenting with different versions too testing out how each version affect the entry of the LD. It's all good fun. Enjoy it. It's a special time to be awake. I love it!
Edit to say I am up for 45 mins from 4 so generally climb back into bed at 4.45 ish...unless I had mega dreams before and need more time to write them down!! I think I was lucky to find this pattern suited me first off so it's obviously my natural REM pattern but I think it does seem to suit a lot of people. To do this most successfully i need to go to bed at around 10-30 - 11 and no later. But I DO know I am someone who needs lots of sleep...if i'm really tired I struggle to LD. But that's me. Interested to know how you go as I'm still learning and exploring too as this is all relatively new to me. But I'm SO glad I did as it's changed everything.
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