Last night I tried to explore the hypnogagic state, so that it may eventually help me with WILD. But I'm not sure if what I experienced was in fact hypnagogia. I laid in bed and relaxed myself, and after about 15 minutes I started feeling slight numbness in my hands. I kept focusing on letting my body fall asleep and keeping my mind awake, and eventually I lost some awareness of my body, but I could still feel the bed. Then it almost felt like I was spinning, and at one point it felt as if I had sunken a few inches into the bed. I tried to let the feelings grow, but nothing happened. I kept focusing on relaxing my body but sleep paralysis didn't kick in, and I didn't experience any hypnogagic images, sounds, etc. It seemed like I was trying forever, with no results. After a while, I brought myself out of it, rolled over, and went to sleep.
So was I "on the way" to conscious hypnagogia? I wasn't really sure what to expect, as this was my first time trying to enter the mind awake/body asleep state.