The more comfortable you are in your bed, the more likely you are to get a good night's sleep. That's a fact - pure and simple. While there are many factors that contribute to a restful night's sleep, the two biggies are:
In fact, a better mattress and the right sleep posture can even enhance your ability to lucid dream - if you know what features to look for.
A brand new mattress can be quite an investment. However, if you're shopping for beds anyway (or just replacing an old, dingy mattress) spending time choosing the right mattress for you is worthwhile. Here are some tips to help you get a good night's sleep.
You have plenty of mattress options available to choose from, so do your research before making a decision. Mattress Wiz is a useful source of mattress reviews.
Once you have an idea of what mattress interests you most, compare mattress prices online - as salesmen are notoriously pushy. (Then go to a showroom and test a few out so you know exactly what you're getting.)
Here are a couple of mattress types that will help ensure a good night's sleep.
Since lucid dreaming occurs during the REM stage of sleep (roughly 90 minutes after sleep onset), it's essential that you're comfortable all through the night. While your mattress plays a big part in your comfort, posture is also important. Here are some sleep posture tips to help you get a good night's sleep.
By ensuring that you are as comfortable as possible from the moment your head hits the pillow, you're likely to have more success learning how to lucid dream. What's more, with the right mattress and proper sleeping posture, you're going to wake up feeling better rested after a really good night's sleep.
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?