Ever since lucid dreaming entered the public eye in the 1980s, there have been many attempts to create the ultimate lucid dream machine. The idea is to make lucid dreaming as easy as possible - so that anyone can do it at will.
The most popular type of lucid dreaming device is an eye mask which emits visual and audio cues to the would-be lucid dreamer while they are asleep. Often this means you see flashing lights in your dreamscape, which remind you that you are dreaming. Some offer audio cues as well.
The following are my reviews of the major lucid dream machines and related technologies I have evaluated to date. Please note if you have photosensitive epilepsy, lucid dream masks that emit light are not recommended for you.
If you are a smartphone or tablet user, you may also like to check out the section dedicated to Lucid Dreaming Apps.
Check out the top 10 best-selling, most intriguing, and downright weirdest gadgets to keep by your bedside for better quality sleep and dreams.
The Wakē is a new piece of sleep tech that creates your own personal sunrise while your partner sleeps on. It also has some cool lucid dreaming features...
Lucid dream masks may help you achieve your goal of becoming lucid on a nightly basis. They provide an artificial aid to supplement your own efforts in dream recall and reality checking. Just a word of caution: no lucid dream machine is a magic bullet for lucid dreaming and won't train you to become a better natural lucid dreamer. So don't rush out to buy one until you understand exactly how they achieve results.
Read my review of the NovaDreamer lucid dream mask, detailing all the features and what to expect from the new NovaDreamer II by The Lucidity Institute.
This is my review of the REM Dreamer, Europe's answer to the NovaDreamer created by ELI Company. It shares many technical features and is considerably cheaper.
The Remee made a considerable splash in 2012 as a next generation lucid dream mask - but has it lived up to all the media excitement? Find out here.
The following audio products are based on scientifically based sound technologies which help you enter a deeper state of mental relaxation and meditation. There is an established link between frequent meditation and lucid dreaming, so besides the wonderful mind-body benefits of meditation, you may discover the ideal audio recording to amplify your lucid mindset.
Check out my favorite brainwave entrainment MP3s for lucid dreaming, which you can use for night-time meditation, DILD and WILD lucid dreams.
I produced this custom recording to program the mind for lucidity through hypnotic autosuggestion. Uses classic dream visualization. Part of my Lucid Dreaming Fast Track course.
Take a look at my review of the Lucid Dreaming Kit by Bradley Thompson, one of the features of which is an 72-minute Audio Stimulation CD with binaural beats.
In my search for greater relaxation at bed time I've tried and tested a number of sound therapy machines. Here are my favorites - ideal for those who find it harder to wind-down at night or suffer too much "mind chatter".
Tranquil Turtle by Cloud B is a soothing ocean light and sound machine that won the 2013 Infant/Toddler Toy of The Year Award. Here's why grown-ups love this critter too.
The Sleepsonic Pillow is a hi-tech speaker pillow for listening to brainwave entrainment, guided meditation and other lucid dreaming audios in the hypnagogic and hypnopompic phases.
The Sound Oasis S-650-1 sound therapy machine features clinically proven in-built meditation music and relaxation sound effects for better sleep. Read my full review.
As most serious lucid dreamers will agree: a sleep mask is an important lucidity aid to have handy in your bedroom. Not only can they help reset your Circadian rhythms, they are also thought by many to improve dream recall. For meditation and WILDs, sleep masks can help create a sensory deprived environment in which you can focus your awareness within...
Sleep masks have several benefits for meditation and lucid dreaming - find out my all-time favorite mask for lucid dreaming and meditation.
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For centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have been working on waking up in their dreams, so that they can "wake up" at the moment of their death. They also believe that whatever cultural assumptions you have during life will become true upon death. Can lucid dreaming prepare us for the dying process? What might happen at the actual moment of death? Why are we scared of death and how might bodiless lucid experiences help to reduce our fear? In this interview, Dr Clare Johnson and Dr Keith Hearne dive into the lucid void, Tibetan Buddhism, and lucid dreaming as an emotional and spiritual preparation for death.
Does this face look familiar? It should. This is the result of image averaging - a technique in which multiple headshots are averaged out into a single face. In this case, our composite guy was generated by psychology student and photography enthusiast, Bill Lytton. Lytton averaged out 32 attractive male celebrity faces. To avoid personal bias, he referred to Maxim's Hot 100 and other opinion polls. He also averaged out a bunch of unattractive male faces for comparison.
It's a myth that you could exhaust yourself having a great big run in a lucid dream. After all, your real muscles are paralyzed during sleep. Your body isn't really running or burning up energy. So why would you feel depleted? So, in terms of physical energy depletion, there's really no logic to this argument. But what about dreams being mentally or emotionally tiring? The best way to test this is to survey lucid dreamers themselves. Go ahead, take our poll. My intuitive response is no - and that's based on my 17 years of personal experience. Lucid dreams aren't tiring for me at all.
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?