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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Did you know that learning how to visualize with maximum definition can give you more lucid dreams? That's because visualization is key to a range of popular lucid dreaming techniques. Daydreaming visually can even program your regular dream content. For some people, visualization comes naturally, so the exercises here may seem obvious. But for others, engaging the visual imagination is tough. So I'd like to share some of my own visualization styles which might help.
The evolutionary biologist Robin Dunbar once said: "What sets us apart is a life in the mind, the ability to imagine." What, then, is it like to live without any trace of visual imagination? With no mind's eye to "see" your daydreams and memories? No way to recall the tastes of your favorite foods, summon mental images of loved ones, or visualize landscapes and characters described in novels? This is the arguably disturbing reality for 1 in 50 people who are coming to terms with the fact that they suffer from a newly named condition called aphantasia.
On the surface, this seems like an odd question to ask. Everybody feels like they have their own free will - whether it's a big decision like choosing their life partner, or a minor call like whether to keep reading this article. But when you break down the neurological process of conscious decision making, there is a distinct lack of evidence for free will. Scientific theories on cause and effect - and philosophical theories about the self - frequently rule out any need for a conscious decision maker at all.
If you saw the Christmas edition of Charlie Brooker's awesome Black Mirror [spoiler alert] you would have watched Jon Hamm mentally and emotionally torture an innocent woman living inside an egg. Ok, back up a bit. She wasn't really a woman. She just thought she was. One week earlier, Hamm's technical team implanted a 'cookie' into a real woman's eyeball. The cookie was an artifically intelligent computer chip. And over the next seven days it learned the personal preferences, thoughts and emotions of its female host. It even took on her life's memories.
Dream herbs are used to induce lucid dreaming, which, most accurately is described as an awareness that you are dreaming to the point that you can control dreams. But, on a more basic level, dream herbs also seem to be linked to increased dream recall or simply an awareness that you are dreaming even if you cannot control the dream. Today I'm going to summarize the best dream herbs for lucidity - as well as where to buy the seeds, how to grow and cultivate them, and what effects that have on your dreams.
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?