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Few questions

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 17:06
by NoahM
So first off, I'm extremely intrigued by the idea, and want to get started - but I have a few questions that really concern me as far as the normality of life when you're a lucid dreamer.

So, question #1: I read on this website in an article that you will start to habitually perform reality checks and what not in dreams. If this is the case, can you not control when you would have just a normal night's sleep? Would you soon begin to question reality EVERY night in EVERY dream?

question #2: Is it truly rejuvenating sleep, like good-old shuteye really is? I've read about how your brain is MORE active in a lucid dream than you are in real life. If that's the case, wouldn't it not really be like sleep for your brain? Sure, your body and it's muscles are getting the rest, but if you're brain power is off the charts trying to visualize and live this crazy dream that you are controlling, it doesn't sound like it's much rest for your mind.

Please, share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas, lucid dreamers.

Re: Few questions

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 22:47
by alppdcjr12
1) Reality checks are a habit, but you have to resolve to do them. If you fuel the habit, it will persist. Like any habit, if you don't, it will go away. There's no saying how often it will happen, but your goal is to realize you're dreaming every night. Each strategy of lucid dreaming is like making an investment (only you don't lose anything if you don't win). You bet often enough with reality checks, and you might get a payoff 1-2 times a week for that system--you may, after all, dream about things other than what your tests are, or whatever. You also want to invest in techniques that help you remind yourself to know you're dreaming right before you go to bed, and hopefully lucid dream 3-4 times from that. These numbers are just random; I have no idea what will work best for you. The key is to put a lot of energy into it.

Re: Few questions

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 23:31
by NoahM
alppdcjr12 wrote:1) Reality checks are a habit, but you have to resolve to do them. If you fuel the habit, it will persist. Like any habit, if you don't, it will go away. There's no saying how often it will happen, but your goal is to realize you're dreaming every night. Each strategy of lucid dreaming is like making an investment (only you don't lose anything if you don't win). You bet often enough with reality checks, and you might get a payoff 1-2 times a week for that system--you may, after all, dream about things other than what your tests are, or whatever. You also want to invest in techniques that help you remind yourself to know you're dreaming right before you go to bed, and hopefully lucid dream 3-4 times from that. These numbers are just random; I have no idea what will work best for you. The key is to put a lot of energy into it.



Could you elaborate a bit? What exactly do you mean by "You also want to invest in techniques that help you remind yourself to know you're dreaming right before you go to bed"

Re: Few questions

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 11:12
by Snaggle
question #2: Is it truly rejuvenating sleep, like good-old shuteye really is? I've read about how your brain is MORE active in a lucid dream than you are in real life. If that's the case, wouldn't it not really be like sleep for your brain? Sure, your body and it's muscles are getting the rest, but if you're brain power is off the charts trying to visualize and live this crazy dream that you are controlling, it doesn't sound like it's much rest for your mind.


Lucid dreams for most people are short and have no real effect on ones shut eye. If one is doing direct WILDs in which one is entering sleep lucid and staying lucid the whole night they do effect ones sleep, but one does not wake tired, instead one sleeps longer. My experience might not be typical, as I'm a short sleeper to start with.