How Can I Extend My Lucid Dreams?

by Angus via Email

The night after I first looked at your site, I had an excellent dream! In the dream, I took a coat off a chair, and it was still there, so I took it off again, still there... After repeating a couple of times, I thought, 'this has got to be a dream' and sure enough it was. So, I flew around a bit before waking up out of it. I've done a little lucid dreaming previously, and the problem seems to be staying in it... Do you have articles on extending the dream?

Rebecca Casale

Rebecca says: My favorite technique is to stay calm and say out loud "clarity now!" There are a number of other excellent tricks too, like performing reality checks, looking at your hands, or rubbing your hands together to stimulate the sensation of friction. These are all easy to do in a lucid dream.

For a complete list of ways to make your lucid dreams last longer, read the article How to Stay Lucid in Dreams. When I applied these techniques, my lucid dreams went from an average of 20 seconds long, to anywhere between 15 and 40 minutes! You will quickly get better at it.

About The Author

About The Author

Rebecca Casale is a lucid dreamer and a science writer with a special interest in biology and the brain. She is the founder of World of Lucid Dreaming and Science Me.