New research at the University of Adelaide has found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people’s chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they’re dreaming while it’s still happening and can control the experience.
Both a 2011 German study and a more recent meta-analysis found only about half of us have ever realised we’re still in the middle of a dream, with just a quarter reporting having lucid dreams frequently.
Or, at least, remembering the experience on waking.
If you’re feeling jealous, a team of scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia has come up with some interesting tips on how we can all maximise our chances of inducing a lucid dream.
Lucid dreaming is a learnable skill and has a wide range of potential applications. However, research in this area has been limited by a lack of effective and reliable lucid dream induction techniques.
The present study provides a thorough investigation into 3 of the most promising cognitive lucid dream induction techniques—reality testing, wake back to bed (WBTB), and the mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD) technique.
A sample of 169 Australian participants completed a pretest questionnaire, provided baseline logbook data in Week 1, and practiced lucid dream induction techniques in Week 2.
Results showed that the combination of reality testing, WBTB and the MILD technique was effective at inducing lucid dreams.
Several factors that influenced the effectiveness of the MILD technique were identified, including general dream recall and the amount of time taken to fall asleep after finishing the technique.
We’re a long way from recruiting dream engineers to implant suggestions into our brains while we have a nap, but anything that helps increase the chances of inducing lucid dreams could be useful in our efforts to better understand how sleeping brains work.
So if you want to weave some magic while catching forty winks? Best get chanting.