Controlling dreams in your sleep is not as hard as some think. Nor does it cause any harm as you are undergoing the dream; instead, you will be in control at all times.
Why Should Learn To Control Your Dreams
People who learn to control their dreams are better at everyday tasks during the daytime. These people become problem solvers; resolving a problem comes to them at night like the lightbulb moment.
At the University of Lincoln psychologist, Patrick Bourke tested 68 study participants – 20 of those individuals experienced lucid dreaming often. In his study, he learned that frequent lucid dreamers were better able to perform tasks then who occasionally or rarely experienced this way of being able to control their dream.
A person who learns to control their dreams through lucid dreaming develops their cognitive skills; this then spills into their daily lives.
What Is Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming is when you become self-aware during a dream state. The sleeper knows that they are asleep, but are also conscious when the dream takes place.
Most times, the person experiencing a Lucid dream will gain control over their way of dreaming. This is when a person will experience flying, running fast, or meeting someone long gone. Conversations in which an individual may have a hard time in real life become much more comfortable in this dream state.
Controlling Dreams In Your Sleep Tips
By controlling your dreams in your sleep, you’ll learn how to maintain consciousness as you enter REM sleep. Down below all, I share some of the tips with you that I’ve used to gain control of my dreams.
· Remove Lucid Dreaming Fear
At one time, I thought controlling my dreams by Lucid dreaming meant it was evil. As a child, I grew up believing that if I left my body, which never happens during Lucid dreaming, someone else would take over.
This is the main fear of individuals who want to experience this way of dreaming. But no one can take over your body, because all you are doing is controlling your dream.
· Keep A Dream Journal
Writing in a dream journal will force you to remember your dreams, which will make it easier to control them if you. When you recall your dreams, it reinforces your memory. The more recall you do, the better your conscious becomes at remembering your dreams.
The method of keeping a dream journal will also get your brain acquainted with the dream world. This is a powerful way of letting your conscious know that your dreams matter. The more connection you create with your dream world and mind, the better chance you will have to control dreams in your sleep.
· Use An Anxiety Relieving Blanket
What often happens when lucid dreaming is people get scared and then pop-out before they can start controlling their dream due to unforeseen anxiety. An anxiety blanket will help keep you feeling safe; it will keep you weighted down so that you don’t move, which is often a reason why people come out of Lucid dreaming.
· Perform A Reality Check
By performing a reality check, you can let yourself know that you’re in a dream state. This can happen by you pressing your palms together to see if they go through or not. In a dream state, they would go through, while awake, you know that they would not.
This will help to keep your conscious brain alert. You can then move forward into the focus of knowing who you are, where you are, and how you’re going to control your dream next.
· Induce Sleep Paralysis
This is a sure way into the world of Lucid dreaming where you can control your dreams. Many people find that sleep paralysis can be a scary process; if you relax and allow yourself to start controlling what is happening during sleep paralysis, you’ll be able to move onto the next state to let your dreams take you where you wanted to go.
· Incorporate the Way To Bed Technique
The way back to bed or otherwise known as WBTB is a simple way to induce lucid dreaming, allowing you to move into being able to control your dream. Beginners can use this method.
What you’ll need to do is before going to sleep, set your alarm clock up to wake you in 4 to 5 hours. Upon waking, get out of bed and do something which requires mental effort; this would be an excellent time to use your sleeping journal. Try to stay awake for at least 20 minutes; the longer you can stay awake, the easier it will be. As you start to fall back asleep, see what you would like to dream about. You might not realize it, but you could easily be in your dream world once the connection has been made with the brain.
· State Your Intention To Your Subconscious
This method works because you are letting your subconscious know what kind of experience you want to happen. Your subconscious is a direct connection to your dream world. It is the part of us that alerts us and stores our daily experiences.
As you are falling asleep, repeat to your subconscious that you will be able to control your dream, it will often lead it to happen. Once this experience is stored, your conscious will have no problem recalling, which means controlling dreams in your sleep will start to happen often.
· Take Vitamin B Supplements
There was a study done on vitamin B6 supplements back in 2002, where it was discovered that individuals who took vitamin B6 supplements were able to recall their dreams vividly. Once again, as you can see, vivid dream recall leads into Lucid dreaming where you will be able to control your dreams. By having dream recall, they were able to reinforce their brain on the connection of Lucid dreaming.
Are There Any Dangers Of Lucid Dreaming
Contrary to popular belief, you will not drown in your sleep. There are so many misconceptions out there that people have become afraid to experience this way of sleeping and dreaming. Lucid dreaming has been studied scientifically, and scientists have explained it as a way of hybrid sleeping – it’s a state of wakefulness and REM.
Some have even explained that because you’re in control of your dream, you sleep deeper and wake up better rested and ready to take on your day.
Final Thoughts About Controlling Dream In Your Sleep
I have been able to Lucid dream since I was a child. Like I said earlier, I was afraid, and I let the fear control me rather than control my dreams. But once I learned of what could happen if I were to control my dreams, the feeling of exhilaration was real.
Being able to travel where I wanted to travel, talking to anyone has become one of my most positive dreaming experiences.
Share in the comments below how you feel about controlling dreams in your sleep.
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