Many people strive to experience lucid dreams. However, the ability to have intense sensations during vivid dreams that feel real can be frightening. You may wish to avoid lucid dreams if they are scary or make you feel uncomfortable and play on your mind. There are ways to lessen the appearance of lucid dreams and secure restful, peaceful nights.
Sleep on your side
Have you noticed that most of the time you experience lucid dreaming you are sleeping on your back? Lucid dreaming is often accompanied by an OBE, or out of body experience. When having an OBE you may feel you are floating, flying, or traveling while no longer in your body. While this is exciting to some people, others may find it terrifying, and even if you do not experience a full-blown OBE, lucid dreaming and an out of body state while sleeping seem to have a connection. If you stop sleeping on your back and rest on your side, you are less likely to experience either phenomena.
If you also experience sleep paralysis along with lucid dreaming, and this is making you feel afraid, learn how to become calm while in this state. When you feel you are awake but cannot move after a lucid dream, remind yourself this stage will pass, as it always does, and no harm can come to you. Relax, and accept the paralysis, rather than panicking and it will fade. Losing fear of the terror produced by sleep paralysis will help you sleep better as your stress levels fall, and you are more likely to kick the experience of lucid dreaming faster.
Develop a regular sleep pattern
Lucid dreamers often have bad nights. Their body clocks may be up the creek, leading them to frequently wake up and go back to sleep numerous times . REM sleep, otherwise known as the stage of sleep when rapid eye movement occurs and dreams are experienced, is generally forgotten by people who do not wake during or just after it. Making sure you get a decent night’s sleep will help you stop having lucid dreams, or at least remembering them upon waking and worrying about them.
Reset your body clock by going to bed at a particular time and getting up at a certain time in the morning repeatedly, and unfaltering. It may take perseverance to change your body and brain timing back to normal, but it should help stop you having lucid dreams if you develop a regular sleeping pattern.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Some people feel certain foods or drinks affect whether they have lucid dreams or not. Indeed, caffeine or alcohol consumption can mess with your sleep pattern, causing you to wake frequently in the night. Avoiding them hours before bedtime may help you reduce lucid dreaming.
You can help prevent lucid dreams by getting a good night’s rest regularly. By developing a good sleeping pattern, staying caffeine and alcohol free as nighttime approaches, and sleeping on your side, you are likely to have less lucid dreams.