Is Lucid Dreaming Safe? – Possible Dangers of Conscious Dreaming

Being a dream explorer who can manipulate his dream world is obviously a very amazing thing, but is lucid dreaming really safe?

Anyone who is new to conscious dreaming might have such questions in his mind and I too had the same kind of worries initially.

People have a plethora of things to say about it, but it has never put me into any serious trouble, so I am pretty much sure that it is safe for me.

However, I will leave it up to you to decide whether it is good for you or not by making you aware of a few possible troubles you might have to deal with as a conscious dreamer.

I have faced some of these lucid dreaming dangers whereas the rest is what I have only heard from others, either way, you can know what to expect while trying to have a lucid dreams by reading this post.

1 False Awakenings

I have mentioned in many other posts that false awakening is the problem that has troubled me the most.

It is a state where you wake up to find that you are still dreaming. That may not sound much problematic, but it is often very frustrating and annoying when you get trapped in a false awakening loop, which means to have multiple such experiences one after another, sometimes it also makes you to give up the hope of actually waking up.

I have learned a few working methods to deal with false awakenings, so I am comfortable with them now.

2 Sleep Paralysis

People usually consider this as the most terrifying dream experience. I agree to that when it is about the beginners, but experienced lucid dreamers use both sleep paralysis and false awakenings to induce lucid dreams.

It is a state when your mind is half awake, so you find it difficult to move the body and it appears like you are paralyzed. Sometimes people also feel a ghostly presence near them when this happens, but it is a dream state anyway and there are methods to minimize the chances of sleep paralysis.

Even though trying to lucid dream increases your chances of experiencing sleep paralysis, but it can happen to anyone.

3 No Control

Many people think that they have full control over their dreams after having a few lucid dreams, however experienced conscious dreamers know the truth that they actually have only a little control over what happens in their dream world.

Yes, you can do what you want by becoming conscious in your dreams, but everything is not entirely controlled by you and sometimes when you find incapable of doing anything despite of gaining lucidity, it could become very distressing.

So what happens is that in a few rare dreams, you get trapped in an unpleasant nightmare, knowing that you are dreaming and still cannot do anything about it.

This in a way is perfectly alright for normal people, but if you are into lucid dreaming, you will get scared since it starts appearing as if someone else is controlling you.

4 Sleep Quality

Dreams occur during REM phase (rapid eye moment) which is the phase of regular sleep cycles that is nearer to the waking state, our mind is more alert than relaxed when this happens.

If we somehow break the usual sleep patterns, then we fail to reach the deep stage of sleep that is very essential for our mind.

People who get too obsessed with lucid dreaming keep on trying to stay in the REM cycle by not letting themselves to have a proper sleep at night, which can result into various mind related afflictions, even insomnia.

5 Memory Related Confusions

I have heard a lot that people report being unable to distinguish what happened in their dreams and what actually happened, thus getting confused between the two worlds after learning how to lucid dream.

Well, everyone often gets confused about whether something happened in a dream or actual life when it comes to small things that happened long go, right?

This happens because some dreams are intense, perhaps.

Now, when you get interested in your dream world, it is obvious that your dream memories can become strong enough to confuse it with the actual ones. That doesn’t mean that you will become delusional.

Contrary to the usual misconception, it will only happen sometimes and that too will only include small insignificant stuff.

6 Schizophrenia

A person commented on one of my old posts where he mentioned that lucid dreaming can lead to schizophrenia, so I did a small research on it and found out that there have been cases where people lost their perception of true reality and did things believing that it was a dream.

By now, you might be thinking “Oh my god, how can you say lucid dreaming is safe Hari?”

Well, first of all, there are thousands of lucid dreamers who have never experienced a slight change in their perception of reality and second of all, most of such cases have many other reasons that led to such happenings.

Obviously, out of all the worldwide schizophrenia patients even if one or two guys would have tried to lucid dream in the past, such rumors will get circulated.

 

Overall, I would say that you must be careful to not get too obsessed with it. Lucid dreaming is completely natural (even some kids do it without being taught) but you can make it troublesome by not maintaining the essential balance.

So, unless you have any history of psychological problems or you don’t overdo it, lucid dreaming can rarely cause any series trouble for you.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you are someone very serious about lucid dreaming then I would like to recommend you my favorite online course for lucid dreaming i.e Andrew Holecek’s dream sculpting program where he takes the art of lucid dreaming to higher levels like personal and spiritual growth.

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8 thoughts on “Is Lucid Dreaming Safe? – Possible Dangers of Conscious Dreaming

  1. Brandon

    Wow what a great article. That false awakening is one that I would really be afraid of, especially when you can think you’re asleep but you are not. The sleep paralysis would also be something I wouldn’t want to happen for me. I’ve always wanted to get into lucid dreaming and try to increase the chance for it to happen to me, however what are the chances of these actually happening to me, are they pretty small?

    Cheers,
    Brandon

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      No Brandon, you have to get used to them if you want to be a regular conscious dreamer. Just the fact that while trying to lucid dream we make ourselves more aware during REM cycles, increases our chances of experiencing stuff like sleep paralysis and false awakenings, but trust me, they start appearing normal when you become familiar to them and on top of that both of these experiences are viewed as opportunities by lucid dreamer. Unlike earlier, now I sleep wanting them to happen so that I could easily induce a lucid dream.

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  2. shrey

    I did not know about schizophrenia although I had heard about the others. I recently have these dreams where I feel I’m constantly attacked by snakes and I wake up really scared.
    Does that mean anything?
    I’m not sure about it’s significance but is it good or bad for me?

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    1. HARI

      Well dream interpretation goes far more ahead than lucid dreaming, you can interpret your dreams well by being a conscious dreamer. There are many stories associated to dreaming of snakes, some of them are bad and some are good, but I don’t want to scare you or give you any hope by commenting on this. Just let it be, if something needs to be communicated to you, the message will reach you one way or another.

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  3. Gary

    I explored lucid dreaming a few years ago and found it fascinating. With a little effort, I learned to fly in my dreams and to willfully change the course of my dreams too.

    I don’t consciously try to control my dreams now, but I have noticed that my dreams sometimes follow a plot.

    Since I’m a novelist and more than a little obsessed with story structure, I think something from my wakeful writing life has entered my dream life. Is this possible?

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    1. HARI

      Of course it is possible, our dreams are highly manipulated by our waking life inclinations. If you are a novelist than it is natural for your dreams to be story like because our inner mind has a special love for creativity. I remember a few years ago when I started writing a book I always used to have dreams as if I am watching a movie. And flying, I too love doing it and sometimes I do it without even knowing why I choose that in dreams, as I have mentioned in the post, we never have full control!

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  4. Mike

    Very interesting article, Hari. I read a book about 25 years ago simply titled ‘Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming’ by Stephen Laberge. It was a fascinating read as a teen, and if I recall correctly, he tied astral projection into the process of becoming lucid in the dream state. There was an example given where the dreamer, prior to falling asleep, asked his friend 100s of miles away to draw something on a piece of paper and leave it out in plain view. He then traveled within his conscious dream state to his friend’s house and could describe the drawing in detail the next day over the phone.

    I dabbled with lucid dreaming a bit, but never enough to gain any control over it. I’m guessing that like anything it takes practice and time to master. What are your thoughts on lucid dreaming and astral projection? Are they essentially one and the same? Have you been successful with it yourself? If so, what is your technique to becoming conscious in the dream state?

    Interesting read – cheers!

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      That’s an interesting read really and I am also making a post on lucid dreaming stories which illustrates such stories of heightened intuition with lucid dreaming. Astral projection and lucid dreaming are two different things, it has always been debated whether one actually leaves his body or not while doing astral projection, I have an upcoming post on that as well which I will publish soon. I have never done astral projection, but I am a regular lucid dreamer. I don’t use any method in particular now, but initially a technique worked best for me was pretty similar to wake induced lucid dreaming and also a I preferred a specific lucid dreaming meditation. Here are the links to the posts where I have described these methods in detail :-

      http://zerotoinfinitude.com/the-lucid-dreaming-meditation-method-that-really-works
      http://zerotoinfinitude.com/what-is-the-best-lucid-dreaming-technique

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