Lucid Dream without Sleep Paralysis – 7 Essential Tips

If you are trying to find out how to lucid dream without sleep paralysis, then you have reached the right place because I am going to share a few tips here that can help you.

One of the most feared lucid dream experiences is sleep paralysis and I am well aware that many people stop trying to lucid dream once it happens to them.

First of all, it is not at all necessary that you will have to face sleep paralysis only if you are into lucid dreaming, it can happen to anyone.

If in any way your sleep pattern is altered there is a possibility that you might experience this state, but obviously those who use various lucid dream techniques are more likely to experience it than others.

What Happens during Sleep Paralysis?

I am going to explain this to you in short simple words. See, sleep paralysis is actually a dream state which appears to be real because your mind is half awake and your body is completely asleep.

There is a biological mechanism which stops us from physically acting out when we are dreaming, but when the mind is partially awake you consciously experience this inability to move your body so, as a result you find yourself awake in your bed paralyzed. However it is still a dream state because the mind is not completely awake, so you actually don’t have to worry much about it.

But I do understand that sleep paralysis is worse than nightmares, so I will definitely help you to avoid them.

Avoiding Sleep Paralysis

It is a bit paradoxical that you want to have lucid dreams by avoiding sleep paralysis, because sleep paralysis itself is a lucid dream state and that’s why experienced lucid dreamers love it since it gives them a great opportunity to induce a lucid dream.

You can’t really avoid sleep paralysis completely if you are trying to have a lucid dream, but I do have some tips that can work to a great extent: –

1 – Don’t Change Your Sleep Timings

I don’t know if you are too busy or if your schedule varies everyday, but if you hate sleep paralysis then you have to fix a proper time to sleep and wake up, and follow it regularly.

2 – Have a Balanced Amount of Sleep Everyday

Sleeping too much or very less causes disruption in sleep cycles which can lead to sleep paralysis conditions few minutes before you wake up.

3 – Random Afternoon Naps

If you have a daily routine of short afternoon naps then it is okay, but if you sleep randomly anytime at the noon, especially after a heavy lunch then there is a high probability that you might experience sleep paralysis because during those times your mind is comparatively more active than usual.

4 – Eating Too Much

Avoid eating too much before your sleep hours. Eating too much makes your digestive system busy for a long time and this causes your mind to be more active when you are asleep.

If you have the habit of binge eating or eating at night after dinner, then also your regular sleep cycle is highly affected.

5 – Stress

As we have discussed throughout this post “active mind+ tired body = sleep paralyses”, so if your mind is restless due to your lifestyle or problems that you might be facing, then one of its side effects could be frequent sleep paralysis.

Try to find some good ways to relax your mind and rest will be naturally handled , I would suggest you to practice some simple mindfulness exercises for this purpose.

6 – Change of Place

Recently, I visited my friend’s home in a different city and during my stay at his place I had sleep paralysis continuously everyday for about a week.

Since sleep paralysis doesn’t bother me much because I use it to have lucid dreams, it wasn’t that troublesome to me, but it could scare the hell out of a beginner. So, if something like this happens to you than understand that this is happening because you are sleeping in a new place.

Just make sure to relax your mind a little before sleeping using some meditation or relaxation technique if this happens to you.

7 – Avoid Distractions

You must keep yourself away from anything that engages your mind before the sleep timings, it could be your mobile, laptop, T.V etc. stay away from all of them for about 30 minutes before you go to bed.


I hope you enjoyed this post. There is a meditation that I use for lucid dreaming that you may also like to check out.

How do you feel about sleep paralysis? What do you do to avoid them? I would love to hear your views on this so, please do share your opinions by commenting below.

You can also mail me with your queries at, I will be very happy to help you.

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6 thoughts on “Lucid Dream without Sleep Paralysis – 7 Essential Tips

  1. David


    I actually had sleeping paralysis only twice and I really hate it. I don’t know why, but I felt quite scared and surprised at the same time. And about lucid dreaming..I have sometimes very lucid dreams (like today for example) and I can remember them, but some time I don’t remember anything. What is better, to have them or not? I would love to be able to solve problems while I am sleeping, do you think that it is possible?

    Thanks for a nice post!


    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Yes of course David, you can solve your problems, get answers to your deep spiritual questions, face your fears and do many more growth related stuff when you learn to control your dreams. Lucid dreaming can become a very useful skill for someone interested in his personal development.

      It is not only you who forget his dreams, we all do. That’s why one should do something about remembering his dream as soon as he wakes up (like keeping a dream journal) because we all usually forget 80% of our dreams by the time we leave our beds, some dreams do stick because they are either interesting or scary.

  2. Calvin

    Wow. I have never heard of sleep paralysis. I found this to be very interesting. My sleep habits are always erratic and I have a hard time sleeping. I tend to always have my mind going before sleeping. I have had lucid dreams before. How what method do you use to turn sleep paralysis into a lucid dream.

    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Hmm.. well Calvin, turning sleep paralysis into a lucid dream is a skill that has to be honed with practice, I have wrote a post on it and will publish soon. First you will have to learn to take sleep paralysis lightly and once it stops being a threat to you, rest of the process is pretty much easy. When you know that you are having sleep paralysis just take a few deep breaths and slowly try to move a part of your body, when you know it is moving just remind yourself that you are in a dream, keep reminding that to yourself and you will enter into a lucid dream, that’s how I do it.

      We are breaking sleep paralysis here, but the movement of the body we are doing isn’t happening actually, it’s all dream and that’s why you will enter a dream when you break out of sleep paralysis, but you need to remind that to yourself in order to become lucid.

  3. Matt

    I thought once you lucid dream it was a walk in the park. I didn’t know you could become paralyzed because of it!

    I remember one time I opened my eyes and wanted to get up but couldn’t move my body. I thought I was just really tired and lazy that I just didn’t want to. I then got up and walked out the door and after that it is a blur because I realized I just dreamed getting up and walking out the door and I was still stuck in bed. I was so confused – I felt like I was dreaming but my eyes were open. It wasn’t scary at all – I actually thought it was really cool after the fact. During the fact, I was just confused. Is this sleep paralysis?

    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Matt what happened to you, happens to me a lot and it really annoys me a lot sometimes. It is false awakening and sleep paralysis combined, it wasn’t that troublesome to you because you didn’t bother much otherwise it would have turned into multiple false awakenings and caused a lot of frustration. What happens is that our eyes remain open and we see our real world scene which makes us believe that we are awake, but paralyzed.. a lucid dreamer can easily make sense of the whole situation but it takes practice to convert them into lucid dreams.


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