Turn Sleep Paralysis and False Awakenings into a Lucid Dream

Do you get sleep paralysis or false awakenings frequently? If yes, then by reading this post you will learn some working methods that can turn both of these troublesome experiences into a lucid dream.

Usually, people are more afraid of sleep paralysis, but for me it is the false awakening loops that make life difficult because it has caused disruption in my sleep cycles for a very long time and sometimes it regularly nags me for more than a week.

Sleep paralysis on the other hand is not that scary to me as it is for other people since I learned to deal with it very early when I came to know about what lucid dreaming is.

The good news is that you can convert these two lucid dreaming problems into an opportunity to have a lucid dream and that’s what I am going to talk about in this post.

Sleep paralysis and false awakenings both are two different types of dreams only, but our mind is more alert than usual sleeps when it happens, in a way you can say that you are half awake during that time.

Since these two occur in REM (rapid eye moment) phase of sleep cycle, they are not very different from lucid dreams and normal dreams. So, by practicing a few methods during such dream situations you can successfully enter into a conscious dream which you can control.

Inducing a Lucid Dream Using Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis is often horrifying for the beginners, whereas some of those who have experienced it multiple times also don’t want it to happen again because it feels very real.

So, before we learn to induce a lucid dream, let us discuss a few things that will help you to deal with sleep paralysis, as it is more important:-

1 – Stop Fighting

Do not try to forcefully move your body or escape the situation, always remember that the harder you resist the worse it gets.

2 – Calm Down

Once you have stopped trying to wake up, do something to relax yourself. If you feel any scary presence near you, then try not to escape the fear instead face it by affirming to yourself that this is just a dream.

3 – Breathe

If you don’t find it difficult to breathe (which can happen occasionally) then inhale and exhale a few times by focusing on your breath.

Entering into a Lucid Dream

By performing the above steps you will be able to escape the SP but when you start to feel relaxed keep on affirming “I am dreaming” over and over again.

In most cases when you will escape a sleep paralysis by calming yourself, you will have a new dream so try to be as conscious as possible with a strong intention to have a lucid dream.

Sometimes in the new dream you will hear your mind saying “I am dreaming” which will help you to gain lucidity, and in the other times you will become conscious in the new dream since you were trying to be as aware as possible when sleep paralysis was getting dissolved.

Entering into a Lucid Dream from False Awakenings

It could be because the dream appears very real or you might not be conscious enough to know that you are still dreaming, false awakening is a common thing that most of us might have already experienced.

This dream state highly depends on the activeness of your mind before you go to sleep and that’s why it often happens before some important events because in such situations your mind is often too busy in thinking about the future events that it emulates the scenario in the dream quite accurately.

False awakening is a dream anyway, so all you have to do is to question your reality frequently so that it naturally gets easier for you to become aware in your dreams.

All you have to do is to increase your awareness using various reality checks which you must perform with a genuine curiosity every time after waking up, they are as follows:-

1 – Look at Your Hands

See if you have five fingers first.

2 – Symbols

It could be your clock or calendar, just see if you can read numbers or words properly.

3 – Do a Simple Calculation

It is hard to calculate in dreams so just see if you can do any small calculation.

4 – Mirror

Look if your reflection in the mirror is proper.

5 – Jump

In dreams, you will jump very higher since our subconscious mind often forgets about the laws of physics while generating a dream scene.

6 – Look outside the Window

Your mind may make your room look real, but it doesn’t always care much about the architecture of your neighborhood. Just check if everything is in its place outside your window.

Okay, those were some quick reality checks you can use after waking up, but always keep in mind that a small glitch should be enough for you to confirm that it is a dream, from there proceed further by maintaining the lucidity.

You can induce lucid dreams by doing what I have discussed above, but you must keep in mind that it takes a little practice to perfect these techniques.

It requires practice to maintain awareness when you get into a dream after sleep paralysis whereas false awakening dreams collapses very easily, so you need a little experience to do this properly.


I hope you enjoyed this post. I use a simple lucid dreaming meditation that has proved out to be very effective to me, so you may also try it if you want to get better at inducing lucid dreams.

Have you had any interesting dream experience? I would love to hear from you so, please do write me in the box below. If you have something to add here, then you are most welcome. (Your email id will be safe and hidden, you can even prefer your secondary email id for commenting)

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10 thoughts on “Turn Sleep Paralysis and False Awakenings into a Lucid Dream

  1. Chris Harris

    It’s very true that sleep paralysis can be very terrifying. I have experienced it a few times and didn’t know how common it was. Thank you for the helpful information

  2. simon watson

    Great great tips my friend and I read every word of it. It all makes complete sense as I have endure this before a few times but never knew what to do. Now I do so a big big thank you for the instructions.

  3. wendy

    This is a very interesting read. I have only had sleep paralysis a couple of times and I never heard of false awakenings. They can be scary. Thanks for sharing the techniques to deal with sleep paralysis. I’ll keep it in mind.

    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Sleep paralysis as you know is scary, false awakenings on the other hand is not frightening but it is very frustrating, imagine you know that you are having dreams one after another and you just want to wake up.. somehow you are awake only to find out that you are dreaming again.

  4. Cat Pillar

    Okay – let’s see if I can remember this stuff right.
    What we call “sleep paralysis” is an actual, normal, every-night event.
    When we sleep the brain switches the voluntary muscles “off” so that we won’t act out physically what we’re dreaming. (Which could present a SERIOUS problem if for example, we were dreaming we were base-jumping or flying or somesuch. (Is there ever a problem with the system? Yes… think sleep-walking.)

    We experience “sleep paralysis” when the brain (ie, you) wake up before the muscles are switched back on again. Likely if you’ve just come out of a dream, so it’s just a matter of waiting for the body to catch up – or go back to sleep again. How common is it? Well – we dream multiple times a night ….. we just don’t usually wake up in time to catch that “paralysis.”

    It’s the “succubus sitting on my chest” that’s probably the scariest part of the sensation… that happens because the brain switches ALL the voluntary muscles off not just those needed for getting out of bed or flying. So while you still breathe normally, you can’t take a deep breath which creates the sensation that something is compressing (or sitting on) your chest. (Your chest should expand – but it can’t.) I guess the trick is to know what it is, why it’s happening – and to go back to sleep/dreamland. 🙂

    For “false awakenings” – ask yourself if you are dreaming. If you are – you will wake up. It’s when you can accept the realisation that you are dreaming and yet still deliberately not wake up that you can more easily enter the realm of “lucid dreaming.” IOW, be aware you are dreaming and the awareness doesn’t pull you out of the dream – then you can begin to learn to control the dream. It takes practise.


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