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.
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