The WBTB (Wake Back To Bed) technique

If you are searching for a way to make sure that you will induce a lucid dream on your next attempt, then you should use the WBTB technique!

How does it work?

After few REM cycles, the REM stage of seep becomes longer and you have longer and more vivid dreams. If you wake yourself up right after the end of the second REM cycle you will have time to consciously take advantage of the third and much longer REM stage.

I also believe that this state of consciousness your brain much more open to suggestions, because you are not fully conscious yet so the automatic resistance won’t be triggered. This means that when your MILD induction method will work much better.

Also, when doing a WILD, you are conscious and you can easily fall asleep in the same time, which means that it is easier to do maintain consciousness, so WILD induction is much more effective and usually takes around 2-5 minutes when combined with WBTB.

How to WBTB, step by step:

  1. Go to bed as you normally do.
  2. Set the alarm to wake you up in 6 hours (that’s when the second REM cycle ends)
  3. When you wake up, stay up for 30-60 minutes. In this time read about lucid dreaming, write in your dream journal, find some new dream signs, plan what you will do in your next lucid dream and most importantly, constantly do reality checks.
  4. After those 30-60 minutes, go back to bed, relax and then start the MILD/ WILD/ DILD induction method. I try to combine them for best results. For example, I start with 2-3 minutes of affirmations, then I do my WILD attempt (which usually works), and if that fails and I lose consciousness while falling asleep then I still have a chance to notice a dream sign and have a DILD.

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That’s it,

Now go try it for yourself.

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PS. Tell me about your results/sticking points via commenting below, maybe I can help.

Advanced Lucid Dreaming : False Awakenings

After you have had few lucid dreams, it is time to start fine tuning your skill. This means that you need to pay more attention to details and find what works best.

One of the things that might have great impact on your lucid dreaming success rate is being aware of false awakenings.  A friend of mine almost tripled his lucid dreaming induction rate just by making a habit to do a reality check when he wakes up.

What is a false awakening?

Simply it is waking up in another dream. You wake up and then you wake up, and everything is normal, you are in your room, you stretch, say hi to your family, go to work, and after some time you wake up again, for real.

The most interesting thing about false awakenings is that they are extremely vivid, real and convincing, so it is hard to notice that they are dreams. But in the same time that’s a good thing because you will have a extremely good lucid dream if you just do a reality check.

Making the habit

Just do a reality check each time you wake up, after 20-30 days this will become fully automatic and the habit will require less and less effort to sustain. After 6 months you will actually have full autopilot, meaning that it will feel weird when you try not to do a reality check in the morning.

Related Articles:

WBTB technique

Reality Check

Lucid Dreaming – MILD[Mnemonic Induction Of Lucid Dream]

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Have you ever woken up 1 minute before your alarm clock was supposed to wake you up for work? What do you think happened here?

Your subconscious mind knew that the alarm was going to shock you out of sleep so it made you wake up little bit earlier to avoid the stress.

This method works in a similar way. If you have the intention to be conscious in your dreams then you will probably have a lucid dream. If you have the intention to remember your dream then you will probably remember your dreams.

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A practical way to create that intention:

1) Lie down, relax, find a comfortable position in which you can fall asleep

2) As you are falling asleep say to yourself that you will wake up after you had a dream and you will write it down in your dream journal. “I will wake up after my dream and I will write it down in my dream journal”. Say it with certainty and trust that your subconscious will get the message.

3) When you wake up, try to recall your dream instantly. If you can’t remember anything try again, dig deeper. One memory will eventually pop up and you will be able to get the rest of the details from there by association. NOW write everything down in your dream journal

4)  Go back to bed and this time as you are falling asleep imagine that you are in the dream you previously had but now you notice a dream sign and you perform a reality check. The reality check fails and you realize that you are dreaming. Do this over and over until you fall asleep (try not to drift into other thought patterns, it is important to keep your attention to this one)

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troubleshooting

Troubleshooting:

Not waking up after having a dream.

-Set an alarm to wake you up after 4.5 hours (AFTER REM sleep) then after 6 hours (Next REM sleep)

Can’t remember the dream after you wake up.

-Try again to get some experience and read more about remembering dreams

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Note:

The MILD technique doesn’t always work from the first try. And the chance of it to produce a lucid dream are different for everyone. Some might have success the first time they try and some on the 10th. I think it mostly depends on 4 things:

-Belief that it will work

-Trust that your subconscious will do what you ask

-Experience

-WILL

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Related Articles(The mild method can be also integrated with):

How To Have a WILD

How To Have a DILD

Dream Initiated Lucid Dream(DILD)

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Pre-Requirements

You need to be able to remember at least one dream/night.

How to remember your dreams.

You need to know how to do a reality check.

Reality Checking

What is DILD?

Dream initiated lucid dreams are those witch start as normal and turn into lucid dreams after a while, usually after performing a reality check.

For example, you go to sleep, have a normal dream and something triggers the thought : “This is weird, is this a dream?”, and soon you realize that you are actually dreaming.

How does it work?

Our conscious brain is partially shut down while we are sleeping which results in low awareness. We can dream about flying or traveling into the future but most of us won’t even think about the fact that it might just be a dream!

However, most parts of our subconscious remain active and our daily habits are carried over into our dreams. So our goal is to intentionally build a reality checking habit that will be also carried over into our dreams.

3 Steps for Creating a Reality Checking Habit :

1. Choose your reality check triggers

This are the things that will remind you to do a reality check. When choosing your triggers, search in your dream journal and find things that constantly recur. A person? Place? Activity?

If you don’t have a dream journal or you haven’t recorded enough dreams, you can use some general triggers like:

  • Going out or in your house
  • Being in the bathroom
  • Entering your school/workplace
  • Each time your wristwatch beeps(hourly)

2. Do a reality check when you see some trigger.

3. Repeat for 21 days to make it a habit

You will probably have your first lucid dream in about a week.

Tips for creating habits:

Lucid Dreaming Reminder

Lucid Dreaming Reminder

1. Create notes and hang them on your bathroom door and your main door. Create smaller notes and put them into your wallet or pockets. They will also increase your awareness and remind you that you might really be dreaming.

2. Create symbols – Things that will associate and remind you to reality checking and lucid dreaming. For example you can do a reality check each time you see your cellphone. Or you can find a small rock/coin and name it : The Magical Lucid Dreaming Object and carry it around with you.


Reality Checking

Reality checking consists of 2 parts:

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1. Questioning Reality

2. Reality Check Techniques

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Questioning Reality

Questioning reality simply means asking the question : “Am I dreaming?” or “Is this a dream?”.

It means being aware for the weird things that happen around you and being aware of your
dream triggers. So you need to start questioning the reality around you even when you are totally sure that you are not dreaming.

Why would I question reality if I am totally sure that this is not a dream ?

The spooky fact is that 99.9% of the time when you are dreaming you are actually assuming that you are in the real world. Like, right now, this is weird right ? Is there a chance that this is a dream ? This post might not be real.

That’s what I’m talking about. Now its time to do a reality check.

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Reality Check Techniques

1.The nose check:

  • Use your hand to pinch your nose
  • Try to breathe in

Do this now. Shut your nose and try to breathe in.

If you end up breathing trough a closed nose, then you are dreaming.

If not, continue reading.

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2.The Hands Reality Check

Start by looking at your hands, now count the fingers on one of your hands, then look away and count them again. Now try to find something weird/out of the ordinary.

When you are in a lucid dream you will actually find something really out of the ordinary, line 10 misshaped fingers

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3.The Reading Check

Look at some text(newspaper/alarm clock digits). Now close your eyes and then look again. If the text changed in any way, you are in a lucid dream.

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4.Jump

Try to jump, if you start floating or you are in the air for abnormal time then you are in a lucid dream.