1. Reduce Your Exposure To Stimulants
Exposure to light decreases melatonin levels. If you’re lying in bed for hours on your computer or smartphone or watching television then can’t fall asleep, cut back on electronics and you’ll likely have a nicer time sleeping in general, as well as getting into a dream state. Some experts recommend you have zero screens in the bedroom, although that seems to be a pretty difficult thing for most people to do these days.
However, if you are going to spend some time using electronics before going to bed, then play a video game. According to studies conducted by Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University, “people who frequently played video games were more likely to report lucid dreams, observer dreams where they viewed themselves from outside their bodies, and dream control that allowed people to actively influence or change their dream worlds – qualities suggestive of watching or controlling the action of a video-game character.”
2. Wake Back To Sleep (Lucid Dreaming)
This method of learning how to have lucid dreams may seem a bit masochistic, but the Australian authors claim it is highly effective and can boost other lucid dream-induction techniques as well. For this method to work, you commit to waking yourself with an alarm after only 5-to-6 hours of sleep. You then force yourself to stay awake while you practice the MILD method. By engaging in this method, you should be more mentally alert, but also more likely to be able to follow your own instructions to be aware of your dreams while you’re having them.
The combination of all three methods proved most effective in promoting lucid dream states in participants. That this could occur at all is remarkable, since nearly half of all adults report never having experienced a lucid dream in their entire lives. However, it’s food for thought to know that there are dangers to lucid dreaming, and some people would be best advised to steer clear of the procedure.
3. Choose Your Diet Wisely (and avoid cheese!)
This might be a bit hard to digest, but a study has found out that different types of cheeses can affect your dreams. All cheeses contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which is helpful in normalising sleep and reducing stress levels.
A 2005 study conducted by the British Cheese Board discovered that the subjects who normally ate cheddar cheese dreamt more about celebrities; the people who ate Blue cheese (Blue Stilton) experienced bizarre dreams. Cheshire gave the best night’s sleep, but it caused dreamlessness. The people who ate Red Lancashire had nostalgic dreams about their families and childhood and the ones who ate Blue Lancashire dreamt mostly about their work.
4. Give Your Melatonin Levels A Boost.
One of the best ways to improve your chances of lucid dreaming is by increasing your melatonin level. Melatonin is your body’s internal alarm clock and regulates our sleep-wake schedule. The higher the melatonin level, the higher quality dreams that you’re going to have at night.
According to professionals, there are a number of ways to improve your Melatonin levels. They include having a consistent sleep schedule that will keep your “internal clock” on time, sleeping in complete darkness, (night mask is helpful if you can’t make the room dark), Eating foods that that increase melatonin production ( like white and black mustard, almonds, sunflower seeds, cherries and flax seeds, oats, barley, bananas, ginger, tomatoes), taking prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and antidepressants and even taking small dosages of melatonin if recommended by doctors or professionals.
Remember, always follow label directions and don’t take more of any medication or supplement than recommended!