How to Prolong Lucid Dreams

Wondering how to prolong lucid dreams? Even experienced lucid dreamers often wonder how to prolong lucid dreams, although beginners are the ones who are most likely to have pressing questions about how to prolong lucid dreams.

The truth is, the techniques that work for how to prolong lucid dreams vary greatly from one person to the next. In general, though, there are a few stabilization techniques that can make the dream come back into focus when you’re starting to lose it. These techniques are helpful at first in establishing your lucidity, but they’re also great for prolonging dreams when you’re starting to lose lucidity or wake up.

If you’re concerned about how to prolong lucid dreams, you should have at least become lucid a few times. The first few times you become lucid, don’t fret about how to prolong lucid dreams. Instead, just enjoy what you’ve got. Chances are that your dreams will naturally become longer as you become lucid earlier.

Once you’ve been lucid dreaming for a bit, though, and find yourself becoming lucid pretty regularly, you can use some of these techniques when you’re wondering how to prolong lucid dreams:

Frequent Reality Checks

When you first start lucid dreaming, it’s easy to lose lucidity because you simply get distracted and forget you’re dreaming. Then, the conscious part of your brain shuts down, and you go through your dream as you normally would. You might have more vivid dream recall, but you won’t remain lucid.

The easiest way to combat this is to do frequent reality checks. At first, you should do them all the time. As you get more used to being lucid, you might have an easier time of it and have to do reality checks less often.

For me, it still depends on the dream. Now, I can feel myself getting distracted, so I can know when to do a reality check. Beginners might need to do them every few seconds, though, just to make sure they don’t lose lucidity.

Lucidity Commands

One popular technique that comes up when I’m discussing how to prolong lucid dreams with other lucid dreamers is lucidity commands. In lucid dreams, just commanding something can often make it happen if you can believe in what you’re saying.

So when you start to feel yourself losing lucidity or waking up, shout a command like “Stabilize lucidity now” or “Increase lucidity.” Commands like these can make your dream become more real. The more detail you can see, the more likely you are to remain lucid for longer.

Find the Details

Another great technique that comes up in discussions on how to prolong lucid dreams is finding more detail in the environment. This can help ground you in the dream and make it seem more real, which tends to work in helping you remain lucid for longer.

One popular option that I still use a lot is to stare at your hands and to notice them in as much detail as possible. They’re always there to notice, and they help solidly ground your dream body within the dream, too. You can do it with anything, though, including items in your environment and even dream characters you’re interacting with.

These are just three options you can check out when you’re wondering how to prolong lucid dreams. However, you need to find what works for you. There are many other posts on stabilization techniques here that may help you keep your lucid dreams going for longer. Just remember there’s no pressure, and you need to relax when you’re lucid dreaming to get the best results!

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"The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation." - M. C. Escher