TILD – Thirst Induced Lucid Dreams

Thirst Induced Lucid Dreams, or TILD, can be an effective way to bring yourself into a lucid dream, although there are certainly precautions to take with this type of lucid dreaming method. My advice would be to use TILD only when you are really having trouble inducing a lucid dream. Maybe you’re just getting started with these techniques, or maybe you’re just blocked from becoming lucid for some reason.

In these cases, TILD can be quite helpful. However, don’t use this technique too often, or your body will end up regretting what your mind needs to get into a lucid dream!

How it works

The basic idea of TILD is that you induce a lucid dream by becoming really thirsty. Have you ever fallen asleep so thirsty that all you could do was dream about drinking something? That’s the idea here. TILD is both a motivator and a good way to start a reality check when you’re actually in a dream.

The motivation starts because you’re going to basically dehydrate yourself before bed. Don’t drink anything for several hours before bed, so that you become really thirsty. Some people will also eat spicy items before bed, like chili peppers, or salty crackers that make them feel even thirstier.

Don’t do anything to quench your thirst when you fall asleep at first. You’ll want to sleep about five or six hours so you can get out of the delta phase. Then, make yourself wake up. You might need a bathroom break. At any rate, you should fill a glass with cold water and set it beside your bed. Don’t drink any, but just think about how good it would taste to drink the water.

Since you know you aren’t drinking anything in real life, you’ll want to do a reality check whenever you find yourself drinking something. Chances are likely that this will be one of the first things your mind gives you in a dream. Do a reality check when you’re drinking to see if you’re dreaming, and you’ll be able to become lucid during your dream.

TILD offers you more motivation to become lucid, particularly if you tell yourself you’ll have to repeat the technique if you don’t succeed at becoming lucid during your dreams. It also makes for a great reality check, since you’re almost guaranteed to dream about drinking when you’re super thirsty.

Concerns with TILD

TILD can be a helpful technique for healthy people who don’t mind using more extreme lucid dreaming techniques. If you’re really having trouble becoming lucid, this can be more effective than either Reward Induced or Punishment Induced Lucid Dreaming.

However, people with certain health conditions should certainly avoid using the TILD technique. Pregnant women, for instance, need to stay hydrated for the sake of their babies, so they should never intentionally dehydrate themselves. Those with certain other health conditions may also find that they need to use a technique besides TILD to induce lucid dreaming. Luckily, there are many to choose from, so you can certainly find something that will suit your needs.

My experience with TILD

Personally, TILD isn’t one of my favorite ways to induce lucid dreams simply because it’s so uncomfortable. However, I’ve used it a couple times just to get a feel for how it works, and I’ll tell you that it’s certainly very effective. Keeping your body from hydration will almost guarantee you to dream about it, so you can be motivated to experience lucid dreams and can more easily recognize dreams when you’re actually having them!

When I usually perform TILD, I like to combine it with RILD and let myself drink that tall glass of water as soon as I wake up from a TILD lucid dream.

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