Put simply, a lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware that you’re dreaming. There are two types of lucid dreaming.
DILD – dream-initiated lucid dream: a normal dream in which the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream.
WILD – wake-initiated lucid dream: dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness.
I’m very sure that most people have had a DILD at least once in their lives. Many years ago I had a dream that I was exploring some caves and found a huge jewel. After I started running home with the huge jewel, I realised I was having a dream and tried very hard to control what I was doing in the dream. I had to hide this jewel where no one would find it. I put it in my desk drawer, at which point I woke up and looked in my desk drawer… only to realise the jewel was not there and had only existed in my subconscious. Many other times I have been in control of my dream after realising it was a dream, but unfortunately woke before the dream properly ended.
I know James looked into WILD before, and it got me curious as well. There are apparently techniques to making yourself have a lucid dream, which you can easily find on the internet. I tried it a few times but failed, while James told me a couple of stories about his experiences which I could be jealous about. However, a few days ago, most likely due to the effects of my medication, I was still very tired after I had woken up and I just lay down on the couch for a bit.
I was watching television – The Morning Show, to be specific – but I was really tired and my eyes kept on shutting so I decided to just try and sleep for a little while. I was actually having trouble doing so, and I had my eyes shut for a few minutes and could still hear the television. Then I started having a dream.
I can’t remember exactly what happened but I had been holding some toast, and I was in a shop talking to some salespeople. I couldn’t control it, but I was completely aware of what was happening. At the same time, I could hear the television. I could recall everything that was discussed on the show while I had my eyes shut – they were discussing Australia’s best psychic, and the movie When Harry Met Sally.
Earlier today I was reading a book, and began to yawn. I felt a bit tired and thought I could power nap for a few minutes. I’m pretty good at power napping. I’ve done it on the train for several minutes, without the need for an alarm to wake me up; I’ve done it when I arrive home after a long day; I’ve done it at work for several minutes in front of the computer. :P So I thought I’d power nap while sitting in my reading/studying chair.
Except I couldn’t actually sleep. And right then and there I found myself having a WILD. I just remember walking in a field and everything happening rather slowly, but I could still think in my conscious about how I was holding my book at the page I was up to. I could still hear children outside (neighbours) squealing, and the sound of my fan and the wind coming through my window. But I felt like I was sleeping.
When I decided to open my eyes I felt rather refreshed. It’s so weird. I’m starting to blame everything weird on my antidepressants now. In case you weren’t aware, five days ago I was put on antidepressants and I’ve been experiencing side effects. Now it doesn’t make me sleep so easily, but I think it is interrupting my sleep because I still keep waking up in the middle of the night. I’ve also lost weight and I can’t stop shaking my leg, but other than that, the worst of it seems to be over and I think I’m getting used to it. My doctor said it would take up to a week to get used to it, after all. :)