Dr Denholm Aspy’s research in the University of Adelaide’s School of Psychology is aimed at addressing this problem and developing more effective lucid dream induction techniques.
The results from his studies, now published in the journal Dreaming, have confirmed that people can increase their chances of having a lucid dream. The study involved three groups of participants, and investigated the effectiveness of three different lucid dream induction techniques:
1. Reality testing – which involves checking your environment several times a day to see whether or not you’re dreaming.
2. Wake back to bed – waking up after five hours, staying awake for a short period, then going back to sleep in order to enter a REM sleep period, in which dreams are more likely to occur.
3. MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) – which involves waking up after five hours of sleep and then developing the intention to remember that you are dreaming before returning to sleep, by repeating the phrase: “The next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming.” You also imagine yourself in a lucid dream.