When we start a new practice, it’s natural for us to look for the shortcuts and the quickest ways to increase our chances to have a lucid dream. I will first preface this article by reiterating that lucid dreaming is a skill that takes practice, dedication and time. Second, I will say that if you are looking for a good pair of techniques to start with, then look no further than WBTB + MILD.
I had the pleasure of reading, “Inducing Lucid Dreams: The Wake Back to Bed Technique in the Home Setting,” by Shredl, Dyck & Kuhnel. Over the course of five weeks, 50 participants selected one night a week to attempt WBTB with the goal of having a lucid dream.
Each participant picked one night a week, for five weeks, to attempt the WBTB technique. Participants in the study who practiced WBTB at home increased their probability of having a lucid dream by almost 12% compared to those who did not practice an induction technique. Even among participants who had never had a lucid dream (N=10), 50% had at least one lucid dream over the course of the five-week study. However, these occurred on a non-WBTB night.
Replicating previous studies, these findings suggest that practicing the WBTB technique can give us a boost in lucid dreaming frequency.
I get it, even after over a decade of lucid dreaming, I still occasionally dread the 3:00 am alarm and the risk of not being able to fall asleep, but the trade-off, the chance to become lucid, is well worth it!
Now, if we attempt WBTB every single night, we may cause ourselves to feel fatigue in the morning. In the study, this was offset by conducting the WBTB only once per week and sleeping in longer on those days. For those of you who are ready to try this at home, let’s talk briefly about mitigating and maximizing the WBTB:
These studies were conducted at home and used social media as a support mechanism to inspire consistency with a questionnaire in the morning. This implies the benefits of a support system such as a Dream Circle, WBTB Support Group, etc., and the utilization of some kind of recordkeeping, be it your Notes app, Dream Journal, or the like. This is precisely why I started a WBTB support group every Sunday at 6:00 am Eastern Standard Time.
One observation of the study is that longer intervals of training are needed to really understand the effects of these techniques on lucid dreaming frequency in the long-term. I for one am greatly looking forward to more research on this topic!
For questions, comments, or to sign up for the WBTB Support group to maximize your lucid dreaming practice, you can go to www.DreamBigDreamLucid.com
Acknowledgement: The author wishes to sincerely thank Dr. Benjamin Baird for his feedback by which this article was greatly improved.
Shredl, Dyck & Kuhnel. (2020). Inducing Lucid Dreams: The Wake Back to Bed Technique in the Home Setting. Dreaming Magazine, 287-296. Volume 30, No.4. December 2020.
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