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Food for Thought


There are several foods, drinks and vitamins that can help you attain lucidity and/or make your dreams more vivid. Here are some that I’ve found.

Pure fruit juice
Apple juice, orange juice, grape juice, whatever you fancy. Try drinking two large glasses of juice—no additives!—before bed. Throw in a few ice cubes for good measure. This should make your nervous system stay active while your body’s muscles relax. You should find yourself having lucid dreams in no time.

Vitamin B
This vitamin doesn’t cause lucidity, but it produces some pretty vivid dreams. But no worries! Remembering dreams is one of the biggest components of attaining lucidity, after all.

Peppermint Tea
This helps increase lucidity.

Food with high salt content
Pretzels, beef jerky, salty peanuts. The sodium will help increase the vividness of your dreams.

Garlic
Try popping a clove before bed and you might just pop into a lucid dream!

Mustard
It sounds gross, I know, but eat a tablespoon of mustard before bed and it should help trigger lucid dreams. It may take up to three tries, so stay patient and persistent if you don’t get lucid right away.

Some other random foods you might try: pickles, ice cream, milk, cheese, bananas, popcorn.

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Check your reality at the door.


So how do I become lucid in my dreams?

There are several techniques, but the most common method is a DILD, Dream Induced Lucid Dream.

But how do I DILD?

It’s simple. But it can take a lot of practice. You have to teach yourself  how to check for signs that you are sleeping while you are awake. When dreaming, most people act in ways as if they were actually awake. If you train yourself to do these reality checks (RCs) then you will be able to catch yourself dreaming.

 

Here are a few basic RCs:

Watch/Clock Check. Look at the time, look away, and then quickly look back at the time again. If has changed drastically (first it said 7:53, now it says 5:32), then you’re dreaming.

 

Reading Reality Check. Look at words, look away, and then quickly look back at the words again. If the letters have changed (“Welcome to Alaska” changes to “The Muppets Take Manhattan”), then you know you’re dreaming.

Light Reality Check. Turn the lights on and off. Most of us are unable to control the light level in our dreams. So if you turn the light switch off and nothing happens, then you’re dreaming (or your light bulb burned out).

Memory Reality Check. Think back and recall everything you did that day. By doing this, you’ll become aware if you’ve done anything unreasonable and you can tell when you’re dreaming.

Nose Reality Check. Close your mouth and pinch your nose. If you can still breathe, then, yup, you’re dreaming.

Finger Reality Check. Try poking your index finger through your palm of the opposite hand. If your finger goes through your palm, then—you got it—you’re dreaming!

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