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This week on TestTube Plus, we're discussing dreams: yesterday talked about seven insane things we've gotten from dreams. Today, Trace talks about lucid dreaming, or the ability to control your dreams.
There are a number of ways to train yourself how to lucid dream. They involve doing a couple of different things when you're awake first. To start, keep a dream journal: record your dreams as soon as you wake up to train your brain to keep this information better. The next step is to check a few times a day to see if you are actually dreaming. Basically, this conditions your brain to check if you are dreaming. You can do this by checking the time, looking away, then look back again. In dreams, stuff like time will be blurry or nonsensical. Next, use "Mnemonic Induction", where you basically tell yourself before you fall asleep that you will be aware when you're dreaming. Learn to recognize your recurring dream events (you can do this by reading your dream journal). Finally, if you get woken up while you're in a dream, try to drift back to sleep while recalling that dream. With practice you should be in control of your dreams in a few weeks.