5 tips to try lucid dreaming and take charge of your dreams and nightmares

By Devon Firestone, Jan 18, 2023

Testing your reality throughout the day is the first step toward lucid dreaming at night.

Reality testing means looking for clues to confirm whether you’re awake or asleep, says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a board-certified psychiatrist and sleep expert and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine and BrainfoodMD.

You can reality test by checking in with your body and your surroundings. For instance, you might:

  • Tap your finger on your cheek
  • Will your hand to pass through a solid object
  • Make sure you can read the text on a sign or book near you
  • Rapidly blink your eyes to check if your environment changes

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