(Closed) Lucid Dreams – Do you know when you're dreaming?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you know you're dreaming when you're dreaming?
    I didn't know that was possible : (1 votes)
    2 %
    It happened this one time... : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Once in a blue moon it happens : (7 votes)
    17 %
    I often know I'm dreaming but cannot control my dreams : (13 votes)
    32 %
    I can control my dreams often : (9 votes)
    22 %
    I go lucid spontaneously : (6 votes)
    15 %
    I actively try to lucid dream : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1619 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Whaaaat?  This is just crazy to me!  Which is weird because I have very vivid and detailed dreams and I almost always remember them fully upon awakening.  But I don’t think I have ever had a dream in which I can control what is happening.  It actually kind of creeps me out to think about it!

    Post # 4
    10714 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have forced myself into a lucid dream a few times. I find it easier if I wake up  really groggy and remember the dream I just came out of and force myself back into it to continue it and see what happens. 

    I wake up everynight if I fall asleep before 1:30am usually 3 hours later and stay up until 6 or 7am so I doubt I could force myself to do this anymore. Maybe if I ever get my insomnia under control! lol 

    Sometimes I can control my dreams but it’s rare. I almost always know I’m dreaming because something is ALWAYS off like my house will be perfectly the same as my house but the livingroom will be one from my old house or I’ll walk out the door and I’m at the mall. The most common one is the stairs on the wrong side of the kitchen or my house is completely backwards. I can control them more if I realize it and don’t try to fight the things that are wrong in the picture. I can make people arrive extremely easy.

    Post # 5
    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Bebealways:  I’ve heard that psychologically speaking this is bad for you from a psych nurse I work with. Dk if that’s true.

    That being said, I do this accidentally ALL the time. I realize it and kinda unconsciously begin controlling things, even though I am scared I may be hurting myself in some way. 

    I have a sleeping disorder though. On my sleep study, they found I spend almost all my time in REM, which is when you have the most vivid dreams. So if I were to fall asleep in class, I’m in a full on REM dream. I try to keep things calm in public situations like that so I don’t wake up screaming (which I have before) in front of people. I can tell stories of specific dreams tomorrow if you want! 

    Post # 6
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Honestly, I am commonly aware that I am dreaming, and often control my dreams. At least a few times a week. I can’t explain it, but it’s something I’ve always been able to do. 

    Post # 7
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    The other night I had a dream where I was deciding what to do with my Visa gift card and Target gift card. In the dream I decided to buy tuxedo flats from Target in leopard print and use my Visa gift card to buy a new pair of moccasins from Payless. And I thought to myself in the dream, why didn’t I think of this earlier? True story. I woke up and unfortunately Target was out of stock on the leopard print pair so I bought a pair on Amazon from Steve Madden instead. I also did not end up buying the moccasins because I just didn’t feel like it. 

    Post # 8
    4361 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I pretty much always know I am dreaming. There have been a few times when I am convinced something’s happened and it hasn’t though.

    Post # 9
    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Oh and I def lucid dream myself back into good dreams that I was rudely awaken from. Like of vacationing, being pregnant or having a bsby

    Post # 10
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I used to always have lucid dreams when I was a teenager and I never actually knew they were lucid dreams at the time. I assumed everyone knew they were dreaming and could control them. They usually always consisted of me flying or being naughty with some boy.

    But now I rarely have lucid dreams. I still always remember my dreams when I wake up but I just don’t know I’m dreaming in my dreams.


    Post # 11
    1695 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Bebealways:  I started lucid dreaming at a very early age as a way to control nightmares.  I very frequently would dream of being chased.  So I realized very young that because I was dreaming, I could control the outfcome of the dream.  I made a very simple switch in my dream…I started chasing myself.  I just switched who I was in the chase.  Then I changed the REASON the person was chasing me.  I changed it to pleasant reasons, like…they wanted to give me candy.  After that it became easier have control of my dreams. 

    Post # 12
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    A few years ago I dreamed often – and most nights it was lucid dreaming. My dreams are like movies or television in that I can often “click through” them until I land on something I want. Most of the time I would control my actions and/or the actions of others, the setting, events, etc. I remember once being in a very stressful dream, and as much as I tried, I could not change the events. Eventually I had myself fall asleep within the dream thinking that may make it change, but I “woke up” within the dream a split second later. I even tried to kill myself in the dream to make it end, but that didn’t work. I finally resigned to face the stressful event, and eventually it ended. That’s a weird example of some of my extreme reasoning I can have in my dreams.

    Presently though, I dream much less. My dreams are still mostly lucid, but not to the degree they were before. I can usually control my actions if I really want, but I don’t create the “movie” as I used to.

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