Remembering your dreams after they happen, or being aware you’re in a dream while you’re having it can be fun, but not exactly easy to do.
Science Alert reports that only about half of us have been able to realize we’re in a dream while it’s happening, and only a fourth of people actually report having lucid dreams frequently. However, if you want to remember your dreams researchers have come up with a technique that might work for you. Their work was recently published in Dreaming.
Researchers looked at a few different processes that are thought to help with lucid dreaming. The front-runner in the group was a technique called MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams).
The idea behind the technique is that you repeat the phrase “The next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming” while you’re awake. While 18% of participants reported having lucid dreams when they did some of the other techniques, those using MILD reported a whopping 45% success rate.
There’s still a good chance it won’t work, but of the options out there this was the best bet.
By repeating the phrase before you head off to dreamland, you’re creating the intention in your mind that you will, in fact, remember your dreams. That could lead to a lucid dream, say researchers.
Even better, those that used this technique reported not feeling more tired the next day, unlike some of the other techniques tested, such as waking yourself mid-dream, that made participants feel tired the following day.
A 45% success rate certainly isn’t a guarantee that it will work for you, but if you’re on the quest for lucid dreams, it could be worth a try.