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Wake Back to Bed

April 10, 2024 Jennifer Doran

Wake Back to Bed

“WBTB” stands for “Wake Back to Bed,” which is a technique used to induce lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is the experience of being aware that you are dreaming while still in the dream state, allowing you to consciously control and manipulate the dream environment.

The WBTB technique involves waking up from sleep, staying awake for a short period, and then going back to sleep with the intention of entering a lucid dream. Here’s how it’s typically done:

Set an Alarm: Set an alarm to wake you up after around 4-6 hours of sleep. This timing is important because it usually occurs during a period of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which is when most dreaming occurs.

Stay Awake: When you wake up to the alarm, get out of bed and stay awake for about 15-30 minutes. This period of wakefulness helps to fully arouse your mind and increase your awareness.

Engage in Mindfulness: During the awake period, engage in activities that promote mindfulness and self-awareness, such as meditation, reading about lucid dreaming, or simply reflecting on your intention to have a lucid dream.

Set Your Intention: Before returning to bed, reaffirm your intention to have a lucid dream. Visualize yourself becoming aware that you’re dreaming while in the dream state.

Go Back to Sleep: After the 15-30 minute wakeful period, return to bed and focus on relaxing your mind and body as you drift back to sleep. You can use techniques such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation to help facilitate this process.

Recognize the Dream State: As you fall asleep, try to maintain a level of awareness. When you find yourself in a dream, make a habit of performing reality checks, such as looking at your hands or trying to push your finger through your palm. If the reality check fails, indicating that you’re in a dream, you’ll become lucid.

It’s worth noting that while the WBTB technique can be effective for inducing lucid dreams, it may take some practice and experimentation to find what works best for you. Consistency and patience are key when exploring lucid dreaming techniques.