Lucid dreams sometimes occur spontaneously without the dreamer inducing them or intending to have them in any way, especially in youth. However, spontaneous lucid dreams are rare and depending on solely on these is often not satisfactory for a lucid dreamer. Thus, induction techniques have to be used to induce lucid dreams.

There are many induction techniques, often going by an acronym such as WILD (Wake Initiated Lucid Dream) or DILD {Dream Initiated Lucid Dream). Most induction techniques involve training the brain (e.g. using mnemonics) for lucid dreaming soon before or during the transition from wakefulness to sleep. The induction technique favoured by the dreamer varies and it is quite often found that one technique for one dreamer can be more sucessful than others. Daily routine and sleep patterns can influence which technique works best for a dreamer.

There is always a chance of failure with induction techniques, and the frequency and quality of dreams induced in such ways are not guaranteed, but it is generally recognised that more rigorous techniques such as wake initiated lucid dream technique often trigger more vivid lucid dreams than the more beginner-friendly counterparts such as mnemonic induction of lucid dreams.

List of techniques[]

Several techniques have been developed by the dreaming community. They can belong to two different categories: the wake initiated and the dream initiated. Finally, there are the aid techniques, which are combined with others for best results.

Wake Initiated[]

These techniques will lead to a lucid dream directly from the waking state. They mostly consists of staying conscious until the dream starts. They are harder to master, but worth it, as you can then induce a lucid dream at will.

The most known techniques on this section are:

Dream Initiated[]

These techniques are only applicable for becoming lucid when you are already dreaming. They mostly consists of recognising the dream state by questioning reality.

The most known techniques on this section are:

Spontaneous lucidity also falls under this category.

Aid techniques[]

These techniques do not belong to any particular section, and work only as an "aid" for other techniques. they can be combined with other techniques for better results, or just performed alone.

The most known techniques on this section are:

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