Many people are curious about lucid dreaming, and, more specifically, how to lucid dream. A simple Google search produces countless secret tricks, methods, and products that claim to help you achieve lucidity during dreams. The products include special supplements, masks, crystals, how-to guides, oils, fragrances, and music.
I was skeptical looking at most of these products, which, quite frankly, sound like complete crap. But before judging too harshly, I decided to try out a few of these products to see if they live up to their claims.
The first product I tested is called an Aroma-Dream Sachet—a little cloth sack filled with mugwort, lavender, and lemon balm. The instructions are simple enough: “Just place under pillow for pleasant, lucid dreams.” So I did. I put the sachet under my pillow, but tried to position it in a way that allowed me to actually smell its contents.
I awoke the next morning, totally bummed, having failed to achieve lucidity.
Lucid Dreams Scent Inhaler
The next product I tried is a Lucid Dreams Scent Inhaler. This thing is a plastic tube that resembles chapstick. It contains essential oils of clove, mugwort, anise, clary sage, and jojoba. The manufacturer describes, “The essential oils used in this lucid dreams scent inhaler were chosen specifically for their benefits in helping to increase visualization, improve dream recall, repel nightmares and promote intuitive insight.”
Again, the use instructions are simplistic: “Open inhaler, close your eyes and mouth, inhale and repeat your positive thought or meditation.” So I did this, despite its stink (It smells like the all-natural/hippy section at Whole Foods or any other grocery store).
I drifted off to sleep, hoping for a night of lucid dreaming. But I awoke, disappointed, just like the previous morning. No lucid dreams.
Lucid Dreaming Supplement
After experiencing zero results with the aromatic products, I was optimistic about this next product. I took a Lucid Dreaming Supplement—a pill containing choline bitartrate, EGCG, huperzine A, 5-HTP, melatonin, B-6, and B-12. The manufacturer touts that this is the “best selling original lucid dreams supplement.”
I hesitated momentarily because it seems irresponsible to ingest some weird mystery pill. But I wanted some lucid dreams, dammit! So I popped the pill and went to sleep.
I woke up happy the next morning because the dream I had right before I awoke was a lucid one. I was aware of the fact that I was in a dream, I told others in my dream that it was a dream, then I proceeded to show off to people in my dream world by displaying my impressive levitating abilities.
Although I did experience a lucid dream after popping a lucid dreaming pill, I’m not convinced that it deserves credit. Truth be told, I’ve been a somewhat regular lucid dreamer all my life. So maybe I’m not the best person to be trying out lucid dreaming products and methods. But lucid dreams have become less frequent for me as I’ve gotten older. So it’s possible that the pill helped me.
As dream experts will tell you, there isn’t really a quick, easy way to experience lucid dreams. Everyone is different. These seemingly silly products might help some people. Others might benefit by adopting recommended habits like sticking to a regular sleep schedule, keeping a dream journal, or meditating.
But if you’ve tried everything and still can’t seem to lucid dream, maybe you should just experience it vicariously by reading Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, the comic centered around lucid dreamer Jonas “Poet” Anderson.
Have you ever experienced a lucid dream? If so, did you do anything special to achieve lucidity, or did it just happen naturally? Let us know in the comments below.