I know with a header like this, you want to get to the goods right away, but let me tell you about myself and the condition I have, which will make it clear why I went down the GABA path. I have the condition known as “REM behaviour disorder”. For those not familiar with RBD, this is where your body does not achieve its normal atonia (paralysis) during REM and you actually physically get up and act out your dreams. I used to mistakenly label it “sleepwalking”. My RBD has been steadily diminishing over time and coincidentally (?) my ability to LD began and has been steadily improving at the same time. As I noticed this effect (RBD diminishment with LD advancement) I began to wonder if there may be a link between the two. I then theorized that RBD and LD may be experiences on oppisate ends of the dream spectrum. Having experienced both they are nearly direct oppisates of each other. In RBD, the physical body is active (in fact the physical and dream bodies are THE SAME), while the mind percieves the dream to be reality. In LD, the physical body is inactive (sp), while the mind is aware that the dream is NOT reality. There are other aspects that tend to make me think that RBD and LD are oppisates as well- for instance my dreams (including lucid) tend to be black and white, while the “normal” lucid dreamer tends to dream in color (intense at that).
So I took the theory one step further. Anything which would serve to diminish RBD should improve my lucid dreaming. My RBD is minor, so I have never had it treated but the substance perscribed for it is nitrazepam (a cousin to valium). The basic idea here is to numb the body so that you don’t get up while dreaming. Further study showed that the belief on why nitrazepam is effective for RBD is that it increases your GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid- an amino acid) levels. Research into GABA showed that some believe it to instrumental in both initiating REM sleep and producing sleep paralysis.
So I gave it a shot. The first night I took about 1-2 grams pure GABA sublingually. Noticed a numbness in my neck and improved dream recall but no lucid. The next night I took about 2-4 grams. Numbness this time in the chest and then extending outward. Felt some warmth and “comfortably numb”- best way to describe it is like having ben gay covering your torso. Dreams that night were incredible including multiple lucid. My main difficulties with lucidity have been 1) having sex, 2) flying, 3) prolonging. On this second night of GABA I had sex (orgasmed!!) in both a lucid AND a non lucid dream. This is the FIRST TIME in my 32 year old life that EVER happened- and let me tell you it wasn’t from a lack of effort… usually the story goes “well I ALMOST had sex, but then I woke up”. I FLEW in these same lucid dreams without awakening- again a unheard of thing (usually I fly for mere moments prior to awakening- it was so bad in fact that I avoided this activity). Prolonging was nearly EFFORTLESS in these LD’s. Again another major problem with me. Usually it is a continual struggle to remain in the dream and lucidity lasts 1 to 5 minutes. This time I estimate I had a 30 minute (my longest ever) lucid episode- and remaining in the dream was so effortless that I thought I may have to make a conscious effort to even be able to leave the dream. LD occured 3 hours after sleep onset. Upon awakening my body felt basically non-existant. Did not want to move- I guess this is what sleep paralysis is like. Was stunned and euphoric- don’t know how many “WOW’s” I uttered. I beleive that I could have EASILY achieved a WILD at this point, but wanted to make sure to get up and log the experience.
Since then, I have tried GABA on about 5 other occasions. Regrettably, I have not had dream sex again, but I have had 2 other lucid dreams and improved dream recall. I am optimistic that I made a great discovery for improving my own lucid dreams. I do not know if others will be as impacted by GABA as I have been (I attribute my pronouced effect to my RBD) but it may be worth a try. If anyone else tries it, I would be interested in their results. If you are afraid of sleep paralysis DO NOT try this stuff. I reccommend starting with a small dose first as some experience a shortness of breath (SP kicking in?) a few minutes after taking it, but supposedly this goes away and is not harmful (didn’t happen to me). It is a “body building” supplement as well (with a reported side effect of lucid dreams) and the recommended dose for them is 3 grams twice a day- with effects maxing out at 5 grams. For LD purposes only take it before bed. The best results come when your torso feels numb/warmth within 30 minutes of taking it. If this is lacking try increasing dose (but not over 5 grams). I got mine from extremesupplements.net and it was 30 dollars for 200 grams. Research it on your own before taking it. Do not take it if you have to work the next day as you are sometimes pretty mellow the following day. Good luck.