Hola everyone, this is my first post
My personal theory as to why it’s so difficult to enter into a conscious dream immediately after we fall asleep - most lucid dreams occur after 4-6 hours or more, depending - is that our derepixelator(DRP), which is responsible for continuity of consciousness during waking life, has not had a chance to recover yet and is something that must be active in order to have a conscious dream. As has been noted in these forums, people are much more likely to induce WILDs when they go to sleep when they’re not yet tired. This would coincide with my theory, as your DRP doesn’t need to recover yet, and with wake-back-to-bed, as your DRP has recovered at least a fair amount, and staying awake for a good amount of time will help it kick back into gear. Consequently, in my experience, if I try the wake-to-bed technique, if i don’t stay awake long enough for my mind to get running, I find it almost impossible to induce a conscious dream - my DRP hasn’t come back to normal yet.
To further this with a little more personal experience and theory, I’ve read discussions on how conscious dreaming could be detrimental to your health. I believe this to be so, if the time spend conscious dreaming isn’t supplemented with a bit more normal dream sleep. Even after a great night’s sleep into a conscious dream, I awake a little tired, although energized at the same time from the euphoria of such dreams. If I don’t add in a short nap each day, by the end of the week I’m a bit edgy and can’t think too clearly.
is where I got the information to base most of this on. Excellent site, blows away any recent research, was started 20 years ago. Difficult read for some, but essential to have a thorough understanding of consiousness and conscious dreaming. www.lucidity.com pales in comparison, imo, although it’s purpose is aimed in a slightly different direction.