Firstly, thank you for your response. I didn’t think I would actually get a useful reply, so thanks for proving me wrong
If that is the case, then you can try to not write everything out in full detail.
I remember one rare instance where my WBTB alarm went off, I propped myself up on one elbow and scribbled (blindly) the synopsis of my dream. When I woke up foggy-headed, my sprawling notes helped me remember; I believe I recounted 4-5 dreams (though it’s hard to tell where one dream ends and another begins as, from my experience, I have one long dream with lots of different parts to it, I count the different parts as sperate dreams.) I remember being glad I did that but I didn’t do it again the next day. It’s just so easy to just say ‘screw it’ and don’t do it, which has been a big flaw of mine. What I’m trying to say is that this point is great, as the less amount of effort the task takes, then the more appealing it seems. Writing something to remind me of what the dream entailed causes ‘dream flashbacks’, wherein I can write about my dream at a free point in the day where I’m more likely not to be half-awake.
I recommend the following exercise: Revisit the biggest dream of the night during some daydreaming. Inspect the dream scene and dream plot for features that could have only appeared because it was a dream. Also imagine yourself inside the dream like you were aware it was a dream
Isn’t this kind of like MILD? Reimagining a dream world with the exception that you are aware
Either way, this sounds like a very effective tool. I guess it’s kinda remolding your brain to make this more likely in a dream scenario.
I think this paragraph of yours is the most important. Lucid dreaming is a lot about mindset. Forcing yourself to do anything is generally not helpful. Try to stay relaxed and seek motivation. Lucid dreaming is not like homework: you don’t have to do anything and if you don’t succeed, nothing bad will ever happen. So consequently it’s neither hard work nor do you have to force yourself to do anything.
When you go to bed, I don’t want you to be stressed out about doing techniques and recall. I want you to go to bed with a big smile thinking “Finally another chance of having an LD! I’ve waited the whole day for this! And even if I don’t LD, then I will still visit some cool and exciting dream world!“
This really resonates with me. I feel that when it clicks it will be a lot easier to maintain a routine of journaling and techniques. I understand I should strive to enjoy the process of attempting to lucid dream, and in a better environment, I believe I would be able to. I don’t get to go to bed when I want - I would go to sleep earlier if I could. As a result, I usually asleep at around half past midnight, only giving me 6 hours of sleep, meaning I have less than 1 hour to do WBTB. So some of the time I say ‘screw it I’ll do it tomorrow night’ because there isn’t enough time to attempt any techniques. Not only that, but I remember my dreams mostly around the 5 hour mark, so evening trying to journal on weekdays is frustrating.
Environmental obstacles aside, trying to be excited about LDing is a strange concept. I understand why I should be excited, and on paper, I should be excited, but there’s something in the way. The level of uncertainty built over the years has just lead to every train of thought about lucid dreaming becoming derailed with pessimism. The thought of dreaming is exciting, but having a somewhat decent dream means I have to dream journal, fall asleep pretty much instantly every night, and try and claw at the back of a memory that my brain is actively trying to forget.
Try a smart watch with vibration alarm to only wake you up but not your brother. I haven’t tried it myself, I think it was @Joe_Canada who suggested this before.
Innovatively, I have cut the end off of a sock so it’s like a fabric sleeve. I put that over my arm and sleep with my phone in the sleeve so that when it vibrates it wakes me up. I tried this on my leg but it didn’t always wake me up.
If you are very sensitive to light during sleep, just get a sleeping mask. They make you look a bit strange and maybe you think they are for old people only, but that would be silly ignorance. It could also potentially make your overall sleep more healthy and restoring. They are very affordable.
I have blankets tucked into the frame of the bed to try and keep the light out. I’ll look into buying one of these
I remember my first ever instance of being somewhat ‘lucid’. I woke up in my bed and instantly knew that I was in a dream. It felt like I had been placed here, or that the world was just this moment constructed. I clambered out of bed (which is pretty much on the floor so it’s more effort to stand up) and felt my muscles flex with the effort. My room had nothing in apart from my desk. Within 5 seconds I was awake, but that moment taught me that lucid dreaming is in my reach. It sorta felt like time travel - as in, having this special ability that allowed me to impossibly travel between dimensions that became accessible only through certain actions – not that exactly but something similar. I woke up in my bed soon after and confused it, initially, with real memory. It felt like I had fallen through a wormhole, there was a very clear image in my mind of what traveling to this place felt like. It was indescribable really. I believe this experience, while motivational, has led me further towards frustration. I woke up today with a blank head: no dreams whatsoever. But I will try and reality check throughout the day.
Thank you sincerely for your comment.