It’s been quite a while since I’ve started recording my dreams and I’m able to remember 3 dreams at minimum, and usually 5 in a night being my average. I wear a watch all the time and remember to do reality checks, and I’ve been able to recognize re-occurring dream themes. Even after being able to do this stuff, I still can’t “tell myself” to do a reality check in my dream to become lucid. It’s like I have zero control of my body and I’m just there for the ride. There have been numerous times where I have inadvertently done reality checks in my dreams but they seem like normal everyday life.
WILDs and WBTB techniques aren’t ideal because I need a full night of sleep otherwise I don’t function well during the day. What can I do next to help become more successful in achieving lucid dreams once I’m asleep?