You know you want. You want it bad. But to get it, you have to do something hard.
Hot body? Eat right and exercise, ugh, hard!
Good job? Work hard and earn it, ugh, hard!
Win the lottery? Buy lot’s of tickets and win, ugh, hard!
Dream? Go to sleep, wait…that’s EASY!
Have incredible dreams and encourage lucidity? Go to sleep, interrupt sleep to wake up, get out of bed, think about dreams, then get back into bed, and go back to sleep, ugh, hard!
Yes, it’s no easy feat to take yourself out from your warm, cozy, marshmallow of a bed to just hang for a bit only to get right back into it. But guess what? The reward is worth it.
When you awaken yourself from REM sleep you’re benefiting in two ways. First, you’re likely waking up mid-dream which is excellent because you’re more likely to remember said dream. Second, you can take that time to stay in a sleepy state, while writing down those dreams you just had, meditating for a bit if you’d like, and then getting yourself right back into bed and ease more effectively into that REM sleep. AND…you’re more likely to become aware that you’re dreaming which is when you can really have some fun interacting with your dreams.
Let me tell you about my experience the last two nights and how very different they were…
Night 1. I went to bed, woke up at 3:15 am, went to my
sanctuary guest room and proceeded to put together a concoction of dream herbs to consume before going back to sleep. This whole process took me roughly 20 minutes. I cozied back into bed, dozed off, and made it to Dream Town where I soon realized I was dreaming and had tons of fun.
Night 2. I went to bed, woke up at 3:16 am. Now, because I consider myself occasionally efficient, I prepared my herbs before going to sleep and left them on my nightstand, Smart Cookie. I noisily fumbled my water and herbs, sucked them down and dozed off. At 7:15 am I woke up, panicked that the eldest child wasn’t up for the school, and started my day. Fast forward a few hours, here I sit typing. No recollection of my dreams. I know I had them, but, I didn’t pay attention, forgot them, and now they’re gone.
So where did I go wrong? I blame my lazy ass for not getting out of bed at 3:16 am. That’s a key piece to getting realllllly good dreams. You stay tired enough to fall back to sleep easily, but are alert enough to recognize when you are dreaming. My approach was lazy, and therefore I was not rewarded. Better luck next time I suppose.
So, tonight, if you wake up in the middle of the night…give yourself about 20 minutes to sit quietly (out of bed) and think about dreaming. Read your dream journal if you keep one. Then go back to bed. See what you get and let me know.
Yes, it’s hard, but it’s worth it.