Have you ever found yourself trapped in a vivid dream that you just can’t seem to escape? Maybe you’re being chased by a monster, or maybe you’re stuck in an endless loop of mundane tasks. Whatever the case may be, waking up from a dream can be a challenge for many people. But don’t worry – we’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you wake up from your next nightmare.
Understand Your Sleep Cycle
Before we dive into specific techniques for waking up from dreams, it’s important to understand how sleep cycles work. Sleep is divided into multiple cycles throughout the night, each lasting roughly 90 minutes. During these cycles, your brain moves through different stages of sleep, including light sleep, deep sleep, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
REM sleep is when most dreaming occurs. It typically happens towards the end of each cycle and can last anywhere from five minutes to an hour. This means that if you want to have more control over your dreams or wake up from them more easily, it’s best to try doing so towards the end of a cycle when REM is most likely occurring.
Tips for Waking Up From Dreams
Now that we’ve covered some background information on sleep cycles let’s jump into our top tips for waking up from dreams:
One way to tell if you’re dreaming is by testing whether or not things are real around you; this technique is known as “reality testing.” To do this test while dreaming:
- Look at something nearby (e.g., your hands)
- Take note of what they look like
- Look away briefly
- Look back
If what you saw has changed significantly between glances (e.g., six fingers instead of five), then there’s a good chance that you’re still asleep.
Once realizing that one is still asleep prompts individuals should try to wake themselves.
Interrupt Your Dream
Another technique for waking up from a dream is to try and interrupt it. When you’re in the middle of a dream, try focusing on something specific, like a clock or your own hand – this can help bring you back into reality. Alternatively, you could also try physically moving within your dream; often this movement translates externally and can jolt an individual out of sleep.
When successful individuals can sometimes find themselves outside the dream world blinking at their suddenly awake surroundings.
Waking up from dreams isn’t always easy, but with practice and persistence using these tips will make that task more manageable. The basic idea is simple- if one knows they are asleep in order to know how to get properly woken-up! Next time you find yourself stuck in a nightmare, give these techniques a try – sweet dreams (or none!)