Most people think of self-hypnosis as a way to lose weight, quit smoking, or overcome fears. But did you know that self-hypnosis can also be used to improve your sleep and dreams? In fact, self-hypnosis can be a powerful tool for helping you have more interesting, vivid, and positive dreams. And it can boost your ability to have lucid dreams as well as the number of lucid dreams you have.
What Is Self-Hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is a trance-like state of mind in which you are more open to suggestions. Most people assume that hypnosis is a deep state of sleep or unconsciousness. However, this is not the case. You are usually in a state of either Alpha or Theta brainwave state, which is considered the ‘realm of your subconscious‘.
During self-hypnosis, you are actually in a state of relaxed, focused concentration. This means that you are still aware of your surroundings and can hear and respond to questions.
You are also able to remember everything that happens during self-hypnosis after you come out of the trance-like state.
In other words, self-hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness and focus. This state of mind can be very useful for relaxation and stress relief. It can also be used to help install new beliefs and mindset.
During self-hypnosis, you can focus on specific goals or outcomes that you would like to achieve. For instance, if you want to dream more or have more lucid dreams, this would be the focus during your session.
You may hear suggestions that help you want to dream more or understand how to dream more.
Or you may hear suggestions that make you believe you are capable of dreaming more and having lucid dreams.
Your subconscious takes in these suggestions and starts to work to make them come true.
How Self-Hypnosis Can Help You Remember Your Dreams
If you want to remember your dreams, use a self-hypnosis session that includes affirmations for remembering dreams as well as simple ideas on how to remember your dreams.
Because self-hypnosis focuses on embedding powerful suggestions into your mind, your subconscious will begin to remember your dreams simply because it knows how and believes it can.
How Self-Hypnosis Can Help You To Have More Dreams
Self-hypnosis can be used to help you have more dreams. This is because self-hypnosis can help to relax your mind and body, which can make it easier for you to fall asleep.
In addition, self-hypnosis can also help to increase the vividness and clarity of your dreams, leading to more interesting and positive dream experiences that become easier to remember.
Can Self-Hypnosis Help You Lucid Dream More?
It’s not a guarantee that you will have a lucid dream, however, research has shown that it can increase the chances. One study found that participants who practiced self-hypnosis were three times more likely to have a lucid dream than those who didn’t.
Self-hypnosis is like any other lucid dreaming tool. You use it to train your subconscious to recognize lucid dreaming and believe it can lucid dream.
For instance, suggestions during a self-hypnosis session, such as, ‘I will notice when I am dreaming tonight and become lucid’ are powerful suggestions to your subconscious to look for clues you are dreaming and then become lucid.
How To Use Self-Hypnosis To Improve Dreams
Two tips for using self-hypnosis to improve your dreams include:
- Practicing self-hypnosis on a regular basis increases the effectiveness of the technique. This is especially true if you are trying to embed suggestions that you don’t believe yet, such as ‘I am good at lucid dreaming’. The more you expose your subconscious to these suggestions in the relaxed, focused state of self-hypnosis, the more it will believe them and act on them. This can be done by setting aside time each day to listen to self-hypnosis recordings, or by repeating self-hypnosis techniques in your mind before you go to sleep each night.
- Incorporating meditation or relaxation techniques into your self-hypnosis practice. These techniques can help you enter a deeper state of relaxation and may make it easier for you to soak in the suggestions and experience more benefits from it.
Suggestions You Can Use To Improve Your Chances Of A Lucid Dream
There are lots of great suggestions in self-hypnosis audios that you can use to help you achieve more lucid dreams. You can even create your own or simply repeat a suggestion to yourself over and over again while engaging in a relaxing activity.
One of my favorite suggestions is to simply tell myself every night before bed that I’m going to have a dream that’s full of clarity and insight.
Other suggestions include:
- I easily recognize when I’m dreaming.
- I love lucid dreaming and do it often.
- Lucid dreaming benefits my life.
- I have an easy time recognizing when things don’t seem quite right in dreams.
- I use reality checks often in my waking life and in my dreams.
All of these suggestions will be embedded into your subconscious during self-hypnosis, and when your subconscious believes them, it’s going to perform the tasks it believes.
In other words, using the above suggestions, you will start to recognize when you are dreaming, enjoy lucid dreaming, focus on the benefits lucid dreaming brings to your life, easily recognize when things aren’t right and you may be dreaming, and do reality checks naturally.
Resources To Help You Incorporate Self-Hypnosis For Better Lucid Dreams
If you are interested in using self-hypnosis to improve your sleep and dreams, there are many resources available to help you get started. There are self-hypnosis recordings specifically designed for dreams.
For instance, you can check out Hypnosis Live for their lucid dreaming self-hypnosis track
There are books and articles that can provide more information on self-hypnosis.
In addition, there are online forums and support groups where you can share your experiences and connect with others who are interested in self-hypnosis for sleep and dream enhancement. Obviously reddit is a great place for this.
In short, self-hypnosis can be a powerful tool to help you have more interesting, vivid, and positive dreams, as well as lucid dreams.