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It is a struggle to get into a lucid dream or a nightmare and to find a way out of it. Especially considering the awareness of everything going on around you, you might look at these nightmares from a more realistic perspective. But, there is no need for any worry. There are a few fundamental steps that you can take to assist and show you how to wake up from a lucid nightmare. You can call for help, blink your eyes, try to fall asleep inside of the dream (yes, this is the ultimate paradox), and simply read.
1. Calling for Help
It might sound very interesting and surprising, but which parts of this list are not like this? Researchers say that as lucid dreams and nightmares are all about functioning specific parts of your brain, a loud call for help can trigger other parts of your brain and help you wake up. You can also make your body move by such a call, which will show signs of not having a good rest. People around you or your pet can understand you are in trouble and help you as well.
Once again, the perfect connection between mental actions and your physical moves can be your saviour. Reportedly, people who can blink while having a lucid nightmare can wake up and relax afterwards compared to those who can not. Moreover, if you discuss it with your partner or family, they can also understand you are in trouble. So blink once for yes, twice for getting rid of lucid nightmares!
3. Ultimate paradox: Sleep again!
How does it sound when we suggest you just fall asleep during your sleep? A bit tricky, right? But that is the reality. Considering your high awareness of what is going on around you during a lucid dream or nightmare, you can make yourself go deeper into the sleepy mood and maybe you can have an all resting dream while having a lucid nightmare? Creating a new reality in a troubling moment can be very helpful. Well, perhaps some paradoxes are more beneficial in comparison to the way they sound.
4. Read, Read, Just Read!
Well, it seems when you decide to read something while having a lucid dream or nightmare, it triggers sending different signals to the other parts of your brain, which are not active during REM—and henceforth lucid nightmares. By doing so, your brain can guide your consciousness going outside of such nightmares. Reading a book can provide you with skills and abilities beyond your daily activities. Who knows, maybe you can be among the very few people that can learn something new while struggling to get rid of their nightmares during their sleep?
Lucid nightmares can be so crazy and outstanding from time to time that you can really struggle to come back to the real world. However, your ability to understand what’s going on without reflecting on reality can facilitate your calming down. In addition, sometimes reading, triggering physical actions or simply applying paradoxes during your sleep can be very helpful. Nevertheless, keep in mind that none of these solutions can save you from lucid nightmares completely, and you should indeed consider looking for more serious solutions if you have such nightmares often.