Sleep Paralysis Induced Lucid Dream (SPILD)
Sleep Paralysis is a rare sleep disorder (not to be confused with sleep atonia), but a harmless and natural state that sufferers can use as a springboard into a lucid dream.
The aim of this technique is for sufferers to take advantage of sleep paralysis in order to enter a lucid dream.
Sleep paralysis is perfectly safe if somewhat worrying, in fact it is a misfiring of a natural safety mechanism called sleep atonia; nature's means to avoid us acting out our dreams. However, occasionally sleep atonia will linger after one has woken, or before entering sleep, it is at this point that sleep atonia becomes sleep paralysis. This can create a worrying state of affairs for those who are unfamiliar with the state.
Sleep paralysis is often accompanied by hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations. These multi-sensory hallucinations can be both bizarre and potentially disturbing but signal the transition into dreaming sleep.
Sleep paralysis is normally a sign of a disturbed sleep cycle, medications, or stress. It is a warning sign that something isn't right.
That said, sleep paralysis is a unique opportunity to enter a Wake Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD) rapidly and easily
However, SLEEP PARALYSIS IS NOT REQUIRED OR EXPECTED WHEN INDUCING LUCID DREAMS.
Read our article explaining the differences between sleep paralysis and sleep atonia.
Learn even more with our complete sleep paralysis video tutorial here.
Sleep paralysis is NOT expected for those with healthy natural sleep cycle. In the unlikely occasions when it may occur, you can exit the state directly into a lucid dream.
1) Stay calm, try to relax.
2) Close your eyes and relax. Allow yourself to return to sleep.
3) If the conditions are favourable and you follow the above steps you should be able to enter a dream almost instantly, maintaining awareness, and therefore induce a Wake Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD).
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Sleep paralysis is NOT to be expected for most lucid dreamers.
Sleep paralysis is a sleep disorder, but is natural, do not allow yourself to give into fear. It is a potential doorway into lucidity.
Sleep atonia is natural and happens invisibly during every dream. However, its occurrence during wakefulness (aka sleep paralysis) is a sign that the body or mind are under stress, deprived of sleep, or influenced by medication. If you find yourself experiencing regular sleep paralysis, it may be worth discussing the matter with a medical professional as it may signal an imbalance in your lifestyle.
Learn more about sleep paralysis with our complete video tutorial here.
If you would like to know more, or are worried about sleep paralysis, we recommend checking out this insightful and scientifically accurate article from Healthline.