Hey guys. I was wondering what typically triggers the "I'm dreaming" moment, where you realise you're in a dream. I understand it can be different for every dream and for every person, but I think it would be interesting to get a consensus on what seems to be the most common outcome.
For myself, I almost always have a general sense that something feels off. It is rarely, if ever, directed towards an actual oddity within the dream. For me, I just realise that something about the dream feels wrong, like "hold on, this doesn't 'feel' like reality". I could walk past a fish with 3 heads and I wouldn't question it, but then I might realise that my experience doesn't feel like I'm in reality. Only after I've had that realisation, would I then think to myself "Ha, of course I'm dreaming. I just walked past a fish with three heads".
This is why I'm basing my current lucid dream practice heavily on trying to build my awareness in waking life, as to me, waking just seems to "feel" different compared to a dream. I feel like when I'm unaware and on autopilot, my experiences seem to be that much closer to what being in a dream feels like for me, so I'm less likely to be able to notice a difference. When I'm aware and present, I feel like my reality is much different to a dream.
Was just wondering if anyone else experiences that moment of lucidity in the same way, or if you usually become lucid after noticing a physical oddity, or if it's just a completely spontaneous realisation that you can't explain? Perhaps there are different "types" of lucid dreamers, and for some people, one type of lucid realisation is more prevalent than the other types?