Almost W.I.L.D – Wake Induced Lucid Dream
Where are you from?: MI
Was this your first lucid Dream?: No
How many lucid dreams have you had?: None
I started reading about lucid dreaming a few days ago. I do not buy into Astral Projection or any of the new age stuff, but I am curious about being more aware of the fact that I am dreaming, and more involved in the process. I am very interested in the WILD technique because I think it would be the most consistent and reproducible. Though I must say I have been absolutely terrified to try it out. I do not like the idea of Sleep Paralysis, and more specifically, the hypnogogic hallucinations. I also suffer from sleep apnea(where your throat closes off while you sleep and you cannot breathe), and do not like the idea of adding the feeling of suffocation to that equation.
That being said, last night I was actually at the sleep center for a sleep study where they fit me for a machine to help me breathe at night. There I was, laying there in a strange bed, in a strange room, covered in all kinds of wires and electrodes, with a giant plastic mask stuck to my face that was connected to a machine forcing air down my throat, trying to fall asleep. I was not trying to Lucid Dream, since I did not think that this was the proper time or place, and my condition severely limits my REM sleep anyways (I only get about a minute and a half an hour when I’m lucky). I was only trying to fall asleep. However, as I lay there, completely still, I started to feel an irritating feeling in my legs. I knew from my reading on the WILD technique that this was my body checking to see if I was still awake, so, in order to trick it into falling asleep, I stayed still. Another minute or so went by and the feeling subsided. I then started to feel kind of tingly all over. By this point I realized that I was on my way to sleep paralysis. I wanted to let my mind drift off, but my focus on trying to fall asleep was keeping my mind awake.
After my whole body had begun to tingle, I started to feel a kind of numbness, like a pressure that started at my finger tips, and started moving up my arms. Then it started in my toes and started moving up my legs, then my stomach, then my chest. All of a sudden I felt very very strange. I almost felt like a giant head, with a teeny tiny little body. I then started to see these strange creatures, I had no idea what they were, and I tried not to focus on them, but to just let them pass. All of a sudden I could almost swear I felt this rushing feeling like I was flying away. Then I started to hear myself snoring and gasping for breath. Another few seconds went by and my arms and legs started tingling again. I found that I could move them. I counted my fingers and tried to push through my hand. I then realized that I was once again fully awake. I must have been woken up by an apnea.
I must say, I am now more confident to try a WILD. I did not have any feeling of dread or evil or anything like I read about during what I assume was the Sleep Paralysis taking hold (the numbness, the heavy weight, and the feeling of being tiny). Once I get my machine, and I can breathe again during sleep (and reach REM sleep so that I can dream in the first place), I will have to actually try a WILD and see how it goes.