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The big question

'How long is it going to take me to have my first lucid dream?'. This is a hard question to answer.  It is similar to a question like 'How expensive is a house?'.  It depends on several different factors.

To give you an idea, for most people it will take around 2 to 6 weeks to get their first lucid dream. Now these first weeks are the hardest part. It is where you ingrain the habit of reality checking and dream journaling. After you have the fundamentals down, it becomes way easier.

The different factors

So with each new skill you have different factors that influence your progress. Some people are natural lucid dreamers while others might need some more time. The important thing to remember is that with consistent and diligent practice, you will see results.

Talent

Some people are natural born lucid dreamers. Most people can learn it pretty smoothly for others the way is a bit more bumpy. The beautiful thing about lucid dreaming is that it is accessible for everyone. As long as you practice consistent and diligently, you can learn to lucid dream. You reap what you sow, so talent is not something you should worry too much about.

Diligence and consistency

We can define diligence as careful and persistent work or effort. Consistency is achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time. When you connect these two with the right information on how to practice you have a great head start. They are of great influence in your progress.

Now you can read anything you want on the subject of lucid dreaming, but until you put the knowledge to use and practice, it is of no use. So make the resolution for yourself to practice consistent and diligently. Try to stay conscious of your motivation. If you don't feel like doing a reality check or writing in your dream journal, think about why you started.

Journalling every morning

Your dream journal is the fundament of the skill of lucid dreaming. A lot of beginners make the mistake to only practice reality checks. The biggest problem with this is that if you don't remember your dreams, you might have had lucid dreams but have forgotten about them!

Now another problem with this is that you are not familiar with your own dreams. Everyones dreams are unique. When you journal them down you become familiar with them. You learn to recognize reoccurring details and patterns within them.

With this knowledge you can eventually find so called dream signs (we'll handle this in depth in a future blog). These dream signs are like the word says, signs that you are dreaming. When you do reality checks based on these you can really power up your practice. So the take-away is fill in your dream journal every morning! Oh and it is also so much fun to read back your dreams. Really no reason not to do it :).

Your sleep quality

Another important factor is to try to get the best possible sleep. Now there are several factors to keep in mind. In another blog post we'll go really in depth about improving your sleep quality, but for now let's discuss some important factors.

Matthew Walker, the author of 'Why we sleep', is a highly respected sleep researcher. In his book he ends with the most important tips to improve your sleep.

Sleeping schedule
Number one is to stick to a sleeping schedule. He makes a great point saying we set an alarm to wake up, but forget to set an alarm to go to sleep.

Don't exercise too late in the day
Exercising is great, but when it's done too late in the day your body and mind stay too active. This has a big influence on the quality of sleep you will get. As a rule of thumb try not to exercise 2-3 hours before bed.

Avoid caffeine and nicotine
As they are both stimulants they can greatly affect your sleep. Now caffeine takes a very long time to break down. After around five to seven hours it is broken down for 50 percent. This means that when you drink a cup of coffee after dinner at 19.30, there is still 50 percent of it floating around your body at 01.30! A good rule of thumb is to try not to drink any coffee after 15.00.

Commitment

Hopefully this article gave you an indication on what to expect. Like I said before, as long as you practice consistently and diligently you will see results! Try to make the commitment of putting in the effort. And don't forget to enjoy the journey :-).

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