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Dreams have been a constant fascination for humans since time began. The very concept that our mind is busy making elaborate movies – while we sleep – is mind boggling, or at least it is to me. But dreams are a waste of time for many people, ultimately limited by being completely passive — you can’t control them, so what’s the point? Or can you?

The Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask (pronounced rem-may) claims to aid you in mastering the art of dream control; or as it’s more commonly known, Lucid Dreaming. Join me as we lose ourselves down the rabbit hole; the adventures of Alice will seem truly tame in comparison. We’ll also be giving a brand new Remee Lucid Dreaming mask to one MakeUseOf reader to complete the experience!

Dream Control?

As a child, I was fascinated by dreams, meticulously recording them in notebooks, sometimes 5 or 6 pages a night. I quickly realized that so called “dream interpretation” was a fool’s game — nothing in our dreams has any significant meaning; they are simply amalgamations of visual stimuli and manifestation of overtly obvious and sometimes hidden desires; a re-organisation of your mental storage; white noise to flush out the system. They are to be enjoyed, not interpreted. In my research though, I stumbled upon the phenomenon of lucid dreaming, and sure enough a few nights after reading about them I experienced my first ever lucid dream. To say it rocked my world is an understatement.

The term “lucid dreaming” was coined in the 1970s by a sleep researcher named Stephen LaBerge (who went on to found the Lucidity Institute), and refers to the act of being concious within a dream state. Despite sounding suspiciously like a hippie cult, it’s actually grounded in science (and has been practiced for centuries) — experiments have proven a state of lucidity by having subjects communicate with the waking world through eye movements. For more on the science behind it, Wikipedia has you covered.

Although dreams are played back experientially and feel very much real, we generally have no control over how they pan out. Psychologists believe that during a sleep state, the areas of the brain that perform critical evaluation are inhibited, hence why even the most absurd happenings won’t have us batting an eye lid (no pun intended). Lucid dreams occur when you wake up within the dream state — a Eureka moment, recognising the fact that you are dreaming — and you may then be able to exert varying levels of control over the dream. The best analogy I can think of to describe the lucid dreaming experience is that of the Star Trek Holodeck — a virtual environment that responds to your every whim, free from social, moral, or physical consequences.

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You can recreate any environment you wish; visit anywhere in the world or even out of this world; make love to your favourite movie star; practice a recital you have tomorrow; or just simply, fly. It’s an exhilerating feeling which leaves you with the most profound sense of freedom.

Best of all, it’s something you can learn to do.

Lucid dreams can occur naturally for many, but most people don’t realise it. The main problem is dream recall; if you don’t remember regular dreams when you wake up, you won’t remember the lucid ones either. Secondly, becoming concious within REM sleep is not a natural state to be in – the brain will try it’s hardest to kick you awake, or force you back to a non-lucid state. You probably remember many times within the dream state of a sudden flash of lucidity – “I’m dreaming!” – you proudly exclaim; but then it all fades, or the dream morphs into something else. Learning to overcome this natural urge to escape the lucid state is the next step once you’ve begun to experience lucidity often.

How Does Lucidity Occur?

There are a few ways in which you can naturally become lucid — spontaneous occurences that trigger the lucid state. You can recognize these dream clues after-the-fact with clarity, but during the dream state, your mind will try to make excuses for them. The appearance of a deceased relative, or a pet dinosaur perhaps. Your brain will rationalize; but in the off chance you recognize one of these clues, lucidity may be triggered. “A pet dinosaur!? I must be dreaming!”

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The Remee Lucid Dreaming mask works on the principle that external cues will leak into a dream and may be identifiable by a trained dreamer — you might have experienced a form of this yourself, when a song inexplicably begins playing in your dream, but turns out to be your radio alarm clock trying to wake you up. Embedded in the Remee Lucid Dreaming mask are a set of three red LEDs over each eye – red being the least disruptive to sleep. The signals it emits may manifest themselves in a variety of ways – a flashing police car, a flickering street light, or random lightning without a storm. Whether you identify these or not is up to you.

The Remee and Competitors

The Remee Lucid Dreaming mask is loosely based upon the original NovaDreamer that LaBerge invented as a training aid to prospective lucid dreamers. Dreams occur at set time intervals throughout the night, so you can theoretically predict when they are happening, or you can at least caluclate these intervals yourself.

The Remee is available from SleepWithRemee.com with free US shipping for $95, in a variety of colors. (Mind Flayer not included, sorry)

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Inside, you’ll find the mask itself, and a quick start guide. That’s all. A coin cell battery is provided, but you’ll need to remove a small plastic strip before first use.

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There’s another popular device on the market — the REM Dreamer which retails at €147 — double the price of the Remee Lucid Dreaming mask, but the key difference is that the REM Dreamer uses infra-red sensors to detect when eye movements occur. Remee does not — it simply flashes at pre-determined intervals.

Usage

Basic usage of the Remee Lucid Dreaming mask is simple: slip open the top, slide the switch on, and secure the velcro. The lights will initially sweep from left to right, and if you press nothing else, they will pulse and fade out. The device is now active, and the light show will start after the default wait time of 4.5 hours, repeating every 15 minutes.

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There’s also a “nap mode” that starts the signals after just 20 minutes; to activate this mode, shortly after switching on, hold the front button (it’s hidden under the fabric, just to the right of the Remee logo).

Comfort

The first night wearing the mask, it left a huge mark on the tops of my ears and the brightness intensity was far too high, so a lot of the signal caused me to wake up immediately. I’ve lowered it back to a medium setting now, and I’m being a little more careful with the strap. It takes a little getting used to, but isn’t unreasonably uncomfortable compared to any other kind of sleep mask. Sleeping with your head to the the side becomes a little difficult due to the slight bulk of the device. The most disconcerting thing for me was waking up to complete darkness; I don’t normally wear a sleep mask, and generally enjoy rising with the sun.

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Unique Customization

The Remee Lucid Dreaming mask can be programmed with a variety of different light sequences, though with only one button on the device, it’s difficult to see how to change these settings. Aptly, programming sequences and other settings can be sent using an encoded sequence of flashing lights, via the online Remee website. To do this, pull down the fabric and expose the two light sensors on the front of the device; activate programming mode by holding the button for about ten seconds, then hold the device up to your monitor, aligning the light sensors with the on-screen black and white boxes.

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Hit start, and watch as the on-screen boxes flash — the indicator LEDs on the back of the mask should flash correspondingly. At the end of a successful transmission, a back and forth sweep is displayed on the mask, otherwise an error has occurred (in which case, you should turn off and start again). It worked about 4 times out of 5 for me — you do need to really make sure the fabric is pulled down enough for the light sensors to effectively read the screen, but otherwise I found the programming method to be quite clever. It’s a little fiddly, but I haven’t felt the need to adjust the settings again, so it’s a great trade-off in terms of functionality vs ease of adjustment. Three levels of brightness can always be adjusted just before sleep from the mask itself.

Here’s a quick video demo of reprogramming:

Why It Might Not Work for You

An awful lot of people bought the device when it was launched on Kickstarter last year, and have given some rather negative reviews of the device. They were apparently expecting an insta-dream magical device, but that’s not how lucid dreaming works. This dream researcher wrote a long piece on why the Remee specifically won’t work, which boils down to the fact it doesn’t detect REM sleep.

Being able to actually remember your dreams first is a necessity. Ideally, you need to be recalling at least 3 dreams a night before the Remee is going to be of much use at all. This can be problematic if you have a hectic lifestyle that means you’re waking up early or rushing off to work. Always keep a pen and notepad by your bedside, and if time is a problem, just jot down some very basic notes that will help you to remember more fully later on. If you don’t write anything, I guarantee you’ll have forgotten them all in a few minutes.

Analysing those dreams is also important — look for anything unusual that should have given the game away; over time, you’ll see what kind of recurring dream signs you have, and you’ll be better able to recognise them during dreams. Particularly, see if you can remember each time how – if at all – the lights of the Remee manifested themselves.

Before you go to bed, mentally repeat some mantras to remind yourself to remember your dreams, and tell yourself you’ll identify the light patterns that indicate you’re dreaming. Repeat until you’re asleep. As silly as this sounds, this is the brain we’re dealing with here, so it’s really all about placebos.

The Remee Lucid Dreaming mask is a tool, and it’s foundation are indeed laid solidly in science, but it’s impossible to ever truly tell you if it works. To be honest – it’s probably not that effective – even trained users of the original NovaDreamer only claimed about 10-30% success attributable to the device, and most practitioners will say learning the tried and tested mental disciplines is a far better way to get started.

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Our verdict of the Remee:
Don’t buy it – but do learn how to lucid dream, because it is a life changing experience.
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  1. Chetan Chandgothia
    April 3, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Can this really happen?

  2. Ken
    April 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    This sound so interesting!

  3. Tom Six
    March 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I think I need this one or maybe I just need to disconnect for bit!

  4. Joselma Gumapac
    March 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Interesting review.. i would love to try that.. hope it will works to me.. :)

  5. Wendy Boudreau
    March 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    THIS Lucid Dreaming Mask would be SO cool, I already "lucid dream" (in colour too) so HOW COOL would THIS be?? AWESOME!!!

  6. Nancy B
    March 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Can't wait to try this. Often the dreams I remember are repeats or dreaming of something happening before it does. Then I'm shocked when the incident does happen.
    Preminition dreams?
    Anyway, I always wanted to try Lucid Dreaming, this would help a great deal!

  7. Cheryl
    March 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I would love to try this.

  8. Leslie D Hudson
    March 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I think this would be awesome to help me better understand my dreams.

  9. William Germain
    March 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Dream on.

  10. William Germain
    March 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    dream

  11. tomgirlbc
    March 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    My friends wear a mask and they say they get a better sleep, I usually can sleep good but would love this also

  12. Lesley O
    March 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I'd like to try this out, although with lucid dreaming the more you interact with your dreams, like writing them down daily & working with the messages you receive, the better you get at being open to any opportunities for lucid dreaming.

  13. slywlf
    March 25, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I learned how to lucid dream on my own when I was still in my teens and the term wasn't even in popular circulation, so I was astonished when I finally heard the term and definition - oh so there is a name for it ;-)
    While I use a regular sleep mask every night the bulk of this would not work with my - shall we say energetic - sleep activity. I would probably not be able to use this even if I needed to learn, but the skill is one worth knowing, mask or no mask.

  14. Paul
    March 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Fascinating. Thought at times I was the only one in the world going into this crazy state of mind. Can be fun at times. The sensation of flight -- sometimes in a plane, often just thinking, willing my body into the air, trying to avoid power lines and antennas, looking at wonderful views below. Don't know if having been in a sailplane ride, a jet fighter, open-air helicopter, parachuting gave me these sensations in a dream state. To continue the dream on, to do loops in mid-air, etc., loads of fun, very relaxing, and at times exhausting.

    Have tried the light flash glasses, with limited success, not sure if they're a bunch of hulabaloo or not.

  15. Yang Yang Li
    March 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Nevermind the giveaway, lucid dreams are so overrated! After reading this article, I had the best dream of my life, and it wasn't lucid. It was a very accurate and honest reflection of my subconscious desires. Real dreams teach you a lot about yourself, helping you reflect on your day or perform an introspection. Why would I want a lucid dream to mess everything up by mixing my conscious and subconscious mind?

    • James Bruce
      March 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Hehe, there's that too. Real dreams can teach us a lot, but I wouldn't say all of them are an accurate depiction of desires. Do I secretly wish to be in a zombie invasion? I hope not.

  16. danielooi
    March 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I wish I could remember dreams

  17. Stephanie Staker
    March 24, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Interesting review and I agree that one shouldn't buy it unless one has some money to throw away. It is not that I don't agree with the premise - we all dream and some of us have the ability to remember them all the time and some, like me, remember random ones. My long-ago therapist told me that our subconscious is working out problems or stress in our lives. I don't know if that is true always - sometimes it is just indigestion, right!?? Anyway, the most significant dreams that I have had in my 68 years of life that I have remembered are and were really important to me. I won't go into the details but they involved people I had an emotional connection with and these dreams were mostly comforting. Some were confusing at first until I talked about with others. I hate being so obtuse but you don't know want to know about my "stuff" - just let's say, for me, some dreams I have held onto for good reason.
    Here's the thing I'd like to find out - that is dreaming and still being awake. If I take a nap, I sometimes think I am not sleeping but then "wake up" and an hour has gone by. I hear the house noises, voices, etc. but I am not totally conscious either. What is that? I think I'll google it. :)

    • James Bruce
      March 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Yes, I think I know what you mean and there is definitely a name for it, but it totally eludes me now too. Those naps are the best times for lucid dreaming though.

      I think working out problems is definitely one of the functions of dreams, though not in ways we understand. Dreaming is such a curious thing, it's exciting to know there's so much we don't know about the human mind yet; and what will be possible when we finally do!

    • LucidAcademy
      March 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      This sounds very much like the hypnagogic state. The state in between waking life and the dream world.

      • Stephanie Staker
        March 29, 2013 at 1:30 am

        Thanks for the word - now I am going to study this more. I don't remember this effect as a child but since my 40's, I have become aware of it. It is kind of cool really - because I am resting yet I am conscious. Make sense?

        • LucidAcademy
          April 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

          Makes complete sense. The state is one that is commonly called "body asleep, mind awake." From there you should visualize the desired dream environment and move your mind into the dream.

  18. Sean Kelly, Lucid Academy
    March 24, 2013 at 3:12 am

    It always comes down to your own skill in lucid dreaming. If you can remember your dreams and are starting to become lucid in them, your brain is the best tool around. This is what we teach at Lucid Academy. Tools like Remee's sleeping mask can still be very helpful to some in learning lucid dreaming.

  19. Dave
    March 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Being Disabled I sometimes have a nap in the Afternoon but I like it quite dark so this would be brill for my Afternoon Naps, so count me in & thanks.

  20. Rob Van Der Veen
    March 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Dream away, dream away, dream away!!!

  21. Marvin Heng
    March 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    for a better rest and sleep

  22. Muhannad Agha
    March 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I want this!

  23. Jeremy
    March 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks...please include me in on this!

  24. Ve del Rosario
    March 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    IT reminds me of the movie Total Recall!

  25. Ve del Rosario
    March 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I'm really fascinated by this gadget, it's just unbelievable!

  26. Va Du
    March 23, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Sounds cool. Fingers crossed.

  27. Yang Yang Li
    March 23, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Maybe this can help me figure out what happens after I jump off a building and hit the pavement. I always wake up just before the CRUNCHHH :-)

    • LucidAcademy
      March 24, 2013 at 3:31 am

      I love doing this! Usually I get transported into another dream. When you do activities like this, reality checks become SO important.

      • Yang Yang Li
        March 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        Hmm, that might be what happens when you die in your dream. Thanks for your comment!

      • James Bruce
        March 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

        Speaking of which, do you believe you can be hurt in a dream and that reflects in real life? I've woken up a few times from dreams where I hurt my leg, and then it actually does. Perhaps a muscle spasm during sleep made it into the dream?

        • LucidAcademy
          March 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

          This has never happened to me personally, but I don't put it out of the realm of possibility at all. I've studied lucid dreaming and lucid sleep under various masters of Tantric Yoga, Tibetan Dream Yoga, and other traditions and one master in particular warned me about going into astral projection without clarity. However, this warning applied more to the kind of astral projection that Robert Monroe speaks about in his books, as opposed to the normal process we go through with lucid dreaming.

          There is undoubtedly a connection between the dream world and the physical, since episodic memory is strengthened in dreams.

        • Jacob K
          July 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

          I've been exposed to this 'imagined' leg pain few times too. In my case it was a cobra's bite in the calf, with pain still lasting for few seconds after I woke up.

          I believe that when you get hurt in the dream, you really do - I mean your brain's reacting as if it just received a pain signal from your certain muscles. From your brain's point of view, you really have been just hurt - because we believe in everything we see in a non-lucid dream. We take it for granted, and so does our brain. Thus, I think that it has nothing to do with muscle spasms. When you get hit in dream, your brain believes that and is reacting the way it should be - if you wake up shortly after, you will still feel some remnants after this event.

          I wonder though, if lucid dreamers can influence on the way they experience pain - lucid dreaming sounds like almost complete control on your brain reactions. That is, because: when you lucid dream, you can imagine anything, and your brain believes that and is reacting to these events in a 'real' way. Thanks to this, I suppose you could easily turn a painful hit into healing shot.

          Would love to talk about it more, so mail me if you want to.

  28. J. Anthony Carter
    March 23, 2013 at 3:13 am

    This looks like a cool item to try for. Guess it couldn't hurt to enter...

  29. J. Anthony Carter
    March 23, 2013 at 3:12 am

    This looks like a cool item to try for. Guess it couldn't hurt to enter... :-P

  30. Charlita UrfullName
    March 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Great GREAT prize! Of all the giveaways run recently this is the one I would really like to win MOST! :)

  31. Lesia Rohozynsky
    March 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    It'll be fun to wake up 4.5 hours after going to sleep and getting a light show in my face :)

  32. Cristina Torrao
    March 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I have tried many times but I only lucid dreamed successfully 2 times. I think the best is taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon. I think the most difficult part is that when I realise I'm dreaming my brain tries really hard to scare me into awakening or it tricks me to think that I have already awaken.

    • LucidAcademy
      March 24, 2013 at 3:30 am

      Taking a nap works so well in big part because of the biorythms of your body. The first 6 hours of sleep in an 8 hour session has a lot more deep sleep, Stages 3 and 4. The last 2 hours of sleep is almost pure REM sleep, which is where the classical "storyline" dreams occur. When you nap in the middle of the day, it is usually a much more concentrated amount of REM and easier to lucid dream.

  33. rhondacallow
    March 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Mind Flayer not included? Aww man! ;-)

  34. Rayon
    March 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Done

  35. Ravinder Putta
    March 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway :))

  36. Ira Brandstein
    March 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Make it so #1!

  37. Vicky Gregory Moss
    March 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Just last night I was having some amazing?? dreams, but now I could not even begin to say what they were. This would be cool.

    p.s. I used to have soaring dreams all the time. I would run and then leap and soar for what seemed like hundreds of feet, land run and repeat. Made getting somewhere incredible.

  38. Steve Dickerson
    March 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I never can remember much about my dreams.

    • LucidAcademy
      March 24, 2013 at 3:28 am

      Buy a journal and put it right next to your bed, pen ready in hand. When you wake up in the morning don't think about what you have to do during the day. Instead just start writing. You will be amazed at how quickly your dream recall improves.

  39. Joshua McKenzie
    March 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    "nothing in our dreams has any significant meaning"

    Is this statement based on facts?

    • MakeUseOf TechGuy
      March 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Well - I guess we can all take meaning wherever we want - but I meant this statement in the sense that traditional dream "interpretation" is nonsense, yes. Seeing a certain symbol in a dream is not indicative of anything to come or any secrets of the mind - just as astrology is nothing more than vaguarities and lies that could be applied to anyone.

      • Joshua McKenzie
        March 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        As I agree that generally not every dream carries significance but it is my experience that some actually do.

        Every once in a while I dream of the future, not knowing that until the event actually happens then I immediately recall my dream.

        Unfortunately, science does not explain much about the subconscious mind besides the observable.

        • MakeUseOf TechGuy
          March 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

          Actually, science does explain that particularly phenomenon - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9j%C3%A0_vu - and yes, I think it's quite common. The human mind is very adept at pattern matching; any similar experience can easily be pulled out of unconscious memories at a later date and you'll think "oh, I've done this before". But try to do that in reverse: keep a meticulous record of your dreams, and when one does come true, exactly as you remember it and have a written record of it, then you'll probably be a rich man.

        • Joshua McKenzie
          March 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm

          I first want to thank you for your diligence to attempt to rationally explain the unexplainable. I am quite familiar with the phenomenon of "deja vu" however I am not referring to that.

          Example: Once I had a dream of a familiar person to which I have no daily interactions with but who was an acquaintance. Because of this loose relationship there was not much for the subconscious to use considering that I haven't really had contact let alone think about this person for perhaps years. The dream was about her death. 2 months later, I was informed of her death.

          We should not be afraid to state that science cannot explain everything just as much as science cannot prove how the big bang occurred let alone that it happened.
          Thank you for your article however, it was quite informative and certainly a conversation piece for my friends and I.

    • LucidAcademy
      March 24, 2013 at 3:27 am

      The only way to truly answer this is to go deep into dreaming practice. Deep into lucid dreaming and lucid sleep. Lucid dreaming is an area where even the most progressive of science unfortunately falls short. When studying Cognitive Science and Pyschology at UC Berkeley I was disappointed to discover that no one believed dreams were important. Funding for studies was incredibly hard to come by. However, one needs no funding to do one's own studies into the world of dreaming :)

  40. Victoria
    March 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I'm game. Ilk try almost anything once...twice if I like it.

  41. Ron Moore
    March 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I wish I had this for last night's dream. If I win I will try to recreate that dream and alter it a little.

  42. Chris Hoffman
    March 22, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Pretty cool! The technology here just doesn't look good enough (doesn't detect REM movements), but I'm now seriously looking at a REM Dreamer...

    • MakeUseOf TechGuy
      March 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

      I don't fully understand why detecting REM is important, to be honest. The lights flash while you're dreaming either way.

      • LucidAcademy
        March 24, 2013 at 3:24 am

        I bought an REM dreamer many years ago when they came out with their first model and I found it effective. I do feel that it's very important to be able to detect REM. If you can't, then you have to predict your sleep cycle, and that is troublesome. Everyone's is a bit different and things like getting up to go to the bathroom, or a variance in how long it takes to get to sleep can easily offset the schedule you input for the lights.

        There are other ways to detect REM, which some apps like DreamON use. They use the iPhone to detect when your movement has ceased, which is a signal of REM sleep. The jury is still out on its effectiveness, but it looks very promising.

        Stephen LaBerge tried many methods of inducing lucidity with the various senses, and he found lights + REM detection to be the best combo.

        • James Bruce
          March 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

          From my understand, REM cycles can be pretty long - up to an hour even? In that case, flashing every 10 minutes is pretty much guaranteed to hit them, isn't it? Ahh, how nice it would be to have a bit of kit that induces an instant lucid dream. Maybe some day.

          Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for all your input here - it's always flattering to have an expert appear!

        • LucidAcademy
          March 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm

          Yes, during the last 2 hours of sleep in an 8 hour cycle the REM periods can easily get to be 1 hour or longer. During the first couple cycles of the night REM won't be that long though. So if you wear the mask in the last sleep cycle then you will certainly hit during REM, but that's more of a shotgun approach. Still works.

          The holy grail of lucid induction devices in my opinion is one that includes a non-intrusive and portable EEG sensor which can trigger flashing lights, and hooks up to your computer or a web app. On the app or software you should be able to analyze your sleep cycles and personalize the settings based on what you find. The power of software has not been even close to fully realized in the world of lucid dreaming.

          The Dreamlight and Novadreamer came close to this, but they don't seem committed to really being product creators, unlike the Remee folks.

          The closest I see to this right now is a combination of the Neo Sleep Manager and some customized lucid dreaming addons that programmers have been experimenting with. Those over at Neo have done the awesome thing of making it open source to make it possible to tap into fields like lucid dreaming.

          Always happy to help where I can, lucid dreaming is such an amazing experience and I wish its benefits and potential upon everyone in the world. I'm really happy you took the time to write this article James. You've gotten an incredible response and great social spread!

          For anyone who is interested, soon we will be releasing a full video training course on lucid dreaming. Very different than all the books and tons of techniques you'll find out there. It will be straightforward, simple, engaging, and help everyone to learn this amazing art. http://lucidacademy.com :)

  43. Max
    March 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    If you want to learn more about lucid dreaming, WikiBooks has a great info on it:

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Lucid_Dreaming

  44. Alex Downs
    March 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I love Lucid dreams, I don't know how or why, but I have total control over all my dreams in the REM cycle. It's literally to the point that if I'm not having a lucid dream then I'm not dreaming.

    • MakeUseOf TechGuy
      March 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

      You need to realise how ridiculously awesome that is.

      • Alex Downs
        March 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        I am aware, it's inspired most of my writings too.

        • LucidAcademy
          March 24, 2013 at 3:45 am

          Awesome Alex! A book you might want to check out regarding the next step after lucid dreaming: Lucid Sleep. Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. This was my lucidity bible for years :)

  45. Niccole West
    March 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Very interesting! Would love to try it out! Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck to me!

  46. null
    March 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    James, I have to say that this is a very well explained article, thanks for the info. I never thought twice of what I dream. But I have something new to practice. Thank you, very informative.

  47. Tanguy Djokovic
    March 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    awwww yeah flying here I come

  48. Chris Marcoe
    March 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I wish I could still lucid dream. After I came back from Iraq, I couldn't any more. Sad, sad day for me... I also used to be able to remember them all.

    On the tech side, this really looks cool, were it to work.

    Also, I wouldn't mind having the code. However, I can't seem to see it on Facebook OR Twitter.

    • MakeUseOf TechGuy
      March 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Sorry to hear that Chris. I think the code panel is working again on facebook now, but it is quite temperamental. Since you have an account though, use the "enter with 25 points" button as well - then share using the buttons that come back. You'll be up to 4 entries for doing all that.

      • Chris Marcoe
        March 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        It actually started working about 10 minutes after I posted this. Thanks for the advice, though.

    • LucidAcademy
      March 24, 2013 at 3:19 am

      Chris start up again with the basics. Get a dream journal and put it by your bed. Once you start remembering your dreams solidly, you can move on to more specific lucidity techniques.

      Since you already have extensive experience, the latent potential is there. You simply have to activate it again :)

      • Chris Marcoe
        March 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        As part of my counseling, recording nightmares and dreams is something we do. the problem is, I usually can't remember dreams. Nightmares, though, I can remember about half the time. Also, I take Prazosin for the nightmares. If I don't, they just get too bad. the bad part of taking it is it also cuts out some of the dreams.

        • LucidAcademy
          March 25, 2013 at 7:23 am

          I feel for you. It's hard to remember dreams with certain medication. Nightmares can often be triggers for lucidity due to the intensity of the situation, but when it becomes too much its just too much. Nightmares turning into lucid dreams is similar to when a person is crying intensely, then a joke is cracked, and the tears turn to laughter. Or the speed at which anger can break down into tears. In this case, awareness of the dream acts in a similar way to the joke, it cracks the nightmare and turns it into a beautiful lucid dream.

  49. Ken Deemer
    March 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    My Wife would Love THIS!! She already uses a Sleep Mask & it helps!

  50. Rene Flohil
    March 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I used to have lucid dreams all the time, damn teleporting and flying is amazing.

  51. null
    March 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I usually panic when I know I am dreaming. This is not for me I guess. Haha... But I have many friends who want to control their dreams. I should tell them this.

    • Sean Kelly, Lucid Academy
      March 24, 2013 at 3:13 am

      The mask might not be for you but you are already having lucid dreams. Your next step is to relax when you know you are dreaming. There is no rational reason to freak out. Chill the emotions and then you'll have access to infinite possibilities :)

  52. Harshit Jain
    March 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I want to win it.

    • Harshit J
      April 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Woohoooo! I have won it! Thanks you MakeUseOf

      • Tina Sieber
        April 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

        Congratulations Harshit! :)

        • Harshit J
          April 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          Thanks!

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