The Best Lucid Dreaming Apps


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Lucid Dreaming Apps


Reviewing some of the best apps available for any lucid dreaming fan. We look at some of the most advanced solutions, and well and simple tried and tested apps.

Can you imagine taking full control of your dreams? Being able to fly, or having other super powers or visit any of the four corners of the world instantly? These are but a few fun activities you can do during a lucid dream.

Like the name itself implies, lucid dreaming describes how you can become aware you are dreaming while it is happening. And by lucidity, we mean not only waking up within a dream, but also taking control of it. And if you manage to take control of your dreams, you can literally turn it into your personal magical nightly wonderland. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Many people describe the experience as if being inside an incredibly realistic virtual reality scenario.

You can time travel. Take your pet dragon for a walk. Play Twister with your favourite celebrity. Visit alien worlds and speak alien languages with perfect syntax. Bend the laws of physics and logic in your favour – the only limiting factor is your imagination.

And for those who have never heard of lucid dreaming, yes this is a real thing. It is perfectly natural and anyone can do it. Some people are can lucid dream quite easily, while others will need lots of practice. But essentially, it is something anyone can do if they set their minds to it.

You can easily find numerous books on the subject that will go into great detail about this strange phenomenon. A quick Google search will render you thousands of web pages, forums and discussion groups on the subject.

And of course, as the millennial saying goes – “there’s an app for that.”

HOW CAN I ACHIEVE A LUCID DREM?

There are a couple of different techniques, like the MILD (mnemonic induction) or WILD (wake induction), or DILD (dream induction) or DEID (dream exit) or even FILD (finger induction) – and more.

Without going into too much detail on the specifications of each technique, we will resume them in a nutshell as they all share the same characteristics.

- You must go to sleep
- You should start dreaming
- You must become aware you are dreaming

As stated, you must realise you are dreaming while you are actually dreaming. Without a doubt the hardest part. This is done by executing a “reality check”, where you convince yourself you are in a dream by performing an impossible action – thus proving without a margin of a shadow of a doubt that you are not in the real world.

Here are some typical examples:

- Can you breathe underwater?
- Can you move objects like a Jedi Master?
- Can you poke a finger straight through the palm of your other hand?
- Did you count your fingers? Maybe you only have 4 or maybe 12
- Look into a mirror. In dreams mirrors act really odd.

As you can imagine, it all boils down to preparing yourself to spot the absurd. Luckily, there are dozens of apps out there that will aid you in the preparation phases, all the way through to assisting you to achieve lucidity while under a deep sleep. We will review some of the best and most recommended ones out there.

Whether you are on Android or iOS, there is an app for everyone. Some will work better that others for some, depending on which technique you intend to use or which level of expertise you have achieved.

These quick reviews will give you a bird eyed view of what is out there and hopefully steer you in the right direction. We highly suggest you download and try a few of them see which of them better fits the bill.

AWOKEN – THE LUCID DREAM APP FOR ANDROID

Awoken App
With 4.5 out of 5 stars from 12k reviews, Awoken is a fully-fledged toolset for the more intense lucid dream practitioner. Not only will the app guide you in taking the first steps, but it will also challenge you to become a pro.

The app includes;

- Dream Journal (with pin protection) to keep track of your adventures.
- Reality Check Reminders will help evaluate your surroundings.
- Dream Clues will play audio cues that will aid in training your brain to achieve lucidity.
- Cloud backup
- It even has a nifty little feature called Continuous Speech-to-Text where the app will record your speech to text while you are in dreamland.

It is completely free and packed full of information.
Available for Android 2.3 and up.

LUCID DREAMER ESSENTIAL AND PRO

Lucid Dreamer Essential Pro

Lucid Dreamer Pro is a step up as far as apps go. Developed by two Neuroscientists in The Netherlands, you will need to buy dedicated hardware to take full advantage of its potential. It is not mandatory, you can use the ESSENTIAL version with just your smartphone, but to really take advantage of it, you really should look into what the Pro version offers. You can hook up a portable EEG with sticky replaceable electrodes and directly read your brainwaves. Do not worry; this is completely safe and without any side effects.

It also has another angle to it. Lucid Dreamer Connect – which permits you to share your dream experience with others. There are no guarantees at this moment as the project is still in an experimental phase. You can join the Lucid Dream Together Portal and take part of this crowd research project.

Available for iOS 7.0 and above, iPhone 5 and above.
Android is fully compatible with Samsung devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above with Bluetooth 4.0/Bluetooth Smart.

SINGULARITY EXPERIENCE: THE LUCID DREAMING APP

Singularity Experience

Singularity Experience borrows much of the same basic features as other apps, like sleep analysis metrics or dream journal recording. So what makes this app stand out from the crowd? It has a GPS based astrobiological clock. With it, you can fine tune into your circadian rhythm – a fancy scientific name for daily biological habits. It may sound a little weird, but the app helps you to sleep in tune to your sleep cycle. What this means is that it actually calculates the most efficient time for you to go to sleep, and therefore maximise the chances of you achieving a lucid dream.

Costs $4.99 and requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

LUCID DREAMER – THE REALITY CHECKER

Lucid Dreamer

We are reviewing this app as well as it shares the same name as the previous one. But they’re not the same. So hopefully we can avoid some confusion.

Lucid Dreamer is an iOS option that has gathered some mixed reviews on the Apple App Store. This is mainly due to the lack of promised updates by the developer of the app – like an EEG module - that have yet to be delivered. Nevertheless, this is a solid app with a great set of features. It is very well laid out and a great practice companion. It has three unique features that distinguish it from the rest.

- Paralyzer – it aids you in the transition phase where you remain conscious while achieving Sleep Paralysis
- Da Vinci – A timer to control a Polyphasic Sleep Cycle
- Dreamscapes, Focalizer, Sublimator – a tool to promote pre-sleep visual augmentation and stimulate focal imagery.


The app is free for a 7-day trial, and you can unlock all the features for $6.99. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

LUCID DREAM ULTIMATE

Lucid Dream Ultimate

This app is exclusive to Android – 2.1 and up. The last update was from April 2013, and it costs around $1 to download. It is now considerably outdated when compared to more modern alternatives. It does have some nice features, like binaural and isochronic beat tones, which will certainly help you in your preparations.

This app is certainly a good following, and that only means it does its job well. Some negative reviews on the Google Play Store are frankly quite unfair.

This is a great solution for those who have older smartphones and do not want to hog down its performance by updating the operating system.

10 STEPS TO LUCID DREAMS

10 Steps Dream

Learn about Lucid Dreams on the go. This app, developed by Rebecca Turner, is a great way to learn about the techniques involved while you are commuting or even during lunch break. With an estimated 50 to 100 thousand downloads, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Work on Android 2.2 and up.

DREAMZ – THE APP THAT KNOWS WHEN YOU’RE DREAMING

DreamZ

DreamZ is an app that takes on a slightly different approach as far as apps go, but not a novel concept in the Lucid Dream community. In fact, this app boasts the use of the iPhone’s inbuilt sensors to achieve something specialised hardware aims to do, generally costing €270 to €360.

It will use the phone’s motion sensors and analyse your sleep patterns. It will detect when you are most likely to be in the best sleep state and trigger audio cue to help you become lucid. When you enter REM sleep, your brain will still perceive light, sound, and touch. The app will do a great job in learning

Costs $3.99 and requires iOS 7.0 or later, compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

With these apps in hand, you will have all the additional support you need to supplement your lucid dream endevours. Good luck!

 

         
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