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Lucid Dreaming and the REM Rebound Effect
Lucid Dreaming and the REM Rebound Effect
The REM Rebound Effect is when you give your body less REM sleep, making REM stages "rebound" next time you sleep.

Each night your body rotates through stages of light, deep, and REM sleep. When in REM sleep, your muscles become paralyzed so you don't act out the dream, your eyes move back and forth acting out the dream, your breathing is irregular and rapid, and blood pressure and heart rate increases.

REM cycles take place about every 90 minutes during sleep. REM cycles during the first half of sleep are shorter in length, as your body uses this time to rejuvenate itself with deep sleep.

During the second half of the night, you spend way more time in REM and way less in deep sleep. This is when you have most of your dreams at night.

Rebound in 4 Steps

Your body requires REM sleep, and the REM Rebound Effect uses this to your advantage. When you deprive yourself of some REM cycles, you can increase how much time you will spend in REM next time you sleep.

Here's how to do it:

1. Sleep for 6 hours

By only getting six hours of sleep, you miss out on your last 2 REM cycles. Next time you go to sleep, your body will give you longer REM cycles to make up for lost dream time.

2. Stay awake

Even though you will most likely feel tired, get up as if you normally would. Then act like it's a normal day. Do what you would normally do.

3. Go to sleep.

Depending on how you want to do the rebound effect, there are two things you can do:

Take a nap. After you've been up for at least an hour, take a late morning or early afternoon nap.


Wait for night to come on and go to bed as you normally would.

4. It's rebound time!

You should then notice more dreams than normal. They may also be very vivid. This make sit easier to have a lucid dream.


You need a good night's sleep. Don't do this technique too often, as this can be unfriendly with your sleeping patterns and health.

Using 5-HTP or Melatonin.

5-HTP is a lucid dream supplement that can promote the REM Rebound Effect within just one sleep cycle. Basically you can do this technique without even having to wake up early. It then occurs in the same night! Melatonin is also known to do this.
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