Lucid Dreaming Mask
When it comes to lucid dreaming, I go for keeping it as basic as possible. I try to not use any additional products besides my brain and alarm clock, but sometimes I have issues getting to sleep or getting awareness in the dream and need a little additional help.
I focus on the most success I can get for my time, money, and effort spent. And because of that, I tend to use only the most essential items available. Focusing on the basics brings me to discussing why a lucid dreaming mask is important.
Most people when they link of a lucid dreaming mask they think of some elaborate strange device that you put over your eyes, and it shines lights into your eyes when you are in REM – or at least thats the theory behind them. Most of the devices do not work, and the reason for this is because not only is REM hard to detect in a sleep laboratory, it’s even harder to detect with some horribly designed technology made by some Kickstarter group. Let’s be real here, those devices are acting as costly placebos for the most part.
What lucid dreaming mask should you be using?
Personally, I use a traditional standard sleep mask that is black and keeps the light out from my eyes. The reason that I find a sleep mask important is that first, it keeps the light out from my eyes when I am trying to sleep, and second, in a lucid dream or when having an Out of Body Experience, it’s common to have a false awaking. My sleep mask acts as a reality check. By having a sleep mask that covers my eyes it lets my brain know that I am dreaming when I find myself walking around my room thinking that I could be awake.
Why use a sleep mask for lucid dreaming?
- Keeps the light out of my eyes when others in my house may not want to sleep, and I do
- Lets me know that I am sleeping if I have a false awakening during lucid dreaming
- Keeps my eyes closed in the event I have sleep paralysis, and my mind tries to imprint some horrific visuals into my reality while I am sleeping
- Brings out the hypnogogic visuals quickly
Using a sleep mask also removes some of the anxiety I have about having sleep paralysis, which can occur during a lucid dream or Out of Body Experience, and seeing some ungodly hallucination while I am trying to sleep.
Lastly, using a sleep mask for lucid dreaming also provides me with an additional way to relax and peer into the darkness either eyes opened or closed, and get the hypnogogic visuals going rapidly. Overall this is a massive improvement than having my eyes relax and open up midway through my relaxation phase and breaking up my lucid dreaming practice.
What should you look for in a lucid dreaming mask?
I have used a lot of sleep masks in the past -it took a while to find the best ones that fit my face but also fit snugly around my eyes.
One key issue I found is that most sleep masks put pressure on my eyes and when I open my eye after removing the mask it is uncomfortable. Additionally, most of the sleep masks do not fit my face correctly, and I have had to cut out areas for my nose so that It can fit properly.
Get a mask that:
- Is affordable
- Is lightweight and not complex
- Is adjustable for your head shape
- Has space for your eyes to rest open or closed without pressure
- Blacks out the light (no brainer)
Last I have tried many of the lucid dream masks that have the EEG equipment in them or blinking lights are heavy and make the whole situation a mess.
In the end, you want a mask that does all those things if possible and stays away from creating you more problems.
Oddly enough it’s not easy to find a mask that does that.
I have scoured the internet over the last few years and managed to find a lucid dreaming mask that works perfectly for my needs, doesn’t look like it came from a junkyard (which helps my ego some), and doesn’t cost a lot, allowing me not to empty my bank account in the process of lucid dreaming.
This sleep mask comes with adjustable eye positions which makes it fit my giant head and also allows for my eyes to blink without scratching the surface of the mask making it so I feel much more comfortable. Overall it’s all I wanted in a sleep mask that I can use for lucid dreaming.
If you are looking for something that will help you in lucid dreaming, I highly suggest that you give a lucid dreaming mask a try. Make sure that when you buy one, you stay away from buying a mask that takes away from your progress. You can use my recommendation or you are welcome to search the internet yourself in finding one that works for you.
Lee Adams is a Ph.D. candidate in Jungian Psychology and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute and host of Cosmic Echo, a lucid dreaming podcast, and creator of taileaters.com, an online community of lucid dreamers and psychonauts. Lee has been actively researching, practicing, and teaching lucid dreaming for over twenty years.
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