The biggest thing to remember while learning lucid dreaming is that patience, practice, and persistence pay off. Daily practice is required when first learning how to have lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming techniques will eventually become second nature to you, though in the early stages it is vital that you make a determined effort to do the techniques throughout the day. Many of the techniques take only seconds to perform and can be done any where.
You also need to eat right and keep a healthy sleep pattern. It's best to avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and anything else that can interfere with your sleep pattern. If avoiding these substances isn't possible, then try avoiding them in the afternoon and evening hours to let your body fully process the substance before you go to bed.
Creating a healthy sleep environment is also beneficial. Change your sleeping environment so it discourages distractions, noise, and interruptions.
It helps to maintain habits that encourage lucid dreaming. Get a friend that's interested in lucid dreaming and work through the methods at the same time, discussing your observations each day, sharing dream details, and reporting results. This keeps the idea of conscious dreaming in the front of your mind each day. If you can't do this, join any of the many discussion groups online where you can find an entire group of people that love to to discuss dreams and lucid dreaming.
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Discuss lucid dreaming with your family each day. Get every one interested in lucid dreaming. Daily discuss your dreams from the previous night each morning at breakfast, or on the way to school or work. Reporting your dreams daily will help you improve your dream recall.
If you're a parent, get your children interested in lucid dreams by discussing their dreams with them each day. Talk about your own dreams, and let them know that they can influence their own dreams.
Before you go to bed, read articles or books about lucid dreaming to set the idea in your mind as you fall to sleep.
Doing these extra steps will create an environment and lifestyle that encourages lucid dreams.