Wake Back To Bed (WBTB) is when you sleep for around six hours and then wake up to increase your odds of having a lucid dream. Wake-Back-to-Bed is not a method in itself, but when combined with iter methods, it makes them way more effective.
For it to be successful, you need to do some planning and try it out a few times. You need to find out a few things:
How long is your Sleeping Cycle?
How many hours of sleep before WBTB will work best?
How long should you stay up?
Every one has Sleeping Cycles, but they vary. To find out how long yours are, when ever you wake up during the night, make a note of the time. In about a week, you should have enough information to make an estimate. You don't need to do this, but if you do, you'll be able to time them perfectly.
You want to wake up close to the end, or at the end of a REM Cycle. This is the reason you need to find out how long your Sleeping Cycle is. If you hardly ever wake up during the night, just use the most common times which are either 4 1/2 or 6 hours into sleep. Sooner than that and you won't spend very much time in REM; and later than that and you will probably have trouble falling back to sleep. REM cycles are normally 90 minutes long.
Normally, the longer you are up, the easier it is to have a lucid dream; though it's also harder to go back to sleep, the longer you stay up. Some people, even if they are up for only a few minutes, can't go back to sleep. If you have this problem then keep the Wake-Back-to-Bed's as short as possible. If you can stay up though, you should. You can stay up for up to an hour, though between 20-40 minutes should be long enough. How long you need to stay up is also affected by when your Wake-Back-to-Bed occurs.
When attempting a Wake Back To Bed you must be in the right mindset. You need to be determined and prepared the night before, to reinforce the idea when you go to bed that Wake-Back-to-Bed will make you lucid and you must believe that it will. Once you are awake, you'll want to keep your thoughts on lucid dreaming and any task that you have set up.
Wake-Back-to-Bed is not a method in itself, it's more like a lucid aid. When combined with other methods it greatly increases the odds of achieving lucidity, rather than if you were to try the technique by it's self Wake Induced Lucid Dream even requires that you do a Wake-Back-to-Bed for it to work. Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreams and Wake-Back-to-Bed is a great combination. As you enter REM and dream, your thoughts or mantras will probably carry on over to the dream helping you have a lucid dream.
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Here's an example of how a WBTB might look like.
10:00 PM: Go to bed and set the alarm for 4:00 AM, after six hours of sleep. Start visualizing certain tasks or do mantras, or dread about lucid dreaming. Look forward to having a lucid dream because of this.
4:00 AM: Alarm goes off. Shut it off and do a Reality Check. (Don't fall back to sleep!!) Stay up for as long as you need to to maintain awareness, usually around 20 to 60 minutes. Look forward to going back to bed and having a lucid dream. Think "when I go back to bed, I will become lucid and I will fly to the moon." Do this with a visualization of flying to the moon for greater effectiveness.
4:30 AM: Go back to bed, and keep it in mind that when you fall asleep, you will have a lucid dream. You want this to be your last thought before falling asleep.
Don't get discouraged if your first few Wake Back To Bed tries don't become lucid. Try different amounts of time staying up or try different times of waking up. You can do a Wake-Back-to-Bed any night, but it's best done on nights you can afford to lose some sleep, like on a non-work day.