This is a recent brief overview of a rigorous investigation of the most effective lucid dreaming induction methods. The SSILD technique is one of the new kids on the block that shows promise. One of my most effective approaches, reality testing, fared poorly in this study. These links are worth a look, and offer encouraging news for future research – and more success in achieving lucidity.
…according to research carried out by Dr. Denholm J. Aspy of Australia’s University of Adelaide and published last week in the online psychology journal Frontiers, scientists confirmed that 55% of adults have experienced a minimum of one lucid dream, and 23% experience lucid dreams regularly at the rate of once a month or more.
SSILD - requires waking up after five hours of sleep, then repeatedly focusing your attention on visual, auditory, and physical sensations for 20 seconds each before returning to sleep. Technique is similar to mindfulness meditation, but involves repeatedly shifting your focus.
Reality Testing (RT) - involves checking your environment several times a day to see whether or not you’re dreaming.