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What is False Awakening? How to turn false awakening into lucid dream?

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False Awakening & Lucid Dreaming

Have you ever experienced that you woke up from sleep, went to the bathroom, brushed your teeth, and then woke up again? This is called False Awakening, in which it happens that you dream of waking up during sleep.

What is False Awakening

Every person has seen such dreams at least once in his lifetime. Such dreams are very useful. You can easily enter a lucid dream through false awakening.

Lucid dreaming is also a dream in which the dreamer knows he/she is dreaming in sleep.

It is slightly different and vivid from the common dream. The dreamer can change such a dream as per his wish. Such dreams are very interesting and useful.

In Lucid dreams, the conscious part of our brain gets activated. While dreaming, the dreamer is fully aware that he is dreaming.

The body is asleep but our mind becomes aware of the world of dreams. When the mind becomes conscious in the dream world, then that dream is called a conscious dream.

I would like to share one of my experiences regarding False Awakening. 

Once it so happened that I woke up from sleep, brushed my teeth, and after getting fresh, went to school wearing my school uniform. In school, I was attending the first period when the alarm rang and I woke up with a jolt.

I was very surprised to see myself on the bed. I could not believe at all that I am in the bedroom. This dream was so real that I didn't realize for a while that I was dreaming of going to school. Oh, God!

In this article, we will discuss how we can see lucid dreams with the help of false awakenings.

If you have experienced a false awakening, then you will know very well that it is just a dream that looks very real. But if you have not experienced it then you will know it very well after reading this post. And you will also learn a lot about lucid dreaming.

What is False Awakening?

False Awakening is a type of dream in which the dreamer feels that he/she has woken up from the dream and that whatever he is doing is real.

But actually, he is doing everything in his sleep. Everything that he experienced was just a dream. He comes to know this when he wakes up from sleep.

Such dreams are exactly like reality. During the dream, we do not have the slightest idea that we are in a dream.

Experts believe that you can experience lucid dreaming through false awakening. There are some ways with the help of which you can convert a false awakening into a lucid dream.

For this, you have to train your brain to recognize certain states. If you are already learning lucid dreaming, then the false awakening will be an opportunity for you, with the help of which you can easily become aware in the dream.

How to recognize false awakening?

First of all, you have to know whether you are awake or asleep.

If you say that I am awake, how will you prove that you are awake now? Because the same happens in a false awakening. You think you are awake but in reality, you are still asleep.

There is a technique called reality check which tells us whether we are awake or asleep. If this check passes, you are dreaming, but if this reality check fails, you are still awake.

How to do reality checks?

reality check for lucid dream

Although there are many ways to do reality checks, but I will tell you the method which I use.

I check my reality (state) 40 to 50 times a day every day. Often I try to penetrate the finger of one hand into the palm of the other hand in a reality check.

If I am awake then my finger will not enter the palm but if I am dreaming then my finger will go through the palm of the hand, which means that the finger will go across the palm. This lets me know right away that I'm dreaming right now.

Similarly, you must adopt any reality check and practice the same. You must be aware that the work which we do repeatedly during the day comes to us in the form of dreams at night.

When you do reality checks again and again during your waking state, then gradually that habit will be saved in your mind and when you are dreaming then due to this habit you will do reality checks in your dream also. 

And the reality check doesn't work in dreams. This will be successful every time in dreams.

Your fingers will pass across your palm. If you pass your finger across the wall, it will go through.

Other Methods of Reality Check

Some more ways to do reality checks are given below.

  • Jumping in the air - if you jump very high then you are in a dream
  • counting your fingers - fingers are never ten in a dream
  • Trying to breathe with your nose closed - in dreams you can always able to breath
  • Spinning Fidgit Spinner - If the spinner keeps spinning, it means you're dreaming
  • Looking closely at the human face - most of the time the faces are blurry in the dream

reality check for lucid dream

How to turn false awakenings into lucid dreams?

The basic principle for turning False Awakening into a lucid dream is a reality check. If you become skilled in reality-checking, that is, if you have made reality-checking your habit, then you can easily learn lucid dreaming.

To turn False Awakening into lucid dreams, you need to do reality checks every morning as soon as you wake up.

You have to do reality checks during the day but when you wake up in the morning then also have to do reality checks.


If you wake up even to go to the bathroom, then the first thing you have to do is do a reality check. Whatever you do, you have to repeat this habit again and again.

Then the time will come when you feel that you have woken up from sleep but actually, you are in a dream. Then you will do a reality check and you will easily know that you are still sleeping in bed. 

You will come to know that this is a false awakening. In this way, you will achieve lucidity.


In this article, we learned what is false awakening and how we can use it to see lucid dreams. There are many methods available on our blog to experience lucid dreaming.

You must read all those methods. False Awakening is also one of those methods with the help of which you can become conscious of your dreams. Our blog has detailed information about Reality Check. You can read that too if you want.

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