Discover the World of Lucid Dreaming with Piracetam
Imagine how wonderful it would be to live in a world where you could fly, walk through walls, time travel, and create stuff with you mind. This might sound like fanciful nonsense, but you can do all of these things in lucid dreams – and a lot more too.
There is nothing magical about learning to take control of your sleeping world. It is a skill you can pick up fairly easily. You can also increase the likelihood of achieving nighttime lucidity by using nootropics such as piracetam.
Why Should You Care about Lucid Dreaming?
Lucid dreaming lets you make use of the dream state that comes to you every night to have a stimulating reality. – Stephen LaBerge
I remember my first lucid dream. I would have been about seventeen at the time. It happened one night after spending hours playing Asteroids on an Atari 5200 (this was back in the eighties). When I fell asleep, I started to dream that I was actually piloting one of the triangular ships from the game and shooting asteroids made from a horrible hairy material.
The experience felt so bizarre that I realized I must be dreaming. I briefly became lucid and attempted to fly without the ship. It was amazing, but my adventure didn’t last long because I felt so excited to be awake in a dream that I caused myself to wake up for real.
My first experience with lucid dreaming was disappointingly short, but I felt incredibly excited by it. There wasn’t that much information about lucid dreaming back in those days (no internet), so before this I didn’t even know it was possible. I desperately wanted to experience being awake in a dream again, so I did some research.
Clear Reports of Lucid Dreaming
There were many books on astral travel, but a lot of this stuff was too mystical to be much use to me. It wasn’t until much later when I got my hands on a book by Stephen LaBerge called Lucid Dreaming: The power of being aware and awake in your dreams that I found practical techniques for achieving lucidity and maintaining it long enough to have adventures while asleep.
Okay, enough about me, why should you care about lucid dreaming? Being awake while dreaming means that you get to explore a whole new world – a place where you have far more control over the environment. There is more to this than just entertainment value because you can use this experience to benefit your waking life. You have an opportunity to interact in your subconscious, and it can help to boost your creativity and personal growth – it also provides a safe area for facing your fears.
In a lucid dream, you can stop and simply ask a question to the dream — just shout it out. For example, you can announce, ‘Show me something important for me to see!’ and then normally the entire lucid dream will change, and show you something of significance to you. – Robert Waggoner
How to Explore the World of Lucid Dreaming
There are some effective techniques that can increase the likelihood of becoming lucid in dreams. One of the most effective of these was created by Stephen LaBerge, and called mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD). It involves doing ‘reality checks’ throughout the day – this means regularly asking the question “am I dreaming?” The hope is that by doing this often enough in your daily life, you will do it automatically when in a dream.
Another popular lucid dreaming technique is known as wake back to bed. It involves waking up after six hours of sleep, staying awake for half an hour, and going back to bed.
The problem with most techniques for lucid dreaming is that they are not too reliable. Some people spend months doing daily reality checks before they have their first experience of lucidity – the majority of aspiring oneironauts (person who explores the dream world) just give up in frustration. This is why there is a growing interest in nootropic drugs because they have the potential make it much easier to become lucid.
What is Piracetam?
Piracetam belongs to a class of drugs known as racetams. These substances are believed to affect the brain by increasing membrane fluidity, improving microcirculation in the brain, improving mitochondrial function, and increasing ATP synthesis. Simply put, it causes positive changes to the membrane that surrounds cells, and this leads to improved communication within the brain.
Since it was discovered in the eighties, Piracetam has been used to treat a number of conditions such as dyslexia, alcoholism, short-term memory loss, age-related memory loss, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and problems with blood coagulation. The ability of this substance to improve cognitive functioning means that it has also become a popular nootropic – it can lead to improvements in memory and focus.
Piracetam and Lucid Dreaming
The idea of using piracetam to increase the likelihood of having a lucid dream was popularized by Thomas Yuschak in his book Advanced Lucid Dreaming the Power of Supplements. The piracetam needs to be used in combination with another drug called galantamine in order for it to be effective – it is not a good idea to take it alone because it can actually suppress dreaming.
The reason piracetam is of value to lucid dreamers is that it helps to protect acetylcholine receptors. This is important because substances like galantamine depend on these receptors to trigger lucid dreams.
The problem is that regular use of lucid dream supplements causes the receptors to develop a tolerance to these chemicals – this means that they stop working. By taking piracetam, an oneironaut can continue to enjoy his/her nightly explorations by using these supplements long-term.
If you want to protect your acetylcholine receptors, it is recommended that you take piracetam after you wake up from a lucid dream. The benefit of doing this is it means you can take galantamine again within 24 hours without you developing tolerance – normally, you would need to wait about four days.
Is Piracetam Safe?
One of the nice things about piracetam is that it is considered a reasonably safe drug to take – there are no known serious side-effects. Some people do claim to have an increased libido when they first begin using the drug, but there is not enough evidence to prove that this is anything more than a placebo effect.
There are also some reports of the drug causing moderate weight increase, headaches, mild anxiety, and sleepiness. The side-effects can vary greatly between individuals, and they are usually very mild or unnoticeable.
Will Piracetam Guarantee Lucid Dreams?
If you are using piracetam in combination with galantamine, you should be having lucid dreams a lot more regularly. It is still important to use a technique like reality checks, so you increase your chances for becoming lucid. You are also going to need to pick up some tools for maintaining lucidity and taking control of the dream.
The thing I love most about lucid dreaming is it is like having a second-life. I’ve had some amazing adventures, and I’ve learned so much about myself – it has definitely benefited my life. It’s a real shame that some many people miss out on this opportunity for self-development and exploration.
Like all things life, it takes lots of practice to develop skills as an oneironaut, but the rewards make the effort well worth it.