You are a unique individual!
Your bed, sleep setting and sleep habits are unique. This is why the Lucid Dreaming App comes loaded with options for you to tweak your way to success. Here’s a brief overview of some of the options available for the app.
- Play voice reminders – this enables or disables all sound in the app. Use this option to completely turn off sound and turn the app into a sleep scoring actigraph. A good use for this option may be if you are too tired to try lucid dreaming, but still want your sleep data available
REM Detection Timing
The app monitors sleep score and looks for extended periods of sleep. It can play a reminder at the first sign of light sleep (REM) or after a pre-defined interval. For example, early in the night it takes me a long time to fall asleep, so I would set the “minimum” time asleep to 40 minutes. This means that after 30 minutes the app will play a reminder on movement. Since I want to have some lucid dreaming fun, I set the “Maximum time asleep” to 45 minutes – the app will play the reminder after I’ve been asleep still for 45 minutes. The Play sound in non-REM option must be enabled for these “maximum time asleep” reminders to be played. I turn this option off for nights when I get less than 8 hours of sleep (such as when developing this app!)
Early night behavior is tricky, as the REM periods are very short, lasting only 10-15 minutes, while sleep episodes themselves tend to be larger. I recommend you set these to be very high, in the 30-50 minutes range to get maximum rest early in the night and activate Mid and Late night behavior sooner.
Consider the image above. After getting a graph like that at the end of the night, you may estimate how long your sleep episodes are and set the detection options to play a reminder towards the end of the sleep episode -in REM sleep.
As the night progresses, the REM periods become longer, and the Lucid Dreaming App allows you to respond accordingly. For example after 120 minutes of sleep (approximately 2 sleep cycles), the detection options switch to “Mid Night Preferences”. Here you may adjust the REM detection window accordingly – for me it is 20 minutes at the earliest, 30 minutes at the latest. Please note that the app must detect 120 minutes of deep sleep before these preferences are enabled.
As night progresses, the REM periods get longer, so it is easier to detect them late in the night. I use the 10 to 15 minute window. The image below shows how the app delivers voice reminders and interrupts sleep. Check the recording effective voice reminder page to avoid that!
It is rather difficult to type something at night, especially on a virtual keyboard. This is why I enabled gestures for the app. For example drawing a sideways arrow or a line indicates a regular dream – it is very easy to reach out to the phone and draw it, then fall back asleep. A more complex pattern, like a star is used for lucid dreams – make sure to record these in your dream journal as well! A zero drawn on screen indicates no dream and a squiggly line an awake state. Sometimes the device has trouble recognizing gestures, but even in this case, the interaction with the device is remembered.