The idea behind a lucid dream mask is the flashing lights will act as lucidity triggers. You set it up to blink a couple times at the end of each hour to sync with your REM cycle and sleep with the mask on. Here’s a video on how to make a cheap lucid dream mask:
The question is, are they needed? I have never used a blinking mask because I’ve found that using the timer method to have lucid dreams gives me OBEs and lucid dreams every time.
The idea behind the timer method is that instead of sleeping the whole night with the timer beeping, you only use the timer in early morning around 4:30 or so. You use the “ramp” timer setup which causes you to have OBEs at a very specific point in the OBE session, usually during the two 20 minute intervals and tail end 6 minute intervals.
The advantage is that you get 5 or more lucidity triggers in an hour rather than once an hour the whole night. Timers are a lot easier to come by as well, for instance you can use the free flash lucid dream timer or a simple digital cooking timer.
I’ve never used a lucid dream mask so I really can’t say which works better. If you’ve used a mask, leave a comment below on your experience with them and if you think they’re worth the expense to buy or time to build.
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