Have you ever remembered a dream so vividly or so expertly that it felt as though you may have been an active participant in your dream’s contents?
Have you ever experienced the feeling of knowing you were asleep and dreaming? If so, you may have experienced what is commonly called a lucid dream.
A lucid dream  is a state during dreams where the individual dreaming is consciously aware that they are indeed inside of their own dream. During a lucid dream, the individual has been shown to have some level of control over the contents and experiences inside of their imaginary world.
Different scientific studies have been conducted researching the environments, diets, and supplements involved in the initiation of lucid dreaming. One such supplement studied for its inherent ability to increase the chance of experiencing a lucid dream is the alkaloid Galantamine.
How to use Galantamine for Lucid Dreaming
The supplement Galantamine  is obtained from the flowers and bulbs of numerous different plants and its use has been studied since the early 1950s. Traditionally, users took Galantamine for age related memory loss. However, since the interest in the concept and study of lucid dreaming has began to rise, more individuals have expressed a desire to experience this phenomenon. Different research [3, 4] has been conducted concerning Galantamine and has indicated that the supplement greatly increases your chances of lucid dreaming.
Galantamine [1, 3, 4] creates an environment through which your chances of experiencing lucid dreaming are increased through two major processes; first, Galantamine stops the deterioration process of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter found in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, and second, actually increases production of acetylcholine through the stimulation of different cholinergic receptors.
Additionally , an increase in REM density and a decrease in the latency of REM have been observed of the individual taking Galantamine. The increase in REM further enables the instance of lucid dreaming. It is important to remember that when attempting to procure a lucid dream, the faster the individual reaches REM sleep, the higher the chance of reaching the goal.
Another way  to use Galantamine to help to induce lucid dreaming is through a structured sleep instance in which the individual is allowed to sleep so as to enter REM sleep as one normally would during regular sleep patterns. These are the steps involved in the structured sleep example:
- Allow the individual to asleep for 4 to 5 hours to ensure they are in a state of REM sleep.
- Gently wake the sleeping individual so they make ingest a dose of Galantamine.
- Once they have taken the supplement, allow them to immediately fall back into the previously achieved REM sleep.
Once the supplement has been digested, all of the necessary conditions for the individual to experience and enjoy a lucid dream have been secured.