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Nootropic effects of Lucid Dreaming

lucid dreaming with nootropicsOnce, in Kindergarten, I had my first lucid dream. Being so young, it was amazing suddenly having complete control of my dream, having brought my conscious self into a subconscious world.

I don’t remember much about the dream specifically, but it sprouted into a curiosity of great potential. Many people claim they learn a lot through their dreams. A dream may have the potential to answer questions that bother some people on a daily basis, or have potential to generate new ideas/creations.

Lucid dreaming is that, but one step higher.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

It’s the ability to control what you get. I like to think of it as an opportunity to learn about myself. Imagine creating a room and sitting down across from an exact copy of yourself. You could literally ask your subconscious self any question, and hopefully receive an answer. Every day we try to hide from the truth, mask our emotions/thoughts, and create a fog over rational thinking.

The reason I think lucid dreaming could be a powerful nootropic is because it could be exactly what one needs to make great progress in their waking lives. While this isn’t a typical “cognitive enhancer”, I still think that what people try to achieve through supplementation could be achieved through dreaming.

Many use lucid dreaming as a playground, relieving stress, and becoming infinitely creative. People take nootropics for the same reason, which is why I believe that lucid dreaming is entirely underrated.

Steps to Achieve Lucid Dreaming

  1. Remember your dreams on a nightly basis: Many of us have a hard time remembering our dreams after we wake up, or claim we didn’t dream that night. As it turns out, we dream most night, but sometimes we just don’t remember it. This is known as recall memory. A good way to achieve this is to think back 20 minutes, and try to remember every detail up until the present moment. Another way is to keep a journal by your bed and as soon as you wake up, write down as much of the dream as you can remember, which exercises your recall memory.
  2. Reality checks: This is a term that is thrown around the lucid dreaming community quite often. Every chance you get, remind yourself that you are awake. Some people draw dots on their hands, look at a clock, or flick a light switch. When it reacts as one would expect, they tell themselves “I am awake because this worked”. Once done enough, that person might try a reality check in a dream and suddenly realize they are dreaming.

Lucid dreaming is hard to achieve and takes some people months to achieve just one so it takes practice. A few supplements to try to achieve lucid dreaming are DMAE and Galantamine, but many of the nootropics have this purported effect.

Greater focus with Craze

weight-lifting-for-beginnersWhat a Gift!

I received a free sample of DS Craze this weekend because I was curious on its effects inside and out of the gym. The grape flavor was artificial, but the effects were great. Within 30 minutes, I felt energized, focused, and ready to lift some weight.

Back off the Caffeine

One thing I love about Craze is its caffeine content. Many preworkout mixes out there are loaded with caffeine (giving a good result), however this leads to tolerance, which leads to multiple scoops for effectiveness (rather than the recommended 1 scoop) and more product is sold. Craze only has ~80mg of caffeine per scoop, which is roughly what a cup of coffee is. However, you will soon notice that the effects are much more prominent than just a single cup of coffee.

PEA’s Many Forms

It’s strange however: Craze has different forms of Phenylethylamine (PEA).

Taken in any other form, PEA is one of my least favorite experiences and is almost instantly noticeable, but I have yet to feel the same negative effects from Craze. This is most likely due to the many forms PEA takes on in Craze. It’s incredible that a single product can be broken down into so many different forms.

It also might be due to the lack of MAOI (inhibitor) that largely pronounces the effects of PEA — though I am skeptical because if I had to guess, a large percentage of Craze’s “Kinesis Proprietary Blend” is PEA, and it is widely known that when taken alone, PEA is ineffective. It is also known that even with some sort of inhibitor, PEA is very short-lived in the brain which might create a semi-placebo effect in the gym.

In the first 30 minutes, PEA is the most pronounced, but it is also in those same 30 minutes that one is waiting to go to the gym. Probably before you even hit halfway through your gym workout, PEA will have mostly worn off leaving you with the small amount of caffeine and other stimulants in the blend.

Craze as a Nootropic

One of the reasons I wanted to try Craze is because I’ve heard of many people on nootropic forums using Craze as a nootropic. It doesn’t include any racetams or traditional nootropics (except caffeine), but it’s still largely effective for focus. It also includes Creatine (no doubt for the exercise benefits) but Creatine is also shown to be largely effective as a nootropic. I’ll be sure to keep this one for my late-night study sessions and gym workouts.