Lucid dreams can be both a good thing or a bad thing.
I’ve had tonnes of them myself, so I’ve become quite able to remain in a dream state once I realise that I’m dreaming. I even have it sometimes where I can feel that I’m laying in my bed but I’m still dreaming. Although at that point it’s a battle not to wake up, one that I usually lose.
Most of the time when I go lucid and realise I’m dreaming I pretty much just go god-mode and start destroying stuff or flying around/building stuff. It’s difficult to maintain for a long period of time so I usually find myself either eventually waking up or falling back to sleep properly.
I find I’m able to go lucid best when I’m lying in. Like, in the morning when you don’t have to get up and you roll over, sleep for 10 minutes, wake up, roll over, sleep for 15 minutes etc I find I go lucid quite regularly.
However. The brain is a complicated thing and it can sometimes go wrong. My worst experiences whilst being lucid are these.
1. I was about 13 when I woke up but was unable to stop dreaming. I had my eyes open and I was rolling around in bed but I couldn’t see anything besides the dream. I was poking and rubbing my eyes, pinching myself, slapping myself, flailing about and yelling but I couldn’t stop dreaming. It took a good full minute or so of blind panic before I was finally able to start seeing part of my room, and eventually everything came into focus. Still remember it so vividly 10 years later, one of the freakiest experiences of my life.
2. Recently actually, a few months ago. Went all inception and I kept waking up within my dreams. So I “woke up” in my bed (and could feel myself in bed in real life), when all of a sudden my sister walked in without a head and attacked me, I tried to scream and could feel myself trying to scream in real life but I couldn’t get it out or move (sleep paralysis). Then I “woke up” from that into my bed and then the same thing happened again (headless sister stormed in and went crazy at me).
This honestly repeated about 5 or 6 times and by the time I was finally awake I honestly had lost complete grasp of what was reality, was sweating buckets and my throat was hoarse from attempting to scream. Had to get up and splash my face with cold water and watch funny videos on youtube to shake myself out of it. shudders
So yeh. Lucid dreaming is epic if done right, but if it goes wrong, it’s effin’ terrifying.