Help with the NovaDreamer

The following questions and answers will help you get the most from the NovaDreamer lucid dream machine.

If you have any other questions, please contact us using the Contact Us page.

Why have lucid dreams?

they are risk-free, very exciting, valuable tools for growth – and have been used by many cultures including Sufists and the Senoi as a means to understand the world and our place in it. We also spend a third of our lives asleep, so why not make the most of it.

Is lucid dreaming ever dangerous?

Stephen LaBerge has yet to report any side-effects or negative effects of lucid dreaming. If anything, normal dreaming is more disturbing: a nightmare can be frightening and can knock you off balance during the next waking day too. If you can go lucid during the nightmare you can turn to face the chaser, find that he/she was no threat at all, and wake up feeling exhilarated for the rest of the day.

Will the NovaDreamer hinder my sleep?

For me, I found the mask a little unusual at first, but after the first night I felt comfortable wearing it. the device doesn’t hinder my partner either. My wife, Catherine, rarely hears the buzzing during the night if I’ve set the Dream Alarm. I think you will have a similar experience.

How soon will I go lucid after I get the unit?

It took me eight nights to have my first lucid dream. the experience was one of the most profound events of my life. I felt myself fly around the bedroom saying to myself “Yes! I’ve done it!”. It felt absolutely real, but I knew I was dreaming.

Some people have taken two weeks to go lucid. It depends on your eagerness to go lucid.

Does it work for everyone?

Lucid dream expert Stephen LaBerge, the designer of the NovaDreamer, says he has never come across anyone who just couldn’t get lucid. However if you are the type of person who refuses to read manuals or follow instructions then you may be wasting your time, because you’ll be expecting the device to do all the work, and this isn’t possible. For example, an ordinary alarm clock will go off at 7 o’clock in the morning, but it won’t force you to get up – only you can do that! So lucid dreaming takes a little effort – and for that little effort the results are truly extraordinary.

I can’t afford the NovaDreamer right now. What should I do?

Buy the book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming now, and the CD Trance Induction of Lucid Dreaming. You could even get the Course too which is very thorough and practical. then when you can afford the NovaDreamer you can deduct the price of these from the price of the NovaDreamer.

there’s so much to the Course book. Do I need to do all the exercises in it?

No, you don’t need to do them all choose the ones which you are willing to do, and do them regularly. the key is to create some discipline so you get lucid. If you just do the three things in the fourth paragraph of this sheet you will go lucid!

How quickly can I expect my first lucid dream?

Most people who contact us tell us that they took about two weeks. One computer journalist, called Brad Burton, who borrowed the NovaDreamer and didn’t even believe in lucid dreaming had a lucid dream on the first night. He was ecstatic, as you can imagine. But most people take at least a week.

I set the dial to number four as I’m a deep sleeper, but I wake up in the morning to find I’ve knocked the mask off in the night. What should I do?

I’ve done exactly the same thing, so do what I did: use program three. Program four can be too invasive for many people. the key is not the brightness of the lights etc but how prepared you are mentally, so that the moment you see a strange light change (whether you are awake or asleep), you do a reality check.

You just need to increase your suspicion of everything around you. So if you show the NovaDreamer to a friend and it doesn’t seem to be working properly, you should become suspicious, do a reality check and maybe discover that you are, in fact, dreaming! (I mention this as one of our customers, Arthur A, twice showed the device to his friends but couldn’t get the device to work, and each time he woke up immediately afterwards.) Remember: electronic devices do not work at all well in dreams, so if you ever come across a device not functionng as it should, do a reality check!


Having lucid dreams on a regular basis is not easy it will require your determination to have them when you want them. It is essential that you do the following:

. Write your dreams every morning in a notebook. If you do this you will be transcribing accounts of up to three dreams a night within a few days of starting.

. Do reality checks every day by, say, looking at a word on this page, looking away and looking back. If the word is exactly the same, then you are awake but if it has changed then you are dreaming! You must discipline yourself to do reality checks at least five times a day, whenever you see a change in light, whether you are awake or not.

. You must go to sleep with the intention of going lucid.

Written by Chris