Geo Bell 18/1/2016
In this tutorial you will learn how to perform, fine-tune and effectively apply the Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dream (DEILD) technique. This technique is considered by many to be a reliable method of inducing lucid dreams; and one which can be mastered relatively easily.
Part 1: Preparation And Conditioning
The DEILD technique involves consciously re-entering a dream following a short period of waking, meaning that it is a subtype of Wake Initiated Lucid Dream.
In order to recognise that you've just awoken from a dream, a good level of dream recall is needed. Dream recall can be easily improved by keeping a dream journal.
DEILD relies upon conditioning oneself to remain completely still upon waking. This is harder than it sounds, especially when most people are used to tossing/turning during the night, or flipping over to the cool side of the pillow.
What's more, DEILD relies on the dreamer's ability to remember the pre-sleep intention to remain still. In this sense, DEILD is similar to Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams, which heavily relies on prospective memory. Like with practising MILD, prospective memory improves with time, and you'll gradually find it easier, with time, to remember to keep still upon waking.
Part 2: The DEILD Technique
Step 1: Decide how you will awaken yourself from a dream
Two readily accessible methods are autosuggestion and setting an alarm.
Autosuggestion is the technique of repeating a short phrase (known as a mantra) whilst you fall asleep, such as “I will recognise the dream” or “I will re-enter the dream”. The idea is to feed this suggestion to your subconscious mind. Really drill the idea into your head by repeating it to yourself until you fall asleep. With motivation and practice, autosuggestion can provide a handy, versatile tool for all areas of lucid dreaming practice. Autosuggestion is my recommended method when attempting DEILD - it is more difficult in practice than setting an alarm, but once mastered, is much more versatile and reliable.
Autosuggestion was first introduced to the public in Patricia Garfield's 1974 classic Creative Dreaming 
Setting an alarm
As the time spent in REM sleep increases with each sleep cycle, you should aim to wake up during long period of dreams you enjoy in the morning, before your normally alarm goes off to wake you up. We each have our own unique sleeping pattern, which can be affected by a number of factors. Unless you have a device for monitoring your sleep (discussed in Part 4), you'll find it very difficult to pin-point an alarm during a REM period earlier in the night.
This is one of depressing truths about lucid dreaming devices which don't track REM sleep, such as Remee. Our sleep cycles fluctuate each and every night, and many of us fail to sleep at a consistent time. Setting an alarm for a set number of hours after bedtime in hopes of landing in a 'sweet-spot' is, sadly, a bit of a long shot. In essence, this method essentially the same as the CANWILD (Custom Alarm Noise) technique, posted by DV user CrazyInSane in 2009.
Landing on a REM period without actually detecting it is a long-shot. This is less of a problem for WBTB, which doesn't require being so precise.
You're much more likely to succeed with DEILD if you set an alarm to wake you up a little earlier than you're used to (approx. 1 hour). This technique works best if your morning alarm is set for the same time each day. You must set the alarm to auto-dismiss itself, so that you don't have to get up and manually silence it. Also, to avoid startling you, it's best to set the alarm to gradually fade in to a 50-75% volume.
Step 2: Play Dead
If you've used autosuggestion, given enough motivation, and provided your dream recall is adequate, you should 'catch yourself' waking from a dream. As the dream starts to face before your eyes, remember your intention to keep completely still!
If you've used an alarm, provided your timing was right, you should wake from a dream. If your recall is strong enough, the dream should still be fresh in your mind. Remember to keep completely still, and snooze your way into the dream state.
Step 3: Enter The Dream
You need to completely ignore the external world, and focus on continuing the dream where you left off. Vividly imagine yourself back in the dreamscape, don't let go of this until you find yourself back in the dream.
If you've set your alarm too late, or woken up toward the end of a REM period, you may find it hard to re-enter the previous dream. Fear not! If you stay completely still and relaxed for long enough, there is a good chance that REM sleep will re-initiate. Remember to ignore the external world, and wait patiently to enter a dream.
Part 3: Mastering DEILD
To successfully achieve lucid dreams any night with the DEILD technique, you need to either:
Additional: Fine-Tuning DEILD
(Optional) Adding a Sleep Mask and Ear Plugs
A regular sleep mask and ear plugs can make re-entering a dream easier, by helping to block out unwanted distractions as you begin to wake;  such as blinding rays of sunshine through the window, or the sound of birds singing. If you do decide to use ear plugs, make sure you don't set your alarm too quiet else you might miss your cue to wake up.
(Optional) Sleep Tracking to Determine Optimal Timing
If you happen to own a device which you can use to monitor your sleep cycles (such as those featured on the Dream Aids section) you can use the data from these to determine the best timing to set a DEILD alarm. Remember, you're aiming to wake up during your last REM period, so compare your sleep cycles over a few days and determine your alarm time accordingly.
(Optional) Alternate Use for Lucid Dreaming Sleep Masks
Electronic sleep masks are designed to cue the dreamer (through either LED light flashes over the eyes or audio cues) that they are dreaming during REM sleep.
A common complaint with lucid dreaming masks is that the lights simply wake the user up from a dream, rather than prompting lucidity. However, this needn't be a problem if he or she was trained in the DEILD technique - in fact, it's a great way of employing it!
In truth, the accuracy at detecting REM sleep varies between devices, a number of which are now available. In fact, one of the more affordable options, Remee (a then-highly anticipated Kickstarter-funded product of 2012) does not actually detect REM sleep. However, the light cues can still be used to wake the dreamer when attempting the DEILD technique.
To end this tutorial on a more optimistic note, a number of companies and Kickstarter campaigns have emerged over the last year, with products which certainly look promising. While we're yet to see a device which lives up to the hype, we've got our fingers crossed!
1. Garfield, P. (1974) Creative Dreaming, New York: Simon & Schuster
2. Yuschak, T. (2006) Advanced lucid dreaming, Morrisville, United States: Lulu Enterprises.