I don't completely understand your method. You check yourself when you wake up? what do you mean by that?
The dreams you have sound awesome. Lucky man that you seem to be a natural at lucid dreaming. Once I figure out how to be lucid on a regular basis we can talk about it much more.
Somebody told me once that two people who were able to lucid dream once shared a dream. Like ran around in it together. Not to sure how true this is but it sounds awesome.
Please explain your method a bit more. It sounds like a very good method.
Sorry I wasn't more descriptive!
I've never heard of anyone else using this method, it's just something that seemed like it made sense so I tried it out.
As an excersise, I tried to make my mind conscious as soon as possible when I woke up. By conscious, I just mean realising that I am awake, and that I am not in a dream. I remind myself "this is real life, and I am awake now."
The very first morning I tried it, I was able to do it very quickly and the first thought that I can remember having as I opened my eyes was "Alright, this is the moment I wake up". I thought about it quite a bit throughout the day and reminded myself "I am awake now, this isn't a dream."
That night, I went to sleep, had normal dreams (the type that are 'random' craziness and you don't really remember, although you may remember flashes throughout the day), and as it seemed that the dream was ending, It all just snapped into focus.
I described in short what happened the first time it happened, but what I didn't describe is how I felt as it was all happening.
I thought: "Hey, I am DREAMING now. I'm in a dream!! This is fantastic! I am hungry, I guess that's why I am at a supermarket."
I was thinking about how I would love to explain this to everyone. I could see my hands, and I was even considering things that were said on a podcast about lucid dreaming and heard the hosts voice, it was utter lucidity within a dream.
I would not try to guess what can be accomplished but I love reading about other peoples experiences. There are people who live entire lives in their dreams apparently. An argument could be made that I am bombarding myself with articles and information about lucid dreaming, and that is what's helped me do it so easily.
I am pretty sure that almost all people who desire to practice lucid dreaming do so by passing through sleep paralysis while keeping the mind active. You don't do this when first going to sleep, but after 2-6 hours of sleep. You apparently wake yourself up, and then try it - or, during a nap. (I've never experienced sleep paralysis.) It takes a lot of practice and certainly requires an open-mind, but I could see it being a tremendously useful tool.
For skeptics, it's scientifically proven and there are plenty of articles and books about it out there.