Periodically asking the question, “Am I dreaming?” while in lucid dreaming helps appraise situations and the quality of the actions being performed at any moment. If everything meets the standards of full lucid dreaming awareness, actions may be continued. Asked on a regular basis, this question becomes habit automatically used while transitioning to lucid dreaming state. If you keep asking this question regularly, sooner or later it will arise automatically at the moment when you are actually transitioning into a dream. This will then help one to “wake up”, after which it is possible to continue to remain in a full-fledged lucid dreaming.
The frequency of the question should be based on a practitioner’s ability to consistently remain in lucid dreaming. If a lucid dream usually lasts five to 10 minutes or more, it is not necessary to ask the question more than once every 2 minutes; otherwise, this question has to be asked frequently, literally once a minute, or just a little less often.