Just something I wanted to get down in writing...
Both of the times that I decided to take control of my dreams I was thinking to myself "Well, all that I'm seeing is created in my mind, so once I take control I'll also have to consciously start creating for myself, right?" Ok, so I know I was thinking that one time, and that's when I abruptly woke up. The other time I think I was thinking that, and I can't remember what happened next in the dream, but I don't think I woke up immediately.
(By the way, no success in lucid dreaming last night.)
Maybe the solution is to:
1) Order my subconscious to keep creating an awesome environment for me to dream in, and ONLY
2) Taking control of my own actions, not the environment.
Maybe I should look info up online on the topic. But at the moment I'm reading about the consciousness, sleep, and dreams (!!!) in my psych textbook, which is pretty darn awesome.
I started giggling insanely when I got to the section about sleep disorders. Why? Because I had one of my seemingly random cases of insomnia last night. And then I came up with a brilliant idea: maybe I should keep track of my cases of insomnia and see if there's a pattern? I know they aren't always linked to my worrying about something, but might they be hormonally induced? So I'm also keeping track of when they occur in relation to my menstrual cycle.