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  • Isochronic Tones for Lucid Dreaming
    world How Do Isochronic Tones Work Isochronic tones create states of meditation with evenly spaced pulses of a single tone to create a brainwave entrainment effect Unlike binaural beats and monaural beats the interference pattern is created outside of the brain so it s not necessary to wear headphones although you can if you prefer Isochronics are a powerful form of brainwave entrainment because the contrast between the sound pulses and the silence is more pronounced The effect excites the thalamus and causes a frequency following response where the brain internally recreates the frequency and this dictates the level of conscious awareness The effect of isochronic tones can be heightened further with visual entrainment In 1999 scientists doubled the relaxation effect on the brain with eyes closed photic entrainment However this requires special equipment light and sound machines and most people can experience a deep meditative effect through listening alone What Are The Best Isochronic Tones The best isochronic tones are thought to comprise a pure tone also called a sine wave with a frequency of 150 180 Hz This stimulates the brain the physiological effect while keeping within a comfortable listening range for most people the psychological effect I find the best isochronic tones are mixed with white noise or harmonic sound effects to disguise the regular pulsing Water sounds such as rainfall ocean waves waterfalls and running streams are ideal However synthetic sounds like guitar distortions can also be used if you find waterfall sounds are too hippy Isochronic tones have hit the mass market in recent years and there are plenty of YouTube videos and smartphone apps cashing in on the appeal However the motivations of the makers and the technical medium used means they are generally of poor quality To seek out the best isochronic tones look up a reputable vendor like Transparent Corp which offers Mind WorkStation computer software to create your own isochronic tones The company is actively involved in neural stimulation research and clinical studies and their software is compatible with EEG biofeedback and mind machines Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination He s also a school teacher and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams Latest 12 awesome Inception style dreamscapes Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where a space of

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  • A History of Sleep
    translates as Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them Practical Observations However the honor is usually credited to the Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden In his much later 1913 book A Study of Dreams he wrote The seventh type of dreams which I call lucid dreams seems to me the most interesting and worthy of the most careful observation and study Of this type I experienced and wrote down 352 cases in the period between January 20 1898 and December 26 1912 In these lucid dreams the reintegration of the psychic functions is so complete that the sleeper remembers day life and his own condition reaches a state of perfect awareness and is able to direct his attention and to attempt different acts of free volition Yet the sleep as I am able confidently to state is undisturbed deep and refreshing I obtained my first glimpse of this lucidity during sleep in June 1897 in the following way I dreamt that I was floating through a landscape with bare trees knowing that it was April and I remarked that the perspective of the branches and twigs changed quite naturally Then I made the reflection during sleep that my fancy would never be able to invent or to make an image as intricate as the perspective movement of little twigs seen in floating by Sleeping is no mean art for its sake one must stay awake all day Friedrich Nietzsche Lucid dreaming was later scientifically classified in the 1960s by Celia Green She realized it was a separate state of consciousness and identified the scientific potential Green was also the first to make the connection with REM sleep and false awakenings However it was not until 1975 that lucid dreaming was scientifically proven in the laboratory Lucid dreamer Alan Worsley at the University of Hull in England managed to signal to researcher Keith Hearne in the outside world Upon gaining lucidity he would indicate his consciousness and free will within the dreamstate with a pre determined set of eye movements However the Hearne s research went under the radar of mainstream science journals So it was Stephen LaBerge in 1978 who famously performed this experiment and published data on the first scientifically verified signal from a dreamer s mind to the outside world LaBerge continues to be a leading force in lucid dream research as the founder of The Lucidity Institute and author of Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming Recent Lucidity Studies Scientists continue to learn more about lucid dreaming whether it s measuring electronic activity in the brain or discovering potential new psychological applications In 2009 a German study conducted at the Neurological Laboratory in Frankfurt revealed significantly increased brain activity during lucid dreams An EEG machine recorded frequencies in the 40 Hz or GAMMA range in lucid dreamers enjoying a bit of conscious REM This is far higher than the normal dream state THETA range or 4 7 Hz The researchers also saw heightened activity in the frontal

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  • Why Do We Sleep? Modern Theories of Sleep
    us to regain some of that lost sleep even at the risk of attack by a predator Why do we sleep at such high risk The Four Main Theories of Sleep Like the evolutionary theories there are dozens of theories of sleep and most of them can be conveyed in one of four categories Theory 1 We Sleep To Rest All day long we are zipping around in a highly active anabolic state Because this requires so much energy being awake may only be a temporary state We use this time to feed and reproduce That s all So why do we sleep Simply to gain relief from this hyperactive state so that we may function normally both physically and mentally This theory is further supported by the fact that certain genes only switch on during sleep Some of these genes are directly linked with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and depression Theory 2 We Sleep To Heal Sleep also allows us to physically heal our bodies This is marked by the constant growth and repair of the body s immune and nervous systems as well as our muscles and bones In a study on rats sleep deprivation actually slowed down the healing process of burns Besides the immune system sleep deprivation affects our metabolism our internal chemical reactions It may also help us save energy for when we most need it However animals in hibernation actually have to catch up on sleep when they emerge Simply resting in a dark quiet place does not fulfill their need for sleep if they don t shut down their conscious brain Something critical happens to the mind during sleep This may hold the key to psychological reasons why we sleep Theory 3 We Sleep To Learn Sleep may help the human brain get better organized by filing away important memories and discarding unwanted information That if then I had waked after a long sleep will make me sleep again and then in dreaming the clouds me thought would open and show riches ready to drop upon me that when I waked I cried to dream again William Shakespeare In a study by Turner et al 40 people were allowed only 26 minutes sleep per night They were given cognitive tests which showed their working memory deteriorated by 38 over four days Without REM sleep they found it much harder to complete memory tasks and solve problems Other sleep experiments have shown that procedural memory your ability to perform certain skills is dependent on REM sleep Similarly declarative memory your knowledge of facts relies on getting enough Slow Wave Sleep Theory 4 We Sleep To Dream Everybody dreams every night even if you don t remember them Dreams are an expression of our unconscious thoughts and conscious experiences They are so important that if we are seriously sleep deprived we actually start to dream while awake Dreaming appears to be a by product of REM sleep But is it possible that an

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  • Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Alzheimer's Disease?
    because of the damaging effect on sleep In all cases the new research suggests that recognizing a sleep disorder early and treating it with medication is extremely important in preserving brain function and lowering your risk of Alzheimer s and dementia Should You Be Worried We all suffer from occasional sleep deprivation But if you frequently suffer from these warning signs it is definitely in your interest to consult your doctor Headaches upon waking Restless legs or arms Daytime drowsiness or napping Waking up throughout the night General restlessness or tossing and turning Loud snoring or a choking sensation while asleep The sooner you get a sleep disorder diagnosed and under treatment the more likely you will be able to slow down and even prevent the damaging long term effects on your brain Managing Sleep Problems in Alzheimer s Patients Often sleep problems go unrecognized until it s too late They may only become a major issue after the onset of dementia or Alzheimer s Disease That s why it s so important we heed this new research and taken action early A common condition among dementia patients is known as sundowning As the name suggests it affects people as the sun goes down and throughout the night Symptoms include Delirious or agitated behavior Unexplained anxiety or panic Forgetfulness and confusion Restlessness and pacing Anger or outbursts This goes on to affect sleep thereby exacerbating the underlying sleep issues further The best treatments for sundowning involve habit changes The evening should be a quiet time with quiet activities It may be necessary to minimize television viewing lower lights and stop late night snacking or caffeine use Skipping daytime naps and introducing moderate exercise earlier in the day can also relieve symptoms Sundowning often goes hand in hand with insomnia so a doctor may also prescribe medications to aid sleep Our bodies depend upon the sleep hormone melatonin to help us sleep The production of this hormone seems to be lacking in Alzheimer s patients Fortunately supplements containing melatonin have shown promising results already Melatonin is also showing positive results for those suffering from sleep problems that do not yet exhibit Alzheimer s symptoms suggesting it may also help prevent the onset of Alzheimer s later in life About The Guest Author Sarah Schwarcz is a writer at Senior Planning Services an industry leader in guiding seniors and their families through the Medicaid maze Besides her interest in medicine and the brain Sarah loves nature blogging and spending time with her family Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and

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  • Five Sleep Hacks for Deeper Sleep, Better Memory and Vivid Dreams
    in is a big part of falling in line with a healthy sleep pattern Those two extra hours of waking time allow for two additional hours for adenosine to accumulate in the brain which makes a big difference If you spent those same two hours lying awake restlessly in bed your neurological activity is quite low and so it just hurts you more Furthermore this practice is effective for another reason psychologically it anchors your bed to sleep The bed becomes a cue for bedtime in the same sense that when a bull sees red it signals a cue to charge If you practice this strategy spend midnight to 6 00am in bed and make sure you stay out of bed outside of that window Don t do any other activities such as work browsing the internet or masturbating in bed Save that for the shower or on the couch 4 Light Exposure The 900lb Gorilla Light exposure is the heavyweight champion when it comes to both a healthy waking and sleep life It may be the most important thing of all One day is 24 hours but our own internal body clocks left to their own devices tend to vary to be about 24 5 26 5 hours so they need to be adjusted constantly Our body clock adjusts when light passes through cells in our eye s retina and is relayed to the hypothalamus Light entering into our eyes provides a cue to our brain that it s time to be awake and by contrast lack of light cues that its time to sleep There s way more to touch upon about this topic such as the importance to block out electronic lighting after sunset I often use candles instead But for space purposes here s what you need to know get as much light preferably sunlight during the day as possible This light becomes seratonin when it enters your brain which makes you more awake and alert and fends off mood disorders If you get more serotonin during the day it converts to increased melatonin at night Light exposure also helps to reverse any effects of sleep deprivation from the night before Personally I make it my practice to get direct exposure to sunlight at three critical points in my day First immediately upon waking up Throw open the curtains get outside for a 15 minute walk Easiest way to shake off grogginess and become alert in the mornings As close to noon as possible This might mean eating lunch outside or working outdoors That s because its the period of time when the sunlight is at its strongest on a clear day the sun at noon provides 100 000 120 000 lux of light By contrast the sun at sunset only provides a tiny 400 lux After an afternoon nap I nap about 3 or 4 times per week for 30 minutes or less usually a bit before or after 3 00pm when body temperature dips

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  • What is The Healthiest Sleeping Position?
    in Articles About Resources Forum Course Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Copyright 2008 2016 Rebecca Turner World of Lucid Dreaming All Rights Reserved Website Design by Cre8ve

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  • How To Find The Best Mattress for Your Budget
    Innovations 12 SureTemp Memory Foam Mattress it comes with a 20 year guarantee Bestselling Mattresses for 500 1 000 DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress DynastyMattress 10 CoolBreeze Gel Memory Foam Mattress DynastyMattress Luxury Grand 15 with 7 5 Memory Foam Mattress SilverRest Sleep Shop Therapeutic 12 Memory Foam Mattress LUCID 14 Plush Memory Foam Mattress Based on Amazon s top ranked queen sized mattresses Prices correct at Oct 2014 Latex Mattresses Latex comes in both natural and synthetic versions that have a high viscosity once its temperature is raised That means it can mold around your body shape yet offering firmer support than memory foam Latex mattresses are good for allergy sufferers because they inhibit the growth of mold and mildew They are also mite free and antibacterial giving you a sterile sleeping environment Reviews of latex mattresses are almost always good they offer superior comfort but also come at a premium price This can be counterbalanced by the fact that they last for multiple decades US customers on Amazon rate the DreamFoam Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress as the best latex bed on the market Coil Count If your budget is tight you ll likely be looking at innerspring and pocket spring mattresses These all go on about coil count But what does this mean for you Higher is better right Actually a high coil count makes a mattress firmer and plusher However this may not suit everyone Besides a lot of manufacturers focus on coil count but it s better to look at the attachment and alignment of the coil springs as these affect the way the mattress responds The connection between coil springs also affects motion transfer an important concern when you sleep with a partner Aside from noting the coil count go for mattresses with coils made from twice tempered steel This makes a huge difference in the durability of the mattress Does Brand Matter Mattress brands can play a role because one thing you can trust through the sales spiel is consumer perception Certain brands are really popular for a reason they re renowned for making quality comfortable long lasting mattresses So the first thing you need to do is determine which brands are most popular in your country In the US these include Bed in a Box Sleep Master Memory Foam Solutions Tempur Pedic Soft Sleeper Visco Elastic Memory Foam This can narrow down your choices and your budget while working within the framework of a trusted brand Be warned however that even the best mattress brands can offer budget products which may fall below your personal comfort levels Check out consumer reviews to help you zone in on the ideal model Final Thoughts Finally when choosing the best mattress for your budget ignore the bewildering assortment of model names the supposed air vents fancy handles and intricate and expensive looking quilting Those are just distractions and don t affect the overall quality of sleep For more insights on the best mattresses check out Mattress

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  • The Secret To a Good Night's Sleep
    lucid dreaming occurs during the REM stage of sleep roughly 90 minutes after sleep onset it s essential that you re comfortable all through the night While your mattress plays a big part in your comfort posture is also important Here are some sleep posture tips to help you get a good night s sleep Back Sleepers If you re a back sleeper experts suggest placing a pillow behind your head and tucking another pillow underneath your knees This helps to relieve pressure on your lower back Side Sleepers Besides being the healthiest sleep posture advised by chiropractors side sleepers also tend to have more success with lucid dreaming Place one or two pillows underneath your head and neck to help ensure proper spinal alignment Then place an extra pillow in between your knees to open up your hips and prevent your knees from knocking Stomach Sleepers If you re a stomach sleeper try tucking a pillow underneath your hips to relieve strain off of your lower back and neck Keep in mind that you may find it difficult to lucid dream on your stomach so try to sleep on your side or back if you can By ensuring that you are as comfortable as possible from the moment your head hits the pillow you re likely to have more success learning how to lucid dream What s more with the right mattress and proper sleeping posture you re going to wake up feeling better rested after a really good night s sleep Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination He s also a school teacher and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams Latest 12 awesome Inception style dreamscapes Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where a space of surprises creates a space that creates surprises Based on photos of Istanbul Buyuktas explains We live in places that most of the times don t draw our attention places that transform our memories places that the artist gives another dimension where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well as a multidimensional romantic point of view Latest 10 essential oils to boost lucid dreaming One summer the 19th

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