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"When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream? ~ Rene Descartes"

Sleeping and Dreaming

Stress and Sleep Talking

Sleep talking, formally known as somniloquy, is a type of parasomnia, or sleep disorder, that involves talking during sleep without being aware of it. Sleep talking can occur during any stage of sleep, but it has been found that the lighter the sleep, the more understandable the speech.

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Sleep Makes Your Memories Stronger, and Helps With Creativity

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2010) — As humans, we spend about a third of our lives asleep. So there must be a point to it, right? Scientists have found that sleep helps consolidate memories, fixing them in the brain so we can retrieve them later. Now, new research is showing that sleep also seems to reorganize memories, picking out the emotional details and reconfiguring the memories to help you produce new and creative ideas, according to the authors of an article in Current Directions in Psychological Science.

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Dream recording device 'possible' researcher claims

A US researcher says he plans to electronically record and interpret dreams.

Writing in the journal Nature, scientists say they have developed a system capable of recording higher level brain activity.

"We would like to read people's dreams," says the lead scientist Dr Moran Cerf.

The aim is not to interlope, but to extend our understanding of how and why people dream.

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Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D., Excerpt from "Dreams and Consciousness"

Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. explains the difference between dreaming and waking in relation to sensory input and perception. He further elaborates on why dreams are reflections of our waking experience. Finally, he proposes that dreamers go beyond dream interpretation and "bring our ideals into our dreams and act there."

Alternative Sleep Patterns: Polyphasic Sleep, the Da Vinci Sleep Cycle and Uberman Sleep

Polyphasic sleep, also known as the Da Vinci sleep cycle, is a sleep pattern that greatly reduces the time individuals spend sleeping, from around six to nine hours a day to about two to five hours each day. In polyphasic sleep, individuals take catnaps throughout the day rather than sleep for a long period of time at night.

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Sleep Paralysis Part 1 of 10

The Authority on sleep paralysis David J Hufford speaks openly about sleep paralysis, the raw footage is from the documentary Your Worst Nightmare - Supernatural Assault. www.soulsmacklive.com

Experiences of Consciousness Beyond Hypnagogia

Using introspective experiences to develop skills like Remote-Viewing, Lucid-Dreaming, Out-of-body Experiences, or for the development of Spiritual Experiences

Hypnagogia is a generic label given to sensorial perceptions that happens “automatically” – without conscious control – while falling asleep, or while awakening from sleep.

Links to a paper by By Sirley Marques Bonham, Ph.D. on Consciousness and Hypnogogia

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Sleep Timing

Sleep timing is controlled by three main factors and they are the circardian clock, homeostasis and in humans by willed behavior.

The circadian clock is an inner time-keeping, temperature-fluctuating, enzyme-controlling device, which works in tandem with adenosine, a neurotransmitter which inhibits many of the bodily processes that are associated with wakefulness.

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The Didgeridoo – A Cure For Asthma Or Sleep Apnea?

No it is not as farfetched as it sounds; there is no magic in it. But it would seem that the ancient Australian wind instrument developed by their indigenous people, the didgeridoo could actually help those with asthma.

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..Is all that we see or seem,
but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe