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"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. ~ Rene Descartes "

Sleeping and Dreaming

How Can You Control Your Dreams?

Although dream control has populated science fiction for decades, new ways of reading the brain's activity are making actual mind manipulation less of a fiction.

The new hit movie out of Hollywood, "Inception" has triggered a number of great articles on lucid dreaming, here's a good one from Scientific American.

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Lucid Dreaming and “Inception”: Fact or Fiction?

The premise of Christopher Nolan’s new movie Inception is that people can become conscious creators within the world of their dreams. Is that idea just a fantasy, or is it really possible?

According to the results of a new study, lucid dreaming is a reality in the lives of many, many people.

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The Science of Dreaming

The sections that follow are based on, or extracted from, some of the latest research findings related to dreams and dreaming.

(contains excerpts from Dream Language copyright © 2005 by Robert J. Hoss, MS. )

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Human Brain Still Awake, Even During Deep Sleep

Sleep in humans is divided in two main phases: non-REM sleep, which occupies most of our early sleep night, and REM sleep, during which our dreams prevail. Non-REM sleep is usually considered as a compensatory ‘resting’ state for the brain, following the intense waking brain activity. Indeed, previous brain imaging studies showed that the brain was less active during periods of non-REM sleep as compared to periods of wakefulness.

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Sleep-Inducing Foods: Food to Help You Sleep

Check out this list of foods that can help you sleep better. You probably have most of these in your cupboard already..

Top 10 Sleep-Inducing Foods

Lazy students get perfect excuse to spend more time in bed

Scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago found that hearing specific sounds during deep sleep could improve your powers of recall.

Now inventors have produced a pillow with built-in speakers to capitalise on the discovery.

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Blue-Blocking Glasses To Improve Sleep And ADHD Symptoms Developed

Remember BluBlockers??

Scientist have been studying the effect that blocking the blue part of the light spectrum has on a persons circadian rhythms. Get your self some glasses and try it at home!

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That Strange Falling Sensation

Do you ever wake up suddenly to a falling sensation and a strong muscle twitch just after you have fallen asleep?

This strange falling sensation and muscle twitch is known as a hypnagogic myoclonic twitch or “Hypnic jerk” If this has happened to you on more than one occasion, don’t worry, you are not alone. Close to 70 percent of all people experience this phenomenon just after nodding off, according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic.

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Dreams as Exceptional Human Experiences

by Montague Ullman, MD

Dreams are ordinary only in the sense that everyone has them. What makes them extraordinary and qualifies them as exceptional human experience are the gifts they bring to our lives if we learn how to receive them. I'd like to share with you the way I think about dreams and their importance, and then suggest answers to three questions.

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