Category: Making the most of your sleep

Getting Messages from your Dreams

Greetings everyone, For most people—or for almost everyone most of the time—sleep is for the deep bliss of being able to escape for several hours and to benefit by the refreshment that that brings. But there are other possibilities too. In fact, according to some ancient cultures (eg. The toltecs), if you are not lucid dreaming you may as well be dead. Getting answers from your dreams is a step along the way, and quite a powerful one too. In the sleeping and dreaming states, the ego is resting and it is easier to access other parts of your mind...

Restful Sleep Part 2 – Ten More Simple Steps for a Good Night’s Sleep

Sit up or get out of bed if you are not able to fall asleep. Why? Do this for a couple of reasons. The first is to avoid the association of lying down on your bed and pillow with insomnia so that the former does not become a psychologically triggering event for the latter. The second reason is simply to give yourself something to do with the energy you have. You’re awake so you may as well make the most of it by doing some journaling (see below), exercise, planning, cleaning, etc. Review the events of the preceding day. Although...

Restful Sleep Part I – Ten Simple Techniques for a Good Rest

  When I was a small boy, I had terrible nightmares.  They took the form of some strange and twisted geometry where evil was overtaking good. It seemed that some malevolent force was attacking both myself and everyone and everything. I could not sleep. Then, at a slightly older age, the fear of death struck upon hearing of a small girl who was suffocated by a gas leak. Death! What is this? How can everything just end like that? What is this awful nothingness? Stricken with these existential questions, I once again could not sleep. In high school, I was...