Relaxation Techniques - The Secret to Falling Asleep
Twenty plus years of insomnia* has enlightened me to a thing or two about the condition. It has also informed me about the nature of capitalism. It is not in the medical community's best interest to point out certain simple and undeniable facts that can naturally assist insomniacs in relaxation techniques and getting good night's sleep. This is simply because there is no money in it! There is no money to be had by telling the insomniacs of the world that there exists a little known brainwave state in between the Alpha (relaxation) and the Delta (asleep) brainwave state. It is the Theta brainwave state. The mainstream medical community is much more keen on prescribing sleeping pills then explaining to their patients the reality of sleep.
Visualization is the Secret
As it turns out we dream and we imagine in the same area of our brain. Tonight, when you attempt to fall asleep, try something different. Put on some relaxation music... slow jazz or classical, and visualize watching the band play on a stage before you. You might even try visualizing an ice skater performing to the music. If you like talk radio, relax and visualize seeing the people talk. Imagine their faces and what clothes they are wearing. What you are doing is greasing the grooves to deep sleep by stimulating your Secondary Visual Cortex and, therefore, the same area in your occipital lobe that becomes active in dreaming. Visualizing will bring on Theta brainwaves. If you have trouble staying asleep (i.e. you wake up too early) then stay in bed and visualize... anything (preferably something non-threatening).
The Reality of Noise
Because of what I do some might think I live in a utopian world of waterfalls and ocean waves. This could not be farther from the truth. Noise pollution is everywhere, including my world. Unless one lives far from civilization they are probably living with noise pollution. I live on a small mountain many miles from a medium sized city. Just for the fun of it (and, oh, what fun it was) I recorded the ambient sounds from my backyard:
As you can hear, I too live 'in the noise'. There is so much noise out there that many of us do not listen to it anymore.... it's just there. Always.
*Insomnia can be an indication of a serious underlying health condition. Our opinions are in no way intended to be taken as medical advice. If you feel your insomnia issue warrants it please seek the advice of a qualified physician.