virtual dreamer

nextI have written extensively over the years about the process of falling asleep and have sorted my journal into four areas of interest.

The Forward to my Book on Sleep

You may have noticed I am not updating this blog as often as I used to. This is simply because these days my time is being hogged by my attempt to write a book about falling asleep and visualization. At this writing it appears that the book; tentatively named Falling Asleep - Sleep and Visualization (this probably will change), will be about 175 pages and will contain an audio CD. The book is based on this very blog. It is an insomniac's approach to the subject matter. Here is the forward to the book:


I am an insomniac. In an effort to find answers to my chronic sleep issues I have read numerous books on the subject. I have tried meditation, relaxation CD's, and self-hypnosis. I have consulted doctors and been to sleep labs. Over the years I have been on a menagerie of medications for insomnia issues. I even developed a dependency on alcohol, at one point, all in an effort to fall asleep. Through the years I have heard the same things you have. Get some exercise, keep your room dark, drink warm milk, sleep at regular hours and so on. While having their own merits, these common sense and generic ideas did not work for me.  It was only when I turned away from conventional ideas and pharmaceuticals that the answers came. During my own research I discovered that the key to falling asleep was visualization. No medical doctor informed me of this phenomena and no sleep lab enlightened me to the facts I will present to you in this book. The same area of the human brain that is active during dreaming is also active when we imagine. It is that area of the brain; called the Secondary Visual Cortex, that this book is about. The combination of naturally soothing sounds with background audio that can be visualized is the key to falling asleep. I call this natural phenomena Virtual Dreaming. It is a form of audio assisted visual meditation which taps into the big human brain's process of sleep onset. If you are an insomniac, or know one, and are perusing this book in the self help aisle of Barnes & Noble I urge you to buy this book or consider shoplifting it. Okay, maybe not. You are probably being videotaped at this very moment and even if you get out of the store with the book you will feel guilty and lose sleep over it, ultimately defeating the purpose. I am not a doctor or scientist and therefore I am under no obligation to impress my colleagues with esoteric medical terminology and, ultimately, confuse readers. I am simply an insomniac who, out of desperation, stumbled upon an interesting phenomena that probably saved my life. If you suffer from insomnia I hope you find this book entertaining and informative or, at the very least, a good way to pass the time in those late night hours waiting for sleep to come.


The Sounds of the City

Just a quick note: after reading this BBC story and discovering that some patients in chronic pain enjoy hearing the sounds of the city, including traffic and people, I dusted off an old project of mine and re-mixed it into a fairgrounds ambiance. You can find it here . What sounds work for us as individuals is completely subjective and is one of the reasons why our soundscapes come in so many 'flavors'.


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*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 your insomnia issue warrants it please seek the advice of a qualified physician.


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