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.

Do You Wake Up Too Early?

I imagine some people come to this site and scratch their heads. Trains... in thunderstorms? A sandstorm? A ship caught in an ocean storm?  Oh, they may understand that we mix relaxing nature sounds in with sounds that can be visualized but the concept might bewilder them.  I mean, who else in the world is doing what we are doing? I guess some folks are just not open to new ideas. But, to those suffering insomnia this new idea can be a tremendous help with falling asleep. Read on and you will discover a method of sleep induction that utilizes this homeopathic solution that does not cost a dime.

One type of insomnia that does not get written about extensively is waking up too early. Now, I am quite sure the great scientific minds of this world have come up with a technical name for such occurrences; something like Early Phase Arousal Disorder, or some other moniker (BTW, I made that term up) but you and I know it as getting up too damn early.  You normally get up at 7:00 AM but , for some reason, you awaken at 5:00 AM. You want to go back to sleep but simply cannot. You know if you get out of bed you will be feeling horrible by noon and yet you get up, beginning your day two hours earlier then normal.  Here is a simple technique I use to fall asleep.

Visualize a Relaxing Scenario to Fall Asleep Fast

ice skatersFirst and foremost: Do not get out of bed. Getting out of bed and performing even minor tasks requires a different level of brainwave activity that is not conducive to sleeping. Have your radio preset to a station that plays soft music. Personally, I like public radio. If not the radio then have a CD or MP3 with soft music ready to go. Begin the music. Close your eyes, relax and picture an ice skater moving with the music. Use your mind's eye to watch them spin or jump or whatnot. You will be back to dreamland in no time.

But why?

The same area of our big human brain that is active in dreaming is also active in imagining. This is a scientific fact. Your secondary visual cortices (or cortex) in your occipital lobe is active while you dream and visualize. One of the first things our brains do upon entering sleep is to dream. By visualizing you are priming the pump to falling asleep as you are activating the same area of your brain that will be active in the early stages of sleep. Try this technique next time you wake up too early and you just might surprise yourself... and it did not cost you a dime.

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