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Offline InConcertWithMonsters

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-= SLEEP =-
« on: August 02, 2011, 11:01:06 AM »
I watched this talk last night and considered it to be some valuable information worth sharing. I skipped the Q & A section at the end so if anyone has the full hour to dedicate to the whole thing let me know if that was a mistake. But c'mon, this guy's name is actually Dr. Dement, and he has studied sleep more than any other human being I am aware of, so you should watch this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAw1z8GdE8

I was surprised he did not address the question of why we sleep at all. Also I was very curious as to how stimulants work with his models and if these interactions are type specific or general.

More than just this one video I would like to open this thread up as a general discussion on the subject of sleep and maybe even dreams if that hasn't been covered too much already.

But why do you think we sleep? What role does sleep play in your life?

I know in high school I could stay awake for days on in with no problem or chemical assistance then fall asleep for two or three hours and be raring to go. Sleep seemed to have very little impact on my waking consciousness. Then in the beginning college I discovered the joy of sleep. My dreams became very vivid and powerful so whenever I fell asleep really neat shit would happen in my head. I began experimenting with lucid dreaming, but never got very far. That honeymoon period only lasted so long, but my body's demand for sleep has greatly increased over the past few years. Most days it seems that I need AT LEAST 8 hours to be functional, and can easily go for 10 to 11 yet still feel very tired upon waking. I think Dr. Dement's theory of sleep debt helped me make some sense of this, and plus I am returning to regular exercise and healthier eating so I am hoping to make sleep a more productive and enjoyable activity.

In the last year I've also encountered a phenomena new to me in which I wake up and my dream persists for about 30 seconds to a minute. They all seem to be anxiety related, both in the content of the dream and the trigger that brings them on in my waking life. However, they seem pretty cool to me despite how scary they are at the time because of how wild the imagery and notions can be and it is a new type of experience for me. I can go into more detail for those interested, but for now...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Sleep

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQcE4_7-X78
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Re: -= SLEEP =-
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011, 10:03:18 PM »
Hi Monster! Sorry I have little time online at present but I had a few links to add that you may find interesting....especially pertaining to your last paragraph - which sounds like sleep paralysis or hypnagogic hallucinations.

see: http://mindhacks.com/2005/07/12/the-science-of-sleep-paralysis/

and: http://www.sleepeval.com/hypnagogic_hallucinations.htm

I'd like to re enter this discussion when I have more time and hope it develops further. Be well...
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 08:43:08 AM »

Hi Folks,

I have had experiences of sleep paralysis and it is not cool at all.  It is like being awake and asleep and thinking the devil or alien is trying to get in the window and you can not more and usually not make a noise like help.

Roy