Issue 22: Sweet Dreams

sweet_dreams

When the doctor came into the room, she felt an instant wave of relief. It had been nearly nine months since she had slept through the night and the exhaustion was starting to get to her. She was irritable all the time, missing deadlines at work, and constantly misplacing her keys and her phone.

“What seems to be the problem?” asked the doctor. “It says here that you’re really not sleeping. How long has this been going on?”

“For about nine months,” she answered. “Ever since I moved in with my boyfriend. At first I thought maybe it was his mattress, so we got a new one. And I tried sleeping pills and taking advil for the pain, but I still wake up agitated and tired.”

The doctor looked down at his chart in confusion. “It doesn’t say anything about pain here. What kind of pain are we talking about?”

“It’s hard to describe,” she said, “because I don’t know what it is. It happens every night just before I go to sleep, and every morning just before I wake up. The pain just drives into my back for like five minutes and then suddenly goes away.”

“Ah,” said the doctor, grabbing his prescription pad. “I’ve seen this before.”  Two seconds later he tore a quickly worded prescription note and handed it to the woman. “Take this once a week, and you’ll not only sleep like a baby, but you’ll should get rid of that pain as well.”

Following the doctors instructions entirely, she woke up the next day feeling like a brand new woman. Not only had the orgasms help her sleep through the night, but it was nice to finally pinpoint where the source of her back pain came from.  From that day forward, her boyfriend promised to always use his words to ask for sex instead.

oxytocin

Oxytocin to the Rescue
Did you know that orgasms and sleep actually go hand in hand? The stress hormones that are running through your body don’t really stand a chance against the healing powers of Oxytocin. This hormone, often called the love-hormone, naturally combats against depression, anxiety and even tummy problems. When it’s released, the effects last for hours, helping the body to relax and get the rest it needs.

Especially when you orgasm, the combination of the hormone mixed with serotonin and norepinephrine “help the body cycle through REM and deep non-REM sleep cycles,” says HuffPo.  

However, notice that I said orgasm — not necessarily sex. The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Just sayin…

Lucid Dreams

Having Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams are those rare,  awesome dreams where you suddenly become aware that you’re inside a dream. Kinda like the movie Inception — where you can suddenly think clearly, access real world information and maybe even change the outcome of your dream.

Scientist first became aware of these kinds of dreams back in 1975 and have since gone to discover that lucid dreams, when done intentionally,  can people develop stronger self confidence, greater creativity, better memory and less nightmares. Some use it as a space to practice their reaction to something that will happen in real life. Others just enjoy the fun of manipulating a dream.

Is lucid dreaming hard to do on purpose? Turns out … with a little bit of practice, it’s pretty easy to do. Below are some ways to you can prepare your mind.

  1. Become more aware of your surroundings in real life

    By constantly paying attention to the world around you, you build sort of a database to pull from in your dreams. For the next few days, try to pay attention to even the most mundane things — such as eating your lunch and brushing your teeth.

  2. Keep a pen & notebook close by your bed

    Write down every dream after they happen, before your brain gets a second to register it as something that didn’t really happen. By taking the time to catalog these memories, you might even see that you’re lucid dreaming already. And since dreams often repeat themselves, the next time the image comes to mind, not only will you remember it — you’ll be able to manipulate it as well.

  3. Seven hours of sleep

    We’re talking at least a solid seven hours of sleep  — consistently.

  4. Skip the late meals

    This sounds like a no brainer, but if you’re serious about having lucid dreams tonight, you need to plan ahead. Eat before 7pm, and pick a meal that’s easy for your body to digest.

  5. Decide before hand

    Put your head on the pillow tonight knowing that you’re going to have a lucid dream. Tell yourself out loud and get your brain prepped to your intention. Research shows those who went into the dreamscape with the intention to lucid dream in mind were more successful.

  6. Pick your dreams

    Meditate on the experience you’d like to have. Pick a dream that you want to experience and start the process before you even sleep.

Put Your Phone Down

Put Your Damn Phone Down
Here’s the thing our little Twitter, Instagram and News addicted fingers need to remember — we are absolutely destroying our melatonin count, big time. The blue light shining off our phones effect the hormones ability to help us fall asleep. It may not be a big deal now, but when we’re eight four years old and tired of the drama in the world, melatonin is going to be a friend we want to keep close.

The best thing we can do for ourselves is create a habit of putting down all technology, or light-emitting devices, one hour before bed. It’s actually the perfect time to read a hard back book, if you really need to be active. Your brain loves a little imagination before hitting the sack.

If that’s completely impossible for you, consider getting a blue light filter for your screen from Amazon. For like eight bucks, you can save your eye balls and your sleep.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *