I quickly fell asleep for my polynap and drifted off into dreamland.
In my dream I was at a community college, waiting to speak to a counselor. I hadn't put my name down on the list yet, so I was just mulling around the waiting room. I was feeling good because for some reason I knew this was my last semester and I was going to drop out. I was particularly looking forward to telling the counselor that I was dropping out.
While I was waiting, there were two other students I noticed. One guy had the exact same laptop as I. When he was done using it, he put it down on the desk in front of me. I thought that was strange, and wondered if perhaps it was actually my laptop. I couldn't tell, and didn't want to take it if it wasn't mine.
Another student was in front of me. He turned around with a magic trick to show me. It was blantantly easy, but I appreciated his effort keeping me entertained.
Finally, in my dream, I became aware that I'd been sleeping for a while. This actually happens frequently while I polynap. I'm hoping it's a precursor to full lucid dreaming. Then I heard my alarm, but only faintly. Strange.
I sit up in bed and I realize that the power has gone out. When that happens, my alarm is much quieter. The brains behind the alarm is the laptop, and it's connected to the speakers. When the speakers go through a power outage, they reset to a lower volume, while the laptop stays on.
All of the lights in my house are automated, so each light switch has a little LED that stays illuminated when they're off. I walk into my office and it occurs to me that it should probably be light in there. I recently plugged a lamp straight into the wall, outside of the automation system. But it wasn't on.
Click. Click. Click. I turn the knob for the lamp, but it won't turn on. I hit the switch in the office - it does nothing either. I start to panic a little bit - something is up. As I walk into the living room out of the corner of my eye I see what appears to be someone sitting in a chair in the breakfast area.
I hit the switch in the living room. Nothing.
I turn to assure myself that no one is in my house, but to my surprise there IS someone sitting at the table. Is it one of my friends?
"Well HELLOOOOOO.... TYNAN." I can only describe the voice as "I'm about to be murdered". It was still dark so I couldn't make out who it was, but I was terrified. It wasn't one of my friends. My adrenaline shot up and blood rushed through my veins. Because I'd just woken up my eyes were blurry, so my efforts to determine who was there were unsuccessful.
Then somehow I realized that I might still be sleeping, and this could be a dream within a dream. I tried to wake up, but couldn't. I tried to move, but couldn't. I tried to yell "help!", but couldn't get it out. Full on sleep paralysis. I kept struggling and eventually my brain snapped out of it and I came to. It was 5:30 in the afternoon and sun was shining through my windows onto my bed.
I've had MANY of these sorts of experiences since going polyphasic - particularly sleep paralysis and intense dreams. Most of my dreams are very pleasant, but I have had 3-4 nightmares now. Before this I very rarely had a nightmare.
It may not sound like it, but these experiences are actually fun. Being under sleep paralysis is very strange... you're conscious but you just can't move anything. It almost feels like your arms and legs have been cut off. It's such an unusual phenomenon that I enjoy exploring it. Thank god no one is here to murder me.
With all this talk of dreams within dreams and the people within them being projections of your own subconscious, I feel like I'm reading about a scene from the movie "Inception"...
Just because an analysis of polyphasic sleep has been done by a "scientist" does not mean that it's honestly critical. As a case in point, Steve Pavlina linked to an article in which polyphasic sleepers were refered to as "mutants." What I find most amusing is the claim to know what the long term effects of polyphasic sleep are when there have not been any investigations into its long term effects thus far.
As for the dream, I first thought of Waking Life also because that's the only place I distinctly remember seeing the "light test." In general dream interpretation, when the setting of your dream is in full light, then the dream usually symbolizes something that is in full consciousness in your waking life while a darkly lit dream indicates something that is hidden in your unconscious. Perhaps that would be the reason why you can't change the lighting in your dream as it would alter the symbolism.
Yeah but Tynan, even if it's a simulation, it's still very subjectively only how you see the person, their actions in your dream are entirely (subconsciously, unless you go lucid) controlled by you. And if you're controlling them it's irreversibly connected to your own personality. Thus all characters in your dreams are facets of your mind.
And magnus, I'm not sure which specific analysis you are referring to, but REM sleep specifically is thought to sort out your mind (I've heard it called random firings of neurons, but i think it's more controlled than that), this is what leads to dreams (You always dream you just don't generally remember it). I don't know how this leads to a negative analysis of polysleeping though, as the whole point of polyphasic sleeping (the uberman schedule anyway) is to keep the amount of REM sleep constant (you do 6 naps, because usually a monophaser goes through 6 REM stages in one night), while compressing the other less important stages of sleep.
Did you read the recent negative analysis of polyphasic sleep by some scientist? He made a good point that one of the main functions of sleep is to defragment the brainÃ‚´s hard disk.
Sometimes this process is reflected in our dreams.
ItÃ‚´s far from a perfect process anyway, which is why people end up with various issues on things. You might want to learn EFT or something to do some of the defragmenting work manually...
I had my first
I had woken up naturally after about 15 minutes of sleep, and as I was drifting back into dreamland, I realized that I was sleeping right as I started to dream. I thought "wow... let's try out this lucid dream stuff" and leapt off some stairs. I hit the pavement and it felt like real pain, although it didn't last. Then I figured that I needed to think about flying, and as soon as I did, I could feel myself being yanked way into the air.
It was a strange experience. I could barely see what was happening in the dream... everything was really fuzzy. But I could feel it as if it was actually happening. I woke up after just a minute or so.
Along with exercise and nutrition, sleep is one of the primary determinants of your happiness and wellbeing. If you don't get good sleep, you will not only be tired, but also pessimistic, unmotivated, lazy or even depressed.
Research has shown that self control is a limited resource that is greatly diminished when you're exhausted. If you don't get good sleep, you are less likely to be productive and stick to your good habits (such as exercise). You are also more likely to do things that you know are bad for you (such as eating sweets).
Good REM sleep plays a critical role in the development of long term memories. If you're trying to learn anything at all, you better make sure you get enough high quality sleep.
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Do you think that your physical health and emotional wellbeing can be considered in isolation? Think again. They both come from the same body, and they both require that you sleep well.