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Salazius
03-28-2013, 09:32 AM
Recently I've been drawn to naps by intuition, I felt it was someting important, and it was confirmed by a book I bought.
Clearly it is something to practice to superboost your brain :)

Here is a good article about naps :


Why A Power Nap? Facts on Sleep:
While small children typically take naps in the afternoon, our culture generally frowns upon mid-day sleep; however, even in those who get enough sleep (but particularly in those who donít), many people experience a natural increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, about 8 hours after waking. And research shows that you can make yourself more alert reduce stress and improve cognitive functioning with a nap. Mid-day sleep, or a Ďpower napí, means more patience, less stress, better reaction time, increased learning, more efficiency and better health. Hereís what you need to know about the benefits of sleep and how a power nap can help you!
How Much Sleep Do You Need? The body needs 7-8 hours of sleep per day; 6 hours or less triples your risk of a car accident. (Interestingly, too much sleep--more than 9 hours--can actuallybe harmful for your health; recent studies show that those who sleep more than 9 hours per day donít live as long as their 8-hour-sleep counterparts!)

The Effects of Missed Sleep: Sleep is cumulative; if you lose sleep one day, you feel it the next. If you miss adequate sleep several days in a row, you build up a Ďsleep deficití, which impairs the following:

Reaction time
Judgment
Vision
Information processing
Short-term memory
Performance
Motivation
Vigilance
Patience
Fatigued people also experience more moodiness, aggressive behaviors, burnout and more stress.
The Benefit of a Power Nap: Studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes more sleep in the morning (though the last two hours of morning sleep have special benefits of their own). The body seems to be designed for this, as most peopleís bodies naturally become more tired in the afternoon, about 8 hours after we wake up.

How Long Should I Sleep? When you sleep you pass through different stages of sleep, known together as a sleep cycle. These stages include light sleep, deep sleep (which is believed to be the stage in which the body repairs itself), and rapid-eye movement sleep, or REM sleep (during which the mind is repaired).

Many experts advise to keep the nap between 15 and 30 minutes, as sleeping longer gets you into deeper stages of sleep, from which itís more difficult to awaken. Also, longer naps can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night, especially if your sleep deficit is relatively small. However, research has shown that a 1-hour nap has many more restorative effects than a 30-minute nap, including a much greater improvement in cognitive functioning. The key to taking a longer nap is to get a sense of how long your sleep cycles are, and try to awaken at the end of a sleep cycle. (Itís actually more the interruption of the sleep cycle that makes you groggy, rather than the deeper states of sleep.)

As there are pros and cons to each length of sleep, you may want to let your schedule decide: if you only have 15 minutes to spare, take them! But if you could work in an hour nap, you may do well to complete a whole sleep cycle, even if it means less sleep at night. If you only have 5 minutes to spare, just close your eyes; even a brief rest has the benefit of reducing stress and helping you relax a little, which can give you more energy to complete the tasks of your day.

Tips For a More Effective Nap If you want to obtain more sleep, and the health benefits that go with getting enough sleep, here are some tips for more effective napping and sleep at night:

Avoid caffeine after 3pm. Itís a stimulant that can disrupt your sleep and stay in your system longer than you think; its half-life is four to six hours!
If you donít want to nap a long time, set an alarm.
If you donít have time for a power nap, or donít feel comfortable napping during the day, try meditation; it gives your body a rest and produces slower brain waves similar to sleep.
http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/powernap.htm

Andro
03-28-2013, 12:13 PM
I often sleep around 8 hours a night (although I do have sleeplessness/'night-owl' periods from time to time), but there's a catch: They're apparently the 'wrong' hours...

My 'usual' sleep during 'peace times' (:)) is between around 01:30 AM and 09:15 AM, but it seems that the very 'best' sleep is going to bed not too long after sunset and awaken at (or around) sunrise.

Oh, and I take two 20 minute naps a day, on the train to and from work... Does it count? LOL :)

But I have another problem: I can almost never really 'rest' during the entire sleep period.
Usually I am very 'active' during sleep (lucid or OOB), so I often awaken tired and worn out from all the 'extracurricular' activities (which are not without their 'benefits', but still...)

In other words, along the years and after all the training, it has become difficult for me to 'lose consciousness', even when asleep...
I rarely manage to get into the lower delta stages exclusively... I think this thread triggered in me a need to remedy this... I'll find a way...

Anyway, Salazius, you are a a bottomless fountain of super info! It's a great privilege to be your friend :)

Salazius
03-28-2013, 12:46 PM
Thank you ! And I just return to you the compliment my friend :)

Yes of course, two 20 minutes naps are good !

OOB and lucids, if not controlled (triggered voluntaritly) can lower dopamine in your brain and promote depressive states. It's very important to have a full normal night for the nervous system. Actually it's not the body that rest, the body do not needs rest, but it is our "soul" that needs to be out of the pressure of our physical world.

That's why the majority of small animals and babies need a lot of sleep.

Some people trigger lucids, you, you'll have to trigger normal sleep instead of lucid. Do you often do something like normal people ?

Krisztian
03-28-2013, 02:17 PM
Great topic, Salazius.

I also nap, regularly, in the afternoons, just after lunchtime (circa. 1PM). I habitually get up very early each morning, no later than 4AM, maybe 10 minutes past, so I tend to rest my eyes, shut down my mind during those naps. I believe now the key is conditioning, it took 6 months to 1 years before I was accustomed to an early rise. Maybe sleep 6 to 7 hours a night.

Da Vinci was known to sleep 20 minutes (at most) every 4 hours.

Salazius
03-28-2013, 04:26 PM
Once Arnold Schwarzenneger shared his 6 rules of success. And in one of them he said "you have to sleep faster".

Krisztian
03-28-2013, 04:32 PM
Arnold Schwarzenneger . . . said "you have to sleep faster".

He probably sleeps like a heavy log, once down, he's asleep.

thoth
03-30-2013, 09:18 PM
I find if I can get off to sleep on my back, I have the most refreshing sleep. But I find it hard to launch off unless I'm on my side.

I also find whenever I have flying dreams (where I have a real sensation of motion), I also wake up really refreshed. I'm certain the flying dreams are a result of my astral body going further from my Earth body. Only ever had one type of OOB waking up in my astral body.

Cant remember if it was someone on this site who suggested if when you have a lucid dream to look at your hands. It seems to wake you up in your astral body

Krisztian
03-30-2013, 10:55 PM
I also find whenever I have flying dreams (where I have a real sensation of motion), I also wake up really refreshed.

Just a simple comment that I heard before, passing it on now, that the physical body heals itself oftentimes with movements (i.e., flying) in dreams.

LostGnosticOccultum
04-06-2013, 05:19 PM
In other words, along the years and after all the training, it has become difficult for me to 'lose consciousness', even when asleep...
I rarely manage to get into the lower delta stages exclusively... I think this thread triggered in me a need to remedy this... I'll find a way...

have you ever tried Binaural Beats? I use them to help me sleep when I'm having a hard time getting there and when my dreams are overactive I tend to force myself to wake up so i can start to listen to some BB's and once I get back to sleep it is a good, DEEP, dreamless sleep :) they have BB's specifically for each stage of brain function.

Hope this helps, GOD Bless, LGO