Artificial REM Sleep

by James Edward David Cline 930627 Revised on 19990810

Artificial REM Sleep is a consciously self-monitored simulation of REM sleep.

PURPOSE

When circumstances have caused signifant sleep deprivation in oneself, the ability to cope with new events is reduced. Contemporary environmental increases of extraneous stimulation, such as of sound and light and excessive late TV watching, could interfere with adequate sleep, which is slightly over 8 hours a day. If the sleep deprivation is chronic, the effects can become severe enough to not be able to adequately respond to emergency conditions or do activities requiring intense coping skill.

FUNCTION

This is a mental process which has the ability to make up for lost sleep, at least in part, which I call "artificial REM sleep". The more sleep-deprived one is, the easier it is to do the process, once it occurs to oneself to do it. It can provide a stress relief at a deep level, and the practice of urging one's healing sleep-type processes to go on deliberately at will while keeping a part of one's consciousness monitoring and supervising the process, provides self-discipline benefits as well as enabling some of the improved creativity and coping ability that is associated with adequate sleep. Recent research has found that the normal human being's need for sleep is slightly over 8 hours a day of good sleep; so less than that 8 hours sleep indicates a need for action; this artificial REM sleep process seems to me to be of great value in supplementing otherwise inadequate restful sleep daily. The artificial REM sleep process, after it has taken the edge off of severe lack of sleep, can also be used to urge forth new creativity for one's life, in many ways.

DURATION

It can be done for a few seconds, even several minutes, whatever it takes to make up some badly needed sleep time but have no time or place to sleep at the moment. I have tested the process many times over the past 20 years, with only beneficial results found each time.

DOING THE PROCESS

When suffering from sleep deprivation, relax unnecessarily-tense body muscles just a little, relax the eyes closed, then urge the start of a flood of images to pass across the inner eye, whatever images happen to appear there ... recent events, whatever, rapidly sequencing as if of their own volition. With practice, what appears to be a rapid tiny movements of the brain mass itself, which may help pump the cemistry of the brain. Consciously and impartially observe this ongoing process, allowing whatever images to come up that do so, mentally stepping-in only if certain conditions occur. These conditions are:

1. If some image gets stuck, staying there for more than, say, 5 seconds, deliberately force a change in the scene, then "step back" and again allow whatever comes up to come up.

2. If the eyes are not darting around enough under the closed eyelids, deliberatly urge the eyes to move somewhat further each quick motion. This usually also stimulates greater imagery.

After doing this artificial REM-sleeping awhile, bring your eye muscles and images slowing to a halt, then open your eyes and check how you feel now.


VARIATION: REM WITH WHOLE BODY AND BRAIN RANDOM MOVEMENTS

When the situation permits, the artificial sleep can be made more effective if small muscle movements are made thruout the body quasi-randomly as part of the artificial sleep. A sensation of a random scattered flutter of muscle-like tiny motions felt inside the brain also contribute to the relief from sleep deprivation.


VARIATION: PROTECTIVE IMAGERY #1

Another experiment one can do, if there seems to be some odd problem, involves imagining a protective white shell encompasing one's body space, to block others' (possibly less than benign) subtle energy interaction while you are doing the artificial REM sleep process.


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