Before I start with this, I wanted to let everyone know, I use Ambiance for my binaural tones. It’s a sound app you can find on the App Store if you’re on an iPhone/iPod. In it, you can search for and download the binaural tones I mentioned in my last post.
I can’t currently find the link to the timer I was using, but I’ll make sure to share it as soon as it goes back up (or if I find another one), cuz the site I was at is looking bleak right now. lol.
Okay, I’m about to walk you through my process of sleeping as detailed as I can, just for reference’s sake.
1) Shower. I really like to be clean, and I like my bed to be clean, kinda like how you wouldn’t dust your hands off on a Buddha. Same principle. And I find that I personally am the most comfortable after a nice shower. Hell, ladies, if you want, feel free to take a bath, anything you can do to get relaxed.
2) Dim the lights. Just cuz I’m still trying to get used to a normal Circadian Rhythm, I try to simulate a sunset by dimming the lights more and more as I get closer to bedtime. I’ll turn off the room light and light a few candles. (Apparently, I got a few Cranberry Chutney Candles from Yankee Candle for Christmas. It helps that it smells absolutely divine.) At this point I also try to eliminate anything that will engage my mind fully, meaning TV, the internet, video games, even my phone (That last one is actually yet another stepping stone for me to becoming a better person. I’d like to rant about that, if there are people interested in listening to that little part of me.)
3) Stretch. You accumulate so much tension over the course of a day, whether you like it or not. So it’s always good to stretch out. Shoulders, Wrists, Calves, Hamstrings, Neck, even Jaw. A lot of people don’t realize that their jaws hold so much tension. Don’t believe me? Try pulling your jaws apart. You feel all that tension? Yeah, even when you’re trying to relax, your Massetters will still fight you. Massage them, as firm as you can. You might look ridiculous, but it’s not like you’re trying to impress anyone, you’re falling asleep.
Tentative Pre-Step 4.) Tonight, I’m gonna try listening to some Theta rhythms, and we’ll see how that goes. I’ll report my findings in the morning.
4) Start the Timer. The timer is used to set off a sound at certain intervals to nudge your mind awake while you are in the physical trance of Sleep Paralysis.
5) Lay down, arms above head (That’s for a reason, don’t worry). I get as comfortable as possible, with my arms above. Here, I’m gonna start using the word “Reflex.” That is reference to the sensation you get when your body wants to move while you’re trying to sleep, in an attempt to determine whether the body is “asleep” or not. If you move, your mind knows you’re still awake, and you’ve reset the waves in your head. If you don’t, your mind is bamboozled into thinking your body is asleep. The key is to fight that reflex, to stay as completely still as possible. This part can get challenging, trust me. It’s totally a test of focus.
6) Once you get the Reflex churning, go into your most comfortable position and try not to move at all for the rest of the night. Your mind should be pretty relaxed and Zen’d out by this point, and you should be in SP sometime soon.
7) The last step I do, which is kinda lucky cuz I didn’t really know if I was doing it correctly, I started daydreaming. I eventually broke apart from my body, and the rest of that is history, according to my 3rd Dream Journal.
But that’s it. It sounds like a bit of work, but it’s what Ineed in order to calm myself down for the day. These steps are just what I do, and I believe everyone should develop their own steps/rituals leading up to their sleep.
And that’ll be it for me tonight. I’m gonna try out this theory with Binaural Tones, and I’ll let you guys know what happens. I’ll see you guys in the morning.
Sleep Well, Dream Good. :)