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Sleep - The Third Shift?

Sleep - The Third Shift?

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By Juran K. on Sep 11, 2020

[1] https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Understanding-Sleep

[2] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-control-dreams

[3] https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/34890-being-aware-you-are-dreaming-during-a-dream-scientists-analyse-lucid-dreamers

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Channeling the theta waves

The first thing that came to my mind was Dexter's (the cartoon) new invention that allows him to study while he is sleeping (season 1, episode 9c, https://www.metacritic.com/tv/dexters-laboratory/season-1/episode-28-the-big-cheese). I recently wrote a suggestion for another session (https://brainstorming.com/sessions/how-do-you-jump-start-creativity-and-get-good-ideas-flowing/98) regarding sensory deprivation. I think sensory deprivation is useful here, too. In short, sensory deprivation is cutting off the inputs to all your senses. The best way to perform sensory deprivation is by using a sensory deprivation flotation tank. In the flotation tank, the brain generates theta waves, the ones that the brain usually generates during dreams. The theta waves initiate learning and intuition. Probably, practice using the flotation tank can help one channelize the theta waves (to achieve a desired thought process). Controlling these waves and thereby, your thoughts is the challenge here. Recently, a team of researchers suggested, based on their results from experiments on humans, that the formation of wakefulness-related dream content is associated with REM (Rapid Eye Movement) theta activity. [1] Another article suggested that now the next step would be to induce theta brain waves in sleeping subjects and see if this induces dreams about their recent experiences. [2] I think this is the very basis of the idea that you have suggested. Also, although it requires immense practice to master, meditation may help achieve theta waves at will (without losing consciousness). References: 1. Eichenlaub J-B, van Rijn E, Gaskell MG, Lewis PA, Maby E, Malinowski JE, et al. Incorporation of recent waking-life experiences in dreams correlates with frontal theta activity in REM sleep. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci [Internet]. 2018 Jun 1;13(6):637–47. Available from: https://academic.oup.com/scan/article/13/6/637/5032636 2. https://www.sciencealert.com/theta-brainwaves-rem-sleep-associated-recent-waking-memories-emotion-processing

by Shubhankar Kulkarni on Sep 11, 2020

Juran K. 17 days ago

Hahaha, yes, Dexter was a genius ahead of his time. I am glad you mentioned your session because I read the contribution where you mention sensory deprivation, but I didn't connect. It perfectly describes the state we are in while sleeping (the REM phase). If you watched the movie "Get Out", you'll maybe remember that the hypnosis state looked quite the same. If it works on the same principles, could we use hypnosis to brainstorm better?...

Shubhankar Kulkarni 15 days ago

I think hypnosis could work but with some changes. What I know about hypnosis is that it needs to be induced in a person. When a hypnotist performs hypnosis, he controls the hypnotized mind. I don't know whether a hypnotist can enable a thought (not known to the hypnotist) in the hypnotized person. What we need here is self-hypnosis (https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/self-hypnosis.html) - the process of reaching that tranquil and "free" state yourself. The problems that then arise are is this state different from the state that one reaches after meditation or sensory deprivation? Is self-hypnosis another name for them or are these distinct states?...

Juran K. 14 days ago

I am really not familiar with hypnosis, but from the amateur point of view, the state hypnosis put you in is like swimming on the surface of a sensory-deprivation-tank state. They all try hard (meditation, hypnosis and sensory deprivation), but sensory deprivation could be the closest to achieve not only the inner tranquil and free state but also the environmental independentness (I know it's not a word :D)....

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