Sleep - The Third Shift?
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By Juran K. on Sep 11, 2020
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.  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.  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