Avoid the Hypnic Jerk with Lucid Dreaming

Avoid the Hypnic Jerk with Lucid Dreaming

Falling. . . . Falling. . . . Falling. . . . “Ahhh!” Boom! Splat! You wake up. You gasp. It takes a moment to get oriented. You exhale. You relax. Good. You’re not dead. You landed in bed — or wherever else you fell asleep. This sensation is known as a hypnic jerk. It happens…

Sleep & Science: Adventures with Leptin

Sleep & Science: Adventures with Leptin

The human body frequently gets compared to a machine. It’s not. Making a comparison like that is taking a mental shortcut. Writers searching for convenient analogies are guilty. We should forgive them, however, because they’re just trying to explain how stuff works in easily understood ways. Besides the fact humans are living and machine aren’t, machines operate…

Hypnos Got a Bad Rap from Hesiod and Society

Hypnos Got a Bad Rap from Hesiod and Society

Ancient Greeks had a mixed relationship with sleep. The stigma didn’t start with us. It might not have begun with them. It probably started with the first men and women, maybe Adam and Eve or whoever. Either way, Hesiod and other ancient Greek writers had a choice. They could have made the god of sleep…

Exercise is A Quick Answer To Loud Snoring

Exercise is A Quick Answer To Loud Snoring

When we were leaving Sunday afternoon, your wife was all smiles as you backed the car out of your driveway. She looks really happy, I thought. I didn’t think much about it at the time. Now, however, I have figured out why. She was looking forward to a full night of sleep! The poor woman…

Up All Night For No Good Reason

Up All Night For No Good Reason

Look, everyone, now and then, has difficulty falling asleep. It’s the way life is. It’s aggravating. Consider the situation stoically: it’s your turn to have trouble tonight. There could be a lot of reasons you’re having trouble right now. Did you drink too much coffee or have one of those energy drinks too close to…

Fun Facts About Sleep

Fun Facts About Sleep

Here are some interesting facts about sleep and dreams. While there are differences in the way everyone dreams and in the content of those dreams, there are commonalities. The commonalities are good to keep in mind when discussing dream journaling ►12 percent of people dream only in black and white, so they say. Personally, I…

Dream Journal: Nativity Scene Larceny

Dream Journal: Nativity Scene Larceny

Cute, winged insect creatures carried components of the nativity scene one by one through the snowy forest. Up went an angel. Up went a donkey. Up went a shepherd. The swarm went through the hilly forest, over to a snow-covered front yard. The caller to the nationally-syndicated radio show described what he was having the…

The Woo-Woo and Insights for Personal Growth

The Woo-Woo and Insights for Personal Growth

Have you ever had a dream where a dead person you knew was speaking to you? Did the experience seem very real? Have you ever dreamed of a genie? A demon? A zombie? Did you ever have something happen to you in a dream and then repeat in real life? Did it make you feel…