Conscious Sleep

Zero (@dsexton) 8 years, 11 months ago

So I have always had a hard time getting to sleep. My mind goes a million miles an hour when I am trying to lay down and go to sleep and it is really hard to shut it off. Here lately I have discovered something odd but helps me get to sleep.

When I lay down I listen to music in noise cancelling headphones, usually complex music. I will lay down and be as still as possible and concentrate on the music. After a while I will notice my body going to sleep but I will still be completely conscious. I have noticed there is different stages and depth to my body being asleep but eventually my body will be in almost a full sleep paralysis. It is a weird feeling having your body completely numb and unable to move and sometimes I get so deep with it, my breathing is completely automated and I don’t even feel myself breathing. I am just left in my mind to wonder and listen to the music with no concept of time and bodily ties. It is hard to open my eyes and when I do it feels like I just woke up from a nap.

I was just wondering if anybody has had this happen or has experience in this?

October 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm
Kris (328) (@kjbaran) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

All is well friend. It would seem as if you’ve reached the disconnect point between body and awareness and have strengthened that state/ or your ability to be in that state. This is similar/ same as sleep paralysis. There’s a couple of ways to drift out, one is the old “follow the breath” trick. Another I like to use is Binural beats you can find online coupled with your headphones. Have fun!

K4RM4 (19) (@K4RM4) 8 years, 11 months ago ago


I’ve had similar experiences from acupuncture in a nearly silent environment. My mind will either run through creative flight til it finds a focus or it will soon focus on something specific almost immediately. It allows me to visualize with amazing high def clarity. Once focused on something, it becomes lucid dreaming. All I notice is what my mind sees. Depending on when and how I wake up, it can be difficult to remember everything; however, at times it’s so vivid I can replay what I saw. I’ve noticed that I get the best experiences when my eyes are closed and looking up or directly forward rather than closed and aimed down toward my feet.

I’ve also had similar experiences to what you described by laying in bed listening to instrumental music (EITS & TWDY).

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