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Offline johnb

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Sleeping with lights on
« on: December 09, 2016, 03:07:59 PM »
Was reading Orwell's 1984 last night, when I came across this passage:

"He had long grown used to sleeping with a strong light on his face. It seemed to make no difference, except that his dreams were more coherent. He dreamed a great deal all through this time...."

Made me wonder if sleeping with the lights on could actually be useful for stimulating dreaming. Orwell probably just made that up, but it still might work.

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Re: Sleeping with lights on
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2016, 04:01:46 PM »
Interesting thought!

I know that when there is light on I have a hell of a time getting to sleep, I even put a washcloth over my alarm clock because the dim green light irritates me and keeps me awake.

It makes sense that your body senses the light, produces day-time hormones, and causes much shallower sleep, read: more REM sleep. It probably is not the healthiest method over the long term though.
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Re: Sleeping with lights on
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 06:27:48 PM »
Interesting thought!

I know that when there is light on I have a hell of a time getting to sleep, I even put a washcloth over my alarm clock because the dim green light irritates me and keeps me awake.

Might cause too much insomnia for some people.

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It makes sense that your body senses the light, produces day-time hormones, and causes much shallower sleep, read: more REM sleep.

Yes. Light definitely affects the sleep cycle. The question is, when to do it. The whole time you're asleep? Might be better to just do it fairly late in the sleep cycle.

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It probably is not the healthiest method over the long term though.

Probably not too healthy. Wouldn't want to do it every night. Also, your spouse (or whoever you're sleeping with) may not be very happy.

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Re: Sleeping with lights on
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 06:58:14 PM »
Probably the best way to do this if someone wanted to do it would be to have a light hooked up to a timer that could turn it on something at 1 1/2 hour cycles, which should be when they are entering rem cycles, which could help them become more aware, and become lucid.

Since having a light come on at 1 1/2 hour cycles constantly during the night like iadr has tried before can leave a person feeling ship wrecked in the morning though, it might be best to have the light start coming on after about 4 1/2 hours of sleep so the person will have gotten some rest, and won't wreck their health doing it.

Trying to go to sleep with a light on, or even after watching too much television can make it difficult for someone to get to sleep, although doing this after having gotten some sleep might allow a person to stay awake long enough to enter a WILD.
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Re: Sleeping with lights on
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2016, 07:23:28 PM »
Probably the best way to do this if someone wanted to do it would be to have a light hooked up to a timer that could turn it on something at 1 1/2 hour cycles, which should be when they are entering rem cycles, which could help them become more aware, and become lucid.

Good idea to use a timer.

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Since having a light come on at 1 1/2 hour cycles constantly during the night like iadr has tried before can leave a person feeling ship wrecked in the morning though, it might be best to have the light start coming on after about 4 1/2 hours of sleep so the person will have gotten some rest, and won't wreck their health doing it.

Yes. Wouldn't think it would even be helpful during the first few hours of sleep.

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Trying to go to sleep with a light on, or even after watching too much television can make it difficult for someone to get to sleep, although doing this after having gotten some sleep might allow a person to stay awake long enough to enter a WILD.

Makes sense.

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Re: Sleeping with lights on
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2016, 08:38:03 PM »
When I read this thread, I hear Ellie Goulding - Lights.

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Re: Sleeping with lights on
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2016, 09:12:38 PM »
When I read this thread, I hear Ellie Goulding - Lights.

A good theme song for this thread!