This post is called The Unknown Territory because it’s a Dreamscape I have never experienced until NOW!!! However it may be known to others, sow I share this thought. Any thoughts on the questions asked in this post would be helpful.
To explain The Unknown Territory experience. First, I must ask this question of the reader…
What is the process by which one thinks a thought?
The Waking Dream Thought
Waking inside a dream is an experience one can only experience. There are common aspects that form the Dreamscape such as thought. It is not uncommon for one to have thoughts within a dream. Those thoughts sometimes have will or intent behind them thus manifest in the Dreamscape. However when one as a thought in a Dreamscape that is not their thought, where did that thought come from?
Maybe better asked, from whom did it come from? Will that thought manifest?
Some might say the Unknown Territory is the unconscious mind. Although this sounds correct, the every day mind that thinks thought is already unconscious in sleep, thus what one is saying is that the conscious mind being unconscious mind thinks as well. Sow thoughts come from the unconscious mind as well as from the conscious mind.
How does one know which mind thinks the thought?
The Battle of Minds
What was interesting to me, and the reason for this post is that there was a conflict of thought between the two minds. One mind was thinking it’s thought, while the other mind, in essence, was suggesting a different thought. I found myself in a battle of thoughts inside the Dreamscape not sure which thought was mine. One could apply this to everyday awake thought as well. Thus the question which thought is truly mine? However that’s off topic or is it?
I found myself considering the thought suggested,,, therefore I was thinking within the Dreamscape with what I consider to be my mind, my thought, however the other thought was in my mind as well. Since what the other thought was suggesting was something I would not normally think while awake, I found myself thinking two thoughts. Thus the battle between minds.
Can the human mind think two thoughts at the same time? Or is it, we have two minds?
One for everyday awake thinking and one for Dreamscape thinking some would call the unconscious mind. However, inside the Dreamscape both minds were conscious. Meaning both thoughts were present at the same time.
Interesting is the fact that there were other beings in the dream as well. Was I hearing their thoughts? This means the unconscious thoughts of beings within the Dreamscape can influence the thoughts of the one having the dream thoughts. This presents a scary scenario as the other being inside the dream can influence the thoughts of the one having the dream.
This presents an interesting thought since what I consider to be thought is really a question. When one uses their dreams to make decisions about their everyday life who’s thought was it?
Thus if you think you are thinking….. think again!!!
These beings in the Dreamscape are my thought right? Meaning these being aren’t real, therefore, are my thoughts of the beings within my Dreamscape. Sow how is it that this being can influence my thoughts within that Dreamscape?
Wouldn’t this just be my thoughts influencing my thoughts? I could agree if the voices in the Dreamscape were the same voice. Does the unconscious mind have a different voice than the conscious mind?
This presents me with two thoughts… One, I AM nuts!!! Because I AM two beings having different thoughts at the same time with different voices. Or, Two, there was somebody else inside my dream.
If the latter is true, than how did they get into my mind having the dream? If the first thought is true, than forget you ever read this post as it’s the questions of a mad man lost in The Unknown Territory in the Dreamscape of the mind.
The Unknown Territory
Here’s a list of the questions from Dreamscape asked, sow one may ask themselves and others. If you want to have some fun… Turn to the person in the room next you and ask these questions and watch as their eyes glaze over.
What is the process by which one thinks a thought?
When one as a thought in a Dreamscape that is not their thought, where did that thought come from? From whom did it come from?
Thus the question which thought is truly mine? However that’s off topic or is it?
Can the human mind think two thoughts at the same time? Or is it, we have two minds?
Was I hearing their thoughts?
When one uses their dreams to make decisions about their everyday life who’s thought was it?
These beings in the Dreamscape are my thought right?
Sow how is it that this being can influence my thoughts within that Dreamscape?
Wouldn’t this just be my thoughts influencing my thoughts?
Does the unconscious mind have a different voice than the conscious mind?
How did they get into my mind having the dream?
Since questions promote thinking. Now… start thinking and ask these questions of yourself… Then listen to the voice that answers. There maybe a clue as to whose mind it really is.
Dreamscape…The Unknown Territory, what dreams are made of… Maybe I should have called it Dream-escape.
Knowledge is Power Experience is Wisdom Your Power is Yours
Dreamscape… The Unknown Territory of the mind. Ahhh, but who’s mind?
Winky!!!!!! You Dick!!!!!!!!! Get out of my Dreams!!!!!
Dreamscapes, They aren’t for everyone. Or are they?
This subject is right up this Doowans alley, so to speak. As I have studied sleep when I practiced medicine. What brought this to my attention. Was last night. I had gone to bed early and my mate had stayed up to watch the boob tube. (T.V.) When she came to bed, I woke up and was listening to her breathing. It wasn’t long before I hear the telltale signs of Sleep Apnea the not so Silent Killer.
It can be tough to identify sleep apnea on your own, since the most prominent symptoms only occur when you’re asleep. But you can get around this difficulty by asking a bed partner to observe your sleep habits, or by recording yourself during sleep. Your partner may know, if they knows what signs to listen for. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. So how do you tell the difference between garden variety snoring and a more serious case of sleep apnea?
The biggest telltale sign is how one feels during the day. Normal snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of your sleep as much as sleep apnea does, so you’re less likely to suffer from extreme fatigue and sleepiness during the day. Your partner might if one snores loudly. However, if one wakes up exhausted after a normal nights sleep. Sleep Apnea may be the cause. Most of us snore at some point in our lives. In (Sleep Anatomy) I talked about the stages of sleep that we humans experience while we sleep. Yes, Sleep has an Anatomy, meaning we go through different stages or levels of sleep. There are even different types of sleep. This information is in the link above.
Sleep Apnea Definition
All of the muscles in your body become more relaxed during sleep. This includes the muscles that help keep the airway open and allow air to flow into the lungs.
Normally, the upper throat remains open enough during sleep to let air pass by. However, some people have a narrower throat area. When the muscles in their upper throat relax during sleep, their breathing can stop for a period of time (often more than 10 seconds). This is called apnea.
Sleep Apnea(or sleep apnoea), is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. During my study of sleep. I had my patients hold the breath for as long as they could. while I timed them. During their sleep their apnea episodes would last from 1 to 2 times longer than when they were tested awake! If they could only hold their breath for one minute while awake. Were holding their breath for 2 minutes while asleep. What’s interesting to note is that each time this happens. The person has to wake up to open their airway and start breathing again. This explains why their not rested after their nights sleep. Truth is their not sleeping. Worse is that their not breathing either.
Each abnormally low breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study”.
There are three forms of sleep apnea: central (CSA), obstructive (OSA), and complex or mixed sleep apnea (i.e. a combination of central and obstructive) constituting 0.4%, 84% and 15% of cases respectively. In CSA, breathing is interrupted by a lack of respiratory effort that happens from the central nervous system in the ponds and medulla of our brain. In OSA, breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite respiratory effort, and snoring is common. In other words, it like somebody putting their hand over ones mouth and nose.
As airflow stops during a sleep apnea episode, the oxygen level in your blood drops. Your brain responds by briefly disturbing your sleep enough to kick-start breathing. Their called (Arousals), which often resumes with a gasp or a choking sound. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you probably won’t remember these awakenings. Most of the time, you’ll stir just enough to tighten your throat muscles and open your windpipe. In central sleep apnea, you may be conscious of your awakenings.
Regardless of type, an individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the person during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body (Sequelae, a morbid condition following or occurring as a consequence of another condition or event.). Symptoms may be present for years (or even decades) without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance. Plus, this creates other disease conditions in the body, like high blood pressure. Sleep Apnea has a big effect on the heart. It’s like running marathon all night long.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the flow of air pauses or decreases during breathing while you are asleep because the airway has become narrowed, blocked, or floppy.
A pause in breathing is called an apnea episode. Almost everyone has brief apnea episodes while they sleep.
What Are the Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
High blood pressure
Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
Worsening of ADHD
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic under achievement in children and adolescents.
Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
Being male, women are at risk as well.
Being over age 40
Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
Having a family history of sleep apnea
Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems
Other factors may also increase your risk:
A lower jaw that is short compared to the upper jaw (retrognathia)
Certain shapes of the palate or narrower airway that cause the airway to collapse more easily
Large tonsils and adenoids in children that can block the airway
Large tongue, which may fall back and block the airway
How serious is sleep apnea?
It is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. The risks of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea include heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease. In addition, obstructive sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness that can result in accidents, lost productivity and interpersonal relationship problems. The severity of the symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe.
The treatment probabilities of Obstructive apnea
There’s a broad number of medicines and remedies for all those suffering from Obstructive Anti Snoring (OSA). Because of this you’ll need to really have a correct dialogue with a skilled doctor in sleep medicine. CPAP or Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure may be the typical and many well-known treatment for anti snoring. A gentle but constant flow of oxygen and/or air from the mask moves through the nostril when you’re sleeping. This prevents the nasal pathways completely closing during sleep. Of course, there’s also surgery. Most of these procedures are radical, with no guarantee their work.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is when you repeatedly stop breathing during sleep because the brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing.
Central sleep apnea often occurs in people who have certain medical conditions. For example, it can develop in persons who have life-threatening problems with the brain-stem, which controls breathing.
Conditions that can cause or lead to central sleep apnea include:
Arthritis and degenerative changes in the cervical spine or the base of the skull
Complications of cervical spine surgery
Encephalitis affecting the brain-stem
Neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease
Radiation of the cervical spine
Stroke affecting the brain-stem
Primary hypoventilation syndrome
Use of certain medications such as narcotic-containing painkillers
A form of central sleep apnea commonly occurs in people with congestive heart failure.
If the apnea is not associated with another disease, it is called idiopathic central sleep apnea.
Central sleep apnea is not the same as obstructive sleep apnea, which is due to a blockage in the airway.
A condition called Cheyne-Stokes respiration can mimic central sleep apnea. This involves breathing to a variable depth, usually while sleeping.
House remedies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Altering how you sleep may help. Avoid sleeping on your back and attempt to sleep on your stomach or sides. Whenever one sleeps on their back. Remember, the tongue has the tendency to fall to the back of the throat and occluded the airway. This type of position additionally allows the mucous and spit get gathered in the neck ergo creating great sleep issues.
Rising the upper body on cushions or pillows will help prevent the tongue from falling. The right type must certainly be utilized. Extra cushions could make the throat flex or port up the top creating a blockage in respiration if not positioned properly. The idea here is to raise the upper body not just the head.
The proper utilization of dental appliances: Such systems are employed to provide a proper port to the throat and for the avoidance of the smashing of the delicate areas of the neck. Simply consult a medical Sleep doctor with help in choosing such a device. Comfort is the key, one must use this device every night if it’s going to work.
Change the way and the method of one’s behavior before going to sleep. The consumption of alcohol before bed should be avoided. Not only does it create problems by relaxing the muscles in the throat during sleep. But alcohol converts to sugar when metabolize. Sugar is brain food thus this may keep one’s brain awake when it should be dreaming. Having liquor before going to sleep by no means resolves the condition. It may in fact make it worse. As Alcohol may prevent one from waking up during one of theses events to start breathing again. We all know what happens when one doesn’t breath. If I tie one on, I sleep in a chair sitting up.
Eliminate additional weight, this is hard to do. As one exhausted really doesn’t feel like exercising. Overweight folks are far more vulnerable to suffer with Sleep Apnea. A few reports demonstrate that after one begins dropping extra weight the more one eliminates the difficulty in breathing during sleep. The fat cells in the throat and airways are decreased and they open with increased strength keeping the airway open.
Finally, to help with all of this, there is a simple way to prevent one from sleeping on their back causing Sleep Apnea. I have cured a number of people of Sleep Apnea in my practice of sleep Medicine, for less than a dollar. Sow a tennis ball into the pocket that’s sewn on the back of a sleeping shirt. This is really effective in keeping one-off their back. I’ve used this myself as I have suffer from this condition. As one trains their body to sleep on its sides the ball may become unnecessary. Getting good sleep using the tennis ball will help with losing weight. Simply, because one feels better, exercise becomes an option. And the snowball effect begins in reverse. Not mention the other conditions caused by Sleep Apnea begin to dissipate. One may in time be able to reduce or eliminate their high blood pressure medications. And reduce the pressure on their heart.
If one should have questions on Sleep Apnea, Feel free to leave a comment. I would be happy to answer them to the best of my abilities. Please be aware that I no longer practice Medicine. But knowledge is knowledge. Or contact your Doctor.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any kind. We don’t imply or condone the breaking of any laws. For educational purposes Only. Or are we telling anybody to do anything regarding themselves. Nor, am I a terrorist. We are all big boys and girls and can make up our own minds, if the Government Clowns would just take the fluoride out of the water supplies.
I am a Polysonmographist and have Study Sleep for about eights years. I was trained at the Stanford University School of Sleep Medicine and practiced this discipline under the Medical Direction of a Neurologist. We were looking at brain wave activity and patterns for Disease conditions while our patients slept. In truth these were the most interesting years in my twenty years of Medical Practice. Since the Doctor I worked with was a Neurologist our sleep lab which I was the Clinical Coordinator mostly saw Neurological Patients. Clinical Coordinator is just a fancy name for the lab is your responsibility buddy, so everything had better work or your fired. Before I was trained in Sleep Medicine I was a practicing Respiratory Therapist with training in EEGs, EKGs Cardiac Stress Testing, Pulmonary Functions, Arterial Blood Gas Studies and Retrieval, Ventilator Support in Pediatrics and Neonatal and Adults. Plus standard floor care for Respiratory Conditions like Asthma, COPD, and TB. Along with anything else they could think of to make a buck. Plus, took call for the Emergency Room and Surgery. Yep, pretty much a one man show. With all this training I loved working in small Hospitals in rural settings. So when there was a problem I was called. So as you can Imagine, I didn’t get much sleep. For some reason people in rural areas never go to the Hospital during the day. They always came in the middle of the night after my 10 hr shift. To this day, I still can’t figure this out. Maybe you can leave a comment with the explanation. I am just grateful that time has passed. Enough about me let’s get to sleep. I mean lets talk about what happens when we sleep. Oh, by the way I am not going to get into a deep philosophical or metaphysical discussion here. I have done that already in The Three attentions of Human Kind posts. So you can view those if that’s what you are looking for. This post is just about the Anatomy of just plain Sleep.
First we spend one-third of our lives asleep. On average eight hrs sleep for sixteen hrs of being awake. Of course this is average because in reality who now days gets a full eight hrs of uninterrupted sleep? During sleep we go through various stages and types of sleep each with their own brain wave activity. Which for me was the fascinating. These different stages cycle through as we sleep and we go through all of them in about ninety minutes called a Sleep Cycle. We monitor EKG, EEG, EMG, which is Muscle Activity, O2 Saturation, Eye Movement, Breathing and Air flow and sometimes the pleasure seeker Missile on Men. For Erectile Dysfunction. That’s right ladies it’s a natural function of sleep that men wake up with the pleasure-seeking missile ready for launch. We are just looking for the target and waiting for the order to fire. Just wanted to clear things up for the guys because we can’t help it and we are always being called perverts. We just figure it’s ready to go so why not take advantage of it. Hey, you try putting your pants on with that thing sticking a foot out in front of you. Quit laughing!
We monitor these parameters with little gold electrodes placed on the skin in predetermined areas to capture the activities we are monitoring. Along with different types of electrodes for O2 Sat. and Air flow and breathing. Once all hooked up, off to sleep you go with all this stuff hanging all over you. And in a strange bed on top of all that. Good Luck! Of course that’s part of the test. If you can go to sleep with all this stuff hanging all over you, you have a Sleep Condition. Isn’t modern medicine wonderful and very scientific? You bet!
This is all recorded on paper and each piece of paper was rolled through our recorder at one minute intervals. The one minute was broken up on the paper with a graph into five second intervals and even smaller but you get the idea. This paper was a thousand sheets long or minutes long I should say, so one night study was really long and very heavy. Of course we use computers now because we had to cut down all the trees. Just to do these sleep studies. Sorry!
Stage One in the Sleep Anatomy Cycle:
This usually starts with rolling eye movements and relatively low voltage, mixed frequency EEG activity around the 2-7 CPS (Cycles Per Second) range. These faster frequencies have a voltage of about, (50-75uV) uV means micro Volt which means really tiny in medical lingo. Along with the stage one frequency there is a fast over laying frequency call alpha. The alpha wave only appear when the eyes are closed. Open the eyes no alpha close the eyes alpha wave, weird huh! Hey, the Matrix was right we are Copper Tops. Stage one sleep usually lasts about 1-7 minutes. If I were to come into the room during stage one sleep, and ask if you were asleep yet? Besides yelling at me you would probably say NO and to GET THE HELL OUT OF MY ROOM. And then we start to transition into stage two sleep. This is where it starts to get interesting. Remember we are monitoring all these different parameters and changes start to happen as we transition and very quickly.
Stage Two in the Sleep Anatomy Cycle:
The rolling eye movements have stop and the eyes are pretty static at this time with little or no movements what so ever. The muscles that we are measuring have started to relax and thus the snoring starts. In stage two Sleep we are actually asleep. Smell turns off. Hearing turns off. Taste turns off. Sight turns off. The blackness of sleep starts to take over. The brain or EEG activity begins to change frequency and voltage during Stage two sleep and does some interesting things. Stage Two sleep is defined by the presence of what we call Spindles and/or K complexes which are very noticeable on the EEG. Spindles are very fast short amplitude waves that look very similar to (wwwwww) and the K complexes look like and EKG spike or just like a K. Hence the name. These can be transient events but with people on drugs they are much more prominent and a tell tail sign. The Normal EEG starts to slow down and widen out a bit from Stage One brain waves and then these Spindles and K complexes start to appear. These can actually be heard on the recording device because of the pen movement. We are now in Stage Two Sleep and can remain in Stage Two Sleep for most of the Sleep Cycle unless disturbed or movement arousal accrues. Not the kind of arousal we talked about earlier, you know like turning over or moving to spoon your partner. That kind of movement. We’ll get to that other arousal part later. Slowly and for some unknown reason, we start to transition into Stage Three Sleep or what we call delta sleep. This where all the good stuff happens.
Stage Three in the Sleep Anatomy Cycle:
During Stage Three Sleep the eyes are static like in Stage Two. But what’s weird is that in a lot of people I studied. Their snoring would stop during Stage Three Sleep even though they were in the same position as they were in Stage Two Sleep and snoring. The muscle Activity is even more reduced measure by the EMG. Which would lead us to believe that snoring would increase. Go figure! What’s really bizarre is the brain wave activity. The Amplitude or Voltage of these waves is almost doubled or tripled the size of activity during Stage Two Sleep. Above 75uV and higher with a frequency of 2-3 cycles per second. These actually look like long waves and we now know that during this stage all the growth and repair hormones are released to repair the body. This is awesome. I told you the good stuff happens during this Delta Cycle. This Stage usually last about 10-20 minutes and transitions into Stage Four Sleep.
Stage Four in the Sleep Anatomy Cycle:
Stage Four Sleep is just more of Stage Three Sleep but the Delta Cycles take up more of the time recorded on the paper and the tracing starts to look like long big waves for minutes on end. If I went into the room and woke you up during this Delta Sleep, you would awake up disoriented not knowing whether is was day or night where you were and what the hell am I doing in your room again. It might even take a few moments for you to get your bearings, so to speak. I believe this has happened to us all. Like when the phone rings in the middle of the night. Jerk! Wrong number. Delta sleep is the blackest sleep we experience. From Delta we transition into a new and different kind of sleep and the one the ladies have been waiting to hear about. Rem Sleep.
Rem Sleep in the Sleep Anatomy Cycle:
Rem Sleep we have all heard about and supposedly that’s were we dream. This is true but I also know we dream during Stage Two Sleep. It just doesn’t meet the criteria with the rapid eye movements that define Rem Sleep. What’s interesting During Rem or just before we go into Rem Sleep our body is disconnected from our mind. Meaning our muscles are paralyzed. Switched off just like a light switch. One moment muscle activity is there the next there nothing. Bizarre! No muscle EMG at all basically a straight line on the graft paper. I would always look on the tracings for what I called the Rem trigger to see if I could find a particular brain wave pattern to this trigger. They say this happens so we don’t physically act out our Dreams. I think it’s because we aren’t in our bodies but I promised I wouldn’t go there in this blog. What I also found interesting is that the brain waves looks as if we are awake. Some people I studied their brain waves looked like they were going through the Sleeps Cycles Stages very fast showing all the wave forms of the other Stages but at a very low voltage or amplitude. Rem Sleep is so close to being awake that if it wasn’t for the EMG we would think the person was awake. If we awake up from REM Sleep we feel refreshed and alert. Ready to kick some butt so I stayed out of the room during those times. But it was interesting to note at during Rem the men would pitch tents in their beds during this Cycle and this is how we could tell if they had Erectile Dysfunction, of course the electrode would help, or just hated doing the nasty with their wives. Now we have Viagra so now we have no excuses.
Hence, the Sleep Cycle Starts all over again for the next eight hours or so. Until it’s time to get our lazy butts out of bed. A couple of points I would like to make, that early in the night we have Less Rem Sleep and more of the Delta healing Sleep and as the night progresses. We have more Rem sleep and less Delta Sleep. If you need to do some healing go to bed early and quit watching the crappy 10:00 or 11:00 news. One it’s not the real news and two you end up with less healing sleep. But I guess it up to you to decide where you want healing or you just want to dream about healing.
One last point Experiments were done in WWII preventing prisoners of war Rem Sleep. Those prisoner Died because they were not allowed to enter REM and dream. This just speaks very loudly to me about the importance of being able to leave our bodies and dream. Connecting with the Totality of ourselves. Most men just look forward to their Pleasure seeker Missile in the morning. Hey, to each their own I like to say! And Guys we can’t blame the girls anymore more for the bad driving and parking practices. Because their depth perception is a little off. For the longest time now we have been telling them that our little sidewinder missile is a ballistic missile. Or that the six-inch subway sandwich is really the foot long. So just shut up and get the car fixed.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any kind. I don’t imply or condone the breaking of any laws. Or am I telling anybody to do anything regarding themselves. Nor, am I a terrorist. We are all big boys and girls and can make up our own minds, if you Clowns would just take the fluoride out of the water supplies.