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Discoveries from Dream Journaling
  • Post published:January 14, 2020
  • Post category:Dreams

Sleep, the balm of the soul, the secret to perfect health, to solve all our ailments physically and mentally. It can not be underrated. Yet, that is precisely what we are all doing. Forgoing sleep when we should be prizing it over all else.

The reasons seem simple. Society sees any time spent on consuming or working as a waste of time. Netflix binging and drinking and over eating? All totally fine apparently. But sleeping a lot and sleeping well? Where is the advice and society wide support for that on par with the acceptability and support for consuming mindless entertainment and products?

Sleep has always had a strange relationship with myself. In my teenage years I was a poor sleeper, waking often in the night, dreaming restfully and never really valuing it over my waking life. Now being older and more educated and wiser, I see that I have sacrificed it to the detriment of my health.

Keeping track of my dreams over the years, via various apps and physical dream journals, I have discovered some key insights into my habits of dreaming. The strangest dreams often had a lingering impact on the rest of my days, effecting my emotionally and my mental stability seems weakened.

Overall though, it is clear to me, that when i do dream extensively, I am in a more emotionally happy and stable place during the day. All things are improved, i seem better able to work, to discipline myself, to exercise at the gym and keep track of the requirements of the day. Without the dreams and without that sleep so deep, i seem to be lacking a special something that is hard to place and hard to understand. It is as if some segments of my mind have been unlocked from the dream sleep, allowing my waking life to prosper from the power that is unleashed from the intangible importance of dreams.

Dream of trains are one of my most popular dreams. Perhaps because i have always associated trains with arriving and leaving. And how i might want to leave a place. Having being someone who has moved around a lot.

I dream much rarer of friends and family than when i used to do when younger. Perhaps because i am more independent.

I dream more often than anything of video games, and competition and a sense of freedom within them, a consistent sense of adventure and discovery. This seems important, if not simply for the fact i dream it so often, as i do value adventure and it seems that my dreams and subconscious is heavily trying to communicate this.

There is something unknowable and ineffable about a good healthy night of dream sleep. You can wake knowing my mind has undergone something, it has remade itself from the inside. The wonders of our sleeping mind are well researched and documented. Despite my distaste for purely scientific. There is one book in particular which i have read that had a lasting impression on me and my perception on dreams and sleeping, for the sole reason that it opened my eyes to the healthy benefits of sleep, and why it might be, over the years mine has waned for my body’s constant lack of quality sleep.

Now sleep holds a special place in my life. My creativity is heightened, my mood is improved and i can wake with the knowledge that when i retire after whatever the day has thrown at me, i can lie down, and my mind can be remade, refreshed and renewed, ready for a new day of challenges, lust and passion for life – fresh with insight and the compounded effects of sleep. And when and if i remember my dreams, it makes me see things just that little bit differently. Makes me remember a time of innocence or a memory of freedom and happiness.

Sleep, the balm of the soul, the secret to perfect health, to solve all our ailments physically and mentally cannot be underrated. Yet, that is what we are all doing — forgoing sleep when we should be prizing it over all else.

The reasons seem simple. Society sees any time spent on consuming or working as a waste of time. Netflix binging and drinking and overeating? All fine. But sleeping a lot and sleeping well? Where is the advice and society-wide support for that on par with the acceptability and support for consuming mindless entertainment and products?

Sleep has always had a strange relationship with myself. In my teenage years, I was a poor sleeper, often waking in the night, dreaming restfully and never really valuing it over my waking life. Now being older and more educated and wiser, I see that I have sacrificed it to the detriment of my health.

Keeping track of my dreams over the years, via various apps and physical dream journals, I have discovered some critical insights into my habits of dreaming. The strangest dreams often had a lingering impact on the rest of my days, effecting my emotionally and my mental stability seems weakened.

Overall though, it is clear to me, that when I do dream extensively, I am in a more emotionally happy and stable place during the day. All things are improved, I seem better able to work, to discipline myself, to exercise at the gym and keep track of the requirements of the day. Without the dreams and without that sleep so deep, I seem to be lacking a special something hard to place and hard to understand. It is as if some segments of my mind have been unlocked from the dream sleep, allowing my waking life to prosper from the power that I have unleashed from the intangible importance of dreams.

Dreams of trains are my most popular dreams, perhaps because I have always associated trains with arriving and leaving, especially since I being someone who has moved around and travelled a great deal.

I dream much rarer of friends and family than when I used to do when younger perhaps because I am more independent.

I dream more often than anything of video games, and competition and a sense of freedom within them, a consistent sense of adventure and discovery. My mindful and adventurous spirit of experience evoked in my dreams seems essential, if not merely for the fact i dream of adventure so often. It informs me that I lack it, and I am missing it in my waking life. It seems that my dreams and subconscious is vigorously trying to communicate this.

There is something unknowable and mysterious about the benefit of dreams. You can wake to know your mind has undergone something; it has remade itself from the inside. The wonders of our sleeping mind have been well researched and. One book in particular which i have read that had a lasting impression on me and my perception on dreams and sleeping is ‘Why We Sleep’ by Mathew Walker, for the sole reason that it opened my eyes to the health benefits of sleep, and why it might be, over the years mine has waned for my body’s constant lack of quality sleep.

These days’ sleep holds a special place in my life. Sleeping well, I wake with my creativity unleashed, my mood improved and the knowledge that when i retire after whatever the day will throw at me, I can lie down, and wait for my mind to be remade, refreshed and renewed, ready for a new day of challenges, lust and passion for life – fresh with insight and the compounded effects of sleep. And when and if I remember my dreams, it makes me see things just that little bit differently. Makes me remember a time of innocence or a memory of freedom and happiness.

Now sleep holds a special place in my life. My creativity is heightened, my mood is improved and i can wake with the knowledge that when i retire after whatever the day has thrown at me, i can lie down, and my mind can be remade, refreshed and renewed, ready for a new day of challenges, lust and passion for life – fresh with insight and the compounded effects of sleep. And when and if i remember my dreams, it makes me see things just that little bit differently. Makes me remember a time of innocence or a memory of freedom and happiness.

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