“In Praise of Idleness” by Bertrand Russel

One of the key beliefs at The Dream Well is that time spent sleeping is time spent well.  But this idea is about more than just sleep, and encompasses a philosophy that we do not have to always be busy "doing things", being "productive" and so on to be living a meaningful and good life.  …

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Better Sleep with Essential Oils by Anthony Zappia

I recently read this great article by Anthony Zappia on the essential oils we can use to aid sleep and relaxation without the negative side effects of sleep medications.  This is especially useful for dream workers, as many pharmaceutical sleeping products anti-cholinergics which suppress REM sleep and can reduce dreaming and/or dream recall. Anthony suggests …

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Can you help? Seeking Experiences of Sleep Paralysis

  One of the most concerning and even frightening areas of dreams and sleep is Sleep Paralysis and Hypnagogic/Hypnopompic Hallucinations.  Those who have had this experience can attest to how terrifying it can be, and how much it can make us question our own perceptions of what is real, what is dreamed, and what lies …

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Lucid Dreams: An introduction

Lucid dreams are when we become aware that we are dreaming while we are still asleep.  For some people this comes naturally, by accident; for others, it can be a goal they strive towards for many years; and yet for others, it can be something we have never really thought about. If lucid dreaming is …

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Big Dreams: Something Special

I have mentioned in various entries that we should pay attention to all our dreams (see "Resist the Urge to Judge") as they all have important things to teach us, and sometimes it is the very things that seem trivial or that we would prefer to ignore that contain the most valuable lessons.  As we …

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False Awakennings: A Dream Within a Dream

If you've ever had the experience that you get up as usual, maybe go to shower, have breakfast or start getting dressed, only to notice something is not quite right - maybe all the towels in the bathroom have changed colours, there are only spare car parts in the pantry or you mysteriously seem to …

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Sleep Paralysis: A Special Kind of Nightmare

Imagine the feeling:  You have gone to sleep normally enough, but for some reason that you aren't quite sure of, you have woken up.  It is dark, but somehow you can sense a shadowy presence, right there in the room with you.  You want to move but you realise you are paralysed.  The frightening creature seems to …

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