It had been a few weeks since I had a good night sleep. It was a deep sleep, one that I had been seeking for a while, as I was feeling downright fatigued these days. Too much work for sure, but nothing that a good time trade wouldn’t fix. It was quite a feeling to be refreshed and re-energized. I felt like I watched an epic film all night. There was no stress just a relaxing evening. If I could only repeat this cycle every night, I thought.
I remembered a documentary that highlighted that whether people are aware or not, your body goes through oscillating physiological cycles throughout the day. Your body temperature is lowest in the middle of the night and begins to steadily rise to our core body temperature of 37° Celsius (98.6° Fahrenheit) a few hours after we wake up, then it falls again several hours prior to sleep. This is known as diurnal temperature change as the temperature change is usually no more than a degree, but it’s consistent. Like our diurnal cycle, we also have a mental alertness cycle, and more so, a dream cycle. We all dream, not just once an evening, but several times a night following a ninety minute sleep cycle. Dreams follow our REM cycle, the point at which we have rapid eye movement. This is the period that most dreaming seems to occur, and it’s the point at which we fall into the arms of Morpheus, the Greek God of dreams. I certainly fell into his cradle last night!
The interesting thing about dreams is that they’re usually about things that are of interest or importance to you. Dreaming is necessary for good mental health. Researchers have even subjected people to dream deprivation experiments to prove the point. People deprived of the ability to reach their REM cycle became hostile, cranky, annoyed, and impulsive. They even had difficulty in retaining thoughts. It’s because dreaming allows us to store the events of the day and free up our mind for new experiences and thoughts just as sleep itself allows our brains to restore itself physiologically.
On the other hand, the process of taking time to day dream and wish like our physiological sleep and REM dream states helps clear our minds and allows us to focus on those things that are important to us. We may not become cranky or miserable by being deprived of thinking of dreams or wishes, but we’ll feel unfulfilled or feel that our lives are lacking in some regard.
Dreaming in wonder allows you to move beyond what could be to what can be. It allows you to visualize what you want to be, not how others define you. It’s a form of self-actualization, which is the process of attaining your goals, to effectively become your potentiality.
Are you taking the time to dream?
Other Time Trading Gurus
Jana presents Are You Creating Your Life or Trying To Control Your Life? posted at Blog, saying, “Here we have the difference between creating our life as we go about it, or trying to control our life results. The difference between the two is the difference between living life happily and in the flow or experiencing frustration, angst and struggle.”
Shaun Rosenberg presents How to Gain Confidence posted at Shaun Rosenberg, saying, “Gaining confidence is one of the keys to a successful life. With it you will be more willing to try new things and to give it your all. Here are some tips to boost your confidence and take the chances you know you want to take.”
Jon Rhodes presents Top SEO’s Secrets To Social Media | Affiliate Help posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “Here’s some great tips from some of the worlds tops SEO guys on how to gain more traffic from social media sites.”
Theresa Torres presents Moms, Work, and Family: A Balancing Act posted at CreditDonkey.com Tips, saying, “How do moms cope with the challenge of balancing work and family and what do companies offer to make it easier for them? Here’s an infographic to illustrate.”
John Schmoll presents 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Graduated From College posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “It’s sadly been too long since I graduated from college. There are a number of things I wish I knew before I did, chiefly among them avoiding debt, investing early by taking advantage of a 401k and networking all with the intention of growing professionally as well as growing my wealth.”
The DREAM Process
Mark Koester presents Productive Goal Setting Cycle: Getting Beyond New Year’s Resolutions posted at Minding the Borderlands by Mark Koester, saying, “Some thoughts on establishing a “goal setting and iteration of those goals” process in order to improve both the pursuit and achievement of a few goals, in my case: learning Spanish and pursuing a web development project”
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