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      Affect of Sleeping Positions: Left Brain vs Right Brain

      I sleep on my side, and switch sides frequently throughout the night. I've noticed for awhile now that when I'm remembering a dream after waking, if I roll over onto my other side, I can't recall a single thing about it anymore.

      I was experimenting with that last night and noticed something else as well. The side I sleep on seems to affect what I dream about. When I sleep on my right side, my dreams are physical, materialistic and action based. WHen I sleep on my left side, my dreams are more spiritual, abstract and concept based.

      Possibly due to more blood pooling in one side of my brain from sleeping on my side?


      A quick google on right brain/left brain gave me this short article.

      Right Brain vs. Left Brain

      Definition
      This theory of the structure and functions of the mind suggests that the two different sides of the brain control two different "modes" of thinking. It also suggests that each of us prefers one mode over the other. Discussion
      Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking:

      Left Brain
      Logical
      Sequential
      Rational
      Analytical
      Objective
      Looks at parts

      Right Brain
      Random
      Intuitive
      Holistic
      Synthesizing
      Subjective
      Looks at wholes

      Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain ones. Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.
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      Hmm, that could make a very interesting experiment...

      20 nights sleeping on right side (Observed, to make sure you stay that way.)
      20 nights sleeping on the back (Still observed.)
      20 nights sleeping on the left side (Also observed.)

      There could definetly be something diferent about them.
      Also http://delicategeniusblog.com/?p=552 turns clockwise for me.
      Don't believe that test entirely, just because it turns clockwise dosn't mean the test is really true. Still interesting.

      I'm not sure about what would do it, perhaps it is the blood thing. Or perhaps just the weight of the brain itself. Both, or something else...
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      wow that is cool.

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      Was happening in my dreams again last night. Left side dreams were creative, Right side dreams were destructive.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Maeni View Post
      Taht is absolutely bizaare. She was going clockwise the whole time then her axis suddenly changed and she was going anti-clockwise. Then I couldn't get her to change back for ages!


      Back on topic, this is a really interesting idea. I'll look into this!

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      That is a cool picture



      More left right characteristics from that page.

      LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
      uses logic
      detail oriented
      facts rule
      words and language
      present and past
      math and science
      can comprehend
      knowing
      acknowledges
      order/pattern perception
      knows object name
      reality based
      forms strategies
      practical
      safe

      RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS

      uses feeling
      “big picture” oriented
      imagination rules
      symbols and images
      present and future
      philosophy & religion
      can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
      believes
      appreciates
      spatial perception
      knows object function
      fantasy based
      presents possibilities
      impetuous
      risk taking
      Last edited by The Cusp; 05-25-2008 at 02:40 PM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by The Cusp View Post
      That is a cool picture



      More left right characteristics from that page.

      LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
      uses logic
      detail oriented
      facts rule
      words and language
      present and past
      math and science
      can comprehend
      knowing
      acknowledges
      order/pattern perception
      knows object name
      reality based
      forms strategies
      practical
      safe

      RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS

      uses feeling
      “big picture” oriented
      imagination rules
      symbols and images
      present and future
      philosophy & religion
      can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
      believes
      appreciates
      spatial perception
      knows object function
      fantasy based
      presents possibilities
      impetuous
      risk taking
      Yeah I've seen that thing around a few times, the funny thing is it spins usually always clockwise for me (the faster it spins the more likely it is to spin clockwise, otherwise both) and I would describe myself as left brained when I take a test it always describes me as left brained, but come to think about it all those tests ask questions about you, and I tend to view myself as logical and thats the things the questions always revolve around, plus I'm very repetitive and don't mind it, and thats a left brain trait, but it's also an asperger trait, and I have aspergers.

      Though and interesting idea I usually sleep on my right side, but thats because I like the fan blowing in my face.

      I think someone needs to make a topic with this picture in it, and make a poll see if everyone gets what they expect I want to see the validity of this thing, if you don't I will.

      Looking at comments on that thing, it apears alot of people had it clockwise, or if it was anti-clockwise it was easy to turn around.
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      There is definitely something to this left/right sleeping position stuff. I've been seeing very clear differences between the two.

      My only problem is that I seem to have it reversed. Sleeping on my left side yeilds right brain characteristics in my dreams, and my right side yeilds left brain characteristics. I know that brain hemispheres control the opposite side of your body. So when scientists use the term "Right Brain", do they mean the the half of your brain on your left side?

      And can anyone else see the nipples on that picture of the spinning girl?
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      Haha! Yeah, I can see them o_o

      Actually, after I read this thread, I've noticed it aswell, when I remember a dream, if I turn to the other side I tend to forget the dream very effectively. (I do aswell if I move my leg etc. but it seems turning does it 'best')

      I'm not sure if I'm going to experiment with this, as I don't feel I can 'choose' what side to sleep on, sometimes I just have to change, wether it's because of strange urges (:<) or because I've killed my leg/arm under my weight.

      Also, I'm not sure about the scientist thing...

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      I don't choose what side I'm going to sleep on. I change quite frequently throughout the night. But when I wake up and remember a dream, I pay attention to what side I'm on.

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      That dancer picture is freaky. Is it abnormal that I can chose which way she spins? Thats blowing my mind!

      Did they ever get conclusive evidence with that nasal cycle / brain hemisphere sleep study over at Lucidity.com?
      http://www.lucidity.com/DreamYoga.html

      Edit: Maybe I should explain. Your nasal cycle relates to which side of your brain is currently more active. Pay attention to which side of your nose you are breathing out of when you sleep at night, and it should help with your experiment.
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      Sounds interesting, but with the dancer picture it looks to me when looking closely, her leg just swings left to right and its an optical illusion.
      Last edited by Fergie1; 06-05-2008 at 11:12 PM.

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      hey.

      This thread may be old but I was searching the web for related topics because this happens to me all of the time.

      I was actually more worried about it that anything I have a preference of sleeping on one side but notice a drastic change in dreams when sleeping on either my back or my opposite side. I was worried that pooling of blood on one side may damage that side of the brain or perhaps the lack of blood on the opposite side could be damaging.

      Maybe we should all rotate the positions that we sleep in.

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      Corpus Collosum.

      That's all I have to say to the OP. If he really knows anything about the brain, he'll know what I mean.

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      That GIF image, I see clock and counterclockwise, I actually choose when to see clockwise, and I choose when to see counter...I focus on the ladies hips and imagine the hips moving clockwise, and she does, and vice versa for counter clockwise

      Can anyone else on thought make it go either direction they want?

      Also, clockwise is right brain? left? which is which?

      I think im pretty much even-brained, I use both halves very often
      I would rather die on my feet then to live on my knees.

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      I can make it spin either way at will.

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      Quote Originally Posted by guerilla View Post
      I focus on the ladies hips and imagine the hips moving clockwise, and she does, and vice versa for counter clockwise

      Can anyone else on thought make it go either direction they want?
      If I focus on her lower heel I can imagine her changing direction each way.. just when the toes line up with the heel..

      Lol, when I fist saw this change direction, I downloaded the animation and played it in my frame-by-frame animation editor just to make sure it wasn't a trick


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      Quote Originally Posted by drewmandan View Post
      I can make it spin either way at will.
      Yes, but which was does she spin when you first look at it without forcing a direction?

      Plus I'm not sure where that image came from (cools as it may be) or if it even has anything to do with left brain right brain activity.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MrDamon View Post
      If I focus on her lower heel I can imagine her changing direction each way.. just when the toes line up with the heel..
      Yeah, that's how I do it too. But from a distance when laying on my bed, I can switch it up without focusing on the heel.

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      I seriously doubt that the side you sleep on has anything to do with which side of your brain is more active during dreaming. However, all personal preference aside, sleeping on one's right side can be more restful because the heartbeat will be less palpable.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Forsaken View Post
      I seriously doubt that the side you sleep on has anything to do with which side of your brain is more active during dreaming. However, all personal preference aside, sleeping on one's right side can be more restful because the heartbeat will be less palpable.
      Honestly, that effect alone is probably a thousand times more important than a slight asymmetry of blood flow.

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      I am split brained. :p (no, not even, split, my personality randomly changes from Left to Right to Left :p)

      I'm able to change the dancers direction at will, but I must close my eyes and concentrate. It's a little easier to change it clockwise.
      What if I told you that I am dreaming right now?
      That your whole life is a lie?
      That the laws of physics as you know them are incorrect?

      Furthermore, what would you do if I told you I'm going to wake up as soon as you finish reading my signature?

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      I don't think that dancer tells anything about whether you're "left brained" or "right brained". Rather, the way you see her spinning is dependant on whether you expect to be looking at her from slightly above her, or from slightly below. If you think you're slightly above her, looking down at her, then she will appear to spin clockwise. If you think you're slightly below her, looking up at her, then she will appear to spin counter-clockwise.

      I have wasted enough time learning to control which way this particular bistable illusion spins that I can sometimes actually make her top half spin the opposite way her bottom half does, at the same time. O.o

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      Quote Originally Posted by Forsaken View Post
      I don't think that dancer tells anything about whether you're "left brained" or "right brained". Rather, the way you see her spinning is dependant on whether you expect to be looking at her from slightly above her, or from slightly below. If you think you're slightly above her, looking down at her, then she will appear to spin clockwise. If you think you're slightly below her, looking up at her, then she will appear to spin counter-clockwise.

      I have wasted enough time learning to control which way this particular bistable illusion spins that I can sometimes actually make her top half spin the opposite way her bottom half does, at the same time. O.o
      1.That's not how I can change it. :/

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      What if I told you that I am dreaming right now?
      That your whole life is a lie?
      That the laws of physics as you know them are incorrect?

      Furthermore, what would you do if I told you I'm going to wake up as soon as you finish reading my signature?

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      Wow!! Great topic Cusp!

      I also change sides a lOt throughout the night, but prefer my left. I find I sleep more deeply on my left side. Although... I would be considered more "right-brained" (?) - artistic, impulsive, risk-taking, disorganised, etc. So, don't know if there's a connection between that and which side I prefer to sleep on, but... I'm definitely going to start taking note of what dreams I have on which side. lol.

      Oooh - I've just realised, a VERY Powerful dream I had this morning just before waking up, to do with clearing tons (litterally!) of old stuff on a conveyor belt machine thing was while I was lying on my Right side! I've been wanting to clear out clutter and get organised, but felt overwhelmed and didn't know what to do first.

      This morning I feel really organised and knew exactly what steps to take.... maybe my Right brain did a bit of "sorting out" of it's own last night lol

      xxx

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