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      Falling Asleep

      Over the last month or so I have been dealing with a small amount of insomnia. It has been getting better over the last couple weeks after resuming some before bed meditation and regular doses of melatonin. But something strange has been happening in my visual field during the hours of waiting for unconsciousness. I have noticed something while drifting in that in-between hypnagogia and the darkness.

      While many people say that mimicking the sleeping breath pattern helps assist the transition to WILD, I have found it equally helpful in just generally falling asleep.

      But there is a visual que that has become even more evident the more I focus on this transitory period.

      While laying there breathing and passively paying attention to my visual field I seem to notice a sort of elliptical 'white noise' that is the standard background to darkness of behind the eyelids. What I have noticed while purposely breathing the sleep pattern is this border around the field of vision itself. It seems darker and with every exhale the darkness becomes darker and swells inward consuming the shape of the 'white noise'. Only it pulses though, with each breath in the white expands, and each calming breath out the darkness grows inward until the white noise is almost all but consumed.

      This is by no means universal, at least I am unsure if it is or not. But I do know that the exact moment of the transition to sleep is lost to most of us not actively seeking a WILD transition.

      I guess my question is, does anyone else experience similar visual cues?

      I've yet reach the point where I witness absolute darkness. But I have definitely correlated the whiter or fuller my vision the more awake or further from sleep I am, and the darker my vision the more relaxed or closer to sleep I am.

      If anyone has any helpful falling asleep techniques or any similar experiences I'd love to hear them!
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      Sure I have this all the time, even in very bright room(if I relax long enough), I can make my vision field pitch dark through relaxation, after that I think I can see hypnagogia. BTW I also suffer from insomnia and I will be thankful to hear methods for falling asleep faster.
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      So I've been having some good success with a couple other techniques I'll share here.

      One being the points of awareness meditation.
      This is a relaxation technique I am certain many people have heard of, I read about it years ago but have only recently been going through it again.

      The basic gist is while laying still and focusing on your breathing. You go through certain points in your body one at a time, bringing your awareness to the point on a breath in, then intending that point to 'let go' or 'relax' on the breath out, then move to the next point.
      Everyone has their own map or order to go through these in but mine generally looks something like this


      Only I start at my bottle right great toe, breathe in call awareness there, breathe out relax, then move into my ankle, calf, knee, thigh, right hip, then back to the left great toe, ankle, calf, knee, thigh, left hip, then the sacrum, the naval, the sternum, the heart, right clavicle, shoulder, bicep, elbow, forearm, wrist, then I count my fingers one at a time, pinky, ring, middle, index, thumb, webbing between the thumb, palm, wrist, forearm, elbow, bicep, armpit, clavicle, back to center, and trace the other side exactly the same. To the throat, the chin, the mouth, tip of the nose, between the eyes, the forehead, the temples, ending on the crown, the top of the head.

      This may seem obvious to many, but every night I've honestly done this exercise with a deep breath on each point of awareness, I've yet to complete it before losing consciousness.

      Another great technique I picked up in massage school
      This one involves a brief few moments with yourself before laying down. I don't wear anything to bed so it's simple for me but may be somewhat hindered with layers of clothes on. The practice is a light form of effleurage, or light touch massage.
      Essentially you imagine you are rubbing oil over every square inch of your body, or rather dusting sand off of you if that is a more familiar sensation. It is similar to the motions you would go through while in the shower, only the intention here is to gently brush every square inch of your body in a sweeping motion. Almost as if you are brushing off the days accumulation before laying in bed. Focus on the main joints like shoulder girdle hips and knees as there are more lymph nodes focused in these areas.
      The theory being there are literally miles of capillaries within the body, most of which are just below the skin. Our arterial flow (that which moves blood to organs from the heart) has mini musculature to move the blood regardless of our movement. Venous flow (from the organs back to the heart) however does not. It relies on pumping action which is 100% body-movement based, this is one of main reasons massage is so therapeutic. It helps move the used and waste ridden blood, back to the liver and heart to be processed and cleaned.

      We can essentially do a quick flush, and assist our venous flow just by rubbing the skin in a sweeping motion generally starting at the head and moving your way down the body. It doesn't have to be long, less than a minute it usually takes, but it's all about personal preference. You shouldn't be in a hurry, as its a personal time to spend with your body before retiring for the night.

      The nights I do this compared to the nights I don't are markedly different. So I figured I'd share with hopes someone else can benefit from it!

      Sleep well fellow dreamers!
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      In my younger days I had really bad insomnia I used the point of awareness method a lot too.

      What I found worked the best for me as I've discussed before is the visualizing drawing of numbers. I tried the whole counting, and counting sheep thing whatever. But what started happening was I could easily count while my mind wandered thinking about other things so I needed more focus. That's when I came up with the idea to visualize drawing out the numbers. Ether sitting at a desk drawing them big on a piece of paper in a note book and turning the page after each number, or drawing them on the wall or chalk board. Just something about the motion of my hand drawing the numbers really pulled me into sleep fast.

      And that is how I discovered VILDing. As I had my first visualization induced lucidity. I had never even heard of it before so you can imagine my surprise when one day I was visualizing sitting at my desk drawing numbers in a note book to suddenly find that I was no longer visualizing but actually there and looking around.
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      Picture a relaxing scene that involves sleep and build that scene in your mind.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mobwicket View Post
      Picture a relaxing scene that involves sleep and build that scene in your mind.
      Oh yes! This reminds me, I used to imagine myself laying in a larger me's hand wearing a weighted vest. Then I would "let myself go" and feel my sleeping self falling with the weight of the vest pulling me faster. That helps every once and a while, haven't tried it in a while, may do that tonight!
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