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So I hooked up the speakers near my head, put on the modded MindWave and went to sleep. As seems to be the norm for me, I didn’t start dreaming until around 5 am. The sound file that is triggered is a recording of my wife saying “Tom you are dreaming, take control”. Well when I started dreaming and the sound file was played the shock of hearing she who must be obeyed was so startling that it instantly woke me up with absolutely no memory of the dream and my heart racing. Maybe a simple chime sound would work better.
According to a team of neuroscientists at UW there are:
Neurons in the mammalian brainstem that focus exclusively on new, novel sounds, helping humans ignore ongoing, predictable sounds. The neurons are located under the cortex in a part of the brain called the inferior colliculus. These neurons provide a unique model that can be used in the future to explore some of the neural mechanisms underlying memory, prediction and selective attention.
So instead of just introducing new signals to attain lucidity, it may be worth further investigation to trigger lucidity by removing persistent signals…
However upon waking I discovered that I held down the button 3 times for a very long time. Once from 3:04am to 3:45am, after that there was some small movement and then another click just long enough to trigger it again. Next one was from 5:53am to 6:34 (featured), another flurry of movement. And the last one was from 7:09 to 7:25, just before I woke up, the movement was delayed by 30+ seconds this time.
If any of those were from me dreaming, I didn’t experience/remember any of them. It’s quite likely that I was just laying on my hand or something. I also woke with my headset unplugged so the delay in movement on the third “dream” could have been from that. Though just a note, if these were dreams, it would mean that the songs were triggered just after they ended, so it might be a good idea to have a version where the song is triggered after oh 10-20 minutes of holding down the mouse.
I woke up feeling very refreshed for only having had 5 hours of sleep, so I’ll definitely be doing this again, hoping for better results though.
Thirteen blinks can be seen in the minute featured above. They look uncannily similar to the rapid eye movements previously recorded with the halograph FM. The audio track was triggered five times throughout the night and interrupted REM sleep at least once.
Also of interest is that the attention graph tends to spike during REM sleep, when the meditation graph tends to trough.