waking up at 4:30 am is stupid

LUCID DREAMING: HOW TO

SO LUCID DREAMING!!  

Some people asked because of my TONGUE IN CHEEK POST about it the other night, well!!! all it is, is being consciously aware that you’re dreaming. You can kinda train your brain to do it and it’s fukken awesome ok!  I learned from a bunch of books I got out from the library one summer back in high school and I have kept up all the habits since then until shit got weird but we don’t talk about that

sometimes you get to a point where you can control your dream and force yourself to dream about a certain thing . either way it’s really damn neat to just have conscious awareness while you’re asleep and if nothing else, it’s something fun to do that doesn’t cost anything.

I got into it a few years before Inception came out, if you can believe it. So when that movie came out talking about the same ideas my mind was  blown 

First things first:

1) DREAM RECALL:

This is your ability to actually remember your dreams. Because imagine, even if you end up having a lucid dream,  what’s the point if you completely forget it as soon as you’re awake? Some people think they don’t dream anymore but it isn’t true, everyone dreams. Some people just don’t remember.

So Write down  all your dreams, anything that you can remember as soon as you wake up.

I just text it to myself first thing in the morning and usually they’re super disjointed and barely readable but it’s just enough to have me remember them again. even if you can only remember little snippets, the more you do this the better you can get at remembering.

2) DREAM CUES

Dream cues are these little things that make you realize you’re asleep because they differ between reality and your dreams. They’re kind of like triggers that will make you realize you’re dreaming. The idea is to check in on these cues even when you’re awake, so that when it becomes a habit in real life, it will become a habit when you’re asleep.

It’s also a good way to check if you’re actually awake because sometimes dreams are super realistic. I’ve had a lot of dreams where I woke up in my bed, then did the reality check only to figure out I was dreaming.

Different people have different ones but there’s some common ones:

-mirrors: In real life you look like yourself. in a dream you’ll look like a really distorted version of yourself or like a completely different person. I don’t recommend this one because what you see in the mirror might freak you out into just waking up lol

-counting your fingers and seeing more or less than the amount of fingers you have

-electronics that don’t work

-text that changes when you read it, look away and then read it again

-dim lights [i hate light dimmers for this reason eugh]

-loose teeth

My personal ones are the and fingers and the changing text! So in real life, I count my fingers, and read some text, look away and read it again to see if it changes.

If I have more than 5 fingers, I realize I’m asleep and that’s where the lucid part starts.

Personally for me, all of these have served as dream cues, but these two are the ones that i literally check on. Another big one for me is if my teeth are loose, it’s an automatic cue for knowing I’m asleep.

INDUCING A LUCID DREAM

So you made a habit out of checking in on your dream cues and writing down your dreams. Now how do you actually do this thing….

There are some REALLY SPECIFIC METHODS To inducing a lucid dream . Some people practice one method that brings you from wakefulness directly into a dream, with NO LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. I find this a little rarer but it’s definitely happened to me

Others have the method where you fall asleep as usual, end up in a dream, and then your consciousness wakes up while you’re in the dream. This is more common I think.

my sleep science might be off but this is it as I’ve understood it.

so the general method is to go to bed super early. like 9pm. And set your alarm for Stupid O Clock. I am talking some ungodly hour that you will never be up, like 4:30.

Reason being: You will literally never go to sleep and immedeitly start dreaming. You have to have been asleep for a few hours, having gotten a few sleep cycles in. The longer you sleep, the deeper your sleep cycles run and the more restful sleep you’ll have as the night goes on. It’s only in the later sleep cycles that you start to dream.

This is the reason you’re groggy in the morning [you were just in the middle of your deepest sleep cycle] but not groggy at all if you wake up at like 12

So the goal is to wake up right before you’re gonna go into a deep sleep cycle.

Stay awake for a few minutes, go to the bathroom or something, read some stuff on lucid dreaming on your phone… You want to wake up your brain so that your mind is conscious and running even though you’re dead tired.

Now you can go back to sleep, and the conditions are pretty much met for having a lucid dream.

SO GENERALLY NOW, it’s really likely that you’re gonna have a regular dream.

But if you’ve been making a habit out of doing your dream cues/reality checks while you’re awake, at some point you’re gonna do it while you’re asleep.

stuff from the waking world carries over into dreamtown. it’s the same reason you’ll have super realistic dreams about your job or people you know.

IT’S ACTUALLY SUPER COOL When you do your dream-cues and you see different results from real life. Like I’ll count my fingers and realize there’s 6 of them and be like Ohhh shit! I’m asleep! Time to go wild.

Usually I just fly around like a motherfucker but it’s so cool to be your exact same self who is able to think about your family/friends/homework/life/memes except you’re flying

CONTROLLING THE DREAM

OK SO NOW THAT YOU’RE AWAKE while dreaming, you can  try controlling your dream. This is a bit harder to explain but in my opinion it’s as easy as focusing/dwelling on what you want to do..kind of like repeating a mantra mentally.

Like lets say you’re dreaming and you come across a house. As you’re walking towards it, tell yourself “Captain Kirk is in this house and we’re gonna have the time of our damn life.” TELL YOURSELF WITH CONVICTION! BELIEVE IT! CAPTAIN KIRK IS IN THE HOUSE! OVER AND OVER!

also try practising controlling on little things first. Like point to the sky and say “brighter” or “more purple” or “bluer” or think “I want it to be night time instead" and it SHOULD change.

STAYING IN THE DREAM

There’s 2 tricks I know of that will keep you in a dream for longer when you feel like you’re about to wake up and you don’t want to.

One is spinning: If you feel yourself waking up, try spinning around on the spot till you’re dizzy. Things will blur around you and then they will clear up and get super sharp! Especially spinning while crouching. I have no idea why this works, but it does and others have said the same thing.

The other is, when you feel like things are getting blurry, focus on ONE spot in the dream. I usually crouch and like, stare at the details and texture of the road really really close up. For some reason, pinpointing your focus on one little thing will refocus the dream.

finally,

READ UP!!

Honestly the more you read about lucid dreaming, the more likely you are to have one for yourself..Even by reading this you’re more likely to have one. It’s weird, but it works. When I would regularly read books on the topic they’d say the same thing and it was true. It’s kind of like, the fact that you’re aware that it can happen makes it likely to happen..

SO YEAH, before you go to sleep or when you wake up at 4 in the morning, google it, see what others have to say. Get your brain in gear for it. there’s lots of posts online that will probably talk about the same stuff that I have here but this is my legit personal experience with it and stuff over the years.

IN SHORT

  • DO YOUR DREAM CUES/REALITY CHECKS
  • WRITE DOWN YOUR DREAMS
  • SET YOUR ALARM FOR A REALLY DUMB TIME!!
  • HAPPY DREAMING
I never understood people
that fall asleep while texting.
“I am not a multi-tasker,”
I said,
“I could never do that.”
And then one night,
we were talking about stupid things.
Like first crushes
and movies.
And we were talking about serious things.
Like sex
and God.
And I understood.
I don’t know how it’s possible for my heart
to literally jump every time your name lights
up on my phone.
I do know that I would rather wake up exhausted
than not talk to you about anything
and everything.
Maybe it was the 4:30 AM talking
the other night,
but that was the happiest I’ve been in a while.
I thought you deserved to know.
—  “Why People Fall Asleep Texting or the Generation Z Version of ‘No You Hang Up First’” by Claire Luisa

anonymous asked:

tips on studying? im going to be a junior this year and it's going to suck :c

eeeeeeeeekkk super late reply anon im so sorry. but coming to me for study tips is actually not the best idea haha. i tend to leave everything to the last minute, not sleep much and be a big ol’ ball full of stress. but here it goes ^^ (ill probs add a read more to this) 

11 STUDYING TIPS FROM SOMEONE WHO NEEDS TO STUDY MORE

Tip 1. Have a Quiet, Calm Place to Study 

I’m sure most people have something like this anyway but (for me at least) having somewhere where no one can distract you and you can just engulf yourself into your work is great ! You can think more clearly and not be tempted to do something else as no one else is around you. 

Tip 2. THROW AWAY YO TEC. 

If you’re doing math equations or doing study that does not revolve around a device, put the device away. Turn it off. Put it in another room. Let it go flat. Don’t let yourself be distracted by it. For me, I tend to go on my computer/phone when studying to send someone a message or respond to a message and next thing I know, it’s 2 hours later and I’m watching hair and makeup tutorials on youtube. 

Tip 3. BLOCK WEBSITES

So what happens if your writing essays or doing research tasks and you NEED your computer? BLOCK SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES. JUST BLOCK THEM. Web browsers have an option where you can set restrictions in regards to what websites you can go on. Block ANYTHING that you use to procrastinate: tumblr, facebook, twitter, gaming sites, youtube etc. This way you cant actually go onto the website without going through the unblocking process and lets be honest, who can be bothered to do that? 

Tip 4. STUDY TIMETABLE. 

They sound nerdy af but they help heaps (if you follow them). I have one of these but I more so follow it a few days before the exam/due date (WHICH IS A BIG NO NO). For example, on one day I may get home from school at 4pm and eat and relax until 4:30. I then tell my self that at 4:30 I will do maths until 5:30 (I generally start at 5ish because I cant be bothered ha). After I am finished with maths I may work on an assignment until 6:30. From 6:30-7:30 I eat dinner/shower/relax that fun stuff and then afterwards I may do another subject until 8:30 and then another until 9:30 and go to sleep (I get tired way too easy ha). Because I wake up at 5am every morning (stupid body clock not letting me sleep in ever) I tend to do all the fun stuff like watching tv/cosmaking/computer until I have to go to school. – THIS IS GENERALLY FOR THE SECOND WEEK BEFORE EXAMS. THE WEEK BEFORE I SCHEDULE NO FREE TIME WHAT SO EVER ;;;;;(

Tip 5. DONT LEAVE THINGS TO THE LAST MINUTE

Dear god don’t do this. Just, just don’t. We’ve all heard it before but we really need to. Just don’t. Do a little but of study every night. Even if it is just for 5-10 minutes read over your notebook, go over things you learned in class. Do a few math equations to help it settle in your brain. If you have an assignment due in 3 weeks try and write 100 or so words on it every couple of nights. You’ll thank yourself dearly for it. 

Tip 6. TAKE DOWN AND HAVE PRETTY NOTES 

If you look in one of my notebooks its like a colour EXPPPLLOOSSSSIIIOOOOONN~ ok not really. But make use of colours ! write bits of key information in another colour. If a teacher says something that sounds important right it in a pink pen. That way it stands out against the blue.  Also make sure your taking down things as notes and not full sentences. It’s soooo much easier to study that way so your not searching through all the info  

Tip 7. USE YOUR TEACHERS

TEACHERS ARE TEACHERS FOR A REASON. ASK TO SEE THEM AT A LUNCH TIME / BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL TO GO THROUGH SOMETHING. ASK QUESTIONS IN CLASS. BE AN ACTIVE LEARNER. 

Tip 8. ASK FOR TERM OVERVIEWS 

Ask your teachers for a term planer or for an overview of everything you’ll do that term. That way you can do some prior reading before they teach it to you OR if you miss a lesson you can easily see what you missed out on so you can catch up ^^

Tip 9. TAKE BREAKS and PREPARE YOUR MEALS PRIOR WHEN YOU HAVE EXAMS COMING UP 

Don’t study from 5am-1am with no breaks. It will drive you insane. But be cautious with breaks. Make sure your 10 min break doesn’t turn into a 10 hour break.  

  • to get around this have everything you need nearby. try and prepare meals in advance so you don’t spend 30 minutes making a sandwich and cleaning up all the mess 

Tip 10. CLARIFY YOUR RESULTS 

Too many times has a teacher marked something thats right as wrong. Go through your exams, cross check them with friends. Ask your teacher to have another look through it (particularly in maths. do this in maths. ) 

TIP 11. DONT STRESS. 

This is very hypocritical of me to say this but take a breather. Don’t stress. Junior year is a lot of work I’m not going to lie. But try and enjoy it too ! It’s ok if you don’t get an A on that assignment. Junior year (y11) is a practice run for Senior year (yr12). It does take some adjusting to but once you understand the amount of work you have to do, it is easy peasy ! ^^ 

Good luck with your studying <3