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  • About This Course

    24 lectures  |  30 minutes per lecture
    AVAILABLE FORMATS: Video Download; Audio Download; DVD, CD

    For many of us, sleep is one of life’s greatest pleasures. For others, sleep represents a nightly struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep, rest comfortably, and even remain safe until morning. But what is sleep exactly, and why must we do it every night?

    Despite the fact that we spend about one-third of our lives in slumber, scientists still aren’t completely certain. Finding the function of sleep is one of the biggest—and most intriguing—challenges facing biologists today.

    What is clear: Sleep is as essential to life as food and water. It impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, from our mood to the functioning of our organs, and it contributes to learning and memory, better performance at work, and a more healthy and productive wakeful life overall.


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    Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders – DVD course


  • Sleep mechanism identified that plays role in emotional memory

    June 13, 2013

    Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 12:09 | (e) Science News UC Riverside Sleep researchers from University of California campuses in Riverside and San Diego have identified the sleep mechanism that enables the brain to consolidate emotional memory and found that a popular prescription sleep aid heightens the recollection of and response to negative memories. Their […]

  • Video: The Science of Sleep

    May 21, 2013

    Scientists are discovering that sleep is far more critical to human health than previously believed and have linked sleep deprivation to serious problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Below is the two-part CBS inquiry into sleep and why we actually need it! Part 1 Part 2 Watch CBS Videos Online

  • Video: How to Lucid Dream

    February 19, 2013

    How To Lucid Dream Video: A lucid dream is one in which you become aware that you are dreaming, but don’t wake up. Although some people naturally have the ability to lucid dream, most have to learn and develop the technique. Here’s some advice on how to improve your chances of having lucid dreams. lucid […]

  • Dream HerbThis dream herb has been and still is being traditionally used by the Chontal Indians of Mexico to induce dreams. Used as a tea and often smoking cigarettes rolled from the same material, the Chontal Indians use this magical herb to obtain divinatory messages during dreaming.

    In controlled experiments this dream herb has in fact to been found to increase the superficial stages of sleep and the number of spontaneous awakenings. The subjective reports of dreams were significantly higher than both placebo and diazepam, indicating an increase in hypnagogic imagery occurring during superficial sleep stages. A collection of interviews and written reports concerning the psychotropic effects of these preparations on 12 volunteers has been published. Free reports and direct questioning disclosed a discrete enhancement of all sensorial perceptions, an increase in imagery, mind thought discontinuity, void flux of ideas, and difficulties in retrieval. These effects were followed by somnolence and a short sleep during which lively dreams were reported by the majority of the volunteers.

    There is also reported a feeling of well-being said to persist for a day or more with no unpleasant side effects when using dream herb. Leaves show some experimental antiatherogenic and CNS depression activity and the plant contains 0.01% of a crystalline alkaloid, C21H26O8.

    Botanicals and Lucid Dreaming

    Recommended dream herb preparation includes:

    1. Steeping dried plant material (leaves and stems) in hot water and drinking slowly as a tea
    2. Smoking the dry leaves
    3. Packing plant material in gel caps (available at your local drug store) and ingesting

    Arena Ethnobotanicals supplies Calea that is organically grown in Mexico and has been found to be of exception quality.


  • Nova Pro 100 Mind Machine by PhotosonixNova Pro 100 is a top of the line, professional quality machine with more stimulation sessions, more storage and more features than any other machine on the market:

    • 100 built-in sessions
    • Capacity for 100 more sessions to be downloaded (or a total of 1000 session segments)
    • Manual mode
    • Computer control mode
    • 2 user ready – the drive circuitry handles the second user with no degradation from one user performance
    • Excellent sound quality in 6 octaves of pitch: as low as 16Hz, as high as 960Hz
    • AudioStrobe compatible: Just connect your CD player to the external input of the Nova Pro 100, and play an AudioStrobe CD (available here), with your headphones and glasses connected to the Nova Pro 100, for an amazing AudioStrobe experience where the lights of your goggles flash in sync with the music. AudioStrobe is a registered Trademark of Tamas Labs
    • Microphone input with volume control is provided for voiceover during a session
    • Dual monaural beats allowing independent control of left and right frequencies
    • Easily adjustable thumbwheel control of light intensity and sound volume
    • Great quality headphones
    • Includes Light/Sound Designer 100 software
    • Gentle on/gentle off, sessions start with a gradual volume and intensity, ramp up to selected levels, and end with a gentle ramp down to off
    • Battery saving: Automatic shutdown with user disable is provided
    • Personal Preference Program setting capability
    • Remaining Session time display
    • Session pause feature
    • Sine wave sound with pitch ramping
    • Full user programming capability from a PC computer

    Nova Pro 100 by PhotosonixHow it works: Sessions are organized in 8 categories: relax, meditate, sleep, learn, energize, visualize, entertain and special.Sessions are chosen by selecting a category then a session within the category (so you don’t have to wade through 100 sessions every time). In any category, the selection process proceeds through the built-in sessions, then through any downloaded sessions in that category. Downloaded sessions are given a category at time of download. A single download can be 1 to 25 sessions in any one category. The downloaded session index is automatically reorganized to keep the sessions sorted in the intended categories, no matter what the order of download.

    What’s included: System unit, 1 pair of stimulation glasses, 1 pair of Pro headphones, AC adapter, computer cable, Light/Sound Designer disc, free Light/Sound Librarian software and additional session libraries to download from manufacturer’s web site, stereo cord, manual, a roomy carrying bag with a shoulder strap and four fitted compartments that keep all items separate with plenty of room to add glasses and headphones in a convenient way, 1 year manufacturer warranty.

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