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Exploiting hypnagogic sleep onset for tulpamancy


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A new study has shown that sleep onset (early nonrem N1 sleep, also known as hypnagogic phase) significantly boosts creativity and problem solving abilities if woken up before entering deeper sleep states.

 

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N1 is accompanied by involuntary, spontaneous, dream-like perceptual experiences that incorporate recent wake experiences in a creative way by binding them with loosely associated memories. Such hypnagogic experiences could be considered as an exacerbated version of awake spontaneous thoughts (e.g., mind-wandering) and similarly foster the generation of novel ideas.

 

Thalamic deactivation in N1 often precedes that of the cortex by several minutes, suggesting that executive abilities are not completely abolished during this stage. Consistently, subjects are sometimes capable of producing behavioral responses in N1 and often unexpectedly report that they were awake when awakened from N1. These observations support the view that N1 is a hybrid, “semilucid” state where individuals start to be decoupled from their environment and can therefore freely watch their minds wander while maintaining their logical ability to identify creative sparks.

 

All participants had a 20-min break in a dark room without sensory stimulation. They were installed in a semi-reclined position in a chair, with their eyes closed and legs on a footrest. They had to hold an object in their right hand, with their hand carefully placed outside the armrest. Participants were simply told to relax or sleep if desired. If the object fell (the sound of which awakened them), they were instructed to describe out loud what was going through their mind before it fell. We told them that their mental content could be of any kind: thoughts, images, reveries, and dreams. Once done, they were told to pick up the object and repeat this procedure until the end of the break.

 

Such a procedure was inspired by the famous inventor Thomas Edison, who allegedly napped while holding spheres in his hands. He reckoned that the spheres would noisily drop as soon as he fell asleep, waking him up just in time to capture sleep-inspired ideas.

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abj5866

 

I think this method may be valuable for those seeking to explore forcing in an altered hypnagogic state without the risk of dozing off, or are prone to involuntarily falling asleep during forcing or meditation.

 

All you have to do is sit or lay down with a sufficiently heavy object in hand in a way it will crash on the floor as you fall asleep, thus waking you up.

 

Active forcing in this state and / or upon waking up should produce some interesting effects, especially if you try to re-enter or re-enact the hypnagogic phase with your tulpa several times. It may also prove valuable for WILD.

See here:

 

I personally hate being woken up, especially by loud noises, but it should be worth a try.

 

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