03.12.17

The Great White Noise

Not all sounds that people go to sleep or relax to are natural. There are those people who fall asleep to the sound of a refrigerator, fan, air conditioner or even some traffic. I remember going to sleep to the sounds of steady slow traffic. I lived for a while right on a very busy street, after being on a side street for several years. And during hot summer days pre-airconditioning the while of a fan was always close by.

The pheonomenon is “white noise”, and there’s something to it. The noise is usually flat, bland, with no beats or movements. The slow drone allows the mind to basically turn itself off and drift away.

YouTube has an example:

(Oscillating Fan)

A personal note: this has been the most rewarding and happiest time I’ve had as a blogger. I feel this work is not only healing for a lot of other people, but for me as well. There really seems to be no place like this anywhere (that I know of). Of course, if I’m wrong, please post the link to that place.
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03.10.17

A Rainy Day Mood: Organ and Harpsichord


The Harpsichord reminds me of a Summer Rainy Day when one looks out the window and sees a steady downpour.

A video:

Bach for 3 hours

Bach Organ Music

03.10.17

The Things You Will Find

Because this is a lounge, there will be music. Smooth Jazz, Jazz, World Music, even some Disco (My old college days during the age of Disco). I haven’t forgotten the days of platform shoes and college Friday night dances and my first major concert. The first video:

03.10.17

Sunrises and Sunsets

Isn’t YouTube Amazing? Ask and you will find-lots of nature in all its beautiful forms.

About the videos. All of the ones I have chosen so far are pretty long, and I haven’t had the time to view them in all their glory. But if you have viewed them in full, let me know in the comments what you think of them, and if you have any suggestions or recommendations for more videos.

03.08.17

The Soothing Qualities of Lights-Stars and Candles

Look At The Stars, Look at the Light…..

The Milky Way Over The Desert

I also remember when the Natural History Museum got a million dollar renovation for their planetarium and my class went there for a field trip. Looking up at the stars, feeling like I was drawn upwards into the galaxies, as if I was in a middle of a field out in the country looking upward, and feeling very sleepy. For one hour I could pretend I was flying in space and up in the stars. It was midnight and I could see the moon on the other side of the sky. There was a soothing, almost drone-like quality to the voice as it described the various celestial pheonomenon

Only twice since have I ever been in a position where I could just look upward and see the stars-even the faint ones just over the horizon. One was when I was visiting the site of a soon-to-be closed mental hospital in town where there were few street lights allowed. Another was when I was on a retreat and the retreat place was far out of town and except for a few lights in the buildings, it was dark.

Candles…enough said about the soft, flickering light. Hypnotic, a constant focal point for attention that made even the smallest meals seem romantic and exotic. Especially when eating when the power was off after a storm.

03.06.17

Calming Herbs and Their Effects on Sleep

Chanomile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamomile

Valerian

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerian_(herb)
Those are the two I’m most familiar with, and know actually work. There’s St John’s Wort and others that I am less familiar with. Both herbs create a mild relaxing effect on the mind and body, and are safe in small doses. However, make sure if you are on medication of any kind, check first for interactions before taking either.

Pot is also considered, in the Indica version, to be calming. But I’ve only smoked it once, decades ago and only got hungry, so I think it was the Sativa version instead.

https://www.coloradopotguide.com/colorado-marijuana-blog/2015/march/02/how-cannabis-affects-sleep-patterns/

The results seem to be mixed on this. While most report it helped, some commenters reported bounce back insomnia once they stopped smoking it. This article was written in 2015, so do more research before taking this articles advice. Of course, if you are in a state where it’s not legal, even if you use, you have a good reason that you really can’t sleep at night.

03.05.17

The Sounds of Nature (Birds)

The Sounds of Nature (Birds)

Ever wake up to the sound of singing birds, and felt immediately cheered by the sound? You Tube is like opening up a window on a cool summer morning, just before and just after sunrise, before the traffic ramps up. Perhaps this is a country house, but still, it’s before the tractors have revved up, before the cows have left the barn, before the sound of chores have broken the silence. To those mornings. These YouTube Videos are just a sample of what you could hear by just opening a window in the early morning.

These videos also bring back memories of before DST (Daylight Savings Time)in the summer, when you could first hear bird song at 4:45 am through the open screen windows (ore-air conditioning at home), and when 6am was full sunlight. We also used to have a back screen door (closed), while the heavy main door was open. The reason was to bring in cool night air, and to listen for the milkman deliver bottles of milk at the door. I could sometimes hear the rattle of bottles and the footsteps as he walked up the concrete back stairs.

These days? Background traffic sounds are louder, the trees further away, the need to keep windows closed for the air conditioning and to keep the heat out. Milk comes from the supermarket (unless you belong to a local dairy farm that delivers). 6am DST is too late for leisurely contemplation of bird songs, 10pm too late for evening bird song.

03.05.17

The Sounds of Sleep (The First Post)

Can’t sleep? These videos will help you get there in a hurry.

Alpha Waves, Hypnosis, New Age, Rain, whatever you need to get you there. There’s thousands, of course, but I can only give you a sample of the variety that’s out there. Of course, if you have your own examples, please post them in the comment thread-the more the merrier.

https://www.youtube.com/txQ6t4yPIM0
(Delta Waves 8 hours)

https://www.youtube.com/67EwC4z2l18
(Sleep and Hypnosis)

https://youtube/LPodpYu_Ruo
Rain and Sleep

https://www.youtube.com/ZpfJHfmSBhA
New Age Music and Sleep

Also tell me how well they work for you. One thing to keep in mind, if they work for you, you will get pretty relaxed and drowsy. So like my hypnosis tapes (the hypnosis side) warn, never listen when you are driving or when you must maintain a great deal of awareness.

03.01.17

A Retreat and Relaxation Place

Over the months I’ve begun to think that what is needed is a site on the internet that is partly a place for healing, partly a place for serentiy, party a place for fun. The Lounge is just that. The other two blogs are for more serious stuff like politics and astrology and stuff. It’s a place for bunnies, rainbows and sleep therapy, a place for hypnosis, for delta waves, for beautiful scenery to walk on. Some examples of this:

09.12.16

A Hidden Gem of YouTube

One day, looking for sleep music, I ran across a 3 hour jazz compilation. And discovered one of YouTube’s best kept secrets: The multihour compilations of good music. Sometimes they are greatest hits collections, sometimes they are specially created for relaxation, concentration, whatever. So here’s a few I have liked: