Monday, March 28, 2011

A concise guide to dreams; The book I read this Sunday.

Did any one dream of my death yesterday ? If you did then, Bhutanese interpretation of dreams are true. I over ate yesterday; -all the three meals. It appears to me that, I did it involuntarily to compensate those meals I usually loose in course of my duty in my office on the week days. 

Coincidently, I also happen to borrow a book from my friend titled "A concise guide to dreams" by Philip Clucas and Douglas Clucas. It's  a book worth not only reading, but also worth owning one. It's a very detailed guide for all kinds of dream we experience in our dream lore.
A CONCISE GUIDE TO DREAMS
By Philip Clucas and Douglas Clucas

Well, I may not be in a position to share everything that I read in the book, But I thought, I would at least share few tips (as in the book) to have 'sweet dreams'.  Sweet dreams, according the author, requires any one to have an "untroubled and relaxing sleep in order for the body to awaken properly rested and rejuvenated". following are the tips for having a good night's sleep. 
  1. One should not worry about the amount of sleep we are having. 
  2. Live a active life. 
  3. lessen your tension before you go to bed. Do some light exercises, go for a gentle walk and if possible have a warm bath.
  4. Don't over eat before going to bed. Leave at least 2 hours between your last meal and when you go to bed. If you want to eat at all, then try restricting to only light meals like a piece of fruit etc.
  5. Don't drink any thing that is caffeinated. Don't even smoke or drink any alcohol.
  6. make sure the bed is very comfortable. 
  7. Also make sure that our bedroom conditions are ideal for our sleep. Check the temperatures (16-18 degrees on thermometer) the room should be neither too dark nor too bright. play some soothing music like a sound of nature, 
  8. Keep a dream diary to record some of the thoughts that worries you and avoid pondering into them. 
  9. go to bed 30 minutes before we actually sleep. during that 30 min, read something that relaxes your mind but don't get too absorbed.
  10. If you feel you have problem falling asleep, then try tip No 8. try to divert your attention. Think of a place or a person that makes you feel safe and secure. Focus on a image that comforts you.This will make your mind easier to slip off to sleep again
Grab a copy and find it out for yourself. I think the book is available for sale in Pekhang store in Thimphu and a Handicraft shop in Paro airport for about Nu. 495 (approx USD 11)

4 comments:

  1. I have only nightmares...your article might help me overcoming it...thank u for the post..

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  2. Kuenzang, thanks for summarizing this book. I'll definitely check it out! I do think it's important to be active. That always helps me feel better and sleep better.

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  3. All these are wonderful tips. Thanks for sharing them.

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  4. Thank you, Anu, Domey and Rachna.

    Thank you for liking my post here. the book is very useful and now I have decided to buy the book for myself.

    I think it should be available in plenty there in India.

    so all the best and enjoy

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