Inspired by his work with military veterans, Charlie Morley explores how to combat the harmful effects of stress and trauma in order to achieve restful sleep and healing dreams. This book shares more than 20 body, breath, sleep and dreaming techniques proven to help reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality in 87% of participants. We’ll explore:
· the science of how stress and trauma affect sleep
· yoga nidra and mindfulness practices for deep relaxation
· breathwork practices to regulate the nervous system
· lucid dreaming methods to transform nightmares
Whether you're experiencing stressed-out sleep or not, these powerful practices will help you optimize the time you spend dreaming so that you can sleep better and wake up healthier.
We spend a third of our lives asleep. On average, that's 30 years spent snoozing. It's one of the most important factors to ensuring good health and a longer life. So why do so many of us suffer from sleepless nights? And how can we sleep better and wake up healthier?
In this practical five-part book, sleep and dreams expert Charlie Morley shows you how to achieve restful, healing sleep, and combat the harmful effects of stress and trauma. Using breath and body-work practices and deep relaxation techniques, this book takes a body-based approach to combatting stress and trauma during sleep. You'll discover:
• how to optimize your sleep routine
• a step-by-step approach to improving your sleep, proven to reduce the symptoms of stress-affected sleep by up to 70%
• mindfulness-based techniques and breathwork to help reduce trauma
• lucid dreaming exercises and powerful consciousness techniques
• the neuroscience of sleep and stress
The techniques and practices in this book will help you maximize the time you spend asleep and show you how to achieve better, stress-free shuteye.
Dreams of Awakening has currently been translated into 5 languages
Check out the resources mentioned in the book.
Here is a guided 20 minute Yoga Nidra audio track from iRest founder Dr Richard Miller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psl9FKh6qPg
And here is a 35 minute track from Yoga Nidra Network especially for falling asleep: https://www.yoganidranetwork.org/nidras/yoga-nidra-for-a-good-night-sleep/
Here is access to a searchable database of Yoga Nidra Network sessions giving you access to literally hundreds of different guided audios:
Here is another lovely 20 minutes daytime practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H0FKzeuVVs
And finally, here is the link to my own double CD containing hypnagogic mindfulness tracks plus many more sleep audios: https://www.charliemorley.com/lucid-dreaming-conscious-sleeping
My favourite Coherent Breathing audio track is called 5-Breath Tones and can be downloaded for free here: https://naturalsinger.com/download/5-breath-tones-60-minutes
Stephen Elliott’s most popular Coherent Breathing track ‘2 Bells’, can be downloaded here: https://coherentbreathing.com/coherent-breathing-audio-downloads/ or streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2qCSu75cOk&t=1225s
And here another 5 breathes per minute track to stream from the brilliant Forrest Knutson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y2imt1UCMY
For those of you well over 6 foot who would prefer a 4 breathes per minute track here are a couple to stream:
Charlie gives us the science and the know-how to help integrate trauma, calm the nervous system, breathe better and sleep soundly. This is a book to refer to time and time again for years to come.
I have known Charlie for a long time and I consider him a very positive influence in the world. In this book he guides people in how to be more helpful human beings. I strongly believe his authentic confidence and sound mind give him the ability to do this.
Learning from Charlie felt like him taking me by the hand and guiding me on an exploration of my own mind. I highly recommend him not only for his knowledge of the subject matter but more so for his unique ability to teach in a fun and compelling way that gets results for his students.
Want to check out my other books?
Lucid dreaming is the art of becoming conscious within your dreams. Charlie Morley has been lucid dreaming since he was a teenager and has trained with both Eastern and Western experts in this profound practice. In this introductory guide, Charlie explains how lucid dreaming is a powerful gateway into the subconscious mind and how it can help the reader transform, improve and heal all areas of their life.
Charlie’s first book Dreams of Awakening is a bestselling exploration of lucid dreaming theory and practice within both Western and Tibetan Buddhist contexts. It is based on over 13 years of personal practice and the hundreds of lucid dreaming workshops which Charlie has taught around the world in venues as diverse as Buddhist temples and dance-music festivals.
In this transformative book, lucid dreaming teacher Charlie Morley guides you into the dazzling darkness of the shadow and shows you how to unlock the inner gold within. Using ancient methods from Tibetan Buddhism alongside contemporary techniques and Western psychology, he reveals how to use lucid dreaming, meditation, shamanic mask work, creative writing and spiritual practice to help you to befriend your shadow with loving kindness, heal your mind and open your heart to your highest potential.