Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world for Conscious Dreaming - or at least, most of us don't. I am aware that most of us need to go to work and perhaps even work long hours - therefore, our days are scheduled. It's not like we can take naps whenever we want to and eat whenever we want to either.
However, let me start by creating the perfect setup for the best results for Conscious Dreaming, and let's begin with eating habits. You may notice, as I go on here, that it's quite hard for you to be able to follow these guidelines, and it may discourage you, but don't let it.
After I'm done, I'm going to adjust it so that it can fit everybody, regardless of how busy our lives are. I still need to write the ideal scene because there probably are some people who can accomplish at least the majority of the criteria, and they need to know what to do.
In addition, we are all in a process of change, so before we know, we may be in a beneficial situation that supports this ideal scene. All we can do is our best. It will work out.
The majority of people have scheduled jobs, whether it's dayshift or nightshift, so we probably eat breakfast, rush to work, and maybe have a snack and then a complete lunch. Another snack in the afternoon will hold us until dinner. For some people, that will suffice - whereas, others have a last snack before bedtime.
Then we sleep between 6-8 hours and a new day begins. If we don't get enough sleep during the week, we try to catch up during the weekend, and we may sleep up to 10-12 hours each day.
We talked about food and diets in a previous chapter, but we need to touch on it here as well. The above kind of schedule is very unhealthy. The ideal is to skip heavy meals and instead eat less and snack during the day as necessary. The most important is not whether we are vegetarians, vegans, or meat eaters, but more of how we eat and where the food comes from, as we discussed earlier.
Therefore, we need to make sure we eat small meals and don't overwhelm the system in such a way that we feel unnaturally full and out of energy. Once we stop old, bad habits and start applying these new principles, our bodies will automatically feel so much better.
A last thing well worth mentioning when it comes to creating a healthy body is the importance of some substances. The body needs Vitamin D to function properly, as well as magnesia and iodine. In the wintertime when you're not out in the sun, make sure to get some extra Vitamin D3. If you lack any of these three items, your body is not going to work properly and you can get quite ill.
Then we come to sleep cycles. Seth mentions that letting the body lying in a horizontal position without being active for 8 hours or more is not good for the muscles. It's much better to sleep a few hours, then get up and do something, even if it's in the middle of the night, and have a light snack.
After that, back into bed again. All together, the body needs around 6-8 hours of sleep, but in segments of let's say two periods of 3-3 ½ hours each. This will benefit our health - it will also make it easier for us to remember our dreams.
Now, as I said - this is the ideal in a perfect world. However, with all the toxins in our bodies and our lifestyles in general, we need more sleep than is normal for the bod to extract those toxins during sleep. Therefore, we may actually need 8-9 hours (for many people) to feel fairly rested. Therefore, it's become a vicious cycle of sorts.
Now, I'm going to suggest one more thing that may not be possible for everybody to do - nevertheless, it is extremely helpful. Set the alarm for approximately three hours after you go to bed (if you normally fall asleep fairly quickly), and when you wake up to the alarm, immediately write down 5-6 words that summarize what you remember from your dream at the wake-up stage.
Then get out of bed, eat a snack and do something that only takes a moment or two. Go back to bed and set the alarm for another three hours ahead. Repeat the cycle, and go for another 2 ½ hours of sleep or so. If you are in a position of being able to do this, you will notice after a few weeks' repetition that you will have an easier and easier time remembering your dreams.
Not only that, but when you wake yourself up in the middle of REM sleep, you are also in your deepest dream state for the night, and this is the only way to remember those deep, significant dreams. Sooner or later, we may all want to do this experiment - at least for some time - and perhaps delegate them to weekends when we are off work.
Another thing to consider is the early morning hours. This time, just before the dawn, is highly creative hours for a human being, and unfortunately, these are the hours when most people sleep. It would be beneficial (and I mention it here for those who are interested) to somehow be able to use these hours being awake and do something creative.
When I wrote the Wes Penre Papers (2011-2013) as well as now when I am writing this book, I have done approximately 90% of my research and writing early in the morning (2:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.). I started doing this out of necessity because I have a regular 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. job, and the evenings after work I always spend with family. The only chance for me to write is, therefore, in the very early morning.
In the beginning, I thought that it was a sacrifice I had to make, but I quickly noticed that during these hours I am 2-3 times more creative than when I write during the day (which sometimes happens on the weekend). People may ask themselves why this is, and I'm sure there are many reasons for it, but the main reason is the absolute silence.
Not only my own family is asleep, but so is the neighborhood. Most people are in the astral, minding their own business there, and leaving a lot of free energy for me to use. Thus, I can easily get into a higher state of consciousness without feeling other people's thoughts coming in as distractions.
Hence, I get a lot more done, and the result of my writing is much better. Now I don't want to change my schedule even if I had the chance to. This is just something to consider, as I know I'm not the only one feeling this way. I know other authors who feel the same and have a somewhat similar schedule. Others get inspired by the idea and want to test it.
The next consideration is, how do we decorate our bedroom, and is it important? Yes, it is! In fact, it can be the main thing that determines whether you will succeed in your Conscious Dreaming exercises or not. The number one most important thing to remember:
NO ELECTRONICS IN THE BEDROOM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!
Any electronics will interfere with your own electromagnetic field and will halt, and may even stop, your evolvement in general. This is a concern even when we're awake and spend so much time on computers, cell phones, and are subjected to other electronic devices, but it's even more important when we sleep.
Therefore, if you need an alarm clock, buy an oldfashioned one that you need to wind up, and throw your electronic clock in the garbage. This is imperative even if you are not at all interested in practicing Conscious Dreaming. This also applies to heating blankets, so make an extra round through the room to make sure there are no hidden electronics placed somewhere that you normally don't think of.
Next is how you decorate your bedroom. Make sure it is aesthetically set up - perhaps with some pretty, aromatic flowers that you love (which will also help oxygenize your space), and nice pictures or paintings on the walls. In addition, consider having the walls painted in a light color or high vibration - i.e. a color that makes you feel good.
All in all, decorate your bedroom so that you feel you can't wait to enter it. The bedroom is your sanctuary and the most important room in your house or your apartment. Finally, put a notepad and a pen on your bedside table.