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December 21, 2006

Progress and more Problems

Posted in: lucid dreaming mask

Here’s the latest from the front:

The original problem with the mask was the way the IC chip was installed. After I fixed that problem, I immediately finished the rest of the mask and went to sleep. This is where the progress stops.

It should be noted that becuase this is over winter break, my sleep schedule has been quite irregular compared to my usual 10-11 to 6-7 sleep cycle. I have been going to bed around 3-5 and getting up around 2-3.

First Night:
I went to sleep with the mask on, all systems go, lights blinked that I had it set correctly. I woke up with the mask behind my bed on my bookshelf. I don’t remember taking it off, so I must have done it in my sleep.

Second Night:
I went to sleep again, everything checked out. I woke up about 4 hours later with the mask still on my face, but hurting quite badly. I took it off.

Third Night:
I tried the same thing again, I woke up about 6 hours through with the same problem. I tried adjusting it but the strap slipped into the side of my eye sockets and was too uncomfortable to sleep with. I took it off.

Fourth Night:
Almost the exact same as the third night. I resolved to fix it. So I did the obvious thing and loosened the mask.

Fifth Night:
Slept through the night with it on, nothing happened. I decided to make sure it really went off after five hours. I turned it on and did other things. Five hours later I checked it, and it blinked, four times, two groups of two. Satisfied, I did not alter it in any way.

Sixth Night (Last Night):
I woke up about six hours through with the mask on, still in the correct place. I tried to go back to sleep, couldn’t. I took the mask off and stayed in bed for a while.

There have been a few recurring things I haven’t mentioned. My heater has been going insane during the time I sleep and I have woken up several times being too hot. This may be interfering with the mask. As an alternative, it could also be a recurring dream sign, as I am always too sleepy to know if I’m awake or not.

Another thing that has happened since I loosened the mask is when I wake up. I have woken up in a semi-light environment, which may also be effecting the mask, as the lights are not very noticeable when the room is light.

The third problem might be my sleep cycle. It could simply be thrown out of whack and effecting the time of my REM cycles.

Solutions

1: Turn heater off.
2: Go to bed earlier or darken the room more.
3: Go to bed at the same time and wake up around the same time for a while.

I think I will probably end up simply darkening the room and making sure the heater is all the way off. I will keep you updated with any more problems that crop up and any success I may have.

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