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6 Movies With Unbelievable Scenes About Dreams

Filmmakers everywhere love flashbacks and dream sequences as they provide a convenient way to flesh out the story and characters without resorting to longwinded exposition in the dialogue. For this reason, dream sequences have become a bit of a cliche—a cheesy, overly obvious plot device coated in soft-focus haze. 

 

6 Movies With Unbelievable Scenes About Dreams

 

The following six films, however, are known for their unbelievable and awe-inspiring dream scenes, scenes which make us want to take a closer look at the abstract world of the subconscious and how dreaming affects our everyday interaction with reality: 

 

Dreams: this Akira Kurosawa film is renowned for the majesty of its Crows segment, which was inspired by the actual dreams of the director. The dreams in this sequence belong to a young art student, and return to the days of Vincent Van Gogh (played by Martin Scorsese in the film). The student learns about painting, beauty, and nature from Van Gogh, while also wandering right into Van Gogh’s actual works, bringing them vividly to life.

 

Awaara: This Indian classic, directed by Raj Kapoor, is a dream-based drama about heaven and hell that takes place in the middle of intense family turmoil, moving the characters between nightmare and elation. The ethereal black and white the movie is shot in adds to the overall romantic effect.

 

Spellbound: Alfred Hitchcock and Salvador Dali is one combination that could not fail; the great director hired the surrealist artist to design the dream sequence for this classic thriller, resulting in an unforgettable scene full of Dali’s famous knack for symbolism.

 

A Lizard in a Womans Skin: This Lucio Fulci film revolves around a London woman’s recurring nightmare, a lurid and vivid scene which could be instrumental in solving her neighbor’s murder.

 

Inception: Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster heist flick is a master work of dream sequences that deeply explore the world of the subconscious, even delving into the “dream within a dream” phenomenon. This film, which is known for being visually stunning, was created mostly without CGI special effects, using the power of the mind and the eye to create its magic.

 

The Fall: Seijun Suzuki’s “yakuza noir” film is full of bizarre and fevered dream imagery that haunts its characters. The film employs well-timed overlays of birds, rain, and butterflies in order to symbolize the psychosexual themes underlying the story.

Why My Mattress Is Better Than Yours

There are so many different mattress models on the market which makes choosing the right one a little bit complicated. If you want to finish this process successfully (and by successfully we mean having a good night’s sleep on your new mattress) then we suggest doing some research.

 

Why My Mattress Is Better Than Yours

 

A lot of people are buying pieces of furniture based on their price. Although higher price usually means better quality, finding the right mattress requires much more than entering a store and buying the most expensive mattress available. For example, factory 2nd mattresses can be bought way cheaper than factory 1st mattresses with the same or even lower quality. Those who are not familiar with this categorization should know that there are specialized stores that deal with factory 2nd mattresses – mattresses that have minor faults (like small scuffs, mis-sewn seam, wrong pattern, etc.) that don’t affect the overall quality and functionality of the mattress. In some cases this means that you can get a better mattress at a lower price.

 

A good mattress is a mattress that suits the needs of those who are using it. A good mattress will improve your well-being. This is not a simple, decorative piece of furniture that you use occasionally. You will spend at least 1/3 of the day on the mattress. This is why you need to find a mattress that adjusts to your body shape. Luckily, modern mattresses are produced from highly-adjustable materials (latex, memory foam) and even the traditional type of mattresses – innerspring mattresses – use sophisticated materials that can adjust to the body. However, each type of mattress suits people with different needs so make sure you understand all the advantages and disadvantages before you choose your type. 

 

Maybe you’ve calculated all these things but you’ve missed one very important thing – you’ve forgotten the needs of your partner. Not all types of mattresses can help you in situations where you and your partner have different sleeping preferences. A quality mattress will minimize partner disturbance. This means that both you and your partner will sleep tight on your sides of the bed although you might need a harder surface while your partner prefers softer one.

 

What’s the benefit of having a completely new mattress if you don’t feel full of energy in the morning? People that buy mattresses that are not right for them, won’t have the opportunity to have a good night’s sleep. Although you will get a mattress that is free of bacteria, mites and dust and a mattress that is fully functional, you won’t have one that suits your needs.

 

Finally, we will finish with what we have started with. Do some research! People usually change their mattresses after 5-7 or more years, mostly because of the price. So take your time and don’t purchase anything before you do proper research. Compare all the materials; understand the systems that are implemented in each mattress, understand what your body needs and finally seek advice from those who work in this field. 

The Unconventional Guide To Sleep

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to banish your stubborn insomnia? Chamomile tea, daytime exercise, herbal supplements, hot baths, etc.? Before you resort to medication (and subsequent daytime grogginess) you might want to haul your best canvas tent out of storage and try some unconventional sleep therapy: A week sleeping out in the wilderness, with just the moon and stars (and maybe a good friend or two) to keep you company.

 

The Unconventional Guide To Sleep

 

Throughout most of our history, we humans rose with the sun and went to bed only an hour or two after it set. There isn't much you can do in the dark, after all, and after we developed agriculture, we had to make the most of our daylight hours to plant and harvest crops—particularly those people who were living in northern climates and facing the prospect of long, desolate winter months ahead.

 

While there were oil lamps and candles to help light our ancestors’ dark rooms, they didn’t give off very much light, and what they did give off was very “warm” in hue, and thus didn’t mimic natural sunlight. With the advent of the electric lightbulb, this began to change—hours got longer as lights got brighter, and sleepers around the world got more restless. 

 

And then, to make matters even worse, we invented computers, tablets, and smartphones—all of which have backlit screens that give off what is known as “blue light.” Blue light mimics the very bright white light given off by the sun, and as such, our bodies easily confuse it for natural sunlight—the end result of which is that our “circadian rhythms” (the internal system of hormonal cues that tell our bodies when it’s time to get sleepy) become confused, thinking it’s still sunny at midnight because we’ve been, for example, staring at an iPad reading for the past four hours. Our bodies begin to literally think night is day, as this is what the light cues in their environments are telling them, and insomnia is the inevitable consequence.

 

According to a recent study (now published in Current Biology) which assessed the natural rhythm of eight healthy adults both before and after sending them on a camping trip, ditching technology and indoor lighting sources prompted their bodies to start producing the sleep hormone melatonin a full two hours earlier after just a single week spent out in nature, receiving only natural light cues. The end result of this was that they began to sleep a full hour earlier every night, and reported less grogginess in the morning.

 

Ergo, if you’re all out of ideas regarding how to get your body to sleep at a reasonable hour, the unconventional yet obvious answer is to return to what created our bodies and their rhythms to begin with: Nature. 

5 Ways To Sleep With Your Snorer

Chronic snoring can take a very heavy toll on relationships, leading to increased crabbiness (and arguments), frustration, resentment, and a sense of helplessness for both partners involved. But alas, over thirty percent of men—and sixteen percent of women—snore, so odds are good that this is an issue you will face in your marriage at some point or another.

 

5 Ways To Sleep With Your Snorer

 

Most partners of heavy snorers lose, on average, a whole hour of sleep per night, and what sleep they do get is broken and less than satisfying. Developing coping strategies to deal with this issue early on is key to ensuring your union doesn't suffer undue strain due to snoring, which in most cases is treatable or at least manageable. The following five tips will help keep you well-rested despite living with a snorer—and subsequently sunnier the next day:

 

1. Try gently rolling the snorer onto his or her side; this generally reduces or even eliminates snoring due to reducing the pressure exerted on the throat by gravity. Turn the snorer to the side of the bed that faces away from you.

 

2. Use ear plugs. Invest in high-quality earplugs; don’t cut costs in this area. Cheap earplugs are both less effective and may damage the skin of your inner ear with repeated use, putting you at higher risk for ear infections. It’s worthwhile to invest in having custom-fitted earplugs made for you if you need them nightly.

 

3. Try a feather pillow. All of us looking to block out sound when trying to get to sleep have probably tried the “pillow over the head” trick. Pillows with lightweight artificial foam inside of them are much less effective than pillows that contain dense, insulating natural feathers.

 

4. Make an extra bed up for yourself in the house; even if you don’t want to use it, knowing it’s there if you need it can help relieve stress about the situation, which will itself lead to better sleep.

 

5. Get your snorer checked out for potentially dangerous conditions, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea actually causes people to stop breathing and in essence choke while sleeping, and in severe cases can prove fatal. This condition can be both remedied and quieted down by the use of a special machine that helps the snorer breathe.

Sleep Walk This Way...Back To Bed

Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, is a phenomenon linked with coordinated psycho-motor activity in sleep. The person who is sleepwalking appears completely awake at first glance. But once you are close enough, you can notice that although their eyes are opened they have a disoriented look and it seems like they are looking through you. Sleepwalkers do not perceive things around them adequately and they often behave like it is another part of the day – they might start preparing for work although it’s 4 AM for example. Sometimes they are talking or doing things that are completely meaningless and illogical. Even if they are taking meaningful and coordinated actions, they are not aware of the presence of others and you most likely won’t get an answer if you speak to them. According to some statistics sleepwalking is most common among children. Two out of ten children between 4 and 12 have experienced sleepwalking activities. This problem disappears by itself, although a small number of people have to deal with it even when they are older.

 

Sleep Walk This Way...Back To Bed

 

There are five stages of sleep that make one cycle. An average person goes through four or five sleep cycles every night. The fifth stage (or the so-called REM stage) is the stage where dreams occur. Sleepwalking occurs during the third or fourth stage and it can last up to half an hour. It is very hard to wake a person that is sleepwalking and even if you somehow manage to do that, the person will be disoriented and confused. The best thing to do in this situation is to carefully guide the person back to bed.

 

Sleepwalking can be caused by many things, but there is definitely a tendency of family transmission. It is important to understand that sleepwalking, in most cases, doesn’t mean that the person has some serious psychological problem. Sleepwalking often occurs in cases of sleep deprivation. Another thing that causes sleepwalking is an irregular sleeping schedule – when a person goes to bed every day at radically different periods of the day. Fatigue, higher body temperature, lack of certain substances and asthma can also lead to sleepwalking. Many psychological problems can also cause sleepwalking. These problems include: post traumatic disorder, panic attacks, anxiety attacks, depression, etc. People who are abusing drugs, alcohol, sleeping pills, sedatives have higher chances of becoming sleepwalkers.

 

Science is still unable to explain why children are suffering more from sleepwalking. According to some experts, sleepwalking most often occurs in children that had troubles sleeping while they were babies.

 

In order to treat and prevent sleepwalking you should follow some advice about having a good night’s sleep. First and foremost, make sure you have the proper bed and mattress. They can guarantee a good night of sleep by relaxing your body. You should also develop a sleeping schedule and stick to it as much as you can. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and pills. You should also make your bedroom more comfortable by adjusting the temperature and cleaning it more frequently. 

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