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Medical My learning cat naps

  1. Jul 4, 2006 #1

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    When I am trying to absorb a lot of new concepts that I am studying and trying to reason out(without luck), I find that I read them several times and then I go into a mental fatigue. Often, I will lay down and I pass into this mental state where I am not quite asleep and not quite awake. All sensory experiences are tuned out and I do nothing but work in a semi-dreamlike state on processing the concepts. This usually lasts for a couple of hours and when I "awake" I usually have any misunderstanding resolved, or at least a new way to go back and look at the material with a different approach.
    I wonder if this phenomenon is something like a meditation state. I've never been able to meditate succesfully by trying to make it happen, but I wonder if my brain is able to do this for me. Is this something that other students experience?
     
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    Thanks for the very interesting article, somasimple. I was especially interested in this part:
    It's that second stage that I spend a lot of time in when I nap, and I am not sure if I ever go the rest of the way into SWS and REM. Of course, it could be that I am just not remembering the last stages.
     
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    p.s. I thought this was truly amazing!
     
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