Here’s four interesting (but largely unknown) hacks to unlock the potential of your brain and make your mind awesome. At least that’s the theory being proposed by each. A gentle word of warning before we begin, we strongly advise you against experimenting and attempting any of these theories – despite how alluring they might be. They are purely meant for educational and entertainment purposes only. We don’t want your well-being and mental health to be put at risk by what you’ve read here.
With that said, we hope you enjoy them for what they are and do let us know which theory fascinated you the most.
1. SURVIVE ON TWO HOURS OF SLEEP A DAY
It’s called: The Uberman Sleep Schedule
What does it do?: Allows you to feel well rested after sleeping for only 2 hours during a 24hr period. Apparently.
Generally speaking, we sleep for around eight hours every night. During that time, our bodies tumble through several stages of sleep (five in fact) but the most important, the one where you are truly asleep and temporarily paralyzed is called REM sleep. The theory goes, if you can by-pass the other four stages and just instantly enter the REM stage you’d save yourself around 6 hours per day. So how do you achieve it? Not easily done if you have a full time job, you’ll need to take six ‘power naps’ of 20 to 30 minutes during a 24hr period. Master it and spend more time living and less time in dreamland. Would your boss let you sleep for 20mins every few hours at your desk?
2. EXPERIENCE DRUG FREE HALLUCINATIONS
It’s called: The Ganzfeld Effect
What does it do?: A form of perceptual deprivation designed to give you drug free hallucinations.
Think of all the money people spent on LSD in the 1960s to bring about colourful hallucinations. If only they known about The Ganzfeld Effect they could have experienced similar hallucinations for free entirely created without the need for a 3rd party substance. The term ‘Ganzfeld’ is German in origin and translates to “complete field” or the more widely known ‘perceptual deprivation’. When your brain is exposed to a diffused white light, so imagine a room without any defined shape or form and your ears are subjected to white noise – or rather a stimulus which is unwavering, your mind actually starts to hallucinate.
It takes around 30 minutes for the effect to kick in and it’s the result of your brain opting to ignoring the environment (infinity and white noise) and creating its own stimulus. It’s not an uncommon experience either – anyone who has explored the vast Arctic realms of the North & South Poles will attest to hallucinating . When all that lays before you is white, silent and never-ending the brain generates its own unique signals, in the form of sounds and images to stimulate your senses.
3. GO TO SLEEP AND WAKE UP SMARTER
The Premise: Go to sleep a Luddite, wake up a genius.
How does it work?: During sleep your brain is working hard to consolidate the events of the day.
Sounds like a miracle doesn’t it? Going to bed and waking up smarter than when you turned the light out – but is in fact a reality. During sleep your brain shuffles through all your thoughts & experiences from the previous 24 hours – allocating the vast majority of it into your memory bank for easy recollection. The more recent the memory, the faster your brain can access it.
If you’re studying for an exam or rehearsing for a presentation, do so 24hrs before the big event and then go straight to sleep. This will help your brain solidify and place that knowledge in the front of your memory queue for fast recollection in the morning. Maybe cramming the night before really does work after all?
4. MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE SEEM POSSIBLE
The Premise: Trick your mind into believing the most unlikely scenario, might have been real.
How does it work?: Use the power of your memory to construct new scenarios.
When it comes to your memory, it’s actually a combination of fact, perception and even a little bit of fiction – a blend from various perspectives if you will. Every good story is worth embellishing and there’s no better writer than your memory. By focusing and accentuating specific memories, you can make the impossible seem real.
For example, maybe you jumped up high whilst on bouncy castle as a child and at the time thought you were flying – that’s a memory which you can then create a scenario from whereby you “had the ability to fly” as a child. But maybe sadly your superhero powers diminished as you got older? Confuse your memory enough by blurring the lines between fact and fiction and you might just convince yourself to believe in the impossible.
As Audrey Hepburn famously once declared ”Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ’I'm possible’!”
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