Science Questions

Could mediatation put you into REM sleep?

Mon, 25th Feb 2008

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Katie asked:

Iím interested in meditation and Iíve noticed that when mediating or journeying with shamanic drumming that my eyes do something a bit like REM movement and Iím wondering if that has something to do with the sound or this particular sound and rhythm?


We put this to Dr Ian Cross:

Hmm. Not terribly certain about that. I suspect that there is evidence that there is some musically central or rhythmic structures, tempi, if you like. There are certain structures that one can link into, one can entrain oneís attentional pulse/attentional periodicities to.  As to whether or not it requires it to be shamanic in order to happen, itís not a matter.


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