States of Consciousness

Understanding Human Consciousness

States of Consciousness
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Consciousness is a term used to describe the experience of awareness. As you might have already realized, not all forms of awareness are the same. There are a number of different states of human consciousness as well as a variety of things that can have an impact on these states of awareness.

Human consciousness is often compared to a stream, constantly changing but always flowing smoothly.

Understanding Consciousness

Have you ever wondered why you feel more energetic in the morning, tried to analyze your dreams or questioned how hypnosis works? All of these topics are related to human consciousness, which can be altered in a number of different ways (such as performing holotropic breathwork).

Body Clocks

Many people begin the day full of energy but then start to feel run-down by mid-afternoon. Other people struggle to plod through the morning routine only to finally feel energetic in the evening. The daily fluctuations of energy levels are known as the circadian rhythm and play and important role in human consciousness. Sometimes referred to as the body's "clocks," these daily rhythms have a major impact on your consciousness as well as a wide number of physiological states. Understanding these biological and environmental rhythms can tell you a great deal about how body clocks can influence states of consciousness.

Sleep and Consciousness

Sleep has fascinated researchers, scientists and scholars for thousands of years. Technological innovations during the last century allowed scientists to study sleep in ways that simply weren't possible in the past, which has helped lead to a number of theories of sleep. Learn more about the stages of sleep, why we sleep and some of the most common sleep disorders:

Dreams and Consciousness

At some point in your life, you have probably had a truly baffling dream that left you wondering, "What did that mean?" Learn more about some of the research on dream characteristics, theories and interpretations:

Hypnosis and Consciousness

Hypnosis has been used to for a number of purposes including pain management and weight loss. Is hypnosis really an effective therapeutic tool? Click the following link to find out the answer to this question and many others about hypnosis.

Drugs and Consciousness

Psychoactive drugs can be used to treat serious medical conditions, but they can also lead to addictions and social problems. Learn more about how these drugs affect human consciousness in this overview of some of the most common psychoactive drugs.

Final Thoughts

States of conscious play an important role in our everyday experience. In order to see how consciousness works, it helps to understand how it can be influenced by the body's natural processes, sleep, disorders, and substances.

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