The Science and Medicine of Sleep

Science has a great deal to offer in terms of understanding our sleep cycles, and when to apply the induction methods appropriate to different stages of sleep. By understanding these stages you can greatly increase your chances of attaining lucidity. The science of sleep can also help us with very practical matters: how to practice good sleep hygiene; how to manage sleep disorders like insomnia; understanding melatonin, caffeine, sleep medications and sleep paralysis; the role of sleep in aging, memory, and disease – to name just a few. This is where I’ll share all the tips from my clinical practice of sleep medicine. The data is in: the shorter you sleep, the shorter you live. This track will also help you understand why you sleep and dream in the first place.
Start Course
In progress

Interview with author and professor Roger Walsh, MD, PhD

Join Andrew Holecek and Roger Walsh MD, PH.D as they discuss a wide range of provocative topics that circumambulate the lucidity principle. They begin with a deep dive into some of the shadow elements that accompany lucid dreaming, and spiritual practice altogether, including spiritual bypassing, nihilism, cosmological dualism, and the “fundamental flaw fallacy.”

See more...

In progress

Interview with author and dream yoga expert B. Alan Wallace, Phd

Join Andrew and the distinguished scholar-practitioner B. Alan Wallace for a truly remarkable conversation. Dr. Wallace is renowned for his incisive clarity and rigorous intellect, and this is fully evident as he cascades over a tremendous amount of material.

See more...

In progress

Interview with Author and Researcher Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

Join Andrew and Dr. Judson Brewer as they take a close look at the nuts-and-bolts of addiction, and how it relates to non-lucidity. Judson shares the recent work of his lab, and the neuroscience that helps us understand how we get hooked into virtually anything, including our dreams.

See more...

In progress

The Major Factors Affecting Sleep and Wake States [41]

I’ll review the major factors affecting sleep and wake states and how they underlie common sleep hygiene recommendations. Then go beyond sleep hygiene to create behaviors that prioritize sleep, discuss how to implement these practices in the real world, and utilize some technological aids currently available.

See more...

In progress

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Sleep [40]

In this Webinar Dr. Ed O’Malley, a sleep doctor, joins us for a look at the science and medicine of sleep: “Understanding the ins and outs of sleep.” In a power-point presentation, Ed discusses the two stages of REM and NREM sleep, and why both are important; sleep architecture, or the classic four phases of sleep; sleep need as a biological drive; how sleep changes across the lifespan; and how to decide how much sleep we really need.

See more...

In progress

The Practical Importance of Getting Good Sleep [39]

This webinar starts a brief series on the Science and Medicine of sleep, with an emphasis on the practical importance of getting good sleep. There are over 100 sleep disorders, and understanding some of the most common disorders can be a literal life-saver.

See more...

In progress

The Importance of Good Sleep Hygiene [8]

In this Webinar Andrew discusses the importance of good sleep hygiene, which “prepares the bed” for lucid dreaming. He starts with Western approaches, then transition into the more subtle Eastern approaches. Good sleep hygiene adheres to the maxim, “The preliminaries are more important than the main practice,” and is a key component to lucid sleep onset.

See more...

In progress

The Importance of Good Sleep Hygiene [9]

In this Webinar Andrew discusses the importance of good sleep hygiene, which “prepares the bed” for lucid dreaming. He starts with Western approaches, then transitions into the more subtle Eastern approaches. Good sleep hygiene adheres to the maxim, “The preliminaries are more important than the main practice,” and is a key component to lucid sleep onset.

See more...

In progress

What is Sleep Paralysis?

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and found yourself partly conscious, yet unable to move? Perhaps you feel tightness in your chest, a sense of heaviness, or have trouble breathing? Maybe you notice voices nearby and then a dark figure comes toward you. You try to call out for help, but nothing comes out! While this can be a terrifying experience, it is a relatively common phenomenon known as sleep paralysis.

See more...

In progress

Science and Medicine of Sleep

A great deal of scientific research has revealed the physiological underpinnings of sleep and dreams. In this section of Night Club we will unpack how staying current on the science and medicine of sleep can provide real benefits for you.

See more...


Participation in Night School is included with your membership to Night Club