NeuroDreamer User`s Manual for Lucid

NeuroDreamer User`s Manual for Lucid
Welcome!
Your NeuroDreamer™ sleep mask is the result of our years
of research, study, and development — all with the goal of
helping you get the rest you want. Your NeuroDreamer sleep
mask can help you experience the joy of deep relaxation.
On a plane, on a break from work, or at night in your bed.
Listen to the serenity, and drift into your dreams...
To help you dream more easily, this comfortable sleep mask
can generate soothing sounds and fading lights embedded
with brainwaves corresponding to a person going to sleep.
To help you dream the dreams you want to dream, we
created this Lucid Dreaming version of the NeuroDreamer
sleep mask. Lucid Dreaming is the ability to make conscious choices in your dreams. Through light and sound,
your NeuroDreamer sleep mask will give you opportunities
to know that you are dreaming—while you are dreaming. Once you are aware you are dreaming, you can make
choices. What choices will you make?
Quick Start Guide
You will see a preview of your Lucid Dreaming cue 1.
To keep the NeuroDreamer sleep mask comfortable, affordable,
and easy to use while resting, it was designed with three buttons.
Most features of the sleep mask are accessed with a simple push of
one button.
(The default settings for the Lucid Dreaming session should
work well for most people: 4 hours of silence, followed by a
visual cue every 20 minutes, and continuing for 8 hours.)
2. Top button: play a Sleep song 2, followed by a Lucid
Dreaming session.
Although your NeuroDreamer sleep mask is very easy to use, we
want you to receive the maximum benefit from it, and we highly
recommend that you read this entire User’s Manual before using
your NeuroDreamer sleep mask for the first time.
There are two Sleep songs to choose from: the first song
is musical, and the second is an ambient ocean sound. Try
pressing the top button again to listen to each song and see
which one you like the best. If you are listening to the ambient
ocean song, pressing the top button again will turn your
NeuroDreamer sleep mask off.
Please see the last section of this User Manual for an important
warning/disclaimer.
If you would like to jump right in and start using your NeuroDreamer
sleep mask, here is what to do:
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Charge the battery of your NeuroDreamer sleep mask (see
Battery Charging Instructions later in this manual).
Wrap the NeuroDreamer sleep mask around your head and adjust
it so that it is comfortable.
If you would like an alarm to sound at the end of your Lucid
Dreaming session, press the bottom button twice and wait for the
red light to turn off. (The default setting for the alarm is 8 hours.)
–– The red light will turn on.
–– You will hear the alarm for a short burst.
–– You will hear a few musical notes.
–– The red light will turn off.
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You can start a Lucid Dreaming session in one of two ways:
1. Middle button: start a Lucid Dreaming session (without a
Sleep song).
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Pressing the middle button while you are listening to one of the
Sleep songs will change the loudness of the sound. There are
three loudness settings: High, Medium, and Low.
Pressing the bottom button while you are listening to a Sleep song
will change the brightness of the fading lights. Try pressing this
button after a song has been playing for about 10 seconds. You will
see the brightness of the lights change. There are four brightness
levels: High, Medium, Low, and Off.
Once your NeuroDreamer sleep mask finishes the Lucid Dreaming
session, it will remember all of your settings the next time you use
it — simply press the top or middle button to begin.
More information is available on the FAQ page of the NeuroDreamer
website: http://www.NeuroDreamer.com
1. A cue is a sequence of pulsing lights or sounds that will remind you that you are
dreaming—while you are dreaming.
2. A Sleep song will gently guide you into a restful state through a sequence of
brainwave frequencies embedded in beautiful sounds and fading lights.
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Lucid Dreaming
We are asleep. Our life is a dream. But we wake up, sometimes,
just enough to know that we are dreaming.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
It does help to have conscious intent to lucid dream. One way to
increase your intent is to keep a dream journal. Writing down your
dreams also increases the chance that you will remember your
dreams. And reading your dream journal before you go to sleep
reinforces your intent to lucid dream.
Why is it rare for dreamers to be aware that they are dreaming? It is
not known. But it is known that people can learn to become aware
that they are dreaming while in their dreams. This is lucid dreaming.
And it can be empowering.
If you remember your dreams, you become more aware of them.
This awareness makes it much easier to know you are dreaming
while in a dream. Knowing you are dreaming while dreaming is an
important first step in lucid dreaming.
Consider: what is the difference between waking life and dreaming
life? They seem very different, but both involve experiencing a
perceived world. In waking life, the perceived world is heavily
influenced from our external sensory input. In dreaming life, with
very little external input, the perceived world comes mainly from
inside, where we are not constrained by the laws of physics, and
where we are less influenced by social constraints.
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask has features that can help you
achieve lucid dreaming. One of the main features is Lucid Dreaming
cues. After you start a Lucid Dreaming session, it will play Lucid
Dreaming cues every so often (which you can configure to your
taste). These cues consist of lights (by default), but can also be
configured to consist of sound instead. If a cue is played while
you are dreaming, you have the ability to perceive the cue in your
dream, and thus have an opportunity to become aware that you are
dreaming. (Though the default settings for the Lucid Dreaming cues
are good for most people, you may need to experiment with the
configurations so that the cues are strong enough to pervade your
dreams, but not so much that they wake you up—this is explained
later in this User’s Manual.)
The lack of these constraints creates a safe environment for
exploring new possibilities in our lives, since the consequences of
our choices disappear when we awaken. Yet, as with waking life, you
can learn to remember and learn from the consequences of your
choices. And you can then use what you learn to make new choices.
This is powerful stuff! You can, if you choose to, make use of lucid
dreaming to improve your life.
Lucid dreaming, as with any skill, takes motivation, practice, and
intent. Your opportunities for lucid dreaming also improve greatly
with the ability to remember your dreams.
If you are reading this User’s Manual, you probably have the necessary motivation. This will enable you to put in the time for practice.
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According to Stephan LaBerge, a prominent lucid dreaming researcher, dream periods get longer and closer together as the night
proceeds. So, to lucid dream well, it is important to get good sleep.
You can use your NeuroDreamer sleep mask to play one of its two
Sleep songs at the beginning of a Lucid Dreaming session. This may
help you get into a better mood for sleeping well.
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LaBerge also notes that if you interrupt your sleep for 30 to 60
minutes, this greatly increases your likelihood of lucid dreaming.
Some good things to do in this period of interrupted sleep are:
write dreams in your dream journal, read dreams from your dream
journal, or read about lucid dreaming—anything that reinforces your
intent to become aware of your dreams.
You can use your NeuroDreamer sleep mask’s alarm function to
wake up during a dream. You can experiment with the alarm time,
but a good place to start might be 5 hours, about when your dreams
are getting longer and more frequent. (Alarm settings are explained
later in this User’s Manual.) Once awake, it helps to remain very
still, and think about the details of your dream. Once you have
reviewed the entire dream the best you can, it helps to write it down
in your dream journal right away (since you may forget it if you go
back to sleep). Write down your dreams in your dream journal, no
matter how much or how little you recall of your dream.
Over time, you should find yourself remembering more of your
dreams. And eventually, you may find that you are aware that you
are dreaming—while you are dreaming! The more this happens, the
more opportunities you will have to make conscious choices in your
dreams. With enough practice, you may be flying to your favorite
destinations, hanging out with awesome characters, learning more
about yourself, improving your life, and changing your world.
that you will start lucid dreaming when you do. Of course, the Lucid
Dreaming cues from your NeuroDreamer sleep mask are great
dreamsigns!
Preview the Lucid Dreaming cue before going to sleep, and pay close
attention to it. (You can preview the Lucid Dreaming cue by pressing
the middle button when the sleep mask is powered off.)
You can also ask yourself throughout the day, “Am I dreaming?” Ask
this question frequently. Ask it while falling asleep. Intend to ask it
while dreaming. And definitely ask it when you notice a dreamsign in
your dreams.
Make an intention to perform some action when you become
aware that you are dreaming. In the Carlos Castaneda books, he
recommended something simple, such as looking at your hands. If
you can do that, then you can do anything!
Here is a procedure recommended by LaBerge:
1. Before you go to sleep, tell yourself that you will wake up from
your dreams and remember them.
2. When going back to sleep, become fixed on the notion that you
will be aware, while dreaming, that you are dreaming.
3. Visualize yourself lucid dreaming.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you fall asleep.
Some tips for increasing your lucid dreaming:
After writing down your dreams for awhile, you should become
aware of aspects of your dreams that differ from your waking life.
You can use them as signs that you are dreaming. LaBerge calls
these dreamsigns. You can reinforce your intent by telling yourself
before you go to sleep that you will recognize your dreamsigns, and
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Basic Details for Operating your NeuroDreamer™
Sleep Mask
We want you to Lucid Dream! The Lucid Dreaming version of the
NeuroDreamer sleep mask comes with default settings that work
well for most people, allowing you, with practice, to become aware
of your dreams while you are dreaming. This section assumes these
default settings. The Lucid Dreaming settings can be customized
specifically for your tastes (as described later in this User’s Manual).
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask is designed to be worn over
your eyes and ears. To use it, you should first place yourself in
a comfortable position, lying or sitting down. Wrap the mask
around your head, with the printed design side of the fabric facing
out, and the zipper facing up. The eye indentations on the inside
of the mask should be covering your eyes. Lightly pull the ends
of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask around to the back of your
head and attach them using the built-in Velcro straps. Adjust the
NeuroDreamer sleep mask so that it feels comfortable.
There are three buttons arranged in a vertical column along the
right temple on the outer side of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask.
These are for operating the NeuroDreamer sleep mask. In the instructions that follow, these buttons will be referred to respectively
as the “top button”, the “middle button”, and the “bottom button”. If
an instruction states that you should press a user button, it means
that you should press it briefly, and then let it go.
Enabling the Alarm
The bottom button can be used to enable the alarm, which is
intended to wake you up. The default alarm time is 8 hours after
starting a session on your NeuroDreamer sleep mask. To enable
the alarm, press the bottom button twice. You will hear the alarm
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for a short burst, followed by a few musical notes, and the red light
will turn off. You can then start a Lucid Dreaming session with your
NeuroDreamer sleep mask. (You can change the alarm settings, as
described later in this User’s Manual.)
Starting Your Lucid Dreaming Session
Pressing the middle button starts your Lucid Dreaming session
(without playing a Sleep song). The default settings for Lucid
Dreaming should work well for most people—after 4 hours of
silence the NeuroDreamer sleep mask will play a visual cue every
20 minutes—the cue should pervade your dreams without waking
you up, giving you a chance to control your dreams. After a total of
8 hours the Lucid Dreaming session ends, and your NeuroDreamer
sleep mask turns itself off. (You can change the Lucid Dreaming
settings, as described later in this User’s Manual.)
Playing a Sleep Song*
The top button is used for playing and selecting a Sleep song before
your Lucid Dreaming session. There are two Sleep songs to choose
from: the first song is musical, and the second song is an ambient
ocean sound. By pressing this button, the NeuroDreamer sleep
mask turns on, and the first Sleep song is selected. By pressing it
again, the ambient ocean Sleep song is selected. (Pressing it one
more time turns off the NeuroDreamer sleep mask, as described
below.) The NeuroDreamer sleep mask will remember which song
you selected, so that this song will be the first one selected by the
top button the next time you use the NeuroDreamer sleep mask.
After the Sleep song finishes, the Lucid Dreaming session starts (as
described above).
* As stated earlier, a Sleep song will gently guide you into a restful state through a
sequence of brainwave frequencies embedded in beautiful sounds and fading lights.
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Adjusting the Light intensity for a Sleep Song
The Light intensity can be adjusted while a Sleep song is playing by
pressing the bottom button. There are four preset Light levels: High,
Medium, Low, and Off. By pressing this button the Light intensity is
adjusted down one level. If the intensity is already Off, it will adjust
to High. Note that a song must be playing for the Light intensity to
be adjusted. The NeuroDreamer sleep mask will remember which
Light intensity you selected, so that this Light intensity will be used
the next time you play a Sleep song.
Adjusting the Sound Volume for a Sleep Song
The volume level can be adjusted while a Sleep song is playing by
pressing the middle button. There are three preset volume levels:
High, Medium, and Low. Each time you press the middle button the
volume will be adjusted down one level. If the volume is already
Low, it will be adjusted to High. Note that a song must be playing
for the volume to be adjusted. The NeuroDreamer sleep mask will
remember which volume level you selected, so that this volume
level will be used the next time you play a Sleep song.
Turning Off the NeuroDreamer Sleep Mask
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask will turn itself off automatically
after the Lucid Dreaming session has ended. A complete Sleep
song lasts 20 minutes, with the Lucid Dreaming session continuing
afterward. If you would like to turn off the NeuroDreamer sleep
mask before the Sleep song or the Lucid Dreaming session has
ended, press the top button until the ambient ocean Sleep song is
reached, and then press the top button one more time.
Charging the Battery
To recharge the internal battery please do the following:
1.Unzip the zipper running along the top of the NeuroDreamer™
sleep mask.
2.Locate the connector for the battery charger. This is the
black cylindrical plug on a short cord in the middle of the
NeuroDreamer sleep mask.
3.Connect the battery charger’s cord to the NeuroDreamer sleep
mask’s connector.
4.Plug the battery charger into an AC power outlet.
5.Allow 3 to 5 hours for a full charge.
6.Unplug the battery charger from the power outlet.
7.Gently disconnect the battery charger from the plug on the
NeuroDreamer sleep mask. Take care not to pull on the cord, or
you may damage the NeuroDreamer sleep mask.
8.Slip the cord and plug back into the NeuroDreamer sleep mask.
9.Zip up the NeuroDreamer sleep mask.
Your NeuroDreamer sleep mask is now ready for use.
Note: Do not attempt to use the NeuroDreamer sleep mask while it
is being recharged. It will automatically turn off if you do so.
IMPORTANT: To preserve the battery life of the NeuroDreamer
sleep mask be sure to charge it at least once every three months.
NOTE: Your NeuroDreamer sleep mask will remember all of your
settings the next time you use it.
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Washing and Care of Your NeuroDreamer Sleep Mask
Tips on Using Your NeuroDreamer Sleep Mask
Your NeuroDreamer sleep mask comes with a soft, washable,
cotton cover.
In addition to providing Lucid Dreaming cues, the Sleep songs in
the NeuroDreamer sleep mask are designed to help improve your
patterns of rest.
The fabric cover of the sleep mask should be dry-cleaned only. Do
not get the fabric cover wet. Never put it in a washing machine.
Under no circumstances should the enclosure which contains
the electronics be washed, either separately or while inside the
fabric sleeve.
To dry-clean the fabric cover:
1.Gently unzip the cover at the top of the sleep mask.
2.Gently detach the Velcro surrounding the three buttons from the
cotton cover.
3.Gently remove the foam inside of the mask from the cotton cover.
4.Dry-clean the fabric cover.
5.Gently re-insert the insides of the sleep mask, making sure to
align and attach the Velcro surrounding the three buttons.
6.Gently zip up the cover.
Under no circumstances should the enclosure which contains the
electronics be dry-cleaned, either separately or while inside the
fabric sleeve.
Using the Sleep songs in your NeuroDreamer sleep mask will give
you the best results if you only use it when you feel like relaxing.
Using it at other times may create associations with wakefulness
that will adversely affect your sleep mask’s effectiveness.
Some people may find that their rest patterns change for the better
the first time they use the Sleep songs in their NeuroDreamer sleep
mask. For some, this may come in degrees with repeated use. For example, you may rest easier than before; you may wake up in the night
less frequently; and the duration of your rest periods may be longer.
When using the Sleep songs, you should not expect them to take
effect immediately. The NeuroDreamer sleep mask is designed to
help improve your patterns of rest gradually.
Is the NeuroDreamer Sleep Mask for Everyone?
Not everyone, no. Not many things are. But a NeuroDreamer sleep
mask may be helpful for you.
Research has shown that entrainment devices, such as the
NeuroDreamer sleep mask, work for about 70% of people tested.
Even if you are not in that majority, you may benefit from the
comfortable memory foam sleep mask that filters out light and
absorbs external sound. You may also enjoy the soothing, restful
effects of the NeuroDreamer sleep masks beautiful sounds.
Many people would like the ability to control their dreams. This
ability is second nature to some. Most, however, find it takes a lot of
practice. The Lucid Dreaming cues provided by the NeuroDreamer
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sleep mask are intended to aid in this practice. Even though it can
be fun and rewarding, it is up to you to provide the necessary intent
and practice.
There is a small subset of people who are sensitive to blinking
lights, and perhaps even to brainwave frequencies embedded
into sound. Many devices and environments that use blinking
lights, including strobe lights, cameras, disco lights, TVs, and
NeuroDreamer sleep mask, MAY CAUSE SEIZURES in this subset of
people. Please read the final section of this User’s Manual for the
complete WARNING and disclaimer...
How the NeuroDreamer Sleep Songs Work
As well as being a Lucid Dreaming aid, the NeuroDreamer sleep
mask is also an entrainment 3 device. For its Sleep songs, it
generates a sequence of brainwave frequencies that correspond to
the natural sequence of brainwave activity as observed in a person
as they fall asleep.
These frequencies are produced using binaural beats 4 embedded
within pleasing sounds, and synchronized with fading lights — all
generated by the NeuroDreamer sleep mask’s microcontroller.
The Sleep songs of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask are an advancement over prior entrainment devices which attempt to entrain the
brain with a single brainwave frequency at a time. The NeuroDreamer sleep mask uses up to four brainwave frequencies simultaneously (mixed at different amplitudes), to more closely replicate the full
spectrum of frequencies present in a person who is falling asleep.
3. “Entrainment” is the process of externally presenting brainwave frequencies to the
brain, allowing it to follow along to those frequencies.
4. A “binaural beat” refers to the frequency that is perceived when two tones that are
close together in pitch are played in each ear.
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In addition to binaural beats, the NeuroDreamer sleep mask’s
second Sleep song utilizes another method for audio entrainment.
An ambient ocean sound, somewhat like ocean surf, is played in
both ears, but with a slight time delay (called “phase shift”) in one
ear. By changing the length of the time delay, the brain perceives the
surf sound as moving between the ears. The rate of this perceived
movement is used for entrainment. This Sleep song may be better
for some people, and it may also mask out external sounds in noisy
environments, such as airplanes or loud neighbors.
Lucid Dreaming Session Settings, and How to
Change Them
Introduction to Lucid Dreaming Sessions and Cues
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask comes with default settings for
Lucid Dreaming sessions that work well for most people. But with
NeuroDreamer sleep mask, you have a lot of control over your Lucid
Dreaming session’s parameters, making the NeuroDreamer sleep
mask a very powerful tool for helping you achieve Lucid Dreaming.
There are many reasons that you might want to change the Lucid
Dreaming sessions from their default settings. You may want to
make the cues stronger, or weaker, to make it more likely that the
Lucid Dreaming cues pervade your dreams without waking you up.
You may want to change the timing on when the Lucid Dreaming
cues occur, or how long they play. You may want to set an alarm, and
change its time. You may want to change the aesthetics of the cues
to your personal taste. This is all possible with the Configuration
Menus that will be described in this section.
Before getting into how to change the settings for Lucid Dreaming
sessions, you will need to be familiar with some terminology.
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Sleep Song: A Sleep song will gently guide you into a restful state
through a sequence of brainwave frequencies embedded in beautiful
sounds and fading lights. There are two Sleep Songs to choose from
in the Lucid Dreaming version of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask:
one that is musical, and one that is ambient ocean. Both are 20
minutes long.
Lucid Dreaming cue: A cue is a sequence of pulsing lights or sounds
that will remind you that you are dreaming—while you are dreaming.
Lucid Dreaming session: To define a Lucid Dreaming session, let’s
start by looking at the timeline in Figure A, which shows a typical
Lucid Dreaming session.
Figure A illustrates a typical Lucid Dreaming session. The top line
shows the timeline for the session. A Lucid Dreaming session
always lasts for 8 hours, or until the optional alarm sounds. If
the session is started via the top button, then a Sleep song (with
embedded binaural beats and synchronized lights) is played for the
first 20 minutes of the Lucid Dreaming session. If the session is
started via the middle button, then no Sleep song is played during
the first 20 minutes.
In this example the first Lucid Dreaming cue has been configured
to start 4 hrs and 20 minutes into the session. After the optional
Sleep song, and before the first cue, you will hear no sound, and see
no lights.
The timing of the cues is shown on the second line of Figure A. In
between each cue, you again will hear no sounds and see no lights.
In this example, a cue is played every 20 minutes until 8 hours has
expired, or until the alarm sounds.
In the example in Figure A, the alarm time is configured for 7
hours from the start of the session. If the alarm was not enabled
before starting the Lucid Dreaming session, cues will continue
every 20 minutes for the complete 8 hours, and the sleep mask will
power itself off. If the alarm was enabled before starting the Lucid
Dreaming session, then the alarm will sound at the 7 hour mark, the
sleep mask will power itself off, and no further cues will be played.
Figure A: Timeline of a Typical Lucid Dreaming Session
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User Interface: The Main Menu
The basic functionality of The Main Menu of the Lucid Dreaming
version of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask has already been
explained. Here’s a recap:
Figure B: Timeline of a Typical Lucid Dreaming Cue
Figure B illustrates a typical Lucid Dreaming cue. (Remember that a
cue is what is played every 20 minutes in the typical Lucid Dreaming
session shown in Figure A.)
A cue is defined by configuring a rep, the rep duration, the rep
spacing, and the cue duration. A cue is composed of a series of
reps (this example has a cue consisting of a series of 5 reps). A rep
can either consist of lights fading in and out, or the sounding of
a chord (depending on whether you have selected visual or audio
cues—how to select this will be explained a little later). The rep
duration is configurable. In the example above the rep duration
has been set at 1 second. Reps are separated from each other by
a space, or period of time in which no lights are fading or chords
sounding. This rep spacing is configurable as a multiple of the rep
duration. In the example above the rep spacing has been set at 3x,
resulting in a 3 second space between reps (since 3 times 1 second
equals 3 seconds). Reps will continue, one after another, each
followed by the rep spacing, until the cue duration is over. The cue
duration is the entire length of time of the cue. The cue duration is
configurable—in this example the cue duration has been configured
at 20 seconds, resulting in a cue composed of 5 reps in total.
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When the sleep mask is off, pressing the bottom button twice will
enable the alarm, which is intended to wake you up after a period of
time. After the alarm sounds, the sleep mask powers itself off.
When the sleep mask is off, pressing the middle button will start a
Lucid Dreaming session (without a Sleep song), consisting of Lucid
Dreaming cues, for up to 8 hours (or until the alarm sounds), after
which the sleep mask will power itself off.
When the sleep mask is off, pressing the top button will start a Lucid
Dreaming session, beginning with a 20-minute long Sleep song, and
continuing with the Lucid Dreaming session, consisting of Lucid
Dreaming cues, for 8 hours (or until the alarm sounds), after which
the sleep mask will power itself off. While the Sleep song is playing,
pressing the top button again will advance to the second Sleep
song (and pressing it again will turn the sleep mask off), pressing
the middle button will change the volume, and pressing the bottom
button will change the intensity of the lights.
Please note, when the Lucid Dreaming session is between the
playing of cues the sleep mask will appear to be “off” (since there
are no sounds and no lights in between cues).
The Main Menu has a few additional button combinations that
can initiate an action. These are summarized in the chart of the
Main menu on the following page. In this chart, the graphics on
the left-hand side depict button or button combinations that will
initiate an action. To the right of the graphics is a description of what
action will be taken in response to the button(s) being pressed. For
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example, the third entry in the chart shows that pressing the bottom
button by itself will activate the Alarm menu. The fourth entry in
the chart shows that pressing the top and middle buttons together
will activate the Cue menu. The text within parentheses following a
menu name summarizes the features configured by that menu, once
it has been activated.
The Main menu is available whenever the mask is off, or at any
time during the Lucid Dreaming session (including while a cue
is playing)—except the Main menu is not available when a Sleep
song is playing. (The Main menu is also not available when a
Configuration Menu is active.)
If the Main menu is accessed during a Lucid Dreaming session
(including while a cue is playing) the current Lucid Dreaming
session is terminated.
Main Menu
Start Lucid Dreaming Session [with a Sleep Song]*
Start Lucid Dreaming Session [without Sleep Song]* **
Alarm Menu (Time to Alarm, Enable Alarm)
Audio-Visual Menu (Volume/Brightness, Audio/Visual Cues)
Session Menu (Time to 1st Cue, Start Lucid Nap)
*A note on the two Start Lucid Dreaming Session buttons:
If the alarm has been enabled it will sound briefly before the Sleep song or session
begins. If you hear the alarm, but you do not wish the alarm to sound and wake you up
later, you can press the bottom button once, and wait a few seconds for the red light
to turn off, after which you can once again press one of the two Start Lucid Dreaming
Session (top or middle) buttons.
**A note on the Start Lucid Dreaming Session [without Sleep Song] button:
In addition to starting a Lucid Dreaming session, the middle button also immediately
plays a single cue. This serves two purposes: 1), it lets you acclimate to the cue you
will try to find while you are dreaming; 2), it doubles as a handy ‘review cue’ button.
Use it to review what a cue is like after changes have been made to it via the Cue
Menu or Audio-Visual Menu.
Intro to the Four Configuration Menus
There are four configuration menus that can be accessed from the
main menu:
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Alarm Menu
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Session Menu
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Audio-Visual Menu
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Cue Menu
Each will be explained in its own section, and we will give you
examples on how to change settings for each.
Cue Menu (Rep Duration, Rep Spacing, Cue Duration)
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These configuration menus allow you to configure various features
(or “parameters”) of the Lucid Dreaming session. By pressing
buttons while a menu is active, the values of specific parameters
can be changed, as described in the pages that follow. All the
configuration menus share the following common characteristics:
Each Configuration Menu has its own Home Color
When a configuration menu is accessed, a colored light—specific
to that menu—will be turned on to indicate that the menu is active.
If you do not press any buttons for several seconds, the light will
turn off, indicating the menu is now inactive. For example, when the
Alarm menu is accessed you will see the red light turned on, and it
will remain on until the Alarm menu is no longer active.
Configuration Menu
Home Color
Alarm Menu
Red
Session Menu
Blue
Audio-Visual Menu
Yellow
Cue Menu
Green
Please review the menu charts on the following pages. You will see
that each chart contains a box of four squares in the upper right
corner, one of which is has the name of a color. This is the home
color for that menu. The Audio-Visual menu is a special case: notice
it has two boxes. Its home color is yellow. When visual cues are in
effect, all of the other colored lights are also turned on so that you
can see their intensity while changing the brightness parameter.
Once accessed, a Menu remains active until no buttons have been
pressed for several seconds
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You will know that the menu is no longer active once its home
color is turned off. This happens automatically after no buttons are
pressed for several seconds.
If a parameter is not changed while its Menu is active, it will keep
the value it had before the Menu was accessed
After its Menu is accessed the initial change made to a parameter
will reset its value to zero. Subsequent changes made to the
parameter while the Menu is active will be cumulative.
For example, if the Alarm menu is accessed, and then the top button
is pressed (add one hour to the alarm time), the alarm time will first
be reset to zero, and then increased to one hour. Pressing the top
button a 2nd time will add another hour to the alarm time, and so on.
Do-Re-Mi Feedback
When a configuration menu ends (i.e., stops being active), a musical
scale may be played in one or both ears, to provide the user with
feedback on what the current values for that menu’s parameters are.
Do-Re-Mi Feedback on the Alarm Time
Do-Re-Mi feedback happens when the alarm time is changed in
the Alarm menu (which will be explained soon). This alarm time
parameter can range from 20 minutes to 8 hours. When the Alarm
menu ends, the notes of a musical scale will be played in the left
ear—one note for each hour in the alarm time. Then musical notes
will be played in the right ear—one note for each additional 20
minutes in the alarm time. For example, assume the current value
for the alarm time is 5 hours, 40 minutes. In this case, as the Alarm
menu ends, the musical notes “Do Re Mi Fa So” will be played in the
left ear, followed by the notes “Do Re” in the right ear.
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Do-Re-Mi Feedback on the 1st Cue Time
The Do-Re-Mi feedback will happen when the 1st cue time is
changed in the Session menu (which will be explained soon). This
1st cue time parameter can range from 20 minutes to 8 hours. When
the Session menu ends, the notes of a musical scale will be played
in the left ear—one note for each hour in the 1st cue time. Then
notes will be played in the right ear—one musical note for each
additional 20 minutes in the 1st cue time. For example, assume the
current value for the 1st cue time is 6 hours. In this case, as the
Session menu ends, the notes “Do Re Mi Fa So La” will be played in
the left ear.
Using the Alarm Menu
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask comes equipped with a
programmable alarm that will wake you at a time of your choosing.
This time is measured from the start of the Lucid Dreaming session.
(If a Sleep song is played at the beginning of the session, then the
alarm time is measured from the start of the Sleep song.)
Enabling the Alarm
From the Main menu, press the bottom button to activate the Alarm
menu. The Alarm menu’s home color of red is turned on. Now
press the bottom button again. This enables the alarm. The alarm
sounds for a fraction of a second to let you know that it is enabled.
This is followed by a “Do-Re-Mi” scale which lets you know what the
current alarm time is (as described in the section above). Then the
Alarm menu is exited after waiting a few seconds (and the red light
is turned off). The alarm remains dormant until the next session is
started. It will then automatically go off at the programmed time, as
measured from the beginning of the session.
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During the session, when the alarm sounds, it can be turned off by
pressing any button. Otherwise it will automatically turn itself off
after 30 seconds. Once turned off the alarm is no longer enabled. It
must be explicitly re-enabled before the next session in which you
want to use it.
Setting the Alarm Time
From the Main menu, press the bottom button to activate the Alarm
menu. The Alarm menu’s home color of red is turned on. You
can now set the alarm time by using the top and middle buttons.
Pressing the top button adds 1 hour to the alarm time. Pressing the
middle button adds 20 minutes to the alarm time. When finished
setting the alarm time, wait for the Alarm menu’s home color to
turn off. A “Do-Re-Mi” scale will play briefly to let you know what the
alarm time is (as described in the section above).
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask remembers your alarm time
setting. Unless you want to change the current setting, you do not
have to set the alarm time before each use.
Disabling the Alarm
Once enabled, the alarm automatically disables itself the next time
the alarm sounds. The alarm is also disabled upon activating the
Alarm menu. So, if you change your mind after enabling the alarm
(and before starting a session), or if you are not sure what the state
of the alarm is (maybe a friend or family member who uses the
mask enabled the alarm but did not run a session) you can always
be sure it is disabled by simply activating the Alarm menu and then
letting the menu exit of its own accord (because no further buttons
are pressed for several seconds while the home color of red is on).
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Alarm Menu
Add 1 Hour to Alarm Time
Add 20 Minutes to Alarm Time
Enable Alarm
Examples using the Alarm Menu
The Alarm menu is accessed from the Main Menu, which is active
at any time when a sleep song is not playing, and no configuration
menu is active.
Set the alarm time to 5 hours and 40 minutes:
From the main menu press the bottom button. The Alarm menu’s
home color of red will turn on. Press the top button five times (for 5
hours), and the middle button two times (for 40 minutes). Wait a few
seconds. The scale “Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So” will be played in the left ear,
“Do-Re” will be played in the right ear, and the red home color will
turn off. The next time you start a Lucid Dreaming session (with or
without a Sleep song), the alarm will sound 5 hours and 40 minutes
after you start the session.
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Set the alarm time to 7 hours:
From the main menu press the bottom button. The Alarm menu’s
home color of red will turn on. Press the top button seven times
(for 7 hours). Wait a few seconds. The scale “Do-Re-Mi-Fa-SoLa-Ti” will be played in the left ear, and the red home color will
turn off. The next time you start a Lucid Dreaming session (with or
without a Sleep song), the alarm will sound 7 hours after you start
the session.
Using the Session Menu
The Session menu allows you to set the time to the 1st cue. It also
supplies a handy shortcut for starting a lucid “nap” session (which
will be described, below), without disturbing the settings used for
the normal Lucid Dreaming session.
Setting the time to the 1st Cue
From the Main menu, press the middle and bottom buttons together
to activate the Session menu. The Session menu’s home color of blue
is turned on. You can now set the time to the 1st cue by using the top
and middle buttons. Pressing the top button adds 1 hour to the time
to 1st cue. Pressing the middle button adds 20 minutes to the time to
1st cue. When finished setting the time, wait for the Session menu’s
home color to turn off. A “Do-Re-Mi” scale will play briefly to let you
know what the time to the 1st cue is (as described earlier).
Starting a Lucid Nap Session
From the Main menu, press the middle and bottom buttons together
to activate the Session menu. The Session menu’s home color of
blue is turned on. Press the bottom button. The Session menu’s
home color will be turned off, and a cue will immediately be
played—this lets you know that the Lucid Nap session has started.
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In a Lucid Nap session, cues will be played at 20 minutes, at 40
minutes, and at 1 hour, after which the alarm will sound. This does
not disturb the currently saved settings for the 1st cue and alarm
times. The next time a Lucid Dreaming session is started, the
normal settings will be used. (The Lucid Nap session timing cannot
be changed, but is fixed at these values.)
A strategy for maximizing your Lucid Dream recall
By using the lucid nap feature together with the normal Lucid
Dreaming session, you may be able to remember more of your
dreams. For instance, set the 1st cue time to 4 hours, and the alarm
time to 5 hours. Enable the alarm and start a session. After 5 hours
the alarm will sound. When you awaken you may remember dreams
you had in the last hour or so. You may want to write them down in a
dream journal (which is highly recommended). Some research has
shown that staying awake for 30 to 60 minutes before going back to
sleep greatly enhances the probability of achieving Lucid Dreams.
When you are ready, put the mask back on and start a lucid nap
by pressing the middle and top buttons together ”Session Menu”),
followed by the bottom button (“Start Lucid Nap”). Go back to sleep
until the mask wakes you in another hour. Repeat the process as
many times as you like in a night.
Session Menu
Add 1 Hour to 1st Cue Time
Add 20 Minutes to 1st Cue Time
Start Lucid Nap Session
Examples using the Session Menu
The Session menu is accessed from the Main Menu, which is active
at any time when a sleep song is not playing, and no configuration
menu is active.
Change the time to the 1st Lucid Dreaming cue to 3 hours and
20 minutes:
From the main menu press the middle and bottom buttons together.
The Session menu’s home color of blue will turn on. Press the top
button three times (for 3 hours), and the middle button once (for 20
minutes). Wait a few seconds. The scale “Do-Re-Mi” will be played
in the left ear, “Do” will be played in the right ear, and the blue
home color will turn off. The next time you start a Lucid Dreaming
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session (with or without a Sleep song), the 1st Lucid Dreaming cue
will occur 3 hours and 20 minutes from when you start the session.
Start a Lucid Nap session:
From the main menu press the middle and bottom buttons together.
The Session menu’s home color of blue will turn on. Press the
bottom button. The Session menu’s home color will be turned off,
and a cue will immediately be played—this lets you know that the
lucid nap session has started (and a Lucid Dreaming cue will be
played at 20 minutes, at 40 minutes, and at 1 hour, after which
the alarm will sound). As stated earlier, starting a Lucid Nap does
not disturb the currently saved settings for the 1st cue and alarm
times—the next time a Lucid Dreaming session is started, the
normal settings will be used.
Adjusting the Cue Volume / Brightness
From the Main menu, press the top and bottom buttons together
to activate the Audio-Visual menu. The Audio-Visual menu’s home
color of yellow is turned on. If the current cue type is visual, the
other three colors are also turned on. If the current cue type is
audio, a chord will sound. You can now adjust the cue volume /
brightness by using the top and middle buttons. Pressing the top
button increases the volume / brightness. Pressing the middle
button decreases the volume / brightness. These changes will be
reflected in the intensity of the home color(s) and the volume of the
chord (if it is sounding). There are seven volume / brightness levels.
It is important to set volume and brightness levels that are right
for you.
Using the Audio-Visual Menu
The Audio-Visual menu is used to select the type of cue: audio or
visual. The menu is also used to adjust the volume or brightness of
the cue.
The audio-visual levels should be set low enough that the cues will
not awaken you, but high enough that the cues will pervade your
dreams. You may need to experiment to get the settings you like.
Selecting Audio or Visual Cues
From the Main menu, press the top and bottom buttons together
to activate the Audio-Visual menu. The Audio-Visual menu’s home
color of yellow is turned on. If the current cue type is visual, the
other three colors are also turned on. If the current cue type is
audio, a chord will sound. You can now switch the cue type by
pressing the bottom button. The home color(s) and chord (or no
chord) will change to reflect the new cue type. If you press the
bottom button again, the cue type will be switched back.
After the home color of yellow turns off, you can review your entire
cue to see if you like it. Pressing the middle button will play your cue
for you (and also starts the Lucid Dreaming session). If you don’t like
it, you can change your cue again via the configuration menus (this
will terminate your Lucid Dreaming session).
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Review your cue to see if you like it.
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Audio-Visual Menu
off, and an audio chord will sound. Wait a few seconds for the yellow
home color to turn off. The Lucid Dreaming cues are now set to audio
(giving you a chance to have musical chords affect your dreams).
or
(when current
cue is visual)
(when current
cue is audio)
Increase Volume / Brightness
Decrease Volume / Brightness
Toggle Audio / Visual Cues
Examples using the Audio-Visual Menu
The Audio-Visual menu is accessed from the Main Menu, which
is active at any time when a sleep song is not playing, and no
configuration menu is active.
Change from a visual Lucid Dreaming cue to an audio Lucid
Dreaming cue:
From the main menu press the top and bottom buttons together. The
Audio-Visual menu’s home color of yellow, along with the other three
colors, will turn on. Press the bottom button to toggle the cue type to
audio. All but the Audio-Visual menu’s home color of yellow will turn
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Change from an audio Lucid Dreaming cue to a visual Lucid
Dreaming cue:
From the main menu press the top and bottom buttons together. The
Audio-Visual menu’s home color of yellow will turn on, and an audio
chord will sound. Press the bottom button to toggle the cue type to
visual. The other three colors will turn on, and the audio chord will
stop. Wait a few seconds for the colored lights to turn off. The Lucid
Dreaming cues are now set to visual (giving you a chance to have
blinking lights affect your dreams).
Change the visual cue brightness to the dimmest level:
If you are using visual Lucid Dreaming cues, and find that the lights
tend to wake you up, you can try making them dimmer. This is how
to set the lights to their dimmest setting:
From the main menu press the top and bottom buttons together.
The Audio-Visual menu’s home color of yellow, along with the other
three colors, will turn on. Each time you press the middle button
the brightness level will be decreased (and the colored lights will
grow dimmer). When the colored lights no longer grow dimmer
in response to pressing the middle button you have reached the
dimmest level. Wait for the yellow home color to turn off. The
next time you start a Lucid Dreaming session, your visual Lucid
Dreaming cues will shine at their dimmest setting.
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Using the Cue Menu
The Cue menu is used to set the rep duration, the spacing between
reps, and the cue duration.
Setting the Rep Duration
From the Main menu, press the top and middle buttons together
to activate the Cue menu. The Cue menu’s home color of green
is turned on. Use the top button to select between five different
rep durations: ¼ second, ½ second, 1 second, 2 seconds, and 3½
seconds. For instance, to set the rep duration to 1 second, press the
top button 3 times.
Setting the Spacing between Reps
From the Main menu, press the top and middle buttons together
to activate the Cue menu. The Cue menu’s home color of green is
turned on. Use the middle button to select between three different
rep spacings: 1x, 2x, and 3x. These spacings are multiples of the rep
duration. For instance, if the rep duration is 2 seconds, to set the
spacing between reps to 4 seconds, press the middle button twice
(since 2 seconds times 2 equals 4 seconds).
session). If you don’t like the results, you can activate the Cue Menu,
and repeat the process until the cue is to your liking.
Cue Menu
+ Rep Duration
(1/4 sec, ½ sec, 1 sec, 2 secs, 3 ½ secs )
+ Rep Spacing
(1x, 2x, 3x multiple of Rep duration )
+ Cue Duration
(10, 20, 30 secs )
Setting the Cue Duration
From the Main menu, press the top and middle buttons together
to activate the Cue menu. The Cue menu’s home color of green is
turned on. Use the bottom button to select between three different
cue durations: 10 seconds, 20 seconds, and 30 seconds.
Example using the Cue Menu
The Cue menu is accessed from the Main Menu, which is active at
any time when a sleep song is not playing, and no configuration
menu is active.
Use the Session button on the Main menu to review your changes
The best way to review the changes you have made is to wait for
the Cue menu’s home color to turn off, and then press the middle
button (“Start Lucid Dreaming Session [without Sleep Song]”), which
will immediately play a cue (and it will also start a Lucid Dreaming
Change the Lucid Dreaming cue duration to 30 seconds:
From the main menu press the top and middle buttons together.
The Cue menu’s home color of green will turn on. Press the bottom
button 3 times (for 30 seconds). Wait a few seconds. The green
home color will turn off. The next time you start a Lucid Dreaming
session, all Lucid Dreaming cues will have a duration of 30 seconds.
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Trouble Shooting
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask does not respond when I press
a button.
If you see no lights or sounds when you push a button, then the
battery must be charged. Otherwise, simply wait 30 seconds, and
then press the top button to start a Sleep song, or press the middle
button to start the Lucid Dreaming session (without a Sleep song).
I have plugged the NeuroDreamer sleep mask into the battery
charger, but it does not operate.
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask will not operate while it is plugged
into the battery charger. You must disconnect the sleep mask from
the charger before it can be operated.
When I plug the NeuroDreamer sleep mask into the battery
charger the lights flash and momentary tones are played.
This is normal if the battery was completely discharged before
being recharged.
The sound during a Sleep song is at very low volume.
The volume should be adjusted—while a Sleep song is in progress—
by pressing the middle button (and then letting go). This will
change the audio output to the next volume level. There are three
volume levels that can be accessed in this way: High, Medium, and
Low. Note that a Sleep song must be in progress for the volume
adjustment to occur.
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The Lights during a Sleep song are too bright.
The Light intensity should be adjusted—while a Sleep song is in
progress—by pressing the lower button (and then letting go). This
will change the Light output to the next intensity level. There are four
intensity levels that can be accessed in this way: High, Medium, Low,
and Off. Note that a Sleep song must be in progress for the intensity
adjustment to occur. Also note that it is normal for there to be no
blinking lights for the first several seconds of each Sleep song.
The Lights are not blinking at all at any time during a Sleep song.
The Light intensity should be adjusted—while a Sleep song is in
progress—by pressing the lower button (and then letting go). This
will change the Light output to the next intensity level. There are
four intensity levels that can be accessed in this way: High, Medium,
Low, and Off. Note that a Sleep song must be in progress for the
intensity adjustment to occur. Also note that it is normal for there to
be no blinking lights for the first several seconds of each song.
The song suddenly stopped, and now nothing happens.
The battery needs to be recharged.
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Warning / Disclaimer: MAY CAUSE SEIZURES
This product is designed only for providing assistance with rest and
relaxation. No medical claims are made for this product, express
or implied. This product is not a medical device; please follow
your doctor’s advice for any medical or psychological treatment
when using this product. This product is not intended to affect the
structure or any function of the human body. This product does not
serve as a medical apparatus or instrument, thus this product is not
and does not need to be approved for any purpose by the FDA.
This product is primarily designed to use pulsating lights and
sound in its operation. People who are photosensitive or sensitive
to oscillating or strobe effects; epileptic or photo epileptic; who are
prone to seizures or have experienced past episodes of seizures,
whether knowingly or not; who are schizophrenic or suffer from
attention deficit disorder (ADD), delirium or who have been
diagnosed with a manic disorder should NOT use a pulsed light and
sound device or allow anyone else with any of these conditions to
use a pulsed light and sound device.
Manufacturer’s and distributor’s liability to the consumer from
use of this product is expressly limited to the purchase price of the
product or to the cost of repairing or replacing a defective unit
This product has been designed to be used solely to facilitate rest and
is not to be used for any other purpose. It is not intended to be used
as protective eyewear. The NeuroDreamer sleep mask is not designed
to restrict unwanted noise or to be used for noise distraction.
Do not drive, operate machinery, or attempt to walk around while
using this product. This precaution includes use of the audio
program alone, even without wearing the mask, since doing so may
block or distract you from hearing sounds that are necessary for
your safety.
Please visit our website at www.cornfieldelectronics.com for other
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Anyone suffering serious cardiac arrhythmia or other heart disorders, using prescribed tranquilizers or psychotropic medicines, has
epilepsy or visual photosensitivity should NOT use this product or allow anyone else with any one of these conditions to use this product.
In addition, even if you have never had a seizure, there is a small
chance that you are photosensitive, and exposure to flashing lights
can cause a seizure. If you are unwilling to accept this risk, please
do not purchase or use this product.
Manufacturer and distributor are not responsible, financially
or otherwise, for actual or consequential damages from the
consumer’s use of this or any other light and sound devices.
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WARRANTY: Cornfield Electronics, Inc. warrants this product to
be free from defects in workmanship and materials under normal
use for 30 days from purchase. This warranty covers all of the
components parts of the product except batteries. This warranty
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misuse, alteration, negligence, accidents or unauthorized repair.
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defective in workmanship or materials. Cornfield Electronics, Inc. is
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