No problem with the bathroom runs. I wake up around 4AM, hit the bathroom and then go right back to sleep these days. One trip to the bathroom a night. Physically I feel worlds better and am sleeping about 7 hours a night. Anxiety attacks have disappeared and I wake alert and ready to go for the day.
Coop, you have summed up my frustration. I started learning to analyse my own dreams when I was 16. My entire life since has involved my dream states as much as my awake states. I have honed my dreamwork skills well, so to know I am dreaming and only retaining a micro portion of that makes me feel stripped of a valuable tool of self balance and understanding. Not to mention the simple enjoyment of that other world. It's quite weird as I feel like once I enter the dream state, I am fully experiencing it, releasing what needs out and delving off in action like scenarios. I have however not had any incidents of lucidity, and I can't seem to bring the dreams into full wake state.
I am experimenting with skipped nights now, and would like to get the benefits of both a well rested mind, and not loosing my dreamwork, but I greatly fear going back to that state I was in when I only got 4 to 5 hours and just got up at around 3 because it was pointless to lay in bed any longer. After months of that I became delusional and manic/ depressed to the point that I had very few hours a day that were productive.
I am thinking I may try some dream enhancing herbs to see if I can break this barrier down, between the two states .......
What are the thoughts on mugwort, and are there others?