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Natures Gift of Sleep Through N. E. P.
Neutral Eye Positioning will calm your thoughts through a simple method of calming your eyes.
Activity in your brain is a major block on the path that leads to sleep. Your eyes respond to this activity of thought with continuous movement as you struggle to fall asleep. Even after you are asleep and dreaming your eyes will naturally move to the activity in your brain, this is called Rapid Eye Movement or R.E.M. Now the question is, can you control this movement so you call fall asleep quickly? The answer is Yes, with N.E.P.
Thank you for your interest in this fast yet simple method of falling asleep. This technique is called Neutral Eye Positioning or N.E.P. We have all experienced times when sleep eludes us, when worry, stress and fear of loosing sleep has kept us awake. The need for a natural way to induce sleep without drugs, alcohol or special food preparations has led to the discovery of N.E.P.
Most people, while awake, move their eyes while thinking and talking. Notice the next time you have a conversation with someone that their eyes move about. Ask them for an answer to a simple math problem, then watch their eyes look up and to their right. As though they were looking for the answer. Ask about an old sad memory and their eyes pull down to their left. This response may very with each person but the point is our eyes move relative to what we are seeing inside our heads. Sometimes when asked a question people will even say "Let me see...". Now picture yourself trying to sleep and having these thoughts. It becomes especially difficult, doesn't it? N.E.P. can solve this problem easily by turning the tables on the brain. NEUTRAL EYE POSITIONING is simply relaxing the eyes so they do not move thus the brain is relaxed and not thinking.
As we try to fall asleep we are still conscience and in control of our eye movement. This is the time we practice N.E.P. which calms the activity in the brain slowing thoughts and helping us to gently fall asleep.
NEUTRAL EYE POSITIONING is a simple technique. Close your eyes keeping them forward in the most comfortable and relaxed position. This is not as easy as it sounds because your brain is still active and even though your eyelids are closed commands from your brain are telling your eyes to move. This is when N.E.P. takes over. Simply tell your eyes to relax and position them forward, eyelids closed. Your eyes tell your brain to relax.
With a little practice you will find the most natural and comfortable position for your eyes. A helpful hint is try not to focus your eyes, just let them find their most restful position.
This is a step by step description of N.E.P. Step one, follow your normal presleep routine. Step two, as you become comfortable close your eyes and notice if they are moving. This could be very subtle movements. Do your eyes strain upwards, downwards, or sideways? If they have, move them back to the neutral position. Sometimes they may feel as if they are crossed. Do not worry. Relax them into a natural forward position. Step three, notice how calm your thoughts become in the N.E.P. state. This position of the eyes is a normal and natural area that is used to fall asleep. Step four, if your eyes move away from N.E.P. gently bring them back to the neutral position. These four steps of N.E.P. are the basic techniques which allow you to fall asleep. With a little practice you will be amazed how fast this method will work.
This method is to be used to fall asleep not for staying asleep. Although it can be used repeatedly if awakening occurs. N.E.P. is not a replacement for prescribed drugs or therapy. If you are under the care of a doctor always check with them first especially if you have a severe sleep disorder or any health problems.
Once again let's review the four main steps of Neutral Eye Positioning.
Step 1. Follow your normal presleep routine.
Step 2. Close eyes, notice movement, move into N.E.P. Remember do not focus.
Step 3. Become aware of the calming state of mind.
Step 4. If eyes move gently relax them. You may want to select a point of focus in direct line with your eyes just prior to closing  them. If movement occurs open your eyes, realign with the  object you have chosen and correct N.E.P. Remember a  relaxed non-focused state is best.
In conclusion, hopefully the N.E.P. technique will aid you in receiving the rest that you deserve. Remember that a little practice goes a long way and N.E.P. is an important natural way of calming the brain and inducing sleep.
Sweet dreams, from your friends at N.E.S.T.