jenk: Faye (sleepy Cecilia)
I have done this - today's http://www.questionablecontent.net/

(More with books and cookies than carrot cake though.)

text transcript here )
jenk: Faye (Grey-HairedCrone)
Got up about 7:30am after getting to sleep around 1:30am.

(Yes the Tricky Pixie show was great.)

Well, the March of Cambreadth just came on iTunes. You know the Midsummer recording? With bagpipes?

I never realized just how soporific that song could be.....
jenk: Faye (sleepy Cecilia)
So some researchers found correlations between high blood pressure & lack of sleep in teens. Toss in with other sleep deprivation issues in teens and you'd think high schools would start later.

If you're wondering, yes, a different study found that poor sleep is associated with hypertension in adult women, and associated with "higher levels of biomarkers associated with elevated risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes". (Correlations of correlations is indirect, but it's what I found.)

Of course, less sleep is also correlated with mood swings and depression....

stress

Jun. 30th, 2008 02:55 pm
jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
Reading an article about how "Oh, you should de-stress" is given as a cure-all. Yes, less stress can make it easier to get enough sleep, which has good effects. Yes, being stressed all the time can raise blood pressure. But when cancer or infertility is blamed on stress, I can't help but wonder if it's just blaming the victim and offering the "reassurance" that "cancer only happens to stressed people (and I'm not one so I'm safe)".

But it was this quote that gave me a chuckle ...
Susan Sontag noted that a culture’s maladies are apparent in the emotional causes it attributes to illness. In the Victorian period, cancer was “caused” by excessive family obligations or hyper-emotionalism. In the 1970s it was “caused” by isolation and suppressed anger. So the assertion that stress underlies 99 percent of illness may indicate more about the healthy than the sick. Stress is our burden, our bogyman, and reducing it is the latest all-purpose talisman against adversity’s randomness.
Peggy Orenstein, in the NY Times
Not that stress is our only bogyman ...
jenk: Faye (jane sarcastic)
...and approaches it from a "it's not sexy!" standpoint. Because of course sexiness is more important than anyone's sleep.

At least the article does give a comeback on the sexiness point: "In addition to life-threatening health problems and psychological symptoms, people with untreated sleep apnea often suffer from impotence and other disorders."

I do understand a spouse complaining that the noise of the cpap or the breeze from the vent keeps them awake. It's sleep quality vs sleep quality at that point. And the noise from my cpap sometimes bugs me.

linkies

Aug. 26th, 2007 10:52 pm
jenk: Faye (sleepy Cecilia)
An article on self-care - specifically focused on getting enough sleep - appeared in yesterday's local Times religion column. Apparently Rev Hunter practices a practical form of faith... :)

President Bush is coming to visit the Eastside tomorrow. Protesters will be busy at a rally at the Bradford Center in Bellevue from 12:30 on; Bush is flying into Sea-Tac in "midafternoon" and is due at the Bellevue Hyatt at 4:25. Fun!

Vashon's Rent-a-Ruminant is in the news again. This time the goats are clearing blackberries & English ivy between Burke-Gilman & Stevens Way at the UW. Their only drawback? They don't distinguish "weeds" - they just eat everything.
jenk: Faye (read)
I am, really. Just posting a couple quick things from the paper I read during lunch ;)

First, Robert (aka The Very Rev. Robert V. Taylor, the dean of Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral) has a piece in the Seattle Times about the Episcopal Presiding Bishop-Elect.

And b, this article on how sleep is the new sex. "Men think about it every seven seconds or so. Women romanticize it. Teenagers yearn for the weekends, when they might get a little of it." I liked the reminder to wind down before bed - you can't just "screech to a halt and enter REM on demand". Of course, this puts things pretty starkly: "The sleep experts say relax, drink less coffee and booze, eat better, rest more. The drug companies say take a pill."
jenk: Faye (read)
From the New York Times : Should humans really expect to sleep through the night?
It's a question that Dr. Thomas Wehr at the National Institute of Mental Health asked himself in the early 1990's. He conducted a landmark experiment in which he placed a group of normal volunteers in 14-hour dark periods each day for a month. He let the subjects sleep as much and as long as they wanted during the experiment.

The first night, the subjects slept an average of 11 hours a night, probably repaying a chronic sleep debt.

By the fourth week, the subjects slept an average of eight hours a night — but not consecutively. Instead, sleep seemed to be concentrated in two blocks. First, subjects tended to lie awake for one to two hours and then fall quickly asleep. Dr. Wehr found that the abrupt onset of sleep was linked to a spike in the hormone melatonin. Melatonin secretion by the brain's pineal gland is switched on by darkness.

After an average of three to five hours of solid sleep, the subjects would awaken and spend an hour or two of peaceful wakefulness before a second three- to five-hour sleep period. Such bimodal sleep has been observed in many other animals and also in humans who live in pre-industrial societies lacking artificial light. Read more... )
This also ties in with the recommendation I read in Woman's Day: don't look at the clock once you're in bed. Set the alarm and turn the clock to the wall. Why? Watching the clock makes you aware that you're awake and how long you've been awake, which can make you anxious, which makes it harder to get to sleep. Personally I love drifting in and out of dreamy not-awake-not-asleep states...when I don't have to be anywhere soon.

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