I was 19 when I first experienced sleep paralysis, and that time it took the form of man lying on top of me, so heavy that it was hard for me to breathe. I’d been dreaming of a heritage village in the South Island town my mother lives, a fenced in collection of buildings with a windmill and a cafe and a book fair every year. It was a pretty innocuous dream, at first; everything was sunny and gentle and not much was happening. At the front gates I saw a friend I hadn’t spoken to in a long time, and while I was trying to talk to her I [...]
So many people have trouble getting enough sleep between eleven at night and seven in the morning because sleeping from eleven to seven isn’t what people were designed to do.
In this week's New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert writes about insomnia and the history of sleep (which the BBC also did about a year ago), and it's exciting until it's depressing, and then it's over. Recall that almost everything about sleep is horrible.
Previously: Lauren O'Neal's Guide to Natural Sleep Aids.
"This less focused cognitive state makes people more susceptible to think about other, seemingly unrelated information — like things they experienced earlier or their to-do list. This additional information floating around in your mind during your nonoptimal time of day ultimately helps you reach that creative aha! moment.” —Sleepiness hitched to creativity.
When we hear the first sound of the alarm, our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that wake us, interrupting our natural sleep cycle to make us alert.
Surrendering to the temptation of the snooze erases that hormonal surge: our bodies try to reenter the deeper periods of sleep. Only those restorative levels of sleep take a lot longer than nine minutes to enter, so every snooze confuses our bodies even more. We think three or four snoozes are the equivalent of an extra 30 or 40 minutes of rest, but the patchy, interrupted sleep of snooze is worse than no sleep at all. Instead of the natural [...]
Satya Doyle Byock usually explores readers' dreams on Back of the Brain. This response includes reflections from the dreamer herself.
Q: In my dream, I am walking through a concrete landscape holding hands with Chris Harrison, the host of The Bachelorette, as if he’s a father figure. He leads me to a warehouse space where a lot of men work. When I walk in, I see a big fish in a tank in the center of the room. One of the men is reminded to change the water in the tank when I look at it. When he does, I see that the fish has turned [...]
A few days ago I got a press release about sex, mattresses, and sleeping that included the sentence
Findings from a new research study titled SexySleepTM … reveal problems that memory foam mattress owners face during intimacy, describing the experience as being "stuck in quicksand," "uncomfortable," "difficult" and even "horrible."
And even horrible. Which made me click the link, which brought me to this amazing video about sex and memory foam mattresses, which then led me to the above music video that I've come to love so much. Happy Better Sleep Month — hopefully it's been a good one.
There's also a director's cut.
"We found that a very common sleep drug can be used to increase verbal memory. … This is the first study to show you can manipulate sleep to improve memory. It suggests sleep drugs could be a powerful tool to tailor sleep to particular memory disorders." —Hm. Ambien may help improve memory, per a study appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience. HM.