I think everybody I meet has some kind of trouble sleeping at least sometimes: be it quantity, quality or both.
Yesterday I went to take a nap thinking it would be the normal half hour thing that works for me and I woke up six hours later. I guess my brain needed me out of the way so it could get on with it’s thing.
We don’t know much about sleep but this guy [Prof] Matt Walker is a leading researcher and is pretty good at sharing what we’ve learned so far.
See how Matt Walker illustrates sleeplessness in the modern world by plotting a proxy measure: how we are self-medicating that sleeplessness tracked by the exponential growth of coffee shops in N America.
[and we wonder why “anxiety” is in the rise?]
This is a long talk and covers a lot of ground. The first half is more about sleep and memory, the second about sleep and emotions . It’s all good but here’s one of my favourite bits….
we are all flagrantly psychotic
Matt Walters suggests that maybe we are all “flagrantly psychotic” every night and several times each night.
We don’t yet understand much about REM sleep and it’s role but in terms of brain activity we do know it looks a lot like psychosis. We are only beginning to understand both but so far the biggest difference between the two looks to be that in REM sleep the brain paralyses the body – perhaps to prevent us from acting out our dreams.
Maybe this can open up a different understanding of psychosis – broader, more accepting and less scary: and offering us more clues about how to help folks when it gets a bit to far out there…
It’s all good including many great questions from the audience – all 1hr 41mins but its on fora.tv so it’s indexed, and, like a game of football, it’s divided in two halves …and if that’s still daunting try dropping in at 3:45min and 6.00 min and 30 min …
- do you really have a “mental illness” or do you just have trouble sleeping? (recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com)
- Sleep Disorders – Psychological Problems Not Sole Explanation: Neurological Evaluation Required, Say Experts – ENS 2012 (medicalnewstoday.com)
- How Sleep Loss Ups Our Anxiety (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sleep And Diet: Too Few Hours Of Shut-Eye Clouds Food Judgment, Studies Find (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sleep loss leads to anxiety, poor food choices (newscenter.berkeley.edu)