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Discuss sleep problems, insomnia, sleeping aids/medications, sleep apnea and tips on a better night's sleep. Do you or your mate snore? Do you sleep walk or sleep talk? Do you grind your teeth? Talk about your experiences here.

Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby BrooksWindow » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:00 pm

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is when you stop breathing in your sleep.....it's when the airways collapse which stops the flow of air into the body .
When that happens you dont advance thru the needed sleep cycles and can cause many other disorders
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Postby BrooksWindow » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:45 am

When football legend Reggie White died in 2004 at the age of 43, the country was shocked. How could a healthy athlete die in his sleep ? An autopsy revealed that he had sarcoidosis in the heart and lungs---a potentially serious but rarely fatal condition---and that his obstructive sleep apnea, diagnosed in 1990, may have been a major contributing factor in his death.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the most common reason people are studied in a sleep lab. I'ts a pretty scary sounding problem: for it to qualify as OSA a person must stop breathing for at least 10 seconds, a minimum of 5 times per hour throughout the night.
When you fall asleep the muscles around the upper airway relax, which narrows the respiratory passages. That is fine for most people your upper airway will remain open enough to allow air to pass through to the lungs and back out. However if you have OSA your respiratory passages collapse and become too constricted during sleep and airflow stops completely
Your blood oxygen saturation declines as you cease to breathe. But the problem is easily solved as the oxygen deprived brain sounds an alarm the arousal trigger forcing you to wake up, jolting the upper airway to open and allow air to resume;;You stay alive , only to fall back into sleep and have it happen all over again , and again and again and again.....so if your waking up 50 to 100 times a night thats major disruption of sleep and causes major daytime sleepiness due to chronic sleep deprivation

This is how they measure sleep:
In a lab they use various tests and readings to analyze a persons sleep patterns and behaviors. The polysomnogram, or sleep polygraph test, measures the most important physiological activities surrounding our sleep. Here are some of the more common assessments:

Electroencephalograph this measures the brains electrical activity. they attach several electrodes (metal discs) to a persons scalp that produces a (EEG) of the brain. it will show a continuous line of peaks and valleys emerging with different frequencies that corraspond to different parts of the sleep cycle

Electromyogram (EMG) this records the skeletal muscle activity, usually with an electrode on the chin.

Electrooculogram (EOG) this measures the eye activity , detects rapid eye movement in REM sleep

Electrocardiogram (ECG) this records your heart throughout the study

Respiratory Monitoring this has 2 components utilizing different recording devices, the monitoring of airflow (to detect sleep apnea ) and the monitoring of the effort the chest wall and abdominal muscles yo distinguish between OSA in which there is great effort expanded to overcome the apnea,,,central apnea is where there is lack of effort to to breathe, as the brain shuts down the drive to breathe... a pulse oximeter is placed on the finger to measure oxygen content in the blood.

there are many more tests they use and more electrodes are placed about the body with sticky pads nothing invasive and are pain free


OSA has been known to aid in parasomnias from sleep paralysis to sleep driving and most always hallucinations
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Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby BrooksWindow » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:32 am

Marsha and Wayne
In 1990, a happily married couple went into their primary clinic and the 69 year old husband was referred to a sleep specialist. After they completed their sleep study questionnaire the doctor suspected RBD (rem sleep behavior disorder) His chief complaint was ''active dreaming''- arm and leg movements, acting out hid dreams occasionally falling out or jumping out of bed...the following accounts are their own words.

Marsha's story

i remember exactly the month Wayne' sleep disorder starteded
it was february of 83 - the reason i remember is that is thats the month he retired. We wondered if there was a connection, but i don't think so
the best i can describe is he would literally go wild at night. It started out mostly as a combination of kicking violently in bed and thrashing his arms.
He would throw his arms all over when he went through these episodes. He would scream, he screamed very loud it was disturbing . I'd wonder why he,
why anyone would scream so loud at night. Rarely was it words that you could understand- mostly it was nonsense talk i think the screaming was the most disturbing part to me
it was violent screaming it would wake me out of a sound sleep and i would lay there and shake i couldn't stop shaking for a long time.
One of our daughters got divorced and lived with us with her two little boys one of them asked me why does grampa scream so much at night? it must have been traumatic for the little boys.
When his arms flew around he would often hit me in the head, i was actually scratched a few times, there are two really dramatic events neither of us will forget, He grabbed my hair
one time, pulling for all it's worth , and i woke him up to ask him what was going on, He said, ''There's a skunk in the tent, i'm getting rid of it'', he had his hands around my throat and was actually chocking me. i will never forget that feeling of having pressure like that on my neck it was terrifying. It was never easy to wake him up, i could at times get him to stop but he never fully woke up and went right back into dreaming. One night he thought someone was trying to get into the house, thought he heard them coming up the stairs he grabbed a piece of furniture and walked through the bay window and fell from our 2nd story bedroom onto the driveway. During the sleep study they said his legs kicked 47 times in one hour and he had RBM Rem behavior disorder and restless leg syndrome. He has since been treated, and it is a whole new world.
He still kicks but he has not had a violent episode since. He dosen't scream anymore just every now and then he'll give a shout like he wants to stop somebody, or he'll say my name.
When he's napping in his chair his lips will move like he's saying words but no sounds come out now, but he is doing this lip talking constantly all the time , i've timed him as long as 30 minutes in one dream. I can see his eyes moving back and forth during his dreams. We quit sleeping together in the mid 90's because i still coulden't get a good nights sleep.
They say the spouses have a harder time then the people with the sleep disorder.

Wayne's story

Alot of my dreams were with animals, They were realistic dreams but I could not remember them in the morning. When I chocked my wife I think I was dreaming of an animal that I had to get rid of. There is a dream i remember best, I was in King Arthur's court and I was running with a sword through a castle and jumping over people I was yelling and scolding people...It was so real so vivid it was amazing.
I fell out of bed quite alot, the space is narrow and I would become wedged in and begin to thrash about resulting in severe bruising and pretty deep cuts as well.
I served in World War II, What terrible experiences, I dream quite abit about that.
I've been on Klonopin and sinement and ReQuip for my restless legs.
My short term memory and my handwriting have been effected. I am checked regularly for Parkinson's disease.
When i forget to take my medications I spend the whole night pacing around the house going up and down the stairs I get very irritable and don't sleep. As I have aged it has gotten worse my legs begin to jerk around the instant I sit down. Going to church has been hard as of late, I can't sit for more than a few seconds and i cannot contain the jerking of my limbs not to mention the stinging pain i feel. I have to leave most often right after i have arrived.



RBD is a disorder not just of REM sleep but of all three basic states of existence: REM sleep, NREM sleep, and wakefulness. It is characterized by aggression and violence during sleep and not by any other kinds of instinctual behavior, such as sex eating or sex.
For RBD to exist, not only does the normal muscle atonia of REM sleep have to be compromised, but there must be excessive activity of the motor pattern generators in the brain stem, as identified in animals experiments. In other words there must be a strong drive to move and behave while dreaming, and not just a release from the paralysis.
Those with RBD are not more aggressive or violent than other people during the day, even thought the dreams are more aggressive and whats more common to see with this is injuries such as bruises, lacerations and fractures. some of the more severe injuries have been spinal cord injuries and subdural hematomas (blood collected on the surface of the brain) which may be deadly
There are several kinds of disorders that can look like RBD so it is important to have PSG testing before treating with medications...The hallmarks of RBD do show up virtually every night, so one PSG study is enough to determine the diagnosis

Most people say their dreams changed when disorder began. the RBD dreams are vivid and action-filled, and are often interpreted as nightmares. Rarely is the dreamer the aggressor in these dreams- he or she is almost always reacting to a perceived attacker,the attacker may be an animal, a person , an insect, and even an event like a fire...the dreamer has the sense of fear or anger and will fight back or escape.

RBD overwhelmingly effects men over the age of 50 more then 85 % to date , no one has been able to explain this male predominance,
Once RBD begins, it's generally progressive. Chronic RBD rarely resolves on its own, instead frequency and severity of episodes usually increase over time
It has also shown in patients with RBD and neurodegenerative disorder, such as parkinsonism the process will seem to suddenly stop due to the process over the years causing the brain mechanisms responsible for behavioral activation during REM sleep
RBD can develop in conjunction with other disorders, it's frequently seen with Narcolepsy, Parkinsons, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebro-vascular disease, multiple sclerosis, brain stem lesions, neoplasms and head trauma. The common denominator is that the brain disorders can damage the REM- atonia circuitry and activate REM behavior generators centers, Acute (rapid onset) RBD may be brought on by medication toxicity, withdrawal from drugs or alcohol addiction, drug abuse, acute attacks of multiple sclerosis, or strokes.
Clonazepam is the most effective drug to control RBD
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Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby BrooksWindow » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:31 am

Jiru wrote:What kind of apnea?


What kind of Apnea depends on what is happening while your sleeping,
there are different types that happen in different stages of sleep and
what kinds of struggles the body makes to breathe , or the lack of effort
to breathe. either way its still a breathing issue during sleep
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Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby BrooksWindow » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:56 am

INSOMNIA
Just about everyone knows the occasional feeling of lying in bed and staring at the clock. Noting with misery of how few hours you have left until it's time to wake up
Most of us have a few favorite tricks for dealing with it, counting sheep, drinking warm milk, reading....but the problem can become quite resistant to our best attempts to overcome it. That's why Insomnia ranks near the top of the reasons people seek medical attention.
Insomnia refers to repeated difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep, waking up too early and feeling unrested the following day.
If you had a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep or seem to wake up too much at night , but you feel and function quite well the next day and didn't feel fatigued,
you probably got an adequate amount of sleep. Some people will talk themselves into believing they have a sleep problem because they've heard that ''eight hours'' is what a person needs to function. but not everyone needs eight hours of sleep to feel refreshed , some do fine on seven, or even six,

Those who have true insomnia are well aware of it,, they have live with it's direct consequences.
Insomnia which effects about 58 % of american adults at some point in their lives and is the most common complaint In the US 100,000 motor vehicle crashes happen annually due to drowsy driving. being drowsy has the same performance--degrading effect on the brain as alcohol

The Most effective treatments
Prescription medications combined with behavioral treatments may provide the best results for controlling chronic insomnia.
Medications are best for providing immediate relief, while behavioral treatments gain effectiveness over several weeks and months. Cognitive- behavioral therapy which has shown to be highly effective in major research studies, however this form of therapy requires specialized training and is usually only available in urban areas, is labor- intensive, and is costly if not covered by your health plan. This therapy has multiple components : stimulus control, sleep restriction,relaxation training, cognitive therapy and sleep hygiene education.
Stimulus control involves removing stimuli from the bedroom that could interfere with sleep, such as computers, t.v's, video games, phones, checkbooks, work related paperwork, ect. the goal is to re-associate the bed and bedroom with sleep.
Sleep restriction is meant to maximizethe amount of sleep you get while you are in bed, since so many people who suffer insomnia spend way too much time in bed tossing and turning and thereby associate the bed with sleeplessness .
Relaxation training can help tone down the nervous system and help prepare oneself for sleep. It involves techniques for reducing body tension and mental imagery that dampens intrusive thoughts while enhancing pleasant thoughts.
cognitive psychotherapy aims at modifying erroneous or maladaptive thoughts with use of lists of do's and dont's concerning diet, alcohol, caffeine exercise , noise,temperature in the bedroom and no alarm clocks to taunt you all night long with the bright red numbers, clocks are all turned around or on the floor or under the bed ...
Whatever you do dont let insomnia become an accepted way of life, if insomnia has become a problem please seek medical help !! the prccoess of finding the right treatment that works for you may take a little while but with a doctors help you will return to a healthy sleep lifestyle ..you deserve a good nights sleep ......travel well , Brooks
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Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby sleepshadow » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:25 am

I have insomnia. I have been studying it and have realized there are many different types of insomnia.

I have a sensitive sleep cycle, I cannot sleep when the sun is out and almost any noise wakes me. So I basically have the dark hours to get my sleep in and wake up when noise happens.

After studying sleep some I found out that people in the old days of no electricity people used to have 2 sleeps a night A “first sleep” and a “second sleep”.
Before electricity people ate around sunset and went to bed shortly after then usually woke up in the middle of the night for a short spell.
So genetically our sleep has been much different for thousands of years it is only the past 100yrs or so that we have stayed up until 10 and got up a 6.

I had been waking up in the middle of the night for years and years and it would stress me out. “Will I get enough sleep” “If I sleep now than I will get __ hours” The stress and time watching is horrible for insomnia.. and feeds it.

Now I get up at night meditate and breathe and do not look at time and have been getting enough rest.
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Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby BrooksWindow » Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:55 am

Environmental Insomnias
Lets see if we can shed some light on this common problem. (Apart from those with medical or psychiatric disorders that may affect their sleep.)
Sleep onset insomnia, when a person has trouble falling asleep
then there's sleep maintenance insomnia, having trouble staying asleep
early morning awakenings, is just what it says it is , you wake up way too early
Insomnia is not defined by the total sleep time, and there is no right number of minutes or hours a person must lie awake while tossing and turning before it's considered insomnia. On average it takes people seven minutes to fall asleep. if its an hour for you don't worry it's not a problem.
What matters far more than the amount of time it takes to fall asleep is how it affects you,, If your functioning is impaired the following day, if you don't feel restored after sleep. There are people who do all the right things in preparing for sleep and who achieve a desired mellow feeling at the point of going to bed- but they still cannot cross the threshold to enter the realm of sleep.
Then there are people who ordinarily have no trouble falling asleep but who choose to stay awake at night, either '' burning their candles at both ends'' to complete tasks, or engaging in various recreational activities, with the consequence being that their sleep is shortened during far too many nights. They have the mistaken belief that sleep
is a ball that can be kicked around. Also, stress can interfere with our sleep.
We must look hard in the mirror when assessing our sleep and our daytime habits our evening routines and our stress levels. And be thoroughly honest with ourselves about what we may be doing wrong to undermine our sleep. But we should not ''guilt trip'' ourselves however if we are doing nothing wrong and still cannot sleep.
Finally there are people who have insomnia as an environmentally induced sleep disorder, any sound or light disturbance in the bedroom or from outside can adversely affect their sleep- including a bed partner's sleep habits in other words a parasomnia in one partner can cause insomnia in the other partner. (Yoked sleep disorders.)
Anyone can get insomnia, But certain traits and situations put a person at a higher risk. Such as advanced ''age'', insomnia increases with age, about one third of people over 65 have chronic insomnia
''Worriers'', Those who tend to have ''worrier'' personalities are more prone to have trouble relaxing and falling asleep.
''Women'', In the 2005 Sleep In America Poll, conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 57 percent more women than men struggle with this condition.
''Psychiatric disorders'', specifically depression and anxiety make it more likely to develop insomnia.
''Alcohol use or abuse and Drug abuse'' even though some people turn to alcohol thinking it will help them sleep this actually harms the quality of their sleep, others who abuse alcohol and or drugs often have major sleep disorders, sleep apnea is also highly likely.
''Physical pain'' can disturb a person's sleep pattern and sleep depth.
Job related stresses are growing in today's work place a study of 6,268 people 75 percent used sleeping pills frequently.
Taking into consideration your daily life and stresses, that could be the promoting factors causing insomnia.
Change in routine can disrupt your natural sleep rhythms, sudden change in weather or sleeping in a strange place, noises, odors, traffic, airplanes, flashing lights are very common complaints. (( In 2005 the Police arrested a 58 year old woman and charged her with inflicting injury because she had deliberately made a hole in her back door so she could point her stereo at her neighbor's home and blast dance music almost around the clock for two years. Her victim a 64 year old, needed medical treatment for insomnia and headaches ! wow ))
Those who live by train tracks tend to think the sound is something they don't even hear anymore, they even think they sleep better, most often not the case they actually are not entering the needed sleep cycles. Insomnia is a multifactorial disorder,situational , physical, and psychological. Hormone fluctuations, caffeine and anxiety may be responsible factor for some, But for those who have no environmental intruders stresses or medical factors who have no apparent situational causes for their insomnia, New evidence shows that some insomniacs may be in a constant state of 'hyper-arousal' they also have an increase in metabolic rate across the 24 hour period, The interpretation of these findings goes back to the brain, which determines the set point for levels of drowsiness, arousal and alertness and if constant hyper elevation is present insomnia would be found.
It also appears the earlier in life that insomnia manifests itself as in childhood, Genetics is likely the basis for the hyper-aroused state responsible for insomnia.

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone secreted by the Pineal gland, a small gland in the center of the brain, It's secretion is controlled by the light-dark cycle.
Although often thought of as a ''sleep'' hormone it is actually a ''Darkness'' hormone secreted at sunset and is ten times higher in our bodies then during the day.
The hormone DOES NOT put you to sleep! therefore its function as a sleep aid has been inconsistent many studies have shown no difference in sleep time onset or duration of sleep. Always use caution when taking any sort of dietary supplement, they are not regulated by the food and drug administration.
Manufacturers call Melatonin a dietary supplement so they do not have to pass the same rigorous standards for safety and purity that perscription drugs do.
No safe dosage has been determined.
Although Melatonin may be effective therapy in resetting the circadian clock among people who have circadian-rhythm disorders

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Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby BrooksWindow » Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:10 am

sleepshadow wrote:I have insomnia. I have been studying it and have realized there are many different types of insomnia.

I have a sensitive sleep cycle, I cannot sleep when the sun is out and almost any noise wakes me. So I basically have the dark hours to get my sleep in and wake up when noise happens.

After studying sleep some I found out that people in the old days of no electricity people used to have 2 sleeps a night A “first sleep” and a “second sleep”.
Before electricity people ate around sunset and went to bed shortly after then usually woke up in the middle of the night for a short spell.
So genetically our sleep has been much different for thousands of years it is only the past 100yrs or so that we have stayed up until 10 and got up a 6.

I had been waking up in the middle of the night for years and years and it would stress me out. “Will I get enough sleep” “If I sleep now than I will get __ hours” The stress and time watching is horrible for insomnia.. and feeds it.

Now I get up at night meditate and breathe and do not look at time and have been getting enough rest.


Hello Friend, thanks for sharing ! the Circadian-Rhythm which refers to the events related to the daily rotation of the earth
sometimes this rhythm gets out of sink, many people who have traveled across time zones may have felt sleepy and out of sorts better known as jet lag.
Which is usually resolved within a week, However some people feel jet lag all the time without leaving their time zone
this is something with the body clock some run too long or too short.....it is good that you are using breathing to relax !! and it's great you do not look at the clock too
its just another thing that feeds the cycle of insomnia, Once you've experienced insomnia you worry about it the next night and the night after that....which makes it difficult to sleep , insomnia can become self sustaining when you get anxious about it's reappearance.
i have some ideas maybe some might help you.

Don't just lay there if your having trouble falling asleep within a reasonable time, get up, walk out of the room.
keep lights low, and do something relaxing for a little while- read, hang out with a pet,listen to soft music, and don't get back into bed until you're feeling sleepy again.
avoid television or computer activity just before bedtime, staring into bright flashing lights can trick your circadian clock into believing thats its still daytime

use a sleep mask to block unwanted light, try earplugs , a white noise machine, or a fan to mask sounds in the house or street noise

spoil yourself with a massage this is wonderful for all over relaxation, the best 40 dollars you will ever spend !!!

keep a constant schedule, one of the keys to getting a good nights sleep is to keep a fairly strict routine: go to bed and wake at the same time every day

exercise early, exercise is great for the body and soul, but not at night...do it during the day. you dont need to be stimulated when your trying to sleep

keep the bedroom for sleep ,, dont bring your work load into the bedroom with you or laundry or crafts or anything that is part of the waking day, make the bedroom your special place , soft lighting, fluffy pillows , turn around the clock so the time is not tormenting you with its nagging presence

meditation, guided imagery , progressive muscle relaxation , take a bath soaking in a hot tub before you go to bed with lavender bath salt or oil helps to unwind and relax

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Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby BrooksWindow » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:22 am

BrooksWindow wrote:Obstructive sleep apnea is by far the most common reason people are studied overnight in a sleep lab, It's a pretty scary-sounding problem for it to qualify as OSA, A person must stop breathing for at least 10 seconds a minimum of 5 times per hour throughout the night for it be qualified as OSA. What happens when you fall asleep is the muscles around your upper airway relax which narrows down the respiratory passages, and for most people that is that is fine your upper airway will remain open enough to allow air to pass through to the lungs and back out again. However if your respiratory passage collapse and become too constricted during sleep, the airflow stops completely, most times with obstructive sleep apnea your breathing will stop for 10 to 30 seconds or over a minute your blood oxygen level will likely decline as you cease to breathe. But the problem is easily solved as the brain sounds an alarm - triggers arousal- forcing you to wake up thereby jolting the upper airway to open up and allow proper breathing again. You stay alive.!! However it starts all over again ..So if this is happening all night 50 to 100 arousals in a night , this is a major disruption of sleep, and has consequences, such as chronic sleep deprivation excessive daytime sleepiness , drowsy driving which is the same as drunk driving in the eyes of the law. therefore all charges and convictions will be applied. Most states now enforce the law requiring a person to have 8 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period to legally be driving .
Most people are not aware they are experiencing these obstructive breathing episodes at all, many find out from a spouse who has witnessed the chocking or gasping sounds or the long lapses in breathing, or who most often complains of the loud snoring. Typically a person with OSA is a loud snorer. Life can become very dangerous for the sufferer ,
Studies have shown patients experience daytime sleepiness and fatigue, and perform poorly in comparison. Not only is their ability to remain awake in monotonous situations the ability to focus and maintain attention is effected also. Excessive sleepiness is the root of many major vehicle accidents and workplace accidents. OSA also puts people at a higher risk for depression, tests show long term heart consequences, cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure.
Testing for OSA
you will need to be referred by your doctor to a sleep clinic lab overnight for some the next day also for nap tests also
non of the monitoring is invasive and will not cause pain or discomfort .
you will be watched continually your breathing patterns , the effort you make to breathe , if you are making an effort to breath then you have obstructive sleep apnea, in most cases lifestyle changes wont correct OSA you will need some kind of medical intervention.
Most commonly recommended and most effective non surgical is a CPAP machine


Symptoms of OSA (obstructive sleep apnea)

snoring
gasping or choking for air during sleep
labored breathing . snorting sounds during sleep
repeated cessation of breathing during sleep
nocturia (frequent need to pee at night )
unrefreshed sleep
dry mouth bad breathe
daytime sleepiness
depression or irritability
impaired concentration and/or memory
high blood pressure

Factors that put someone at risk
menopause
smoking
endocrine disorder
asthma
epilepsy
down syndrome( In adulthood)
enlarged tonsils and adenoids ( MOST IMPORTANT risk factor for OSA in children
History of broken nose or deviated nasal septum

Factors that may make OSA worse
Alcohol use before sleep
weight gain
inflammation of nasal passages, sinuses and eyes
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Re: insomnia,RLS,sleep apnea,night terrorrs,sexomnia,and mor

Postby BrooksWindow » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:33 am

Circadian-Rhythm Disorders

If you've ever traveled across time zones, you probably know what it feels like to have an out- of- whack circadian rhythm- better known as Jet Lag. You feel sleepy, out of sorts, a little confused, listless and just ''off''......It's a temporary state though and usually resolves within a week. However some people feel jet lagged all the time- without leaving their time zone\They have a serious problem with their internal clock (regulating sleep and wakefulness) being mismatched with the occupational and social demands of their life, which manifests as a circadian rhythm disorder. The word circadian refers to events related to the daily rotation of the earth. This mismatch can result either from external challenges to our circadian system, such as jet travel and shift work:from vulnerabilities in our internal-clock that runs too short or too long or from lack of environmental time cues, as in blind people.
It is estimated that 25 % of people who come to a sleep clinic with an insomnia complaint ( especially trouble falling asleep) turn out to have circadian rhythm disorder(CRD) as the basis for their insomnia complaint. Therefore circadian rhythm disorder can masquerade as primary insomnia. Just as restless leg syndrome can masquerade as primary insomnia also.
The exact process by which the body maintains it's circadian rhythm is not known, but they do know that the suprachiasmatic nucleus is effected or entrained, by certain external stimuli, known as ''Zeitgebers (German for ''time givers'') These time givers send out the cues to keep our cirdian clocks running on schedule
The most potent cue, which can precisely synchronize our internal rhythms to a 24 hour long day:especially solar light
Our bodies depend on the rise and fall of the sun to get the signal of when it's daytime ( time to wake up ) and when it's night (time to sleep ). The effect of light exposure on our circadian rhythms is critically dependent on it's timing. Morning light shifts the sleep- wake clock earlier , whereas evening light shifts the clock later.
The second most important cue for our circadian clock is the hormone melatonin, which is produced i9n the pineal gland in the center of the brain.......to be continued
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Postby BrooksWindow » Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:39 am

Dreams have fascinated philosophers for thousands of years, but only recently have dreams been subjected to empirical research and concentrated scientific study. Chances are that you have often found yourself puzzling over the mysterious content of a dream, or perhaps you have wondered why you dream at all.

First, let’s start by answering a basic question – What is a dream? A dream can include any of the images, thoughts and emotions that are experienced during sleep. Dreams can be extraordinarily vivid or very vague; filled with joyful emotions or frightening imagery; focused and understandable or unclear and confusing.

Why do we dream? What purpose do dreams serve? While many theories have been proposed, no single consensus has emerged. Considering the enormous amount of time we spend in a dreaming state, the fact that researchers do not yet understand the purpose of dreams may seem baffling. However, it is important to consider that science is still unraveling the exact purpose and function of sleep itself.

Some researchers suggest that dreams serve no real purpose, while others believe that dreaming is essential to mental, emotional and physical well-being. Ernest Hoffman, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton Wellsley Hospital in Boston, Mass., suggests that "...a possible (though certainly not proven) function of a dream to be weaving new material into the memory system in a way that both reduces emotional arousal and is adaptive in helping us cope with further trauma or stressful events.

Next, let’s learn more about some of the most prominent dream theories.

Psychoanalytic Theory of Dreams:

Consistent with the psychoanalytic perspective, Sigmund Freud’s theory of dreams suggested that dreams were a representation of unconscious desires, thoughts and motivations. According to Freud’s psychoanalytic view of personality, people are driven by aggressive and sexual instincts that are repressed from conscious awareness. While these thoughts are not consciously expressed, Freud suggested that they find their way into our awareness via dreams.

In his famous book The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud wrote that dreams are "...disguised fulfillments of repressed wishes. He also described two different components of dreams: manifest content and latent content. Manifest content is made up of the actual images, thoughts and content contained within the dream, while the latent content represents the hidden psychological meaning of the dream.

Freud’s theory contributed to the popularity of dream interpretation, which remains popular today. However, research has failed to demonstrate that the manifest content disguises the real psychological significance of a dream.

Activation- Synthesis Model of Dreaming:

The activation-synthesis model of dreaming was first proposed by J. Allan Hobson and Robert McClarley in 1977. According to this theory, circuits in the brain become activated during REM sleep, which causes areas of the limbic system involved in emotions, sensations and memories, including the amygdala and hippocampus, to become active. The brain synthesizes and interprets this internal activity and attempts to find meaning in these signals, which results in dreaming. This model suggests that dreams are a subjective interpretation of signals generated by the brain during sleep.

While this theory suggests that dreams are the result of internally generated signals, Hobson does not believe that dreams are meaningless. Instead, he suggests that dreaming is "…our most creative conscious state, one in which the chaotic, spontaneous recombination of cognitive elements produces novel configurations of information: new ideas. While many or even most of these ideas may be nonsensical, if even a few of its fanciful products are truly useful, our dream time will not have been wasted.

Other Theories of Dreams:

Many other theories have been suggested to account for the occurrence and meaning of dreams. The following are just of few of the proposed ideas:

One theory suggests that dreams are the result of our brains trying to interpret external stimuli during sleep. For example, the sound of the radio may be incorporated into the content of a dream

Another theory uses a computer metaphor to account for dreams. According to this theory, dreams serve to 'clean up' clutter from the mind, much like clean-up operations in a computer, refreshing the mind to prepare for the next day 6.

Yet another model proposes that dreams function as a form of psychotherapy. In this theory, the dreamer is able to make connections between different thoughts and emotions in a safe environment

A contemporary model of dreaming combines some elements of various theories. The activation of the brain creates loose connections between thoughts and ideas, which are then guided by the emotions of the dreamer
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Abnormal sleep sex, sleep sex is one of the recently defined parasomnias that is made up of a spectrum of abnormal sexual behaviors and experiences. sleepsex or sexomnia can run the gamut of sexual behaviors. Most ofton, it includes sexual vocalizations; ''sleepsex-talking''; masturbating; touching, grabbing, fondling, often violent or vigorous of a bed partners genitalia; or sometimes complete intercourse.
Asingle person who discovers that she masturbates during sleep or a man whose wife thinks its amusing he initiates sex while sleeping may not find their behaviors troublesome, some partners enjoy the experience of sleepsex.
Women often note that their boyfriends/husbands are ''different'' sexually when they are asleep, usually more aggressive and commanding, and some more gentle and focused on pleasing.
However more often the behavior is unwanted and can be downright dangerous to the person with sexomnia, the bed partner or anyone who happens to be nearby when the person falls asleep.
For example, in one case, an Australian woman with a steady partner learned that she'd been having affairs in her sleep, her bed partner knew she was prone to sleep walking, but after he found several condoms strewn around the house, he became suspicious -and she had no explanation. One night he woke to find her missing and tracked her down......having sex with a stranger away from their home, Asleep !!

Lisa's story......
For over 3 years my experience with sleepsex have been very frequent. They've ranged from silly to scary and everywhere in between. in the beginning it was flattering but now years later with a bit of the sexual glow worn off , it's downright annoying . He wakes me up in this fashion a few nights a week, and i have to literally retreat to the edge of the bed facing him with my knees drawn up to keep him off me. He has left bruises and rug like burns from from forcefully ripping off my underwear. to keep this PG lets just say his hands are busy everywhere, to get any sleep i have to leave the bedroom. I dont believe he intends doing these things, they are quite troubling to me for a variety of reasons, So far i always wake up in time to stop him from ( violating me ) but i often wonder what would happen if i dident. Usually, in his sleep he responds to my orders to leave me alone, although he never seems to wake up during or after these incidents. Many of them are violent and abusing and he has no memory of any of it. What i find perplexing is he is such a gentle caring man when he is awake, i guess theres something to be said for subconscious desires.

31 documented cases of parasomnias with sexual behaviors: 80% were men in their early 30's and had been exhibiting sexomnia for at least 10 years always with amnesia. Many had started sleepwalking early in life. frequently, if a partner tries to join in or excepts the advances the partner will wake up and react with annoyance and even anger ''what are you trying to do to me?'' completely unaware that they initiated sex in the first place. Some people are easy to fend off while others are nearly impossible to stop, which is why sleepsex feels like rape, even between married couples. As you might imagine the subject of sleepsex has caused alot of controversy and difficult decisions in the legal world. What do you do when a person who is asleep sexually assaults someone?
aside from the potential criminal consequences, those who experience sleepsex often face difficult challenges;
Relationship distrust, often the partner has a hard time believing the person is ''really asleep'' during episodes, and has lead to many divorces

Dr.Micheal Mangan Ph.D. spent 2 years collecting stories and surveys from his web site http://www.sleepsex.org for the book ''sleepsex uncovered''. if you are sufferring from this disorder dont be ashamed to discuss it with your Doctor ..there is hope
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I've been having sleep problems due to withdrawal from a behavioral addiction (I know about the big debate on this, and it is my firm belief that behavioral addictions cause withdrawal), any tips?
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I've been having sleep problems due to withdrawal from a behavioral addiction (I know about the big debate on this, and it is my firm belief that behavioral addictions cause withdrawal), any tips?
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Postby princessorianna » Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:04 pm

i have a circadian sleep disorder: delayed sleep phase disorder. that means my body doesn't follow the usual nighttime=sleep and daytime=awake cycle. my bedtime can be anywhere between 3-10am and i'll wake up between 1-4:30pm. i once was up for 24+hrs because i just wasn't sleepy, and if i'm not sleepy why sleep??? i don't currently have a job or any daytime commitments, so it's not usually a problem. once i didn't sleep until 2pm and woke up around 9:30pm. i kinda enjoy this; having a nice, quiet house with minimal disturbances(i live with my parents who are both morning people). and the lack of human contact isn't a big deal as i'm pretty anti-social and there's always the internet if i feel like talking :wave: it's only been the past two months that i've noticed it. and another thing is i don't tend to get sleepy anyways; i usually just think "well it's getting close to 7am maybe i should try to sleep." so i'll turn off my ipad, lay down and pull the covers over my head, and i'm out before i know it. i've been a night owl for most of my life. i used to have worry-induced insomnia, where i would lay in bed for hours unable to sleep because my mind would come up with all sorts of precarious(sp) situations, even if i WAS tired. but then my depression/anxiety was medicated. i suffered through that one, but am liking dspd. it feels...normal. and i don't have to deal with my sensitivity to natural light as often.
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Postby BrooksWindow » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:23 pm

People have different cycles for sure, there are the early birds and the night owls ,when you make a night owl conform to the waking times of a early bird, the night owl will not function as well, even if they did sleep a full 8 hours...If the day comes where you seek employment there are lots of positions available for the night owls finally !
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bubbly193 wrote:I've been having sleep problems due to withdrawal from a behavioral addiction (I know about the big debate on this, and it is my firm belief that behavioral addictions cause withdrawal), any tips?



A behavior is an addiction, if the behavior or activity interferes with a person’s physical, psychological, social, occupational or behavioral functioning. When the behavior or activity is stopped, the individual will experience withdrawal symptoms. A behavioral addiction meets both requirements. The symptoms of withdrawal will vary depending on the activity, but a few common physical and psychological symptoms include the following:
Anxiety, nervousness
Irritability, restlessness
Guilt
Sweating
Depression
Emotional instability
Sleep difficulties
Appetite changes, significant weight loss or gain
Fatigue
The need to switch addictions
Withdrawal symptoms recreate the feelings of stress or pain from which the addict was trying to escape. The physical and emotional exhaustion of withdrawal can cause individuals to re/lapse back into addiction or to switch addictive behaviors. Many people struggling with a behavioral addiction turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with pain related to the consequences of the behavioral addiction or to its withdrawal symptoms
But you are strong and you can beat this !!!!!
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Postby princessorianna » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:54 pm

BrooksWindow wrote:People have different cycles for sure, there are the early birds and the night owls ,when you make a night owl conform to the waking times of a early bird, the night owl will not function as well, even if they did sleep a full 8 hours...If the day comes where you seek employment there are lots of positions available for the night owls finally !


thanks. first off i was born around 3am so being up at that time is something i was literally born with lol. my mom seems to think my odd hours are due to laziness and being withdrawn. just because i'm having trouble finding a job doesn't make me lazy; if it did than everyone out of work for over a day would be lazy!!! and withdrawn...i've been pretty anti-social my whole life because of shyness and being teased. thank god for the internet lol. i'm not suddenly closing myself off or anything, i just don't do well on a "normal" time schedule like you say. in fact, it's almost 5pm and for some reason i could only sleep from 8am-12:30pm. and i'm really tired so i think i'll take a nap. :dreams:
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Postby BrooksWindow » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:25 pm

there is what they call advanced sleep phase disorder, when someone feels strongly to go to sleep and awaken earlier than conventional times.
They feel sleepy in the late afternoon or early evening, and awaken spontaneously in the early hours and can't fall back to sleep.
About 40 percent of people with circadian rhythm disorder have a family history of the disorder, it often begins in adolescence
Try not to let the things people say bother you, you are the way you are and there is nothing wrong with being to yourself in the quiet of the night
I find that's my favorite time. And I can totally relate to what your saying about the internet, it has brought some good friends into my life as well
As you I have learned to accept that I'm just not programmed to function in a morning-bird world.
Now if only someone would open a bank for delayed sleepers!!!
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BrooksWindow wrote:Now if only someone would open a bank for delayed sleepers!!!
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that...would...be...AWESOME!!! :clap:
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Postby BrooksWindow » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:17 pm

Researcher Bert Sperling, known for his ''Best Places'' studies, conducted a study to determine where people were getting a good night's sleep
and where insomnia raged on in the United States.
He analyzed information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), The Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Census Bureau.
here's a portion of his results

Best Cities for sleep --------------------------- Worst Cities for sleep
1. Minneapolis, MN -------------------------- 1. Detroit, MI
2. Anaheim, CA ---------------------------- 2. Cleveland, OH
3. San Diego, CA --------------------------- 3. Nashville, TN
4. Raleigh-Durham, NC ------------------ 4. Cincinnati, OH
5. Washington, DC ----------------------- 5. New Orleans, LA

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Postby BrooksWindow » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:23 pm

Hello , I feel the need to talk again about sleep paralysis. I have covered this before ,yet i feel it needs to be discussed again

Sleep paralysis is a period of head to toe immobility, ''except for the eyes''.
it can last anywhere from 30 seconds to longer then 5 minutes. Those struck with SP find their breathing more labored then normal, they experience fear, this feeling enhanced by their inability to command their limbs., their difficulty breathing and the sense that something or someone is in the room with them- often mythically characterized as ''old hags, incubi, succubi, or other supernatural creatures. The creature is usually interpreted as something scary that may want to suffocate the person, or suck out their breath.
Some people may experience a tingling or shaking sensation, and or some may see brilliant explosions of light, some feel this inside their heads. Some may see tunnels ( similiar to the white light experience).. hear buzzing sounds and ringing inside their ears.the feeling of floating and feeling an out of body experience and rarely has this ever fallen into blissfull state
i thought id have more time , but i have to run , talk more later :)
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Postby raymond1234 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:46 pm

thanks for all the info........glad you are ok from your car accident.
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Postby Cam » Wed May 07, 2014 10:19 pm

I sometimes sleep walk. I only do two things the first is leave my bed and lie done on the sofa downstairs. The other is stranger. Sometimes I go to the refrigerator and eat. I know because I never put anything away if I have been sleep eating. I haven't done any sleep walking or sleep eating for a long time.
I do talk in my sleep a lot in both English and French.
My strangest sleep habit is when waking I often jump to my feet before I am awake. I wake up feeling my feet stinging from jumping out onto the wooden floor.
Thank goodness I never sleep drive. I have heard of a lot of people really injuring themselves in cars when talking Ambien.
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Postby BrooksWindow » Tue May 27, 2014 5:24 am

Hello Cam, thanks for sharing,
Just the other night i was awakened by a nasty taste in my mouth ,,and as i was chewing,and coming into reality of the situation i recalled hearing myself ripping open a noisy wrapper, in my sleep i somehow got a hold of a pack of those tree shaped air fresheners for the car, and i was eating one! it was the nastiest taste i think ive ever tasted....its kind of funny, but scary at the same time........ :sleep: :yikes :hurl:
I posted a picture in here of a car, that was mine, i was asleep, i went airborne off the road into 3 trees, and i am extremely lucky i am alive today !!!
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Postby BrooksWindow » Thu May 29, 2014 12:16 am

BrooksWindow wrote:SLEEP PARALYSIS
Imagine falling asleep with fully mobile limbs, only to awaken inexplicably paralyzed.
However you try, your unable to move. Not the wiggle of a toe, Nor the stretch of an arm, Or a quiver of a lip
And you have good cause for lip quivering because there's something else in the rom with you-something sinister, something other-worldly
whatever it is, it's definitely not good.
It can loom over you and then pounce on your chest, crushing the breath from you.
Dread splashes over you, flushing you tip to toe. You try hard to stir your stunned nerves into action but it's impossible
you cannot move anything and that thing on your chest is getting closer and closer to cutting off your air supply
Welcome to the exquisite terror of sleep paralysis!

Sleep paralysis is a period of head to toe immobility, except for the eyes. this lasts anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
People struck by SP find their breathing more labored, they experience fear,
This feeling enhanced by not being able to move their limbs, difficulty breathing, and the sense that something or someone else is in the room ( often mythically )
characterized as old hags, incubi, succubi, or something supernatural in many forms such as creatures. the creature is usually interpreted as something scary that may want to suffocate the person or suck the breath out of them.
These hallucinations can occur during the transition from wakefulness to sleep ( called hypnagogic hallucinations) people experiencing SP may feel tingling or shaking sensations or brilliant explosions of lights, some feel trapped inside their heads. Reports of seeing tunnels and lights, buzzing ringing sounds, feel like their floating, out of body experience, these are accompanied by fear and rarely fall into blissful state.
Sleep paralysis is probably the most fantastic and lore-ridden of all parasomnias , Sleep paralysis is something special and mysterious , A straddling of the threshold between inner fantasy and outer reality. to be continued

An SP attack occurs either on verge of waking up or just as your falling asleep. Not all attacks are full-blown-that is, they dont always include all possible stages but the experiences associated with SP are as follows:
Either during the hazy state just before sleep or on arousal, the person's body feels heavier and heavier, it may be accompanied by a tingling, buzzing,or vibrating sensation.
Now there's is a total inability to move or speak. The person is awake and is aware of their paralysis, and usually try to call out for help but nothing happens...fear sets in
It becomes hard to breathe,
There is a feeling that something that something is pressing down on the chest, constricting the lungs.
Some have reported seeing something sitting on their chest, either way there is a sense that something is there.
The presence of another being- often super natural is felt, seen and heard by about half of all people experiencing a SP attack.
Some see light flashes, music, or voices, most feel the presence is evil.

Paralysis during REM sleep is a perfectly natural function of the human body, a special mechanism designed to keep the dreamer from acting out their dreams in real life
However, in a SP attack, most or part of the waking consciousness is maintained after REM has kicked in.

In extreme cases, people may feel like they exited their bodies and can travel around the house, town , or anywhere else, it can also be a portal into lucid dreaming- a state where you have control over your dreams and be aware that you're dreaming--and that can be a pleasant and even exciting experience.
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One fascinating benefit of lucid dreaming involves helping the body heal itself. Just as you can visualize yourself practicing a speech, some people visualize their bodies healing from illness or injury – and their health really does improve! While there is not much scientific evidence to support this phenomenon, there are many documented cases of people relieving pain, coping with grief, conquering phobias and working through social anxieties with the aid of lucid dreaming.

How to Induce Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming is a skill that requires practice. Anyone can learn how to lucid dream with enough motivation and effort. There are several techniques you can practice to learn how to induce lucid dreaming:

1. Dream recall: The most important step toward lucid dreaming is being able to recall your dreams vividly and often. If you can become familiar with you dreams, you will be better able to recognize when you are in one. Start keeping a dream journal. Write down your dreams as soon as you have them.

2. Reality tests: Wear a watch or carry some text with you during the day. Assign specific times to look to read the words or text (such as once every hour), and do it whenever you happen to think about it as well. Read the words or text, look away then look back at them again. If the numbers or letters change, do not make sense, or appear abnormal in some way, then you can realize that you are dreaming and start enjoying your lucid dreaming experience. The trick is to perform this reality test so often during your waking life that it carries over into your dreams as well. Research shows that, in a dream, the text will change 75 percent of the time when re-read.

3. Visualization: Once you become familiar with your dreams, practice visualization techniques as you fall asleep. Imagine yourself surrounded by the dream landscape, carrying on the same conversations and/or performing the same tasks as in your last dream

4. Sleep patterns: Alter your sleep patterns to help induce lucid dreaming. Research indicates that lucidity comes more easily during afternoon naps. It also happens more frequently in people who wake up suddenly during the night and then fall back asleep. Set your alarm during the night. When you wake up, practice one of the above techniques until you fall asleep again.

Remember, as with any skill, everyone will progress at different rates. Some people may take months to master these lucid dream inducing techniques, while others may take years. The important thing is to practice consistently and not put any pressure on yourself. Enjoy the experience as it comes.

For more information on lucid dreaming, research the Lucidity Institute. The Institute has conducted decades of research on lucid dreams and has pioneered many techniques to induce lucid dreaming. It offers workshops and classes on lucid dreaming throughout the year and many books on the subject.

Lucid dreams are not harmful or dangerous in any way. They are simply one of many phenomena associated with the human mind that scientists have yet to fully understand. Many people describe their lucid dreaming experiences as wonderful and thrilling. They can provide a safe, healthy medium to face your fears or indulge in your fantasies. Embrace your lucid dreaming as a mini-mental vacation. There is no limit to what you can do in your imagination! :dreams:
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Postby Cam » Thu May 29, 2014 6:12 am

Wow Brooks, chewing on something like that sounds awful. I guess you better leave yourself a food item near your bed at night. You must have mistaken the plastic wrapper for a candy wrapper in your sleep.
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Postby Caesar » Sat May 31, 2014 2:11 pm

This is why I never sleep. I meditate through the night.
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Postby BrooksWindow » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:06 pm

Yes Cam,i think you're right .. i thought it was some yummy treat for sure !!! LOL :harhar: who's a dork :wave: yes i should leave an :apple: in case i :eat: again :worry:

Boba, You say you meditate instead of sleeping?
very interesting :sleep:as in lucid? or just keeping one eye open?
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Postby Caesar » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:27 am

No, just simple meditating. Nothing lucid or anything. I ended being more exhausted after lucid meditating.
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Postby BrooksWindow » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:03 am

do you feel well rested in the morning? that is very interesting,
i wonder then if meditating, one still enters the needed dream stages throughout the night .....i shall have to do a little research on that subject..
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BrooksWindow wrote:
BrooksWindow wrote:SLEEP PARALYSIS
Imagine falling asleep with fully mobile limbs, only to awaken inexplicably paralyzed.
However you try, your unable to move. Not the wiggle of a toe, Nor the stretch of an arm, Or a quiver of a lip
And you have good cause for lip quivering because there's something else in the rom with you-something sinister, something other-worldly
whatever it is, it's definitely not good.
It can loom over you and then pounce on your chest, crushing the breath from you.
Dread splashes over you, flushing you tip to toe. You try hard to stir your stunned nerves into action but it's impossible
you cannot move anything and that thing on your chest is getting closer and closer to cutting off your air supply
Welcome to the exquisite terror of sleep paralysis!

Sleep paralysis is a period of head to toe immobility, except for the eyes. this lasts anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
People struck by SP find their breathing more labored, they experience fear,
This feeling enhanced by not being able to move their limbs, difficulty breathing, and the sense that something or someone else is in the room ( often mythically )
characterized as old hags, incubi, succubi, or something supernatural in many forms such as creatures. the creature is usually interpreted as something scary that may want to suffocate the person or suck the breath out of them.
These hallucinations can occur during the transition from wakefulness to sleep ( called hypnagogic hallucinations) people experiencing SP may feel tingling or shaking sensations or brilliant explosions of lights, some feel trapped inside their heads. Reports of seeing tunnels and lights, buzzing ringing sounds, feel like their floating, out of body experience, these are accompanied by fear and rarely fall into blissful state.
Sleep paralysis is probably the most fantastic and lore-ridden of all parasomnias , Sleep paralysis is something special and mysterious , A straddling of the threshold between inner fantasy and outer reality. to be continued

An SP attack occurs either on verge of waking up or just as your falling asleep. Not all attacks are full-blown-that is, they dont always include all possible stages but the experiences associated with SP are as follows:
Either during the hazy state just before sleep or on arousal, the person's body feels heavier and heavier, it may be accompanied by a tingling, buzzing,or vibrating sensation.
Now there's is a total inability to move or speak. The person is awake and is aware of their paralysis, and usually try to call out for help but nothing happens...fear sets in
It becomes hard to breathe,
There is a feeling that something that something is pressing down on the chest, constricting the lungs.
Some have reported seeing something sitting on their chest, either way there is a sense that something is there.
The presence of another being- often super natural is felt, seen and heard by about half of all people experiencing a SP attack.
Some see light flashes, music, or voices, most feel the presence is evil.

Paralysis during REM sleep is a perfectly natural function of the human body, a special mechanism designed to keep the dreamer from acting out their dreams in real life
However, in a SP attack, most or part of the waking consciousness is maintained after REM has kicked in.

In extreme cases, people may feel like they exited their bodies and can travel around the house, town , or anywhere else, it can also be a portal into lucid dreaming- a state where you have control over your dreams and be aware that you're dreaming--and that can be a pleasant and even exciting experience.[/quote

Manystudies have drawn parallels between SP and extraordinary phenomena such as demon possession, alien abduction, shamanistic trances, white-light-and out-of-body experiences.
Whats fascinating about sleep paralysis is how shrouded it still is in supernatural phenomena . In many cultures, sleep paralysis is referred to by a mythical title rather than it's mundane scientific classification. But when s sleepers dream live and life seem to crawl half- formed, out of their own imaginations into their bedrooms, it must be awfully tempting to believe something mystical or miraculolus is happening and its not just due to daily stresses or poor sleep posture or some other idiosyncratic explanation.
Sometimes, i'ts hard to convince people with sleep paralysis that their houses are not haunted,, some are certian that they've angered aghost who now wants to suck their breath out of them while they sleep. in other cases, entire books have been written about alien abductions that most doctors would consider episodes of sleep paralysis.
The experience of sleep paralysis is so hyper-real and yet so out of the orinarary that affected people
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Postby Sigrid » Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:57 am

Boba Fett wrote:No, just simple meditating. Nothing lucid or anything. I ended being more exhausted after lucid meditating.

lucid meditating? Is there such a thing?


Oh yeah, Brooksy I can't sleep back after I open my eyes even just a few minutes. Do you think its really insomnia?
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Postby BrooksWindow » Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:06 am

what time is it ehere you are and how long have you slept tonite?
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Postby BrooksWindow » Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:20 am

,I kind of think that in todays world there is way too much stimulation for our brains, we know we have the internet, and it calls our names, so when you start to wake up , your body is like sleepy but the mind is suddenly on the move...thinking about whats going on in DM's,or the super
informational highway........ today i think insomnia is a learned patteren
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Postby BrooksWindow » Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:25 am

Jiru wrote:
Boba Fett wrote:No, just simple meditating. Nothing lucid or anything. I ended being more exhausted after lucid meditating.

lucid meditating? Is there such a thing?


Oh yeah, Brooksy I can't sleep back after I open my eyes even just a few minutes. Do you think its really insomnia?

If you had not of gotten online , but rolled over before you know it BOOM youd be :dreams: sleeping
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Postby Sauron » Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:29 am

BrooksWindow wrote:,I kind of think that in todays world there is way too much stimulation for our brains, we know we have the internet, and it calls our names, so when you start to wake up , your body is like sleepy but the mind is suddenly on the move...thinking about whats going on in DM's,or the super
informational highway........ today i think insomnia is a learned patteren

That's certainly true. There are a lot of things that keep us from getting proper sleep.
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Postby BrooksWindow » Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:45 am

Sauron wrote:
BrooksWindow wrote:,I kind of think that in todays world there is way too much stimulation for our brains, we know we have the internet, and it calls our names, so when you start to wake up , your body is like sleepy but the mind is suddenly on the move...thinking about whats going on in DM's,or the super
informational highway........ today i think insomnia is a learned patteren

That's certainly true. There are a lot of things that keep us from getting proper sleep.

Hello.......you still in a family get together?

I do not know what happened to my font in that last post its friggen huge !!!!!!!LOL
Do you ever read books or manuals aor things that look like books with words and pages in it , while online ????? i just invented a super duper cool thingy for that.wanna know what it is? :excited:
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Postby Sauron » Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:09 am

BrooksWindow wrote:
Sauron wrote:
BrooksWindow wrote:,I kind of think that in todays world there is way too much stimulation for our brains, we know we have the internet, and it calls our names, so when you start to wake up , your body is like sleepy but the mind is suddenly on the move...thinking about whats going on in DM's,or the super
informational highway........ today i think insomnia is a learned patteren

That's certainly true. There are a lot of things that keep us from getting proper sleep.

Hello.......you still in a family get together?

I do not know what happened to my font in that last post its friggen huge !!!!!!!LOL
Do you ever read books or manuals aor things that look like books with words and pages in it , while online ????? i just invented a super duper cool thingy for that.wanna know what it is? :excited:

I'm heading home today.

Sure, I'm interested. What is it?
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Postby Cam » Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:46 pm

How about when you are first falling asleep and all of a sudden your whole body snaps taught and wakes you up. I wonder how many of us experience that from time to time
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Postby Sigrid » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:09 pm

I know we have "body clock" which makes you awake from your usual time you wake up but I wake up at 3:00 PM and not 5 PM....
And still have a lot of energy :lol: :dancing: :dummy" :boogie: :D
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Postby raymond1234 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:59 pm

BrooksWindow wrote:


I have read so many stories- from a woman binge eating in her sleep awoke and found she had chopped up her cat on the cutting board.

Imagine if it was a child instead of a cat .......... :o


I was in a coma and had 5 surgeries. While in this coma I experienced happenings I will call them, and maybe at another time will talk about that. when I was awake and found out what had happened and it was just the beginning of the worst.



Do you feel confident to talk about it now and share it with us ?
It's the internet.......you don't know us for real...............

I bet the stories are interesting..........
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