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Fascinating and well worth watching talk about sleep and its link to health, mental health and wellbeing.

Russell Foster: Why do we sleep? | Video on TED.com

Yes, I am pretty nocturnal at the moment, despite only having two hours sleep Friday morning and going OUTSIDE!!!!! and visiting our new niece that day. I know that my hypothalamus it very broken and I also know that, for me, sleeping when I am sleepy and so likely to be able to fall asleep is the only thing that works for me. I used to be semi-alcoholic at university - drink was the only thing that would make me able to sleep at night and I also needed alcohol to face the day and so I can also relate to that portion of his talk. The discussions of sleep, schizophrenia, bipolar and genetics are also of interest, especially given the recent findings about schizophrenia and MS being genetically linked (see my earlier post).


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Aug. 25th, 2013 07:25 am (UTC)
This is excellent. Please would you post the link on friendly_crips?

The info about schizophrenia and MS sounds interesting too, but it may be some time before I follow it up. Likewise the science I noticed a couple of days ago, about allergy and MS. You have to be in the right mood to look at stuff so personal, don't you? The sleep talk, to me, doesn't feel very personal. Which is a little bit weird seeing as I'm a chronic insomniac.
Aug. 25th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Added link in post to that earlier post.

I cannot work out how to cross-post the two entries to the comm using xjournal. I will either copy/paste or use share.
Aug. 25th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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