I am going to try that turning about and chasing. There are some guys I really want to catch up with in my dreams. I think if I could, I would stop having the dreams all together.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Rose Combs" <rosecombs@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 12:20 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Sleep patterns
There is a book on web Braille, Body Clock or something similar, it was in six volumes and I read it about five years ago, probably still have it on my computer, , and I say this because it discussed the hormones that are generally released before your normal wake time.
Speaking of dreams, I have a very active dream life, always have. When my doctor put me on an antidepressant, Paxil several years ago he said I might have more dreams and then he said that maybe not since I probably could not dream since I could not see. I definitely set him straight on that one since I definitely do dream a lot, which is odd because they say that if you dream a lot you should not suffer from depression. Who knows. However, when I was in college and took a psychology of personality class one of the projects was to submit a dream log. I had one heck of a time doing mine, typed it was over 200 pages, and that was in the days of typewriters and correction tape.
I have never seen, so obviously my dreams are not visual but there are tastes, sounds, sensations, and all that. In fact, I can do the lucid dreaming thing where I know I am sleeping and dreaming and then can make the dream do what I want--for example, if I am being chased I can turn around and chase, knowing it is a dream and that I am the one in control.
I have also had clairvoyant dreams. An example of this was one of my co-workers went to the Grand Canyon and she did not return on the day she was supposed to. Another co worker received a call from her but, that morning I had dreamed she was in the hospital with a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse. When the co-worker who received the phone call came in she told us that our friend was in the hospital in Flagstaff and I said MVP which is the abbreviation for mitral valve prolapse. She asked me if I had received the call and I said no, I dreamed it.
I'd better stop this for now, this is a tangent I can get off on. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the subconscious mind, dreams and the like.
Rose Combs rosecombs@xxxxxxxxx
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of jeff Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 4:13 PM To: blind cool tech mail list Subject: [bct] Sleep patterns
I've really been interested to know what other blind people like me experienced where sleep is concerned. I've always been a night owl, but about 10 years ago it really got bad, I would wake up so many times during the night that the night would seem to last forever. One of the best pieces
of advise I ever heard on the subject was to make your bedroom the kind of place where sleep is encouraged. Televisions are great for some people, but
were terrible for me. I removed the TV and the temptation to stay awake watching something. I have found that the more boring the program the better. I listen to some old time shows as well, but only because the ones I listen to knock me out. I also have a fan by my bed for additional noise and the breeze is nice too. Keeping nice smelling candles or other scented items in your room helps too. I haven't figured out the whole having sight versus not having sight thing where sleep cycles are concerned. A friend of
mine has no eyes at all, she has wondered about this as well. She has been attending a sleep disorder clinic. I have been thinking that her work hours
are the problem, she starts work at 4:00 AM. She gets up at about 3:00 AM. But, how does the body/brain recognize day and night? Is it possible that the body has some other mechanism for intaking sunlight? Is it just life experiences which makes depression so prevalent in the blind? Or could there be a relationship between less light making it to the optic nerve and so on? These days, I usually fall asleep around 12 o'clock midnight to 1:00
AM. I usually wake again around 4 or 5. Then sleep is full of tossing and turning until I get up at 7 or 8 to get ready for work. I, like Mary commented, notice that a day spent outdoors leads to a restful night and a better disposition in general. I assume that the additional sunlight exposure is the reason. Last year I purchased a "happy light", yeah, I know
it's a stupid name, but it claims to be full spectrum and I would stare into
it while I ate breakfast and listened to the morning radio prior to work and
it actually seemed to help. I hear that one can not use this kind of light close to bed time or it will make it hard to sleep. A program I watched on public television a couple of years ago, stated that the brain releases a "cocktail" of hormones just prior to waking time. Maybe that part of the whole process could go wrong as well. It's a fascinating subject with indications that answers aren't far off. Caffeine is another culprit and I must say that I keep going off and on the use of it. When I don't use it, I
feel tired and when using it sleep is more difficult. I think, I just need to get away from it and try to stay off it long enough for my body to really
adjust and not feel tired. There are a ton of things that can effect sleep.
If one consumes sugar close to bed time, the body will have a sugar rush and
then a sugar crash later on, this could lead to early waking and bad dreams.
The local radio show on medical issues recommended eating less sugar and more fats at night prior to bed. The idea is to get one's blood sugar level
to remain very constant during the night. Well, that's about all I can think of right now.