Friday, January 05, 2007

You're Putting That WHERE?

Given my current obsession with my own sleeping patterns, and how to try and fix them (see previous post), I was just reading an online article about body temperature and sleep. I came across the following gem about participants who spent 3 nights participating in a special body temperature sleep trial:
"During the study, they wore rectal thermometers continously to provide a minute-by-minute record of their body temperature."

Um, I'm not sure about you, but I don't think I'd sleep like a normal person if I had something jammed up my ass. Just a thought.


Michael Guy said...

Last time I had something jammed up my ass I didn't need a thermometer to tell me I was hot.

No, you probably wouldn't 'sleep like a normal person' but think how much more fun the awake time would be!

Ur-spo said...

sleep study labs are odd places; most everyone therein sleeps really well/gets no findings and complains that their sleep problem was not seen or addressed.
something about being watched/feeling safe puts people right to sleep.

morgan said...

A work colleague of mine failed to sleep in a sleep lab - he really has problems sleeping. The bright computer monitor and electronic background noise stoppee him then. Apparently, he gets just enough sleep to avoid becoming psychotic.

Michael said...

Other than regular vigorous exercise, I've ceased any other attempts to "fix" my sleep disturbances. I just get up and put in a load of laundry and then read or pay bills or dive into the TiVo backlog. Some nights I might only get 3 hours sleep, but I figure that I catch up eventually.

Is it wrong to just accept this, along with my various psychoses, or is that so very ZEN of me?

Anonymous said...

I have had this sleep problem for many years: I fall asleep in two minutes then wake up three hours later -- wide awake.

My medical doctor prescribed a mild sleeping pill for me. It's called temazepam and it has been around for a long time. I use it two or three nights a week. And have done so for more than ten years. No problems.

In the UK young people abuse this drug. They call it Jellies and it is useful in large quantities for coming down from an evening of X.

On the evenings when I don't take pills I listen to late night talk shows like George Noory and Art Bell. But that won't help you as it would be in the middle of the day down there!

Michael said...

I felt sure Ken was gonna follow "on the evenings when I don't take pills" with "I sell them at exhorbitant black market prices to party kids on the corner", but talks shows is good, too.

Anonymous said...

Having crap sleeping patterns from years of shift work I feel for you!
Here are some sleeping thoughts...

1 - Body temp is a well studied component of sleep and they found that most people overheat when sleeping (too many doonas, doonas that don't allow excess heat to escape etc. This casues many problems, sleeping disorders being one. An ambient temperature of 18-20 deg is perfect for good sleeping.

2 - Once you have developed a pattern of sleep it is very hard break, but you need to in order to retrain yourself to a new pattern. Easier said than done.

3 - exercise before trying to sleep will often keep you awake for longer unless it is the sort that we all like to do in bed :-) and then the right hormones go off and we nod off. The text I read worded it "the body does not recognise if the climax of such activities is self initiated or brought about by a human partner, the end result is the same". So I take it that yes, you can wank yourself to sleep :-)