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Queen of Sleep is Back!

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November 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

BBC News – ‘Child behaviour link’ to snoring

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1 in 10 children snore regurlarly. Scientists have linked snoring i.e. disturbed sleep such as sleep apneoa etc which restricts oxygen uptake in the brain and can result in interrupting the “restorative processes” of sleep or disrupting the balance of brain chemicals. Symptoms in young children such as disturbed night time sleep result in “unruly” behaviour/hyperactivity.

I find it strange that parents who have children that are active/lively in their sleep doesn’t link it to the reason why their day time behaviour is unusual or extreme. It makes perfect sense to me. Could it be bordering on parental neglect not to notice the symptoms at night?

I have been told by friends that many children in the UK with narcolepsy has been/was diagnosed with ADHD or similar hyperactivity condition before getting a correct diagnosis by a sleep specialist. Then on top of that the medication prescribed for both conditions is the same if not very similar. Seriously, how can they be so closely linked and so different?

BBC News – ‘Child behaviour link’ to snoring.

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March 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Rare Disease Day 2012 Today!

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Click here to go to Rare Disease Day 2012 website which lists national events for today!

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February 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Sleeping Pills Linked with Early Death

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I was once offered sleeping pills by a GP but they didn’t make any difference to my sleep pattern at all so I stopped taking them. I know it sounds nuts to give sleeping pills to someone with narcolepsy but if I remember correctly it was to help control my sleep pattern whilst traveling. Perhaps you have been offered them too?

Study: Sleeping Pills Linked with Early Death

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February 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Does Cheese give you Nightmares?

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…or is it just an urban myth? You are naturally very prone to dreaming if you each rich/sugary foods right before bedtime so if you tried eating cheese before sleeping I think you would be more likely to dream than not, in combination with the suggestion that you will experience “nightmares”, you have set your brain up for some wacky night. It think the whole argument sounds odd but  The British Cheese Board conducted a study and found that different types of cheese do seem to influence the types of dreams individuals may have. They claim that Stilton can cause bizarre and vivid dreams;  Red Leicester is thought to provoke nostalgia and Cheshire causes the least dreaming of them all. Read more Here.It gets weirder…It would be very interesting to find out exactly what ingredient/chemical process triggers nostalgia in Red Leicester and weather MRI scans were used in the experiment but I haven’t been able to find any in-depth data.

The British Cheese Board  dispels the urban myth that Cheese causes nightmares but they claim that it induces dreams, lovely dreams, creative dreams. I dream so much that it’s quite tricky to say what kind of dream is a night mare and what kind of dream is not as my dreams are constantly changing in theme within the dream. I have been eating more cheese around Christmas time than at any other time of the year and I can honestly say that I have not had increased nightmares. It appears to be another marketing jippo/exercise but I have to admit it’s a fun idea.

The BC  also write that cheese contains tryptophan – a substance that can help reduce stress and actually induce a good night’s sleep. ….which is…

Tryptophan is one of the standard 20 amino acids as well as an essential amino acid in the human diet which means that it must be part of our diet. They act as building blocks in the body’s manufacturing process of protein. It also works a precursor for:  the production of serotonin which in turn can be converted to melatonin. So far so good, don’t exclude cheese but keep the tryptophan rich foods such as cheese and turkey for moments when you need energy i.e. not right before bedtime.

I sleep best when I don’t dream intensively so eating cheese or anything at all before bedtime makes my sleep even worse and I dream more, move more and so it prevents me from getting a nights restful sleep.

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February 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

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This is a really interesting article about mass psychogenic illness/hysteria. It’s mindblowing how powerful the emotional stress is and how it can affect our lives, and in combination with living in a toxic environment (not been proven).

Health & Family

Last fall, when a dozen teenage girls in a single upstate New York high school developed a condition that looked like Tourette’s syndrome — complete with sudden verbal outbursts, uncontrollable arm motions and facial tics — it seemed likely that a chemical toxin or infectious agent was to blame. But none could be found.

More recently, three other students at Le Roy Junior Senior High School, including one boy, developed the same baffling condition, prompting parents to call in the big guns: environmental activist and heroine of a Julia Roberts movie, Erin Brockovich, who has just stepped in to investigate possible environmental causes.

Brockovich’s team said it would be six weeks before tests of groundwater samples near the school could identify contamination, but in the meantime, doctors have already diagnosed most of the girls with a disorder: mass psychogenic illness — otherwise known as conversion disorder or, to use…

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February 5, 2012 at 11:39 am

Not Always Right | Funny & Stupid Customer Quotes » Night Of The Loving Dead

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Not Always Right | Funny & Stupid Customer Quotes » Night Of The Loving Dead.

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook. It’s quite amusing! Wish you all a great Sunday!

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October 16, 2011 at 7:18 am