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“Sleepwalk With Me” Movie Raises Awareness about Sleep Disorders

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Check out Rem Runner’s Julie Flygare’s writing on a new film:

“Sleepwalk With Me” Movie Raises Awareness about Sleep Disorders.

Brilliant work on your new blog/website Julie. It looks great!

 

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October 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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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

Can we control our dreams? – Features, Health & Families – The Independent

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Can we control our dreams? – Features, Health & Families – The Independent.

Initially I thought this article contained proper clinical dream research but it it based on XXXXX educated opinion. This is not news for people with sleeping disorders but still an interesting article.

It’s a parallel world and really easy to get drawn into: the internal  and collective landscape.

Queen of sleep reviews the film Inception

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July 5, 2011 at 9:50 am

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Dangerous Dreams – Channel 4

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Dangerous Dreams – Channel 4.

This program on Channel 4 is available to stream. I apologise to anyone outside the UK if you can not watch the material. I haven’t seen it yet but will squeeze it in as son as possible. Dreams and death is a fascinating subject with room for many different types of death related experiences. I think it is quite common to dream about people who are passing over or are just about to pass over. I have many (non narcolepsy) friends that it has happened to. The first time you die in a dream or kill someone in a dream feels now, retrospectively almost like a rite of passage JUST because it is so frightening and upsetting the very first time it happens. It is always upsetting but the first time it happened to me I thought I was loosing it.

Wish you all a sunny lovely Saturday!

Sleep more Dream More, QoS

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June 11, 2011 at 8:41 am

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The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.

Carl Jung

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May 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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Spring Cleaning and The Way of Individuation

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This is the perfect time of year to do some spring cleaning – put those Feng Shui recommendations into practise. In an earlier post I wrote about how I changed my room around to optimally benefit from the energies. I have to admit, it felt a bit weird when I moved all of my books into my wardrobe to ensure that my educational corner benefited  as I am not terribly into fashion (if this sounds odd – read my posts on Feng Shui and the bedroom). Like any ‘normal’ person I used to keep clothes in my wardrobe (lol). So, last week I decided it was time to move my books again and go through them to ensure that I wasn’t holding on books that I would never read or disliked etc.  When I was finished I had 3 bags ready to be taken to the charity shop.
I had a period when I was terribly into psychology and read everything I could get hold of including a brilliant but dense book called “The Way of Individuation: The indispensable key to understanding Jungian psychology” written by Jolande Jacobi. It’s one of those that I never managed to get through, not surprisingly (Zzz).  As I was holding the it, a page opened up and I read: “But if one has no proper persona, one strikes other people as vague and vacillating, and no one knows what to make of such an individual.” Jung writes: “
One could say, with a little exaggeration, that the persona is that which in reality one is not, but which oneself as well as others think one is. “If the persona is lacking, one has no protecting “face” and is exposed to the world with all one’s  moods like a child.” So, the person you think you are becomes your reality i.e. you become the person you think yourself into being. If you have no reference point to who you are, that you can pin your ideas on, you become defense less and respond to everyone elses ideas/projections on who they think you are. A constantly pleasing and ever-changing personality that comes across as vague when confronted. A well-balanced or rounded “face” becomes a protective boundary that acts as a persona between you and society, a basic survival strategy. When do we develop  protective boundaries? Personally, I think it is a lifelong process but the majority of the work happens as we step into adolescence. Who I am? What do I want?

It’s in the beginning of the maturation process that signs of narcolepsy starts to appear. How does narcolepsy affect the sense of self during this period of uncertainty and development?

When I turned thirteen, unknowingly, symptoms of narcolepsy started to become more common and it started to affect my ability to study and stay awake in class.. I don’t remember much apart from my dreams/night terrors and my struggles to stay awake in class and at family functions. I remember spending hours painting in the art department, it was my creative and emotional outlet. Did my personal development as an adult suffer? Most definitely! There seemed to be an exterior world that I didn’t always comprehend, as if there was a veil separating me from them and as I grew older the veil grew thicker. I became introvert and shy.

In my early twenties, my friends nicknamed me mysterious. I always thought it was a bit strange because, without realising, that was what I had become; a mystery to myself.


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March 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Jimmy Kimmel on Bora Bora During Tsunami

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Jimmy doesn’t write about his narcolepsy in this article but he mentions his dreams. Dreams where huge quantities of water…

Jimmy Kimmel: A Dramatic Story, at the End of Which Nothing Happens.

 

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March 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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More violent crimes being committed during nightmare of sleepwalking | Metro.co.uk

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BBC Focus magazine

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New sleep-related words to learn:

Parasomnia pseudo-suicide – Sleep suicide

Ambulatory parasomnia – Sleep walking

The most prevalent form of parasomnia is obviously narcolepsy which is believed to affect 25 000 in Britain.

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February 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

Paul Nash: Landscape from a Dream

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Landscape from a Dream

Landscape from a Dream

A year ago when I went to Tate Modern, I wanted to buy a postcard of a particular painting. I went to the gift-shop to pick out the card and read about 3 card- deal so I picked out another 2 cards and went to pay. This postcard showing Landscape from a dream is one of those I always choose. I must have bought it three times by now. The funny thing is I didn’t know anything about the painter or the painting when I picked it up. I didn’t even read the name of the painting, to be completely honest I don’t like it very much either. It certainly doesn’t represent what I think that I liked in  terms of  art genres/artists. So, why was I drawn to choose this image? It was probably the surreal representation of a motive that  at first glance appeared to be  straight forward and traditional but if you look closer the eagle is looking through  a seemingly clear screen through into another painting, facing himself or an idealised version of himself? An image of someone he could be or become, or perhaps he is watching himself having achieved his potential. The eagle could also be watching a mirror/ his own reflection and the sun is setting behind him. He sees his landscape through the screen this gives him a distorted perspective of reality. Is the perspective rose-tinted or is what he observing real and true?

When I look at the painting I see an eagle who wants to be somewhere else, an eagle who is dreaming of  being somewhere else, dreaming of flying somewhere else. This somewhere else could be anywhere but here. It could be away from war and conflict, he painted it 1936-8. It could be away from depression and the mundane reality of everyday. I saw an interview with Danish author Helle Helle last year where she says that it is a common human condition to always want to be somewhere else, to dream to be somewhere else. Perhaps, I went through periods of wanting to be somewhere else or wanting to to be someone else anybody except myself anywhere apart from with myself: a woman with narcolepsy trying to make sense of the “real” world because my own seemed so complicated and confusing. I escaped into a landscape from a dream where I could be who ever I wanted to be.

You can read more about one of the most influential British painters of the first part of the 20th century Paul Nash: Here and here.

 

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January 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Queen of Sleep Stumbled across Science of Sleep (2005)

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Stumbled across this film on one of the sleep forums. Science of sleep can be found on Amazon. I am not listing it because I have not seen it yet. Have you? What d you think? Do leave me some feedback on it. I had never heard about it before today.

Science of Sleep

Science of Sleep

 

Wikipedia says the film is a French-Italian comedy directed by Michel Gondry. Yes, the same Gondry that directed Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. The original title of the film is La Science des reves. I love the french language, it is so beautiful. I would like to go to France and brush up on my language skills from 12 years ago. Oh well, soon enough, there are so many things I would like to do first.

Science of sleep features Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Alain Chabat. Charlotte Gainsbourg is the only actor that I recognises. She has been very successful of late in films such as: Melancholia, The Tree, Persecution, Antichrist and The City of Your Final Destination as well as obviously being the daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge.

As I have not seen it yet I have compiled a concentrated collection of the reviews online for you.

Rotten Tomatoes gives Science of Sleep 23 fresh tomatoes and 11 rotten, 68% percent of the audience (top critics) liked the film and gave it 6.5/10. Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote: Pouring every impulse, inspiration and outlandish image at hand into his project, [Gondry] creates a dream world as visually delightful as it is merrily illogical. And the Houston Chronicle said: In the end, after your time with it, you’ll recall it with a smile, remembering its childish wonderment and mischievous sense of humor. So far so good, it sounds like it would appeal to narcoleptic audience. well, as long as you watch the DVD, anyway because then you can rewind it again and again if you needed too.

Then Katarina Longworth writes this review for the Sundance festival of the film where she claims the director is image based and cannot pull of a traditional narrative strain. Charlie Kaufmann was the writer behind Gondry’s previous successes and Katarina adds that the film would’ve been better if he had written the script. I can’t help thinking that perhaps this was the point exactly that the science of sleep has a visual narrative that is illogical and maddening and there is no room for a coherent narrative. My point of view would in that case turn the film into an art house film. I still, think although, I agree with my previous point, that there needs to be a thread pulling it-holding the story together otherwise it would be pointless (I hear my art friends screaming at me: you don’t understand art!). Memento is a fine example of a film with a similar theme although the film genre is different. Katarina Longworth quote (funny and brilliant!!) Gondry tends to make movies for and about two kinds of people: sad-eyed boys with fantastic record collections, and the art school girls who want to make out with them. This one’s no exception, packed as it is with references to indie bands and Russian animators, and goofy retro electronic toys, and fabulous-looking young people wearing the world’s greatest homemade haircuts. The Science of Sleep is something like a Luis Bunuel film, but with politics replaced by fashion. It is, essentially, a hipster wet dream. I love this film already (ha! ha!)

IMDB give sthe film 3.5/5 stars. BBC Movies writes: ….. he (Gondry) grounds the flights of fancy in enough emotional reality to avoid seeming self-indulgent. But credit should be shared with the leads: frosty at first, Gainsbourg reveals warmth and sensitivity, while Bernal leavens his character’s edge of creepiness with cheeky charm. Together they’re silly, giddy, irrepressibly inventive – a lot like the film itself, in fact. The BBC gives the film 4/5 stars (highest yet!)

The most sympathetic review comes from Slant magazine (4/4 stars). They begin the review by comparing: The difference between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep is the difference between a good pop song and a great punk record, a fluid Escher-like mindbender and a kaleidoscopic Jackson Pollack drip, and finishes by saying: For Gondry, the science of cinema is not unlike the science of sleep, where everything and anything is possible. Gondry, like David Lynch, makes art from the many-spindled arcs of our dreams and fantasies, but Lynch hasn’t gone so far as to suggest that our dreams are works of art themselves, our imagination a gallery of unfinished, haunted frescos. To submit to Science of Sleep becomes something strangely akin to acknowledging that our dreams make more sense than our waking life. Imagine that.

Sounds like the perfect film for Queen of Sleep!

 

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December 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

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