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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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