Tag Archives: sleep deprivation

nothing to brag about

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claims that he only sleeps between ninety minutes to four hours each night… I wouldn’t brag, Mr. Trump.  In fact, if I was your advisor, I’d say: sleep, Donald, sleep—if you want to attract swing … Continue reading

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asleep at the helm

  On this, the 25th anniversary of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, let’s not forget a key fact of that disaster… At the time, we believed the ship ran aground because the captain was below decks, drunk. However, the officer at … Continue reading

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Too Soon to Start Dreaming

  I know I’m not getting enough sleep… …when I wake up from a dream only thirty-minutes into my sleep cycle. Our first period of REM (dream) sleep usually occurs 90 minutes after we fall asleep.  Subsequent REM periods arrive … Continue reading

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Dreaming While Awake

  If we’re deprived of our nightly dreams, those unconscious images and thoughts and feelings seem to break into our waking hours… Those who’ve experienced hallucinations during sleep deprivation marathons can testify to this invasion. Like them, I have “dreamt” … Continue reading

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Dead Tired

  Here’s some more about the effects of sleep deprivation (see last post)… …which can be downright deadly. According to Paul Martin, author of Counting Sheep… …in 19th century China, a merchant, who had murdered his wife, was put to … Continue reading

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A Hard Day’s Night

  In 1959, as part of a publicity stunt… …New York disc jockey Peter Tripp attempted to set the world record for sleep deprivation. Though Mr. Tripp hallucinated and suffered from delusions during his 8-day ordeal, a team of friends, … Continue reading

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Guilty Sleep

  One night, a few years ago… …after writing about how too many Americans deprive themselves of sleep and as a result, lose their dreams… …about how this sleep deprivation is unhealthy, both mentally and physically, and results in lowered … Continue reading

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