What Does It Mean to Be Too Tired To Sleep?

Your body’s exhausted, it’s 2 a.m. and you have an early start in the morning. So what the fuck is up with you, stupid brain?

by Chris Bourn

What do Donald Trump, Napoleon, Leonardo da Vinci and a giraffe have in common? Aside from having friends in high places, they’ve also each been reported as requiring less than five hours sleep a night. In fact, according to this infographic from Delayed Gratification magazine, America’s current commander-in-chief gets by on just three hours of shut-eye per night — or one more than horses and one less than sheep.

That’s all very well for heads of state and ungulate mammals, but for the rest of us, the feeling of your brain spinning as you toss and turn is a form of waking nightmare — one that gets worse the more you think about it.

So What’s Going On When We Can’t Sleep?

Rubin Naiman, a leading sleep researcher at the University of Arizona, has coined the term “T’wired consciousness” to describe the situation of being simultaneously tired and wired. His explanation is that this form of insomnia isrelated to “hyperarousal,” a condition normally associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. This implies that it’s a delayed reaction to nervous tension amassed earlier in the day: “[Feeling T’wired is] a kind of excessive, turbo-charged wakefulness … characterized by racing brain waves, a rapid heart rate, overheated core body temperature and dysfunctional hormonal rhythms,” he told The Huffington Post.

Other researchers have similarly drawn links between a stressful workday and having trouble dozing off at night, while a 2005 study at the University of Konstanz, Germany, zoomed in on an inability to detach yourself from your job when you’re off the clock as something likely to cause disturbed sleep. Even worse, this study notes that being preoccupied with work right up until bedtime can create a vicious circle of wakefulness: Worrying about work causes sleepless nights, which makes you too tired to do your job properly, which makes you worry about work so you can’t sleep, and so on and so on and so on and…

But Aren’t Our Smartphones Also Responsible?

Nick Littlehales is a sleep coach and author of the bestselling book Sleepwho’s spent almost two decades training Britain’s elite athletes in recovery techniques. He believes our 24/7 lifestyles and almost umbilical attachments to our phones and tablets are pushing the world into a global insomnia epidemic. For him, the culprit keeping our brains revving throughout the night is easy to identify: “Our exposure to blue light has been increased to a level that it’s now having a serious effect.”

Blue light, Littlehales explains, is light at short wavelengths, which we experience most intensely from either daylight or bright artificial sources, such as light bulbs and phone or computer screens. This type of light, he says, interferes with our circadian rhythms (i.e., our inner biological clocks that naturally regulate our waking and sleeping states) by triggering the release of serotonin, a hormone that promotes wakefulness.

According to Littlehales, our increasing exposure to blue light over the past 150 years — “We created the lightbulb, then we created daylight saving time, then we brought technology into our lives” — has been knocking us ever more out of sync with our natural cycles of rest and alertness. That, he claims, is what leaves so many of us lying awake at night wondering why our brain feels like it’s on its third espresso shot, despite our deadweight physical fatigue.

How Do We Get Back on Track, Sleep-Wise?

Littlehales says we should start by dismissing the “myth” that we require eight straight hours of sleep a night. If you’re waking up at 3 a.m. and can’t nod off again, his advice is simply to “chill out, don’t worry about it.” So long as you don’t wake yourself up further by turning all the lights on, he says you should just treat this as personal time. “Put the washing machine on, listen to some music, even watch a film,” he says — although he recommends watching soothing nature documentaries over something like Die Hard.

Being up and about in the middle of the night is “perfectly natural,” he explains, “because we’ve always slept in [intervals dispersed throughout the 24-hour period] as human beings, right up until we invented the light bulb. We only ever tried to sleep in one block at night since that point.” Instead, he insists we should approach our nighttime rest in chunks of 90-minute “cycles,” and as long as we’re getting at least two of those sleep periods in before we start our day, that’s enough for most people to function — not just normally, but at their best…




Watchers of the earth

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Native knowledge. A Moken woman stares out to sea. Photo by Taylor Weidman/LightRocket/Getty

Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening

Carrie Arnold is a freelance science writer, whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Scientific American and Slate, among others. Her latest book is Decoding Anorexia (2012). She lives in Virginia.

Shortly before 8am on 26 December 2004, the cicadas fell silent and the ground shook in dismay. The Moken, an isolated tribe on the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, knew that the Laboon, the ‘wave that eats people’, had stirred from his ocean lair. The Moken also knew what was next: a towering wall of water washing over their island, cleansing it of all that was evil and impure. To heed the Laboon’s warning signs, elders told their children, run to high ground.

The tiny Andaman and Nicobar Islands were directly in the path of the tsunami generated by the magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra. Final totals put the islands’ death toll at 1,879, with another 5,600 people missing. When relief workers finally came ashore, however, they realised that the death toll was skewed. The islanders who had heard the stories about the Laboon or similar mythological figures survived the tsunami essentially unscathed. Most of the casualties occurred in the southern Nicobar Islands. Part of the reason was the area’s geography, which generated a higher wave. But also at the root was the lack of a legacy; many residents in the city of Port Blair were outsiders, leaving them with no indigenous tsunami warning system to guide them to higher ground.

Humanity has always courted disaster. We have lived, died and even thrived alongside vengeful volcanoes and merciless waves. Some disasters arrive without warning, leaving survival to luck. Often, however, there is a small window of time giving people a chance to escape. Learning how to crack open this window can be difficult when a given catastrophe strikes once every few generations. So humans passed down stories through the ages that helped cultures to cope when disaster inevitably struck. These stories were fodder for anthropologists and social scientists, but in the past decade, geologists have begun to pay more attention to how indigenous peoples understood, and prepared for, disaster. These stories, which couched myth in metaphor, could ultimately help scientists prepare for cataclysms to come.

Anyone who has spent time around small children gets used to the question ‘why?’ Why is the sky blue? Why do birds fly? Why does thunder make such a loud noise? A friend’s mother told us that thunder was God going bowling in the sky. Nature need not be scary and unpredictable, even if it was controlled by forces we could neither see nor understand.

The human penchant for stories and meaning is nothing new. Myths and legends provide entertainment, but they also transmit knowledge of how to behave and how the world works. Breaking the code of these stories, however, takes skill. Tales of gods gone bowling during summer downpours seems nonsensical on the surface, but know a little about the sudden thunderclaps and the clatter of bowling pins as they’re struck by a ball, and the story makes sense.

In 1968, Dorothy Vitaliano, a geologist at Indiana University, pioneered the study of cultural myths that told of real geological events. Ancient Sanskrit tales told of entire cities that sunk beneath the waves with all the hallmarks of a tsunami. Plato’s story of the utopian Atlantis, destroyed by the gods in a wreckage of fire, might have referred to a volcano that partially destroyed the Greek island of Thera more than 3,500 years ago…




Trump Brags About Eating the “Most Beautiful” Chocolate Cake During Syrian Missile Strike Decision

Alex Brandon/AP; Cake: phxzoonorth/iStock

Then forgets which country he just bombed.

Recounting details about his decision to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base last week, President Donald Trump took several moments during a Fox Business interview that aired Wednesday morning to enthuse about the “most beautiful” chocolate cake he enjoyed at his Palm Beach resort with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump was entertaining the Chinese leader at Mar-a-Lago when he ordered the military strike.

“I was sitting at the table, we had finished dinner,” Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “We’re now having dessert—and we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen—and President Xi was enjoying it.”

Bartiromo then said it was “brilliant” that the missiles were “unmanned.”

“It’s so incredible. It’s brilliant,” Trump agreed.

Then Trump appeared to momentarily forget which country the United States had attacked last week, naming Iraq instead of Syria.

“So what happens is I said, ‘We’ve just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq, and I wanted you to know this,'” Trump said in the interview. “And he was eating his cake. And he was silent.”

“Syria?” Bartiromo corrected.

“Yes, heading toward Syria,” Trump said. He followed up by mentioning Xi finished his dessert.



Trump Syria Strike – Straight Out of the New World Order Playbook

Makia Freeman, Contributor, Waking Times

The Trump Syria strike – an aggressive, preemptive, unprovoked US attack on Syria which completely violated international law and killed around 14 people (civilians) – was based on the same old lies used to justify virtually every attack, invasion and war in recent history. Trump shocked many people by making the decision to launch 59 tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria, on the morning of April 6th, 2017, right after his administration (via the likes of Secretary of State Tillerson) had just recently stated that the US was no longer attempting regime change in Syria and that the US was no longer interested in trying to remove Assad. In yet another flip-flop, Donald Trump – “President Inconsistent” – turned his back on months of non-interventionist campaigning by attacking a sovereign nation that posed no threat to the US. In doing so, the MSM, which has for months been parroting the line that Trump was a Russian agent, all of a sudden praised Trump for his “beautiful” attacks. But was the Trump Syria strike anything new, or have we literally seen this exact scenario before?

Trump Syria Strike Straight Out of NWO Playbook

To those paying attention, the Trump Syria strike is straight out of the New World Order playbook, line for line. A “cruel dictator attacks his own people with chemical weapons” and the world’s beneficent bully superpower has to conduct a “humanitarian intervention” to save the “beautiful babies”. Where have we heard the one before? Oh yeah, just 4 years ago. Unlike other pretexts used to attack the nations like Iraq (where the lie was that Saddam had WMDs), the scriptwriters didn’t even bother to change the script from 2013 to 2017. The villain is the same (Assad), the nation to be invaded is the same (Syria), the excuse is the same (tyrant attacking his own people) and the method is the same (chemical weapons). It’s a 2013 redux! The dark forces running the US Government and New Wold Order have got Trump literally reading the exact same script as Obama did 4 years ago. Are most people still too asleep to realize this obvious fact?

(By the way, if you think Trump cares about beautiful babies, you may want to consider why he is supporting the Saudis in their war against the Yemenis, whose beautiful babies are also getting killed.)

Individual citizens are subject to all sorts of requirements in a court of law to prove their cases, yet we now witness the ridiculous spectacle of US Ambassadors to the UN, such as Colin Powell and Nikki Haley, hold up vials of powder and shake photographs of dead children, to supposedly prove a case and justify the invasion of a sovereign nation and the slaughter of innocent people? Is this really the state of humanity?

Fact Check Recall: in 2013, the UN Said the Rebels had the Chemical Weapons, not the Assad Government

Let’s do a quick fact check. When this scenario unfolded in 2013, the UN (United Nations) sent investigators who found sites inside of Syria that were used for chemical weapons. However, the Syrian opposition rebels (funded by and aligned with the US-UK-NATO-Israel-Turkey-Gulf State alliance) were the ones controlling those sites! UN investigator Carla del Ponte (a member of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria) concluded that she had “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof” that the “opponents” (rebels) were the ones using the nerve agent, and specifically stated that her panel had no “indication at all that the (authority of the) Syrian government had used chemical weapons.”

Another very important point to consider is that the US confirmed that, after the UN and US inspectors left Syria in 2013, there were no more chemical weapons left. The US, Russia and the international community confirmed that Assad gave them all up. So are we supposed to believe that Assad suddenly gained more in the space of the last 4 years, despite the fact by doing so he would be putting his nation at the very real risk of being invaded by the strongest and most aggressive military in the world, who had already issued a “red line” ultimatum to him?…


About the Author
Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com (FaceBook here), writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the worldwide conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance
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