Dear Reader: This site is a prelude to the launch of my book Mastering Sleep (Pan Macmillan). This book is designed for the curious reader who may be having issues with sleep. It is not merely a list of solutions, but a deep dive into the architecture of sleep and how that is impacted by … Continue reading Welcome to Mastering Sleep
Note: "Sleep late" in the present context refers to people with the evening chronotype who go to bed late AND wake up late compared to the average person (also referred to as OWLS, in the piece below). Social necessity, or intrinsic drivers such as chronotype, determine when we sleep and when we wake up. People … Continue reading Sleep late? Die early.
via Sleep and the unconscious brain
Our brain is the seat of consciousness, the organ that makes us self aware - cogito ergo sum! But in fact, of the 80-100 billion neurons in the brain, it is only a small fraction that is accessible to our conscious awareness. Much of what happens in this organ is below the surface where conscious … Continue reading Sleep and the unconscious brain
A good mattress is an essential ingredient to ensure good sleep, but not so much in the way we think. We associate mattresses with back comfort and it is true that your mattress can make a difference to whether you sleep comfortably or awaken with a sore back. But a subtler and more pervasive effect … Continue reading If you have trouble sleeping….1
In this, the 21st century, the century of the brain, the one word that we need to pay attention to is no longer Plastics, but it could very well be Glymphatics. A network of fine vessels in the peripheral organs, including our limbs, carries that fluid that gets exuded from our blood back into the … Continue reading “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Glymphatics.”
via Can sleep be mastered?
Given all the books being written about sleep, it is apropos to ask ourselves if reading all this stuff is doing us any good. Are we sleeping any better? Or is the public fetishisation of sleep leaving us worrying and wide awake at night? In this context, an article by Zoe Heller - "Why we … Continue reading Can sleep be mastered?