Friday, 18 February 2011

I think I can now breathe a sigh of relief because I no longer have an Indian woman from the gas company trying to force me to pay money for no good reason, oh and also you can make comments and follow me the PROPER way now. YAY!

Today was going to be really productive because my sister is coming to visit for a week tomorrow and the house looks like a bomb hit it. It's a bit...studenty. *snigger* But up to now nothing has been done thanks to said Indian lady. She totally took advantage of me, obviously thinking I was as thick as two short planks and was about as helpful to me as...no wait, she wasn't helpful at all. I was feeling a little bit frustrated and upset afterwards about my telephone encounter so I decided to lie down and calm down. I feel asleep and had a seriously crazy dream about a weird hotel and a chav stealing my bag of Skips. I think I woke myself up telling him off. No one is ever going to get away with stealing my prawn cocktail flavoured snacks.
This is for those of you from the US, I know you don't get prawn flavoured goodies. Oh my.
I did have something that I believed to be genuinely interesting to have a natter about today. I think sleeping wiped my brain. 

Talking of sleep though, I did learn something interesting in class today. People who suffer from depression are prone to sleep a lot due to fatigue and basically our "fight or flight" instinct just failing completely. The sleep they get is called REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, this is where your eyes dance around in your head and you dream lots of crazy dreams. This usually occurs in ten minute bursts throughout the night and is a period of high brain activity. SWS (Slow Wave Sleep) is the good kind that lets your brain cool down and recuperate itself to take on a new day. A lack of SWS and a heck of a lot of REM sleep is part of the nasty cycle that means depressed people stay depressed. Studies have found though that sleep deprivation, of all things, can alleviate the symptoms of depression. So people who stay awake for over 24 hours experience a generally elevated mood afterwards. The only issue is that once they go back to sleep again, they're back where they started. Very weird theory. 

The way the brain works never ceases to amaze me.

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