Monday, 18 October 2010

Sleep things

Still waiting for that early night. At what point does a late night turn into an early morning? Perhaps this is all just a really pre-emptive early morning. So much so that it happens before or instead of actually sleeping? If I don't wake up before 10 tomorrow I will be crosssss! That's a healthy 4 hours sleep. That's reasonable, right?

The other day, after no sleep for almost 40 hours I found out about this disease called "Fatal Familial Insomnia" and whilst sleep deprived, my brain wasn't addled enough to be convinced I HAVE this, thankfully. But the mere thought of the morbid inevitability of this disease made me too depressed to sleep properly afterwards. What an AWFUL way to go, man.

The patient suffers increasing insomnia, resulting in panic attacks, paranoia, and phobias. This stage lasts for about four months.
Hallucinations and panic attacks become noticeable, continuing for about five months.
Complete inability to sleep is followed by rapid loss of weight. This lasts for about three months.
Dementia, during which the patient becomes unresponsive or mute over the course of six months. This is the final progression of the disease and the patient will subsequently die.

Guess we'll see what ones of us develop this when we're 50, amirite?


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