Knowing When A Sleep Attack Is On Its Way!
Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:18 PM
I discovered something and I need to share it with you all!
I was in what I call a "meeting marathon" at my client this week and I just COULD NOT prevent from falling asleep at all meetings (oops). Sleep attacks, yay!
Had loads of cups of coffee to prevent from falling asleep, but it was to no avail.
Just to explain, it is very hot in my country, and now it is summer time.
In one of the meetings, I was there sitting when all of a sudden I started to shiver - again. Damn air conditioner. The room started to get very cold. So I put on my coat. I didn't last one minute. I was asleep before I knew it was coming.
Then I realized I was the only one in the room that was using a coat. The rest of the team was with their sleeves pulled up. I took off my coat and throughout the meeting I still was very sleepy and still very cold, but no sleep attacks occurred again!
I started to see a pattern in this. So I made up this theory and started to test it in the upcoming meetings. It started to make sense until I finally made my way through a meeting without sleeping.
My theory: it's not the room getting cold, it's my body! When I start to get sleepy, my body gets very cold. Then, I naturally put my coat on, so it gets warm. That's when the sleep attacks occur! So now I know that, when I'm cold, I'm doomed - I'll be sleepy in a matter of minutes. If I don't put my coat on, I can fight against the urge to sleep better than when I'm with my coat on.
It is still difficult to maintain alertness, though. I still have to fight to be awake, but at least I'm not going to fall asleep all of a sudden and make a fool of myself.
Strange huh? Has anyone ever noticed this too?
I think I will start driving with the air conditioner in the coldest temperature of all! \o/
Even though I HATE cold, and I'm always with a coat, no matter how hot it is outside.
(I know there is a topic about body temperature, but I believe this one deserves a topic of it's own).
Posted 07 February 2012 - 11:30 AM
Posted 07 February 2012 - 03:39 PM
I've noticed that excess heat (hot summers w/ high humidity), excess sun (no clouds), and especially excess exertion in excess heat w/ excess sun; most definitely have a hard and heavy effect on my capabilities to function physically (especially) and also mentally. Yes any one would likely agree, but only to a certain point can they relate...
Some links, which may relate somehow:
Posted 07 February 2012 - 03:54 PM
Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:15 PM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:51 PM
At the moment with la nina, we're experiencing similar weather to the beginning of spring, and for the days I forgot to prevent my core from getting chill, I paid for it dearly - I'm talking days of falling in and out of sleep and not being able to function. It's been two weeks, and I forgot, because of the time of the year I suppose, but now I'll take care to keep my spine warm and relaxed.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:33 AM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:08 AM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:26 PM
Altered Skin-Temperature Regulation in Narcolepsy Relates to Sleep Propensity: Link
Manipulation of Core Body and Skin Temperature Improves Vigilance and Maintenance of Wakefulness in Narcolepsy: Link
Also this one suggests a strategy for better sleep through temperature regulation: Link