Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Not this again!

I spent the last few minutes munching my crisps and settling into the Wiki to find out about Deja Vu, what it is and why it happens. When i am ill i seem to suffer from this more often and thought it would make a good lunchtime study subject. After discovering my level of general knowledge was equal to an 11 year old on Junior Mastermind the other night i thought i had better excercise my grey matter slightly. Still, my kids were impressed i was getting the questions right! Ah, so my Deja Vu is either a sign of my depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, improper electrical discharge from my brain or an album by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Take your pick! This revelation lead me onto reading about sleep disorders and i found two that i suffer from! Hypnic Jerk: This is the involuntary physical jerk or snap reaction you get just before going to sleep. With me it is normally when i am in a dream like state but not fully asleep (like when i am at work) and i am dreaming about doing something physical. Often something like the thought of stepping off a kerb will trigger a reaction. I think it is also the name of a 70s disco dance popularised by an tracksuit wearing, afro sporting white nerd with a moustache and big glasses. "Do the hypnic...!" Wittmaack-Ekbom or restless leg(s) syndrome: I get this when i am tired and can't seem to keep my legs still and feel all fidgety. I always called this "jumpy legs" and associated it with having too much tea, sugar or something. Its nice to know that its just a side effect of my anti psychotic medication. And there endeth the lesson and we can all sleep safe and sound in our beds. Well.. we could if it was'nt for the Bruxism! Ggggnnnnnnn!! Grrrrrrr!!

5 comments:

bigfootcookie said...

What a BRILLIANT site. I never realised you could find such informative and educational websites on the internet. There was me thinking it was all just ebay and porn. Happily, I can say I only used to suffer from Bruxism. I say used too, because all my teeth have now been ground away to dust, and I just slop my gums during sleepy time now.

Captain Beefheart said...

I get restless legs and it is a real pain. It's like having someone poke the soles of your feet gently but persistently with pencils while you're trying to drop off, and is about as easy fall asleep with as a raging hard on like a milk bottle

Richard said...

Ahh, Wiki! I've been using that website for a couple of years now - it's fab ain't it? What I don't understand is the fact that everyone in the office has access to t'internet, but they'll always come over to me to ask me general knowledge questions. If I can't answer it (a very rare occasion), I look it up by Googling it or going to Wiki.

I used to get restless leg syndrome (like a thousand worms wriggling in my leg muscles), but since walking and cycling to work it has stopped. Answer - do some more exercise.

Captain Beefheart said...

Yoga and swimming does help, and I go for a 20 minute walk every lunchtime, but some days sitting on your fat butt all day is unavoidable

TwistedNoggin said...

I've read that Deja Vu occurs when some synapses fire just before others, recording a memory a fraction of a second before recording it again, and when it records again it seems familiar.

I get that Hypnic Jerk thing.