Do You Suffer From ‘Exploding Head Syndrome’? You’re Not Alone

Get your head out of the gutter.  Or was that premature? 😉

New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn’t actually exist. Known as “exploding head syndrome,” the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought.

Source: Do You Suffer From ‘Exploding Head Syndrome’? You’re Not Alone.

I identify with the symptoms, but don’t fall in the demographic.  But that’s part of the research – better refinement and understanding.

It’s also a good moment to remind ourselves that hearing voices is not a sign of mental illness.  There are a wide range of experiences for people who hear voices, and that many of them don’t fit the typical definitions.  A large issue with this is stigma.  Our culture is quick to judge and subsequently dismiss/marginalize (if not ostracize) such people.

Can Sleep Deprivation be Fatal?

The short answer? Yes, total sleep deprivation can almost certainly kill you. What’s less clear is how it does it.

Before we get to the experimental and hypothetical ramifications of total sleep deprivation, let’s pause briefly to address the much more pressing and pernicious issue of poor sleep hygiene, the long-term effects of which can also be deadly.

Source: Can You Die From Sleep-Deprivation?

Sleep is very important, and I’ve found it easy to take for granted while training.  If there’s a physical activity – swimming, cycling, running, etc – I have no problem being awake and alert for the duration of the activity.  But working at a desk, I’ve noticed serious issues two hours after I’ve done a physical activity.  Race season starts in March, and I’m still ironing out my routine.

Warnings Against Powdered Caffeine and Energy Drinks

In a blog about the meeting, Michael Landa, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, wrote that the agency shares the hopes of Katie and Dennis Stiner and Julie and James Sweatt that other families will be spared such a loss.

Landa noted the consumer advisory about the dangers of pure, powdered caffeine that FDA published in the summer, adding that “We are working right now on our next steps.”

But for now, “I cannot say strongly enough how important it is to avoid using powdered pure caffeine,” Landa wrote. “The people most drawn to it are our children, teenagers, and young adults, especially students who want to work longer to study, athletes who want to improve their performance, and others who want to lose weight.”

Source: Caffeine Powder Concerns FDA, Energy Drinks Concern Denmark

Do you know how much caffeine your kids and loved ones actually injest?

Our kids may be consuming more caffeine than we realize. A new study finds that 73% of children and young adults in the United States have caffeine in their systems on any given day.

I’ve remember years back that some found the results of injesting caffeine to resemble the fear response.  Suggested reading: Coffee: How it affects the Brain, and Naps