Sleep plays a critical physiological function, and is indispensable for your intellectual development! Those who do not respect their sleep are not likely to live to their full mental potential!

It has been known since the 1920s that sleep improves recall in learning. However, only recently, research by Dr Robert Stickgold, assistant professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, has made international headlines. Dr Stickgold demonstrated a fact that has long been known yet little appreciated: sleep is necessary for learning!

Read the full article here.

You never know if any of this stuff is scientific or just talk. I guess if it works for you then it’s worth noting.

The list is taken from lifehacker.com. The highlights for me are:

10. Reduce Screen Time Before Bed
6. Avoid the Soul-Shattering Alarm Buzzer
4. Beat Insomnia with Visualization
and
1. Teach Yourself to Lucid Dream

A Very Memorable Trip

July 2nd, 2008

By Greg Miller from ScienceNOW Daily News

More than a year after taking a hallucinogenic drug in a carefully controlled experiment, most people rate the experience among the most personally meaningful and spiritually significant of their lives, researchers report online today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Such findings are helping to renew interest in research with hallucinogens, a field whose reputation long suffered from the psychedelic excesses of the 1960s.

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Some cigarettes have a “kick” containing 35 times more “freebase” nicotine – the most addictive form – than others, researchers have found. The findings could help rate the addictiveness of different brands, they say.

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Some of you may have seen reports in the media recently about the government’s NHS Care Records System – a huge national database of patient medical records and personal information sometimes referred to as the NHS ‘Spine’ that everyone’s details are due to be uploaded to sometime in the next year.

There are 1.3 million people working in the NHS as well as a huge number of temporary agency staff—not just doctors and nurses, but managers, administrative staff, IT staff and contractors. Potentially thousands of NHS employees and central government bureaucrats will have access to not only your medical records but also your demographic details, name, address, NHS Number, GP details, phone number (even if it’s ex-directory) and mobile number. Anything you disclose to any doctor, nurse, midwife, health visitor, health professional, NHS employee, pharmacist, at any hospital, surgery or clinic will be stored on this massive central government database. This could include sensitive issues such as sexuality, ethnicity, genetics, mental health issues, illicit drug use, abortion, contraception, impotence, paternity, infertility, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, infidelity, personal relationships, emotional problems, test results, domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse.

Then there is the risk of computer errors that could have you wrongly labelled an alcoholic for example, as in the case of one woman who only discovered the mistake after it had been on her records for 15 years. She is now one of the most vociferous campaigners against the Spine.

After much opposition from the public and a large proportion of GPs and negative coverage in the press, the Dept of Health have backed down somewhat and it’s now (allegedly) possible to opt out of having some of your details on this database.

One of the main ways is to write to your GP requesting that they don’t upload the data they hold about you onto the Spine.

For more information about opting out (including a standard letter you can print out and send to your GP) go to http://www.nhsconfidentiality.org/?page_id=9

Even if you feel there isn’t anything in your records you wouldn’t mind sharing with god knows who, you should think about opting out on principle as an objection to the increasing attacks on our privacy. What with ID cards and the National Identity Register, the database state and complete surveillance society is almost upon us…

4th Annual World Hepatitis Awareness Day

1st October 2007

http://www.hepatitisday.info/index.php

Vacuuming the Lungs

September 29th, 2007

How to breathe deeply when you’re nervous.

http://www.ftrain.com/lungvacuuming.html

1. Exhale completely, as if you’re blowing out the candles on a very big birthday cake.

2. Bend over. This expels the last bits of air from your lungs. When you’re totally out of air, don’t let any air come into your throat.

3. Stand up. This increases lung volume, so air will want to flow into your lungs, but don’t breathe. Wait until your body needs a breath—10 seconds or so.

4. Then, when you can’t take much more, breathe. Your body will have moved over from your normal, everyday breathing to unregulated, autonomic “response breathing.”

That’s it. Once you let your body take that unregulated breath in step 4, it sort of “reboots your lungs,” and the nervous, “holding-pattern” breathing becomes a thing of memory.

A new attempt to scare pot smokers in Britain alleges that smoking pot can increase the risk of becoming “psychotic.” A quick glance at the data cited reveals no such correlation.

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The Porn Myth

July 30th, 2007

From an article in the New York Times:

In the end, porn doesn’t whet men’s appetites—it turns them off the real thing.

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From rosecry.com

Greedy girls pay attention: If you want a longer, deeper, more intense orgasm, you’ve (ahem) come to the right place. Considering the average female orgasm lasts between 15 and 30 seconds, it’s not surprising that many women feel a little, well, cheated when it comes to coming.

Now imagine an orgasm that lasts a full 30 minutes, This was the astonishing promise of two U.S. sexologists who pioneered what’s called the Extended Sexual Orgasm technique in the 80s. It was a pretty big claim – and it got a pretty big response at the time. But just like the G-spot, when people couldn’t figure out the whole orgasmic program in five minutes flat, it quickly and quietly disappeared into the “too complicated” basket… until now.

Sex therapists have recently resurrected Extended Sexual Orgasm (ESO) – and are seeing some spectacular results. What’s changed? The fact is, we’re far more sex-savvy now than ever before. So let’s get started.