Posts Tagged ‘sleep’
Top 10 (or so) Least Popular “White Noise” Ambient Sounds
- Rain falling on a corpse
- An endless loop of “Please listen carefully as some of our menu options have changed”
- Waves crashing on a Land Rover parked too close to the shore
- Nail guns operated by the Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
- Wind blowing through an orphanage
- An endless loop of “If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 911”
- Morgan Freeman slowly enunciating, “Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Heeeeere kitty.”
- A batter repeatedly hit on the ankle by a 95 mph fastball
- A continuous sound of rubber being punctured by one of those “Caution: Severe Tire Damage” spikes.
- The Gettysburg Address solemnly spoken in Pig Latin
- A quartet of Leaf Blowers playing “When the Saints Go Marching In”
- The sound of no hands clapping. AKA the Sound of Silence.
- Christopher Walken reciting “Rock-a-Bye Baby”
- The whoosh of toilets flushing
- A 15-round recording of Rock’em Sock’em robots boxing
- A veterinarian brushing Grover’s teeth. Grover is his assistant.
- The zipping sounds of aestheticians administering a bikini wax
And if this list doesn’t put you to sleep, nothing will.
Those are the words of Dr. Gershwin Fassbender, Director of the SIA (Slumber Institute of America). Like most of the employees at the Slumber Institute, Dr. Fassbender is woke. In fact maybe a little too woke and that’s what accounts for the insomnia.
The Problem: Nocturnal Adrenalizing
We will survey the career of Dr. Fassbender in due course, but first let us examine the disorder of insomnia. Insomnia is a pervasive national calamity responsible for grievous errors in judgment including leaving a tip at McDonald’s, watching Hee Haw or sending money to a Nigerian prince. Chronic insomnia dumbs us down, jitters us up and can leave us in a state of trivial speculation whereby one wonders if the employees at Yahoo! drink Yoo-hoo. I do. Do you?
The vicious circle of sleeplessness presents its ironic geometry when you lie awake all night worried that you won’t fall asleep. This self-fulfilling prophecy of not getting to sleep keeps you up at night, so during the day you shuffle about somnambulistically. And if we’ve learned anything from somnambulism (sleep-walking) is that it’s very hard to pronounce and even harder to spell.
The need for regular, replenishing sleep is a metabolic requirement providing normative homeostasis to an otherwise unregulated body. Despite what Big Pharma might have you think, there is no substitute for restorative, deep REM sleep. Big Pharma offers nothing but Ambien. Little Pharma has come up short on the matter and Medium Pharma has just stayed home on the Pharm. Let me illustrate this disconnect in another way; Ambien is to sleep as drinking ocean water is to thirst – it may solve your problem in the short run, but there’s hell to pay in the long run. And hell, I’m told, extends credit to no one. Read the rest of this entry »
Very rarely am I blindsided and tickled pink by a literary passage that packs the unintentionally humorous punch of a Linear Particle Accelerator. Such was the case when this unsuspecting reader was suddenly seized by a powerfully jocular elation; when all he really wanted to do was drift off gently to safe and restful sleep, sleep, sleep. Allow me to set the scene. It’s late evening and I’m reading in bed prior to an early morning shift at the local satis factory (yes, we manufacture satis). As my pursuit of Early American history is unquenchable, I’m curled up to an esoteric and anecdotally superb book called Beauties and Celebrities of the Nation which describes the social life of Washington DC during the early Presidential administrations. In this particular chapter, George Washington’s administration (which in 1794 was located in Philadelphia pending the construction of our new Capitol in DC) is being surveyed. Read the rest of this entry »