Learning about sleep.

We can dream.

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Our own universe

Pulsing.

The universe is a place full of energy, rhythm and vibration. Our solar system has its own periodicity as the Earth moves through it with clock-like regularity.

Seasons, tides, day and night, all predictably oscillating as we ourselves live our lives driven by our own internal rhythms.

Pulsating, drumming, responding to daily ebb and flow.

Rhythmic

Everything is made of atoms,ourselves included, vibrating, always on the move. There is a built in rhythm associated, not only with life but the whole universe.

Mysterious

Sleep, a major part of our own daily routine is often taken for granted, whatever the quality of it, it's something we do.

We should be good at it, after all we spend about a third of our lives sleeping.

Yet despite our long, collective experience and the advent of sophisticated analytical means, we are still in the process of uncovering many of the mysteries.

This section is aimed at providing a degree of clarity, explaining some of the processes involved.


We are star stuff→

'We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff.' - Carl Sagan

Imagine→

This sphere could be a galaxy, a planet an individual cell or even a glass marble. Whichever you imagine it to be, it is guided by a set of rules, actions and reactions that determine what happens next.

Are there aspects of this driving our daily routine, including sleep, within our control?

Background image source NASA. Plus one of my own lost marbles.

Taking stock

Why do we need sleep?

Sleep, like nutrition is one of the cornerstones of life, deprived of which we would soon die and like having a poor diet, there are also consequences of poor sleep patterns.

Most of us have practical experience of the impact of sleep on our mood, alertness, memory and judgement but it is increasingly and more worryingly clear that sleep deprivation can lead to obesity [7], heart problems [8] diabetes [9] and disruption of the immune system[6][10].

Yes, the immune system!

Impact

Whilst this section will not venture to suggest that sleep problems are responsible for EGPA, our disease will certainly create ongoing sleep problems, potentially exacerbating the situation.

Conversely of course there are autoimmune diseases that arrive without a background of sleep deprivation, (though this can only be an assumption), so the question of sleep impact on the presence or timing can only be asked rather than unequivocally answered.

We can at the very least dream as we sleep, that one day there will be an elegant solution for EGPA.

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