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Archive for September, 2010
Sleep – more clues to add to these other posts. This looks at melatonin, breast milk levels of melatonin, NREM and melatonin , etc.
Breast milk has more melatonin at night then during the day..
Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles.
So night breast milk feedings help the child to sleep.
Overweight children often have less sleep and are often not breast fed.
Melatonin is involved in the regulation of body weight, and may be helpful in treating obesity
Children on average secrete more melatonin than adults. It decreases with age.
Melatonin seems to be at its’ highest from 2-6 months. AND, at 4 months NREM sleep begins to precede the first REM sleep.
Melatonin is released soon after it gets dark. The amount produced then increases until about two to four AM, and then drops off again.
NREM sleep mostly happens early in the night and seems to be mostly over by four AM when the level of melatonin drops off.
Melatonin has side effects of lower body temperature.
Laughter increases the levels of breast-milk melatonin.
NREM sleep temperature is lower than waking temperature and regulated.
Putting it all together, II suggest that it seems plausible that
MELATONIN PUTS YOU TO SLEEP AND KEEPS YOU TO SLEEP TILL NREM SLEEP IS OVER.
MELATONIN LEVELS MAY BE TOO HIGH IN UNDERWEIGHT AND TOO LOW IN OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN.
SETTING UP A PATTERN OF MELATONIN AROUND THE AGE OF 4-6 MONTHS MAY BE A KEY ASPECT OF HEALTH.
Underweight children get too much melatonin from breast milk, and have a too low NREM temperature.
Overweight children get too little melatonin from not enough breast milk, and have a too high NREM temperature.
I recently came across a study in the journal “Nutritional Neuroscience” in which a group of researchers from Spain looked at the levels of certain substances (nucleotides) in breast milk, which are known to induce sleep. The researchers found that there was a definite pattern to when their levels were higher and lower, and that those known to induce sleep were, not surprisingly, higher in breast milk produced during the evening and nighttime than in breast milk produced during the day. In the paper (cited below), the authors also mention previous studies demonstrating that breast milk levels of melatonin, a hormone secreted prior to sleep onset, also vary in relation to the time of day, with melatonin found in breast milk produced at night, but undetectable in breast milk produced during the day.
What is melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland , a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement.
What does natural melatonin do in the body?
Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.
Melatonin does have side effects. But they will go away when you stop taking the supplement. Side effects include:
Changes in blood vessels that may affect blood flow.
Lower body temperature.
Note this is from James Michael Howard who has often commented in SBE
Keep in mind that the time of maximum SIDS is from 2 months to six months; this is the time when melatonin starts to really increase and reduce REM sleep. Note that at 4 months, the adult pattern of significant increases in non-REM sleep begins to precede the first REM sleep. My work suggests that this is time when melatonin is exerting its most profound depression of DHEA, therefore, this should be the most deadly time for infants.
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a structure in the brain. It is normally released soon after it starts to get dark. The amount produced then increases until about two to four am, and then drops off again. Melatonin is linked with the control of circadian rhythms and promoting sleep. It works by acting on melatonin receptors in the brain.
The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:
The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:
This struggling writer had gotten 5 books published that year, 1900. It was near Christmas and he needed some money for presents. He asked his publisher for an advance. They gave him a check on one of his book’s earnings. He thanked them and went home without looking at the check. When he handed it to his wife he noticed it was for 1,423.98 which is about 40 or 50 thousand in today’s money! The book that brought in this advance was the biggest seller of 1900 America. Name the book and the astounded author with the big check!
ISL. Frank Baum, and the book was “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. Where did he get the name OZ? He was looking at a file cabinet that said O-Z!
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This is perhaps the most notable contemporary graffiti artist. One of his most iconic works is a masked terrorist figure, throwing, not a rock, but a bouquet of flowers! Name the artist.
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This week’s new (Poems and Sayings).
Why won’t NPR or any of it’s news shows, or any of it s website articles, or any of its music shows, or related music stations, or any NPR shows that cover book reviews, talk about any aspect of the vast Art and Media Revolution that involves thousands of people directly and or indirectly?
Why won’t NPR or any show connected with it or any radio station connected with it, ever talk about any aspect of the Art and Media Revolution?
The Art and Media Revolution, involves about everything that is new and progressive in the arts.
NPR has a vast amount of news and art programs that feature arts coverage. It carries On the Media, a show on the media. It has associated stations that play only music. It is connected with many music, book , and film review shows. It has become probably the biggest book and music review organization anywhere. Yet, NONE at NPR or connected to NPR, will talk about any aspect of the art and media revolution. This concerns the bulk of all new arts of all your listeners. How can NPR and all those connected to it, refuse to cover such a broad spectrum of contemporary culture? A culture that includes almost all the contemporary culture that is new or innovative.
The Art and Media revolution, includes new movements in most all the arts, world’s firsts in most of the arts, advocacy groups in most of the arts, plus a massive amount of alternative media. Why isn’t any of that ever news or art for review?
The refusal to talk about anything connected with any of this goes beyond choice to open boycott of the ideas, artists, advocacy groups, and media groups connected with this.
Music: Post Bands Music, 200 Song Best of Net Music List, NPR Music Quality Challenge, Box Office Concerts, etc. etc.
Literature: Zines, Zine Hall of Fame, ULA advocacy group
Art: Post Modern Art, Stuckism, “Snake Oil” the conceptual art that attacks conceptual art. Mass Reproduction of Painting. etc. etc.
Here is just a sampling of the shows that have so far refused to talk about the art and media revolution. They include. All Things Considered, and both weekend news programs, All Songs Considered, Undercurrents. Sound Opinions, Fresh Air, Diane Rhem (who does many book reviews in her 2nd hour), On the Media, etc. Plus all the reviews on the NPR internet site. This carries over into related local shows. For example here in my city of Dallas, these shows have made it clear they will not talk about the art and media revolution. KXT Radio, Paul Slavens Show, Think. etc.
Here is the question. Why won’t NPR or any show connected with it or any radio station connected with it, ever talk about any aspect of the Art and Media Revolution. This is a vast amount of news, arts, and artists, that have purposely and consistently been denied fair coverage. Why?