Sunday, January 23, 2005

ClockNews#14: Student SAD, Napping at Work, and Lunesta

Dealing with students’ seasonal affective disorder

SAD seems to be more predominant in January and February and
affects more women and young people than men. Symptoms may include:n Weight
gain.n Excessive sleeping.n An overall feeling of sadness that seems to leave in
the spring and summer.n Carbohydrate cravings.

Sleeping duty and wake-up calls

Admittedly, at 11.40 in the a.m., the Nakate naptime
was out of line by any shift paradigm, but this should not give employers carte
blanche to declare all naps prejudicial to company interests, ultra vires of the
Industrial Relations Act, and tantamount to culpable workicide. On the contrary,
the enlightened annadata would make a post-lunch snooze compulsory so as to
cleanse the brain of the morning's rigours. Any HR ministry will tell you of the
need for detoxification. Long before it got anointed by business gurus as a
power nap, I've been a practising believer. It's the equivalent of pressing the
Refresh button; net-net, I, the tasks at hand, and my bosses benefit; deprived,
my page expires. The world's most vibrant peoples all swear by the virtues of
the afternoon siesta; the more libidinous recharge their batteries with the
equally time-honoured — and energising — custom, of the baporiyu, or afternoon
dalliance with a clandestine dream-girl. However, as everyone, from armies to
Anil Ambani, knows, catching a nap is quite different from being caught napping.
Also, as everyone from Rip van Winkle to Kumbahakaran knew, you have to observe
the cardinal rule of all therapy: you have to be mindful of the fine line that
separates the benefits of sleep from an over-doze.

Makers of new sleep aid plan ads during late TV

On late-night television, the companion of insomniacs
everywhere, that’ll buy a lot of advertising, and the drug, named Lunesta, is
expected to be one of this year’s most heavily marketed medications.

Lunesta breaks new ground on at least two counts. When taken at bedtime, the drug not
only puts insomnia sufferers to sleep for a full six or seven hours; it also
carries a low risk of grogginess the next day. This double-barreled approach
offers a balm for those who tend to awaken frequently during the night or too
early in the morning.


Blogger Sir Oolius said...

Excellent blog! For a while my blog had a similar focus, but have been sidetracked too much by political and other posts. I found you via BoingBoing, and you really do a great job! You're at the top of my blogroll now.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Sir Oolius said...

oops, I never fully elaborated on my connection to chronobiology in my last comment. My research focus (broadly) is circadian rhythms and sleep research. My graduate work was in Chuck Allen's lab doing whole-cell acute brain slice electrophysiology in the SCN and I'm currently a postdoc in Gary Aston-Jones' lab, looking at the output pathway from the SCN via the dorsomedial hypothalamus to the Locus Coeruleus (hence also the URL of the blog).

8:08 PM  
Blogger coturnix said...

Great! I missed the last SRBR meeting - no funds! I am trying (seemingly forever) to finish the last touches on my dissertation with Herb Underwood. Sex, strain and individual differences in circadian function, role of gonads and sex-hormones in circadian organization, a little bit of photoperiodism, all in Japanese quail. I also did some perliminary stuff with crayfish. Postdoc? Perhaps with Aziz Sankar, I have not decided yet.

I am keeping this blog focused on chronobiology by having another outlet for my politics, personal stuff, general science and cute-animal-picture blogging, on my other blog:

8:15 PM  

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