Cure for insomnia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first time I remember waking up after a couple of hours of sleep and not being able to fall asleep again I must have been around 15. It’s possible though that my sleep issues started earlier, as I remember always being a light sleeper and always having agitated nights. 

Nowadays, when I think about insomnia I think about it as a chronic illness, as much as I think about multiple sclerosis and endometriosis. Because since I was since 15 I’ve tried everything you can possibly imagine to be able to sleep well. That included diet changes, meditation, yoga, exercise, not having anything in my bedroom except things associated with rest… you name it. The only thing that seems to work is medication. Unfortunately I need to be permanently medicated for insomnia because, as research suggests, my sleepless nights may have had a negative contribution to the development of my ms.

So, if anyone has suffered from insomnia like me and has found ways to manage it other than being medicated, I’d love to hear your comments. In the meantime I’ll leave you with Alfred Hitchcock’s insights about insomnia. 😉

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The Brain Does Repair Itself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve never been very excited about stem cells therapy for two reasons: one is that it is still going to take decades before treatments based on stem cells are available, the second is because if you don’t find the causes to brain damaging diseases you can spend the rest of your life trying to repair your brain with stem cells that your body is still going to attack whatever it is it’s attacking, whether it’s myelin or other substance.

That being said, I still found this TED Talk interesting. Doctor Siddharthan Chandran explains that, contrary to what was believed some time ago, the brain does have the ability to repair itself, it just doesn’t do it well enough, or fast enough. So what can be done to help the body regenerate and what kind of therapies can we expect in the future?