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pyjamas are evil

Turns out Commissioner Michael Williams of Caddo Parish, Louisiana is trying to ban pyjamas from being worn in public. In his own words:

“The moral fiber in America is dwindling away. It’s pajamas today, what is it going to be tomorrow? Walking around in your underwear?”

Head over to Jezebel.com to read about high school students working the baggy pants/tight tops trend, an opinion piece on pyjamas as high fashion and a debate on whether this ban would be a triumph or a travesty.

fashion designer Rachel Roy wearing pyjamas on the red carpet


the lesser of two evils

The good news is my recent bout of insomnia has passed.

The bad news is I’m still awake til 5am most mornings but now I just sleep til noon.

image from weheartit.com


sinners never sleep

[ all images from weheartit.com ]

Sleeping Beauty

This film trailer looks amazing. Weird, but amazing.

barometric pressure headaches

I’ve been learning all sorts of fancy new words for the “beat me over the head with a cricket bat, why don’t you” headaches that occasionally knock me on my ass. It turns out, all those times I thought “I wonder if the rain clouds are giving me a headache…no, that’s ridiculous,” I could have been right!

There have been studies that show barometric pressure can bring on headaches and migraines in some sufferers. No one’s entirely sure why yet (yay, science!) but up to 2 or 3 days before the weather changes a headache can set in as a result of the change in air pressure.

I’ve also learnt about “visual auras”, “fortification spectrum”, “scintillating scotoma”, “dysphasic auras” and the “postdrome phase”. More specifically, I’ve learnt that these are all the fancy doctoring words that apply to my weird hallucinations and unusual behaviour before & after a full-on migraine.

And what does all this add up to? It means that next time I have to leave work in the middle of the day, I can tell my boss I’m having a scintillating scotoma visual aura and possibly a dysphasic aura and that I need to go home and rest until I’m through the postdrome phase.

Like I’ll remember that.

The above picture is an artist’s impression of a scotoma that can appear before a migraine. It starts out tiny, just in the corner of your vision, flickering like static on a TV. Gradually it gets bigger and bigger, becomes a circle, moves toward the centre of your vision and finally you can’t see the face of someone standing right in front of you.

Creepy, huh?


Chionophobia – fear of snow.

I had a dream last night that it had snowed while I was asleep and it made me feel physically sick.

Even after I’ve spent all day staring out of the window at the dry ground and (mostly) clear skies, I can still feel my heart start to race when I think about it. I can remember exactly what the street outside looked like when it snowed last winter, that weird heavy light cast by the snow clouds, that sudden agoraphobia setting in at the soft patting sound of the first fall starting.

This could explain why it’s nearly 3am and I don’t want to go to sleep.

nothing will make an insomniac sleep like the sound of an alarm clock

In the spirit of my recurring insomnia, a few sleep related facts for today:

  • After five nights of partial sleep deprivation, three alcoholic drinks will have the same effect on your body as six would if you’ve had enough sleep
  • People are the only animals on earth to willingly delay sleep
  • You could die from sleep deprivation (10 days) before starving to death (2 weeks)
  • The bed is the most used piece of furniture in the home

    photo by Akif Hakan Celebi