All over the world, a lot of people are having incredibly shit experiences with worst global event since World War 2. People are sick, dying, unemployed, suffering from extreme social distancing and wondering what happens next. MMT is no different. Europe’s death toll is slowly abating and has been overtaken by the USA. At least here in Australia and in our next door neighbour New Zealand we have been spared the worst.
In MMT’s small part of the world, he’s been deeply concerned, seemingly struck down by the common flu after his last ride on Good Friday. Stupidly, MMT rode in the wind and wet for nearly three hours and by Sunday afternoon was feeling pretty average. His youngest daughter has a much milder version of the same thing. Given the asbence of a few key symptoms its seems unlikely that either of us have COVID-19. Daughter No.2 has had a couple of trips to the ER with breathing difficulties attributed to Croup. However next week, once the worst of this is over, MMT plans on visiting his GP and having a chat.
So last blog MMT shamelessly stole a couple of graphs documenting the infection rate in Victoria and in Australia overall. The latest version of the graphs spell out how effective Australia has been contact tracing, isolating oversea visitors or returning Australians and controlling cluster outbreaks. If the Ruby Princess cruiseship debacle hadn’t occurred it could have been better.
This is Victoria’s:
This is Australia’s:
The curves in both graphs have experienced the required flattening. The cost of which is likley to paid for by generations of Australias, present and future.
So to tie back to were MMT started, MMT has been revisiting the music of his youth via a social media platform, that he refuses to name on principle. One of those albums was Document No.5, which contained the song and lyric, ‘Its the end of the world and I feel fine’. MMT is not sure about the ‘fine’ part yet.
Sleep is an essential to the proper functioning of the body. All the time you are awake you are using up energy, more so when you are active and riding a bike. Your body needs time to repair itself and this is best done when the brain, muscles, and other vital organs are at rest. Without sleep your body with fatigue and deteriorate both physically and mentally.
Poor sleep or a lack of sleep is a recognised medical condition causing poor performance at work, memory difficulties, concentration problems and less resistance to illness, increased accident rates and drowsy driving as compared to good sleepers. You can trick your body into thinking that sufficient sleep has been taken by having shorter sleep breaks consisting of full sleep cycles.
The stages of sleep combine for varying lengths of time. Most complete cycles of sleep are about 90 minutes +/- 30 minutes according to the individual and the circumstances. To maximise the benefits of your sleep in the shortest possible time you one or more complete sleep cycles, so should wake either when REM begins, or in the stage immediately following REM. If you wake in the middle of a cycle, especially during stages 3 or 4, your metabolic rate is at its lowest and it will take time to recover from this. Its better to stay asleep, actively recuperating through the complete cycle rather than trying to take a shorter sleep break.
Stages of Sleep
Depth of sleep
0 – awake
Slows down, relaxes, decreased muscle tension
Relaxtion, mind wanders, vague awareness
Decreasing heart rate. Decreasing blood pressure, Decreasing temperature
Body movements slowed, eyes gradually move less
Light sleep, easily awakened
Drifting thoughts, feeling of weight loss or floating
Decreasing heart rate. Decreasing temperature
Little movement, eyes quiet, snoring is common
Light to moderate sleep
Thought fragments but memory process diminishes, if woken, may recall parts of a dream
Decreasing heart rate. Decreasing temperature Metabolic rates. Decreasing Regular breathing
Eyes quiet, occasional muscle movement
Deep sleep, may be difficult to wake
Vaguely formed dreams, rarely recollected
Continued decrease in heart rate, temperature. Secretion of growth hormone.
Eyes quiet, occasional muscle movement
Deepest sleep, difficult to wake
Very poor recall of sleeping thoughts
Continued decrease in heart rate, temperature. Increased secretion of growth hormone. Regeneration process
Snoring usually ceases large muscles paralysed, fingers, toes and facial muscles twitch.
Variable, but can be difficult to awaken if sound is incorporated into dream
80% dreaming with good recall
Increasing heart rate, Increasing metabolic rate, Increasing blood pressure, Increasing blood flow to the brain, Increasing temperature, Irregular breathing, Best time to wake.