9 Feb 2017 Poor sleep and aging, The Dreams of the Dreamer (Georgia Douglas Johnson) and Dream Weaver (Gary Wright)

Good morning family. How are you as you visit me here at this moment in your time? I hope you are well. I am feeling kind of disconnected this morning. It’s a “I’m here but not here” kind of feeling….what would you call that? Floaty? I’m Floaty today lol.

So Dreams is a good Floaty day topic then!

I don’t know if this is the case for you, but for me it seems as I’ve gotten older I dream less often. It makes me think of David Bowie’s character John Blaylock from the movie The Hunger. Shortly, in vampire years, after John was turned, he began to experience the problem of getting into a deep sleep and he began to age rapidly. No matter how often he fed, the sleep eluded him and the aging accelerated.

I found this article that seems to bring forth a reality to the correlation between poor sleep and aging:

http://www.medicaldaily.com/time-beauty-rest-skin-aging-linked-lack-sleep-247954

Time For Beauty Rest: Skin Aging Linked to Lack of Sleep

Jul 23, 2013 10:05 PM  By John Ericson

Confirming a long-held belief of beauty-conscious women everywhere, scientists have established a correlation between poor sleep quality and skin aging.

The study, commissioned by the cosmetic company Estée Lauder, showed that poor sleepers exhibited increased signs of skin aging when compared to good quality sleepers. In addition, inadequate sleep patterns were linked to slower recovery from external stressors, such as ultraviolet (UV) exposure, substandard air quality, and other environmental factors.

“Our study is the first to conclusively demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin aging. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure,” said lead investigator Dr. Elma Baron, associate professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The findings were presented earlier this year at the International Investigative Dermatology Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Insufficient sleep has become a worldwide epidemic. While chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to medical problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and immune deficiency, its effects on skin function have previously been unknown,” she told Business Wire.

A group of 60 premenopausal women, split evenly between poor and good quality sleepers, were enrolled in the research team’s experiment and assessed according to the SCINEXA skin aging scoring system. The women were then asked to keep a sleep log for one week.

Using this method, the researchers found significant differences between the two groups, as poor sleepers scored twice as high as good sleepers in a system where a higher score meant more pronounced skin aging. Women reporting inadequate sleep patterns showed an increased presence of “intrinsic” aging signs, such as fine lines, reduced elasticity, and uneven pigmentation. Additionally, the poor quality sleepers displayed longer recovery times from “extrinsic” signs, such as sunburn and other external factors.

“This research shows for the first time, that poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging and weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself at night,” said Dr. Daniel Yarosh, vice president of basic science research at the Estée Lauder Companies.

“These connections between sleep and skin aging, now supported with solid scientific data, will have a profound effect on how we study skin and its functions,” he added.

Besides skin aging signs, the two groups differed statistically in a variety of other ways, including body mass index (BMI) and general self-perception. Almost half of the poor quality sleepers were obese, compared to 23 percent of the good quality sleepers. When it came to their own perceived attractiveness, good sleepers rated themselves much higher than the poor sleepers.

Source Oyetakin-White PA, Koo B, Matsui MS, Yarosh D, Cooper KD, Baron ED. Effects of sleep quality on skin aging and function. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2013.

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For me sleep has become a series of naps with an occasional really refreshing sleep. There doesn’t seem to be an exact science to getting the restful sleep either. I’ve tried to recreate the conditions after getting a good sleep to see if I could get more than one day in a row of it and nope! It just doesn’t seem to work like for me….hence the naps. Take it when you can get it!

I found this poem by Georgia Johnson and am sharing a poem by Kyle and I about the subject of Dreams. The song Dream Weaver has been one of my favorites since the first time I heard it. I have a specific memory of one instance of hearing it. I was at my ex’s family home in Connecticut. I can remember sitting in the room we were staying in holding the LP cover while the record was playing. That is the power of music….a teleportation/time travel device!

Much love, REST,  and all the good the Universe and the God of your understanding can give to you today!

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/dreams-dreamer

About this Poem

“The Dreams of the Dreamer” was published in The Heart of a Woman (Cornhill Company, 1918).

The Dreams of the Dreamer

Georgia Douglas Johnson, 1880 – 1966

The dreams of the dreamer Are life-drops that pass The break in the heart To the soul’s hour-glass.

The songs of the singer Are tones that repeat The cry of the heart ‘Till it ceases to beat.

Source Internet:  Kyle thought this was a good picture to illustrate his poem

Source Internet: Kyle thought this was a good picture to illustrate his poem

A Jar Full of Dreams – Kyle Wygant 17 Sept 2002

Recollecting the images set fluttering free

Into the great abyss of the human conscious

Trapped in a jar of a hundred years and uses

Left in a dark corner of a lost room

Covered in the dust of free standing time

Sitting closed for so long

The spiders have long since past

Leaving their remains and webs

Now the lid has broken free with a twisting crack

Letting the content to spill free

 

Between Worlds by  – Jackie Schmidt 17 Feb 2007

I close my eyes in the darkness and drift

Beneath and underneath I cast it all

To the energy source that is between

Always flowing, never seen but heard

If a body is still enough to hear

Beneath and underneath I let go of all I have been

Into the spaceless, endless abyss of the land of lost thoughts

Dreams, and weariness

I imagine it all like dark trickle of matter being cleansed

Back to the in between; clear and and translucent

Like a mountain spring; sparkling and its path unknown

To my core………………

 

Dream Weaver

Gary Wright

I’ve just closed my eyes again Climbed aboard the dream weaver train Driver take away my worries of today And leave tomorrow behind

Ooh dream weaver I believe you can get me through the night Ooh dream weaver I believe we can reach the morning light Fly me high through the starry skies Maybe to an astral plane Cross the highways of fantasy Help me to forget today’s pain

Ooh dream weaver I believe you can get me through the night Ooh dream weaver I believe we can reach the morning light Fly me high through the starry skies Maybe to an astral plane Cross the highways of fantasy Help me to forget today’s pain

Though the dawn may be coming soon There still may be some time Fly me away to the bright side of the moon And meet me on the other side

Ooh dream weaver I believe you can get me through the night Ooh dream weaver I believe we can reach the morning light Fly me high through the starry skies Maybe to an astral plane Cross the highways of fantasy Help me to forget today’s pain

Dream weaver

Songwriters: GARY WRIGHT

© Universal Music Publishing Group

For non-commercial use only.

Data from: LyricFind

 

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