4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.
6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”
Also interesting to read the comments:
"It is a commonplace among cops that a suspect who falls asleep while awaiting interrogation is almost certainly guilty. I think this is a related phenomenon."
"I've had this response - after a particularly heated argument with my mother. After leaving her house I began driving home and actually had to pull my car over, get in the back seat and sleep for about thirty minutes. It stands out because it was so odd, overwhelming and had never happened before."
In sports, prior to big games, I tended to doze in the locker room; my brother threw up. He'd be hair-on-fire ready for mortal combat; I hoped the other team wouldn't show up. But I was 'cool' and he was considered half-crazy.
I'm the worst procastinator I know, and it really kicks in when a project is 99% complete. A deadline extension is almost as good as an orgasm for me. Without an extnension, I'll estimate the remaining time needed to finish the job, then calculate what time I have to start to hit the mark--then set an alarm and hit the rack. Hugely painful and I hate myself throughout the process, but I cannot make myself work normal hours during crunchtime. Maybe my brain is processing final steps, but I doubt it.
Related? My memory of personal events has always been very good. Now I find myself more and more distracted, anxious, sleepless over trivial matters going back to my youth: a/the missed spelling word in 3rd grade; a stupid comment on a junior high date; a missed shot in a meaningless high school basketball game. The list goes on and on.
Yet I function.
But now my teenage son won't leave the house, resists therapists and I don't blame him. I just happen to get paid while living on largely on the Net.
I think the difference between the two situations is the feeling of hopelessness. When there really is no way to finish everything, it's hard to do anything other than just give up.
Does anyone experience this phenomenon and have any strategies to prevent it?
I haven't been officially diagnosed, but basically, the latest research on dealing with narcolepsy is a combination of lifestyle and drugs.
In the realm of drugs, there is provigil or adderall as a wakefulness agent or xyrem and some others for a providing deeper sleep. Usually these are life changing in the beginning, but then they lose their efficacy due to tolerance.
On the lifestyle front, theres really only 3 things, bur they are hard. Diet, exercise and sleep hygiene.
The easiest to explain is exercise. Do it. Daily.
Next is sleep hygiene. Consistent bed time and wake up time. Bed only for sleep and sex. Dimmed lights proor to bedtime and a consistent routine. This is harder to do.
The most controversial/hardest is diet/nutrition, especially with the anti vitamin, anti-picky eater sentiment that may be part of ones social circles. So here goes my personal research and anecdotal evidence.
Im on my phone, so forgive the terse explanations.
Universally accepted: low carb, high fat diets.
Nutritional supplements: google for narcolepsy nutrition. Some of the things are choline, b vitamins.
Gluten free (controversial) - the short of it is that, gliadin destroys orexin producing neurons. Longer story at zombieinstitute.
Tyrosine - longer story at some narcolepsy blog by a phd gal, iirc.
Caffiene - the reviews are mixed on this one. Soneswear by it, others claim sleep debt incurred. For me, a cup of coffee or energy drink once every 2 days. Everyday incurs sleep debt for me.
Ketogenic diets help. Paleo with lots of veggies, less meat.
Smaller portions to control insulin load on the body.
My biggest game changers were magnesium citrate (~300mg 2x a day for 600mg) + provigil + glutenfree + lchf. Potassium citrate also helped. Multivitamins seemed to be a waste. I didnt get much with tyrosine and carnitine. Also avoiding soluable sugars (juicy fruits, dextrose, maltodextrin) and going for high fiber (low glycemic) was a big help.
I can't help but think that it means "you're in the wrong place."
For example, in my high school AP Calc class, I often couldn't stay awake because I picked up on the concepts very quickly whereas my peers did not and I would quickly get very bored when being lectured on the same topics day after day. Contrast that with the amount of books on Mathematics I currently own, that my favorite language is Haskell and that I currently am employed writing software.
It was almost as if my body had developed a heuristic for how useful today's class was going to be and reacted accordingly. The same sort of thing happened through college (Psych, Business, etc) whereas I was known to read psychology textbooks for fun when I was very young.
And guess how I feel bootstrapping my project right now... :/
The funny thing is that I do think I can change pretty much everything that is bad, while this "learned helplessness" does make sense in the same time, if I really dig into things. So I guess what I say and what I do need to be reconciled. Though I have some guesses what issues I need to process, at least.