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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?” Cont’d from previous blog).

There is a great deal that we can do which, in its way, can be both supportive and productive as we prepare for a loved one’s (or indeed our own) death. It may be hard or difficult to undertake but … Continue reading

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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?” Cont’d from previous blog).

Not infrequently, patients who are hospitalized or in a hospice at this time, ‘fasten on’ to someone of their choosing, not uncommonly from outwith the family and with whom they feel at ease to talk. It might be a doctor, … Continue reading

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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?”  Cont’d from prev. blog)

“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?”  Cont’d from prev. blog) “My problem at present is coping with feelings about my family. I just don’t want to leave them. I look at Marianne (his wife) when she is not looking and … Continue reading

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“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?” (Cont’d from previous blog.)

  As 0nce again I glance through the main points of this correspondence, I am aware of its tendency throughout to focus on and seek to encourage an up-beat approach (in the very best sense the use of that phrase). My … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Another hypothesis of great interest and potential relates to the finding that apparently all mammals spend a disproportionate amount of pre-birth time, i.e. in the womb, in a condition, at least very similar to REM sleep and we have known … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

One final point about REM sleep and dreaming: what do we know about it? Well at the purely subjective level we know that dreams can (as it appears once we are awake) at one and the same time, be fairly … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Should you be experiencing difficulty with sleep, you might therefore wish to institute and apply the multi-pronged ‘campaign’ outlined above in order to improve things and I would suggest that it might take something like the following form. Include regular … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Enough then of the negative side of food and fluid intake; what about positive ways of manipulating diet? Distinct possibilities do undeniably exist. The food of choice in this regard is carbohydrate. Carbohydrate is, as most probably you know, any … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep and there’s sleep. (Continuation of previous blog).

We all know that there are essential, health-giving properties of certain foods and I want here to briefly focus upon the topic of foods and fluids that are known, in some cases to promote and in others to deter sleep. … Continue reading

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