ZZZ's & Dreams, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia

Sleep. We all need it and if we’re lucky, most of us spend up to one-third of our lives doing it (this excludes those you know who just APPEAR to be asleep!). But who knew that sleep disorders had become a significant, and often debilitating problem for an estimated 10-15% of the population!? Sleep research and treatment centers like those at Duke University and the U. of Kentucky, along with dedicated departments at many major hospitals, indicate that sleep deprivation is fast becoming a critical public health issue.

But despair not! The Infectious Awareables “ZZZs & Dreams” silk necktie and scarf design is a chilled out version that includes some serious somno-tech - Deep Wave Sleep, REM, Melatonin, - and while wearing the silky sleep-ons may becoming habit forming, styling-while-driving is still legal when last we looked.

A good night’s sleep is made up of several stages, the total of which accounts for about 75% of our resting hours:

Stage 1: slow, rolling eyes, mixed frequency brain activity. The classic “head nod.”
Stage 2: about 50% of our night, low voltage, relaxed.
Stages 3 & 4: slow wave sleep, high voltage, tranquil, deep sleep, very relaxed mentally and physically.

And then there’s REM, rapid-eye movement sleep or dream sleep, often called “paradoxical sleep” in which the body is basically paralyzed, i.e. no muscle tone. This state relates to learning, organization and memory, and while not especially restful, it is the most essential. About 15% of the night is spent here, but if missed, a severely deprived subject might well exhibit psychotic behavior. A note of interest: REM is a very individual trait, and its graphic representation is not unlike one’s fingerprint.

Hormones also play a key role in the physiology of sleep, with Melatonin reigning as the master hormone which regulates sleep-wake rhythms. (Wonder if the term “mellow” is related).

Here are Electroencelphalographs (EEGs) (brain wave graphs) of both REM and Deep Wave, on which we based our design. They were taken by an accredited polysomnographic technologist – which, if you can say it, means you are probably getting enough rest.

Our thanks to Sarah Estes-Elder, MS, RPSGT for her technical assistance and her wide-awake enthusiasm in providing background for the IA “ZZZs & Dreams.” A self-professed “sleepgeek” of the first order!

Resources for more information on Sleep Disorders