sleep deprevation

Watched 'Almost Famous’ the other day and I loved it so much that it’s 1am and i’m making film journal pages because what’s better than realising that your sleep pattern is screwed up and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it (other than make film journal pages and cry) :-))

Could you imagine waking up to this every day..

A) I’d never want to get out of bed

B) I’d probably become an insomniac because I wouldn’t want to close my eyes.

Ok that’s kind of creepy isn’t it but I have genuine jealousy for the person who gets to wake up and see that beautiful face everyday! #dead

She is truly one of the most beautiful women I have ever had the privilege to look at. She’s also super talented and a dork. The full package really…

AMC are lucky and smart.

JRoth is an idiot!

(gifs not mine - credit to the owner)

Studies show that only 20% of teens from the ages of 11-17 get the recommended amount of sleep. On school nights, nearly half of them sleep for fewer than eight hours. Research shows that sleep deprivation affects a whole range of mental activities, including the ability to pay attention, verbal creativity, abstract thinking, decision making, retrieval of long-term memories, and overall mood and motivation… Sufficient sleep, it turns out, is crucial to assimilating new information.
—  Wendy J. Ponte- “Excessive Homework Strains Family Life”


So, I’ve been seriously going nuts over here by reading, taking notes, and theorizing while reading other fandom theories and OMG, GUYS.

Ok, so there is this really interesting theory about Solas/Fen’harel and Falon’din/Dirthamen.

So if that theory has any truth and we know that in the time of Arlathan the fade and the physical coexisted, what if Solas was originally a SPIRIT? Or at least did not originally have a physical form?

Here’s a quote from Cole during the Trespasser dlc:

“He did not want a body. But she asked him to come. He left a scar when he burned her off his face.”

What if Solas originally did not have a physical form but became physical at someone’s request? This leads into the second part of this theory:

What if Solas was originally a servant of Mythal? What if he learned how to remove vallaslin by trying it out on himself first?? “He left a scar when he burned her off his face.” WE KNOW HE HAS A SCAR! It would also further explain why he gets so angry at the inquisitor if they choose to drink from the well.

Here’s another quote from Cole:

“Bare-faced but free, frolicking fighting, fierce. He wants to give wisdom, not orders.”

So he freed himself from servitude under Mythal and began rebelling against the false gods. However, from the sounds of it, he missed being his spirit self.. Which seems to have been very similar to a SPIRIT OF WISDOM. Maybe that is why he was so close to the spirit of wisdom in All New, Faded For Her? Bc they were so similar? Bc, other than Mythal, she was his oldest friend?

Interesting also, that the spirit of WISDOM became a PRIDE demon.. hmmm

Another quote from Cole:

“The guardian spirits stayed. Not bound but biding. Because he asked. He knows how to speak so spirits listen.”

Perhaps the reason he is able to converse with spirits so well is bc he used to be one?

One last quote that may pertain to this theory is a party banter between Solas and Cole if you decide to make Cole more human:

Solas: How do you feel, Cole, now that you dealt with the Templar?
Cole: I don’t know. He hurt me… hurt the real Cole. I’m angry at him.
Cole: I can’t let that go. I have to become more, let it make me real.
Solas: You may well become fully human, after all. I never thought to see it.
Cole: When did you see it before?
Solas: I did not say that I had.
Cole: No, you didn’t. It’s harder to hear, sometimes. Sorry.
Solas: Good luck, Cole. You have taken a difficult road.

I just can’t bring myself to believe that Cole actually misheard Solas, there. I think he picked up a bit of his thoughts mixed in with his words and then, being more human than before, got confused when Solas denied it. 

Is it possible that the spirit Solas saw become flesh was himself?


Cole: Bright and brilliant, he wanders the ways, walking unwaking, searching for wisdom…
Solas: I do not need you to do that, Cole.
Cole: Your friend wanted you to be happy, even though she knew you wouldn’t be.
Solas: (Sighs.) Could you… if you would remember her, could you do it as I would?
Cole: He comes to me as though the Fade were just another wooded path to walk without a care in search of wisdom.
Cole: We share the ancient mysteries, the feelings lost, forgotten dreams, unseen for ages, now beheld in wonder.
Cole: In his own way, he knew wisdom, as no man or spirit had before.
Solas: Thank you.

I definitely think that Solas was more than just a talented Dreamer. Or that the time of the ancient Elvhenan saw dual-entities *cough* Falon’din/Dirthamen *cough*

Feel free to explain to me why I’m wrong as I’m sure there are a million over-lapping codexes and such that I’m forgetting about. I just had to get some of this out of my head. hahaha

Sleeping away from home? Half your brain is still awake

There’s a soft mattress, a warm duvet, and a mint on your pillow. But despite the comfort of the hotel bed, you toss and turn on your first night away. Sound familiar? It could be because your left brain refuses to switch off properly when you’re in unfamiliar surroundings.

This so-called first night effect is well-known in sleep research. Because of this, when studying sleep patterns in the lab, researchers sometimes discard data from the first night to allow participants time to get used to their surroundings.

To understand this phenomenon, Masako Tamaki and colleagues at Brown University, Rhode Island, scanned the brains of 11 healthy volunteers while they slept on two occasions, a week apart. While asleep, they analysed their slow waves – low-frequency patterns of brain activity that reflect how deeply someone is sleeping.

Half asleep

The first time, they found that slow-wave activity was weaker in the brain’s left hemisphere than in the right, suggesting that the left side was more alert. Slow-wave activity was particularly weak in a pathway involved in spontaneous thought while we’re awake, called the default mode network.

A week later, slow-wave activity in the left hemisphere was higher, and was similar to that of the right. The team found that the greater the similarity in slow-wave activity in the two hemispheres, the faster a person fell asleep.

To test how much more alert a person is when they sleep somewhere new, the team then ran a similar experiment, but played sounds to participants through earphones while they slept. On the first occasion, their left hemispheres responded more strongly to the sounds than a week later.

Sleeping like a dolphin

Some birds and marine mammals are known to put only half of their brain to sleep at a time, so that they can stay vigilant. Tamaki thinks something similar might be going on in our brains when we’re in an unfamiliar environment.

The default mode network is involved in mind wandering and thinking about future events. It is spread across the brain, but it seems like only the part located in the left hemisphere may be acting as a “night watch”, monitoring conditions around us and alerting us to potential danger.

The reason for this is unclear, but it could be because the left hemisphere has stronger connectivity between its constituent regions, which might make it more effective as a night watch, Tamaki says.

If you want to increase your chances of sleeping well in strange surroundings, Tamaki suggests you simply accept your fate. “Try not to worry too much since worrying itself would wake up the brain,” she says. If you need to be well-rested for an event, think about arriving two nights early, she adds. “You can also bring something that makes you feel comfortable with a new place.”

Adrian Williams, a sleep medicine researcher at King’s College London, says the first night effect contrasts with the experience of his insomnia patients, who often sleep better away from home since they associate their own bedroom with not sleeping. But the results are convincing and intriguing, he says.

Journal reference: Current Biology, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.02.063

Image Credit: Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

Source: New Scientist (By Sam Wong)