Just Say No to these Presidential Candidates, America!

Posted on : 08 Nov 2016 | No Comments

If you’re alive in 2016, you’re drowning in excess stimulus from many sources. Some studies say that human beings are confronted with 6 to 10 times more inputs today than we were just a few years ago. Whether it’s from electronic devices, sound pollution, rapidly changing environments or modern technology, the impact of all of this on the human brain is enormous. Scientists have a term for it – hyperarousal.  

Our brains are sensitive pattern detectors that evolved to capture information from our environments. What is also increasingly clear is that once captured, our brains must process or deal with all of this stimulus, sometimes effectively, but often in dysfunctional ways. Many physical ailments and emotional conditions, often stem from the impact of hyperarousal.   

One condition that has been exploding in recent years is insomnia. Insomnia, whether it’s the inability to fall asleep (sleep-onset insomnia) or to stay asleep when needed (sleep maintenance or terminal insomnia) has increasingly been tied to this hyperarousal. Often, it’s at bedtime or during the night, that the brain processes its collection of data from the day’s inputs. You know how that feels if you’ve ever experienced a “racing mind” at bedtime.  

And now we can add another source of hyperarousal to our list – the Presidential Election of 2016.  As reported in the Wall Street Journal, mass data from the makers of fitness devices reveal that there has been a statistically-significant uptick in sleeplessness as a result of the recent Presidential debates. So, not only are Americans perturbed about their poor choice of candidates, but now their sleep is also disturbed as they stay awake to listen to these poor potential Presidents make their case for support.

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