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Floaters

Wow, and here I thought that I was insane. Floaters are real! “Floaters, or muscae volitantes (Latin: ‘flying flies’), are entoptic phenomena characterized by shadow-like shapes which appear singly or together with several others in one’s field of vision. They can take the form of spots, threads, or fragments of cobwebs, that float slowly before one’s eyes.”

Or, in other words, if you think you see things floating just inside your eyeball, you are right!

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Titan dark spot may be large lake

Is this a picture of a lake on Saturn’s moon Titan? Researches are saying, Maybe, maybe not: “A dark, lake-like feature on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has been imaged by the US-European Cassini spacecraft.

“Researchers have long speculated that Titan might harbour open bodies of liquid methane – and the 235km by 75km target is the best candidate to date.”

Sleep inertia

Wow, imagine that. There is an actual, documented medical condition which explains why I can’t take naps. Well, I can take a nap, but when I wake up I feel even more tired than I did before napping. I feel like I can’t think clearly, and I feel very clumsy. It’s a horrible feeling, bad enough that I almost never take naps – even when I really need some extra sleep.

Turns out, this is a fairly-well-known phenomenon known as Sleep Inertia. Per Psychcentral.com: “Sleep inertia is a physiological state characterised by a decline in motor dexterity and a subjective feeling of grogginess, immediately following an abrupt awakening from deep sleep. Typically, sleep inertia lasts between 1 and 30 minutes.”

I guess I had always assumed this was due to my sleep apnea. Though I feel like crap after a nap even if I hook myself up to the CPAP machine, so I guess I should’ve realized it wasn’t that.

I swear… maybe Dao is trying to tell me that I shouldn’t sleep! That means more time for video games. [grin]

Profile picI am a 40-ish uber-geek, Daoist and family man. Blessed to have one incredible wife and three wonderful kiddos. Dao has been kind to me.

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