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Assalamu alaikum friends!

I hope you all are in their best of health and wealth and everything by the Grace of Almighty, inshaa’Allah. I am really writing something after a hiatus of almost 3 good years. Back then I was a medical student and used to procrastinate less; now a little life is left in between a lot of procrastination. The post has been named untitled because I wasn’t able to think of a good one. Apologies for that but I am open to suggestions like always; topics to write about and talk about.

One thing which bothers you me and every second or third person is “insomnia”. Yes, the insomnia (with inverted commas). Sleeplessness, unable to sleep, sleep latency, delayed sleep phase syndrome and other things and few solutions which you can adopt and habits that you can change.

I am keeping today’s write short and to the point and will write more about it with more links and references in next post inshaa’Allah. I hope everyone reading this is will pray that Allah give me toufeeq to write the next post as soon as possible.

I will end my post with few dua’as that you can recite before sleeping or in case of insomnia.

  1. Last three surah of Quran i.e. Surah Ikhlaas, Falak and An-Naas.
  2. Ayat-ul-Kursi (Ayah 255 of Surah Al Baqarah)
  3. Ayah number 285-286 Surah Al Baqarah
  4. اللهم باسمك أموت وأحيا
    “Allahumma bismika amootu wa ahya

  5. There are lot many other etiquette and dua to recite before sleeping from sahih Hadith which you can find here.

Oh and will not forget to post my most favorite duaa with hadith too inshaa’Allah.

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ ، سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلهِ ، وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَاللهُ أَكْـبَرُ ، وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي

Translation:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever wakes up at night and says: ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone and with no partner, to Him belongs [all] sovereignty and praise, and He is able to do all things; How far from imperfections Allah is, and all praise is for Allah, and none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, Allah is the greatest, and there is no power nor might except with Allah, The Most High, The Supreme.’ and then supplicates: ‘O my Lord forgive me.’ will be forgiven.” In another narration: “and then asks [for something], he will be answered. If he then performs ablution and prays, his prayer will be accepted.

 

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What makes a Psychiatrist?

Years.

Years of learning that the smallest details of a patient’s life can be the most compelling and important part of their story.

Years of listening to to tales of love, anger, and loss until the patterns become less daunting and more obvious.

Years of hearing things that are so bizarre, so far-fetched, so on the fringe of humanity that nothing surprises anymore, but everything still fascinates unceasingly.

Years of trying every new thing under the sun until you finally realize that there isn’t.

Years of feeling guilty, so profoundly guilty, about losing a patient, even when you know in your heart of hearts that you did everything you could possibly do to keep them alive.

Years of feeling like a student, then a competent medical doctor, then a counselor, then a social worker, then a nurse, then a psychiatrist, and then a student again, and finally understanding why you had to be all of them in turn.

Years of learning how important timing really is. Too soon, and the patient is not ready to hear what you have to say. Too late, and the patient is no longer around to hear what you have to say.

Years of preparation to learn how to be wrong, and to admit it, in the best, most productive way possible.

Years filled with moments of pure joy when you see that little spark of insight, so hard won, roar into a giant flame of confidence.

Years to understand that if you do your job to the best of your ability, your patients should no longer need you, and that you can model for them how to say goodbye.

Years of learning that if all you carry in your tool kit is a hammer, everything that walks in your door will most certainly look like a nail.

Years of pride and satisfaction knowing that someone will tell you the darkest secrets of their heart and their most terrifying fears and will expect you to keep them to yourself.

Years of balancing the utter joy at seeing something rare and odd and wonderfully interesting, studying it objectively, but then always, always coming back to the humanity of the poor soul who suffers every day because of it.

Years of learning exactly what it is that you do not know, and realizing that the list grows longer every year.

Years of knowing that when things are spinning out of control and you are the most stressed you thought you could ever be, your teachers’ and mentors’ examples and training are something you can always fall back on.

Years of dreading your own obsolescence, but knowing that a listening ear, a kind word, and an understanding heart will never go out of style.

Years of your life when you could have been doing something, anything else.

Years that could never have been spent in a more noble enterprise.

What makes a psychiatrist?

Years.

Written by Greg Smith, who is a psychiatrist and blogs at gregsmithmd.

Read this here and really liked it.. Thought to share it here as well 🙂

Some facts about sleep!

Lately, I was reading about sleep, so I thought why not to Post something about it as well. So, here I’m with another doctoricious post!

 About sleep, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala mentioned in the Holy Quran that “Among His signs is sleep” (30:23) and “and made your sleep for rest” (78:9).

Essentially, sleep is important to the body functioning, promoting bodily rest and rejuvenation in the neurons and other cells that are replaced or repaired during times of sleep. Sleep has also been proposed to conserve energy, detoxify the brain, control thermoregulation within the brain, and consolidate  the memory.

While sleeping, a person goes through stages of two types of sleep that alternate with each other. They are called

(1) slow-wave sleep, in which the brain waves are strong and of low frequency,  and

(2) rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep), in which the eyes undergo rapid movements despite the fact that the person is still asleep.

Most part of the sleep is of slow-wave variety; which is deep, restful sleep and is experienced by a person during the first hour of sleep REM sleep, on the other hand, occurs in episodes that occupy about 25% of the sleep time in young adults; each episode normally recurs about every 90 minutes. This type of sleep is not so restful, and it is usually associated with vivid dreaming.

Non-REM sleep

Further divided into four stages.

Stage one: Light Sleep

During the first stage of sleep, we’re half awake and half asleep. Our muscle activity slows down and slight twitching may occur. This is a period of light sleep, meaning we can be awakened easily at this stage.

Stage two: True Sleep

Within ten minutes of light sleep, we enter stage two, which lasts around 20 minutes. The breathing pattern and heart rate start to slow down. This period accounts for the largest part of human sleep.

Stages three and four: Deep Sleep

During stage three, the brain begins to produce delta waves, a type of wave that is large (high amplitude) and slow (low frequency). Breathing and heart rate are at their lowest levels.

Stage four is characterised by rhythmic breathing and limited muscle activity.

REM Sleep:

Bouts of REM sleep lasting 5 to 30 minutes usually appear on the average every 90 minutes. When the person is extremely sleepy, each bout of REM sleep is short and may even be absent. Conversely, as the person becomes more rested through the night, the durations of the REM bouts increase. 

Although we are not conscious, the brain is very active – often more so than when we are awake. This is the period when most dreams occur. Our eyes dart around (hence the name), our breathing rate and blood pressure rise. However, our bodies are effectively paralysed, said to be nature’s way of preventing us from acting out our dreams.

After REM sleep, the whole cycle begins again.

So why do we sleep??!!
Well, its not exactly known but there are many theories that are proposed regarding this, which I am enlisting below.
  1. Inactive theory: suggest that inactivity at night is protective to harm to the animals from the predators, also called adaptive/evolutionay theory
  2. Energy Conservative theory: suggests that the primary function of sleep is to reduce an individual’s energy demand and expenditure during part of the day or night, especially at times when it is least efficient to search for food.
  3. Restorative theory: suggests that sleep in some way serves to “restore” what is lost in the body while we are awake. Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself.
  4. Brain plasticity theory: suggests that sleep is correlated to changes in the structure and organization of the brain – phenomenon known as plasticity.
  5. Consolidation of memory: episodic memory is converted into long term memory.
  • Previously, its thought that sleep is a time when your body and brain shut down for rest and relaxation but we know that in REM sleep brain is highly active, secretion of some hormones and memory is also consolidated, besides, brain is the regulatory organ which is never completely shut down!
  • Also its thought that Nap is a waste of time but researches reveals they can be restorative and help counter some of the impaired performances during the day.
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Sleep and Memory: 
So, this part is most fascinating about sleep.
Scientist hypothesized that the memory is converted in long term memory during sleep 🙂
Scientists hypothesized that REM sleep played an essential role in the acquisition of learned material, both declarative  and procedural memory. 
Researchers now hypothesize that slow-wave sleep (SWS), which is deep, restorative sleep, also plays a significant role in declarative memory by processing and consolidating newly acquired information.
Sleep is very important before taking exams, the saying goes, “Rest is best for the test” 
as sleep plays its role in consolidating whatever we have learned and refreshes us as well.
the potential ramification of sleep deprivation, you can see in the below illustration
**YAWN* *YAWN*
Now on a lighter note, Do you know the amount of sleep required by the average person ??!!
A question to check whether you’re still awake while reading it or not!! Do answer to let me know! 😀
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