Wednesday December 2, 2009
What's on DNTO: Dec. 5
Sleep isn't always as relaxing... or unproductive... as you might think. This week, we look at all the crazy things we're doing while we're asleep... or should be.
There's a war going on in bedrooms across the nation, people! Sook-Yin hits the streets to find out what your bedmate does that drives you crrraaazy.
So why is the bed such a battlefield? We'll get the answer from a woman in the know: sex and relationships columnist Josey Vogels.
It's bad enough to have one dream about being chased by a giant cheese wheel. But what does it mean when that becomes a recurring dream? Joff Schmidt explains why you should listen up when your dreams send you the same message over and over. (And for more on recurring dreams and dream analysis, check out Gillian Holloway's website.)
Insomnia is a terrible thing. What do you do to sleep when a warm bath, a relaxing massage, easy listening music or a cup of chamomile tea aren't doing the trick? And to top it off, your sleeplessness is rooted in a deep, primal fear? Habiba Nosheen will tell us about her effective... if very, very expensive... solution.
Isabel Bayrakdarian sings for a living. She's one of Canada's most internationally celebrated sopranos. But one of her most important gigs is singing her own two-year-old son to sleep. She'll explain why... and sing us the lullaby that works every time.
Sometimes finding just the right place to sleep can be totally exhausting. Ryan Paulson spends a lot of time searching The City That Never Sleeps for a good spot to nap.... and he'll tell us about the unusually perfect napping spot he discovered.
Where was the strangest place you ever woke up? Sook-Yin hits the street for the scandalous answer.
Some people walk in their sleep. Some... have more larcenous nocturnal habits. Angele Cano will tell us hers.
Dr. Carlos Schenck loves to watch people sleep...and not sleep. He's a psychiatrist at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Centre where he and his team were the first to recognize a new disorder where people do crazy things like eat, move around, and even jump out of buildings...all in their sleep. Sook-Yin will chat with him about his research.
DNTO contributor John Pellatt is so talented, he can write in his sleep. Literally. He'll tell us how "lucid dreaming" can help you solve your daytime problems... and how it once helped him earn a paycheque.
Sleep may be relaxing. Sleep may be fitful. But can sleep be a competition? Well, if you're a new parent, chances are it is. Rachel Sanders looks into how we navigate the minefield of sleep when it becomes a precious, precious commodity.
"I'm going to attach these electrodes, turn on these bright lights, and I want you to relax and go to sleep. Okay?" Tall order, huh? Sean Foley will tell us why having a sleeping problem diagnosed may lead to a sleeping problem.
And here's this week's playlist:
Popa Chubby - "Top Ten Reasons Why I Can't Sleep At Night"
Dream Warriors - "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style"
Emma-Lee - "Never Just a Dream"
Alicia Keys - "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart"
Isabel Bayrakdarian - "Koon Yeghir Balas" (performed live in studio)
Wham! - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
Chad VanGaalen - "Sing Me 2 Sleep"
Bedouin Soundclash - "12:59 Lullaby"
Shotgun Jimmie - "Bedhead"
Moby - "Porcelain"