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10th August 2011: Future Sleep; The Nocturnal Fast, Cerebral Energy and the Honey/Insulin/Melatonin (HYMN) Cycle by Mike McInnes

leith on the fringe

During the Edinburgh International Festival of August 2012 twenty two talks were given at Leith on the Fringe at the Out of the Blue venue. They were free and open to everyone

Name of speaker

Mike McInnes

Title of Talk

Future Sleep: The Nocturnal Fast, Cerebral Energy and the Honey/Insulin/Melatonin (HYMN) Cycle.

Bullet points you would like to cover:

  • In the west it is customary to retire to bed with a depleted liver and activate, not sleep and recovery physiology, rather chronic nocturnal metabolic stress, the only way the brain may partition glucose in favour of cerebral provision.
  • This cultural practice results from the universal myth, put about by diet gurus and not challenged by the health professions, that it is unhealthy to ‘eat late’.
  • Chronic nocturnal metabolic stress rapidly increases risk of metabolic syndrome (diabetes/obesity/heart disease) and alzheimer’s disease.

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