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The human mind cannot stay awake after midnight

The human mind cannot stay awake after midnight
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Negative thoughts during the night make you want to crave a cigarette or have a carbohydrate-rich meal. The human mind behaves differently at night when it is awake. After midnight , negative reflections have more appeal and inhibition falls away. Here some researchers move their hypothesis called “Mind After Midnight”. In practice, a thesis where the human body and mind have a natural 24-hour cycle that influences our emotions and our behavior.

During the day the brain is like a radio tuned to wakefulness, while at night our habit is to sleep. From an evolutionary point of view, humans once had a greater risk of becoming prey at night. Thanks to this reason, man is more attentive to negative stimuli during the night. If previously it could have been a help, now this hyper-concentration on the negative feeds an altered reward / motivation system. So as to make a person particularly prone to risk behaviors, to which is added the loss of sleep .

Scholars use two examples to illustrate their thesis. The first is a heroin addict who handles her cravings well by day, but not at night. The second example is a college student suffering from insomnia accumulating despair and loneliness from numerous sleepless nights. Thus, both cases can have a greater impact on nocturnal suicide and self -harm.

 

Suicide, previously inconceivable, emerges as an escape from loneliness and pain, and before the costs of suicide are considered, the student has acquired the means and is ready to act at a time when no one is awake to stop them.

Authors of the “Mind After Midnight” hypothesis

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Furthermore, dangerous and illicit substances are taken in greater quantities at night. Some of these behaviors may have an explanation in nocturnal neurological changes . Studying these factors better will better protect those most at risk from being awake at night. For now, the mind , asleep or awake, after midnight remains a mystery.

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