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Hello Avatars “It’s October” And Other Sleep Disturbance Facts

- October 10, 2008 - 0 Comments

It’s October already. Thursday evening around 7:00 PM I find myself recovering from a pulled muscle in my neck after nodding off while sitting at my desk watching a video of a Second Life tutorial. Apparently the extra weight from my headphones was just enough to make my head fall forward more violently than usual. As I glance up at my screen I’m not surprised to see my own Avatar assuming the same position leaning forward in a rag doll posture arms out floating and head pointing downward. I have to admit my Avatar and many others are officially afflicted with a serious case of Sleep Apnea.Sleep Apnea: A disorder of breathing during sleep. Typically it’s accompanied by loud snoring. I have personally witnessed many Avatars sleeping in public during meetings or events; however, I have yet to hear any snoring. I wouldn’t be surprised to search and discover an A/O Avatar over rider that exist somewhere in Second Life that makes your Avatar snore when it falls asleep.Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep. Typically I find this accompanied by fellow Avatars who are multitasking during virtual meetings or classes. They may be busy looking at other documents or on their cell phone. They find it difficult to keep their fingers off a keyboard or mouse wheel. Hence the constant Avatar up and down arm flapping. Not to mention those afflicted will find you every time you log on and are ready to engage in some chat. Bordering on the temptation to make an abuse report its better to block those who just can’t seem to leave you alone or refer them to a RSS.Narcolepsy: Some Avatars, no matter how much they sleep, continue to experience an irresistible need to sleep or yawn. Avatars with narcolepsy can fall asleep even with friends in clubs or while building something in a guest sandbox. When you see a fellow Avatar standing near a dance floor in a ‘Rag Doll’ position just type BRB or politely excuse yourself. The Avatar is most likely showing the first signs of having trouble finding a dance ball or cannot pick a texture from their overwhelming inventory. Teleport Lag: Sleep disturbance induced by a major rapid shift in environmental space-time continuum during travel to a new Landmark. Typically involves popular places in Second Life and often accompanied by several other Avatars Teleporting into the same Landmark at once. Avatars found sporting extra prims, such as flexi hair or glow balls are easily susceptible. The first three signs of this is either gray skin tone, the inability to rez beyond a ghostly cloud or unexplained loss or slowing of motor skills. If you have a business computer this may be the norm until you invest in an upgrade or downgrade your viewing preference settings. Restless Legs: (RLS) Restless Leg Syndrome is a discomfort in the leg’s, which is relieved by flying or simply floating. This feeling is difficult to describe and commonly referred to a as a crawling, tingling or prickling sensation. Typically involves Avatars who have fallen off a skybox platform or simply tripped over a step. During incidents such as this an Avatar will find their lower limbs moving in random directions uncontrollably until they reach a solid surface or have been safely removed from a restricted area.Bruxism: Grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep. Other sleep disorders may be present at the time, e.g. Apnea, RLS. This can be treated with a slight mouse movement or keystroke. Stronger relief can be found by accepting a Note card to Teleport by a friend.It’s October!

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