Addendum to my previous comment: sleep, too, is dependent on the brain. For most people, a healthy brain will sleep properly, but many have conditions like REM sleep disorders which aren't readily treatable.
In my case, I have a CPAP to control apnea, I take medications for my REM sleep disorder, and I practice good sleep hygiene... but two or three nights a week, I only get 4 - 5 hours of good sleep because I wake up intermittently.
What am I supposed to do? "Hey brain, shape up and fly right!" When there's something organically wrong, it's not a bad habit, it's who you are. The best you can do is work around it.
Some of this is confusion between thinking of the mind as something separate from the brain. When you realize the mind is an emergent property of the complex organ that is the brain, you realize we have a lot of control, but not total control, over the mind... and not all of the mind is under conscious control, anyway. If there's something organically wrong with the brain, that can't help but affect the mind and body, sometimes in subtle ways and sometimes on a grand scale. It's not a "one size fits all" thing, and blaming some behaviors on "bad habits" perpetuates the myth that we are in total control, and therefore are completely responsible for everything we do, think, and express. We have a lot of control, but it's far from complete.
- 4/16/2015 8:40:15 AM