reply to post by Skyfloating
I'll go ahead and post the 'history of hypermode' in another thread. But it's a combination or synergy between diet, exercise and stress.
The stress can be good or bad. It serves as a trigger.
One time I went into it fairly quickly over a trivial thing.
I had peaked in my training and my times were going down and intensities going up. This creates a hormonal milieu, and involves
(Cholecystokinin), primarily. This hormone mediates hunger also.
I can feel the effect starting to come on, usually at night in that I'll feel a metallic taste and a sensation of being very alert.
It sometimes takes 1-2 days to manifest, and I'll find myself getting up earlier and going to bed later.
If the diet part isn't right, of course this hormone won't predominate. If the training isn't nearing a peak it doesn't manifest; but both
together along with a 'trigger' cause it to kick in.
One trivial example.
I happened to get cable TV hooked up with an additional tier so I could watch the Tour de France in 2005. I got it hooked up in mid June.
Well, for some reason, they made a small mistake and gave me -every- channel, with about 20 movie channels or even more, plus all kinds of cool sports
channels and science channels.
I was already peaking diet and training in preparation for riding 'along with' the tour.
Well, my brain just went into gleeful over drive and I started trying to watch every movie ever made all at the same time. Haha. I was making up
schedules in Excel and highlighting them so I wouldn' miss something good.
Prior to that, of course, I just had normal broadcast channels.
I stayed up for four days straight, and the only bad effect is my eyes got really dry. I guess I wasn't blinking enough (lol).
The difference between this and a psychological illness is that I don't have any wrong ideation or paranoia - it's all good. I also don't
experience a 'crash' like when you take no-doze to stay up for exams.
After about 20-30 days, I just gradually taper back to normal and start going to bed at 11:30-12am, and it eases off. I still retain the mental
There was an initial trigger event which I'll talk about later.
Hope this gives some basis for an answer to your question.
PS, it wasn't until 2006 that I figured out what hormone was involved when I explained it to a famous diet expert and he said 'that sounds like
CCK'. We did some medline and pubmed searches and looked though his notes and decided this had to be it. He's got a rather OCD approach to his
favorite research and I do also.
That may also be part of the basis. I'll go over this part in a later post.