How can I die slowly

Hope for stroke patients Researched: What happens in the body shortly before death?

It is there, the calm before the storm, also in our brain when life comes to an end. If the cells no longer receive oxygen, they stop their neurobiological activities within about 30 seconds. Such a research result of the German physician Professor Jens Dreier from the Charité in Berlin:

Now when you record electronic activity like this, a state of stillness arises. It is very difficult to say whether this is an actual, a real silence. As I said, this is not a normal process. And the cells are in principle in a state that can be activated.

Professor Jens Dreier

In other words, it is not too late for a resuscitation to begin with. Only then does a neurobiological wave set in, which is also described as a kind of tsunami. The cells dissolve their stored energy reserves. The intense sensations reported by patients with near-death experiences could go back to this very moment:

So the decisive factor is that after a certain period of time, which is around two or three minutes, there is a discharge wave that probably spreads at 3 mm per minute in the cerebral cortex and other brain structures.

Professor Jens Dreier

This wave of discharge cannot be compared to any other process. It is the beginning of the end: with the wave, a poisoning process begins, at the end of which the cells are lost. Since this wave is spreading slowly, death may take place more slowly than previously thought.

The wave is not death in and of itself. So when the wave occurs, it only means that the processes that are extremely toxic to the cell start at that moment. Now the clock starts to run and the cell is slowly going into a state where it is more and more damaged and I have to try to get it out of it. I have a certain amount of time for this.

Professor Jens Dreier

It is precisely this finding that marks the starting point for protecting patients with a stroke or head trauma from long-term damage, says the doctor: Future research will aim to influence these changes so that the brain cells do not get poisoned when the body stops has to take care of them, but the patient can still be saved. Another implication concerns people who are about to die:

Personally, I take the point of view that as long as there are processes in the brain where cells can still be activated, where they can discharge, a person who is now dying can be allowed to die peacefully in this phase.

Professor Jens Dreier

And that takes time. Only then can you perhaps get away from it all to speak to the storm.