Sleep Demons: An Insomniac's Memoir

Sleep Demons: An Insomniac's Memoir

Bill Hayes


invoice Hayes grew up in a kin within which the query "How'd you sleep?" used to be as a lot a staple on the breakfast desk as orange juice or espresso, a query that inspired actual mirrored image and, because it seems for the writer, a legacy of life-shaping implications. If there is this type of factor as an insomnia gene, he tells us on the outset of this superbly written memoir, my father handed it directly to me, together with his eco-friendly eyes and Irish depression.

invoice Hayes' lifestyles as an insomniac is rooted within the wry trappings of irony: his father ran a Coca-Cola manufacturing facility, of all issues. i have usually puzzled if all that sugar and caffeine altered my neurochemical make-up. relocating seamlessly to and from his current vantage element in San Francisco, Hayes' narrative provides an intimate examine one man's singular trip via modern lifestyles -- from his sleep-disturbed formative years via his sleepwalking in youth to the peak of his insomnia, while his companion struggles with AIDS and Hayes needs to face an more and more troubling and debilitating sleep problem.

alongside the way in which, armed with an infectious interest and an obsession with the mysteries of his own demons, Hayes leads us on a desirable exploration of issues resembling sleep-talking, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea and contends with all demeanour of theories and experimentation, from the conceptions of sleep in historic mythology to latest state of the art drowsing aids and clinics.

As with wish, sleep resists pursuit. It needs to come locate you. however, i glance for it. This robust e-book is the results of invoice Hayes' lifelong look for sleep.

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