Insomniac Book May Keep You Up, But You'll Sleep Better Afterwards

Insomniac, a new book by Gayle Greene, who is both an insomnia sufferer and a professor, could become the "it" book for sufferers of insomnia. It is at once validating, infuriating, and instructive.

Gayle interviews sleep doctors and attends sleep conferences only to find out that insomnia is not really being studied. It is a surprisingly common condition that patients don't want to admit, for fear of being dismissed as a hypochondriac.

Gayle Greene equates the suicidal thoughts that result from recurrent insomnia as a legitimate means of "not succumbing" to insomnia. She explains it is a euphemism for killing yourself to escape the hell. One of her interviewees estimates that 90% of suicides are due to chronic insomnia. I did not "succumb" to my personal bout with insomnia, but I can assure you that periods of insomnia are living hell. You remain alive, but feel dead in body, mind, and spirit.

I wish Insomniac had been published years ago. It's a breath of fresh air for sufferers and will be an eye-opening read for the many sleep doctors who don't really understand their patients, the condition, and its devastating consequences.

1 comment:

Alix said...

Check out this article on cherries. The natural melatonin in them is apparently good for insomnia. I have been eating 20 frozen cherries each night for the past few months for it's anti-inflammatory qualities (20 cherries = a celebrex! really works!) but I had no idea about the melatonin.