By Patricia Morrisroe
A fourth-generation insomniac, Patricia Morrisroe determined that the single means she’d ever overcome her lifelong sleep problem used to be via turning into a professional at the topic. So, armed with part a century of non-public event and a journalist’s interest, she trigger to discover one in every of life’s maximum mysteries: sleep. unsleeping is the eye-opening account of Morrisroe’s quest—a compelling memoir that blends technological know-how, tradition, and enterprise to inform the tale of why she—and 40 million different Americans—can’t sleep at night.
Over the process 3 years of analysis and reporting, Morrisroe talks to sleep medical professionals, drug makers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, hypnotherapists, “wake experts,” bed salesmen, a magician, an astronaut, or even a reindeer herder. She spends an uncomfortable evening stressed out up in a snooze lab. She attempts “sleep restriction” and “brain tune therapy.” She buys a high-end sound computer, personalized ear plugs, and a “quiet” apartment within the kingdom to flee her noisy friends within the urban. She attends a continuous clinical schooling direction in Las Vegas, the place she discovers that medical professionals are one of the such a lot sleep-deprived humans within the nation. She travels to Sonoma, California, the place she attends a Dream Ball costumed as her “dream self.” to meet a adolescence myth, she celebrates Christmas Eve 2 hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, within the famed Icehotel tossing and turning on an ice mattress. ultimately, after touring the globe, she reveals the reply to her insomnia correct round the nook from her house in long island City.
A enthralling mixture of own perception, technological know-how and social statement, Wide Awake examines the position of sleep in our more and more hyperactive tradition. For the thousands that suffer from sleepless nights and hazy caffeine-filled days, this funny, thought-provoking and eventually hopeful e-book is an important bedtime better half. It does, notwithstanding, include a caution: examining it's going to advertise wakefulness.