By Bill Hayes
Filenote: PDF is searchable photo ocr, 376 pages
Publish 12 months note: initially released in 2001. replica is hardback printing, March 2001
Bill Hayes grew up in a relatives 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 question that inspired actual mirrored image and, because it seems for the writer, a legacy of life-shaping implications. If there's any such 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' existence as an insomniac is rooted within the wry trappings of irony: his father ran a Coca-Cola manufacturing unit, of all issues. I've frequently 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 gives an intimate examine one man's singular trip via modern lifestyles -- from his sleep-disturbed adolescence via his sleepwalking in early life to the peak of his insomnia, whilst his accomplice struggles with AIDS and Hayes needs to face an more and more troubling and debilitating sleep disorder.
Along the best way, armed with an infectious interest and an obsession with the mysteries of his own demons, Hayes leads us on a desirable exploration of issues similar to sleep-talking, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea and contends with all demeanour of theories and experimentation, from the conceptions of sleep in old mythology to today's state of the art snoozing aids and clinics.
As with wish, sleep resists pursuit. It needs to come locate you. however, i glance for it. This robust publication is the results of invoice Hayes' lifelong look for sleep.