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The Blessings of Insomnia

  Though insomnia is painful to me… …I thoroughly enjoyed reading the poetry anthology Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems, edited by Lisa Russ Spaar. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that so many poets have written about insomnia.  Poetry … Continue reading

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Sleep (R)aid

    A TV commercial for the prescription sleep-aid Rozerem says, “If you can’t sleep, you can’t dream.” In that ad, a talking beaver, a deep-sea diver, and an Abraham Lincoln impersonator tell an insomniac that his dreams miss him. … Continue reading

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Insomnia Causes Insomnia

  “When things go bad things go bad.”   — Bill Russell According to an article by Lori Miller Kase in the November 2007 Reader’s Digest, insomnia causes insomnia: “People with insomnia produce higher rates of stress hormones than others, according … Continue reading

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Opening to Poetry

  Dreams rarely incorporate stimuli from the sleeper’s immediate environment… Yet ever so often, a dream does seem to absorb information coming in from outside. In a recent dream… I’m in a peaceful, isolated, rural location.  No one else is … Continue reading

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The Ridiculous and The Sublime

  I’ve found a good cure for insomnia.  The Teaching Company produces an excellent series of recorded lectures.  When I wake in the middle of the night, listening to one of these lectures can soon put me to sleep—no matter how much the … Continue reading

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Find Yourself in the Dark

  Dr. Naiman advises us to take back our “Healing Night”.  I must admit, he makes a good case: “I believe we may suffer from a darkness deficiency.  Recent findings suggest that there may be beneficial effects associated with time … Continue reading

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The Nightcap Is a Bad Fit

Does a nightcap make for a good night’s sleep? I hate to be a spoilsport, but no—a drink before bedtime disrupts your sleep pattern and causes you to lose valuable REM sleep. After your body metabolizes the alcohol, your sleep … Continue reading

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