Sleep Demons: An Insomniac's Memoir

Sleep Demons An Insomniac s Memoir Bill Hayes grew up in a family in which the question How d you sleep was as much a staple at the breakfast table as orange juice or coffee a question that encouraged genuine reflection and as it tur

  • Title: Sleep Demons: An Insomniac's Memoir
  • Author: Bill Hayes
  • ISBN: 9780671028145
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bill Hayes grew up in a family in which the question How d you sleep was as much a staple at the breakfast table as orange juice or coffee, a question that encouraged genuine reflection and, as it turns out for the author, a legacy of life shaping implications If there s such a thing as an insomnia gene, he tells us at the outset of this beautifully written memoir, myBill Hayes grew up in a family in which the question How d you sleep was as much a staple at the breakfast table as orange juice or coffee, a question that encouraged genuine reflection and, as it turns out for the author, a legacy of life shaping implications If there s such a thing as an insomnia gene, he tells us at the outset of this beautifully written memoir, my father passed it on to me, along with his green eyes and Irish melancholy Bill Hayes life as an insomniac is rooted in the wry trappings of irony his father ran a Coca Cola factory, of all things I ve often wondered if all that sugar and caffeine altered my neurochemical makeup Moving seamlessly to and from his present vantage point in San Francisco, Hayes narrative affords an intimate look at one man s singular journey through contemporary life from his sleep disturbed childhood through his sleepwalking in adolescence to the height of his insomnia, when his partner struggles with AIDS and Hayes must face an increasingly troubling and debilitating sleep disorder Along the way, armed with an infectious curiosity and an obsession with the mysteries of his personal demons, Hayes leads us on a fascinating exploration of disorders such as sleep talking, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea and contends with all manner of theories and experimentation, from the conceptions of sleep in ancient mythology to today s state of the art sleeping aids and clinics As with desire, sleep resists pursuit It must come find you Nevertheless, I look for it This powerful book is the result of Bill Hayes lifelong search for sleep.

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    1. Recently there was a column in the NYTimes on insomnia. One of the authors had also written a book so I sought it out. It ends up that this is sort of a gay memoir by a guy who suffers from insomnia. As he is only a few years younger than I, I could relate to his memories of growing up and coming out. As I do most of my reading before falling asleep or at 3:00 a.m. when I have awakened with thoughts of work and cannot go back to sleep, it seemed apropos that I should be reading a book about inso [...]

    2. Hayes memoir - ostensibly about struggling with insomnia - covers his youth, his experiences of coming out, surviving the AIDS crisis, and the science of sleep. Somehow, it all works pretty well, even though it might seem a bit all-over-the-map. The success of the book is a tribute to the quality of writing.

    3. De este libro me sorprende su tejido; la destreza con la que una autobiografía se va intercalando con datos sobre el sueño y el insomnio. Los últimos capítulos están llenos de corazones calentándose y huecos en el estómago. Quiero leer más de Hayes.

    4. Unlike those of us who may have experienced an occasional night of lying awake, minds racing, one thought flowing into the next, Bill Hayes has spent most of his life fighting insomnia. His book effortlessly drifts between topics, blending research on sleep disorders with a candid memoir that examines his adolescent struggles with his sexuality, and his eventual coming out as a gay man. This humorous and engaging look at one man’s efforts to catch a decent nights sleep had me taking a closer l [...]

    5. I was expecting it to be more about the author's problems with insomnia. Something I can relate to. Instead it spends many pages on sleep disorders in general. I'd rather read a book that either focused on the personal story or on the scientific research. On the whole, well-written and readable.

    6. page 5: Sleep acts, in this regard, more like an emotion than a bodily function. As with desire, it resists pursuit. Sleep must come find you.Nevertheless, I look for it.

    7. I started this book but did not read it. The last thing I want to read at night before going to bed is a book about insomnia!

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