|Pages/Publication Date:||342 / 2018|
Whether it's a bout of bad jet lag or a stress-induced all-nighter, we've all experienced the discomfort of having our sleep schedules disrupted, but some people almost never get the rest they need. Citing case studies as well as examples from history and classic literature, Henry Nicholls delves into the cryptic, curious, and relatively uncharted world of sleep disorders. We meet insomniacs who can't get any sleep, sleep apnea victims who nearly suffocate while unconscious, and—like Nicholls himself—narcoleptics who unexpectedly nod out. Nicholls also reveals the difference between morning larks and night owls, why our sleeping habits shift as we grow older, and the evolutionary significance of REM sleep and dreaming.