The one I liked best was the theory that humans are not adapted to sleep in a continuous 6-8 hour stretch. In this revelatory book, Gayle Greene offers a uniquely comprehensive account of this devastating and little-understood condition. I never got any treatment, it was just something that happened. The bottom line: this is well worth reading, if you have insomnia especially sleep maintenance insomnia or live with someone who does. She has trouble sleeping, so what? Most people do, don't they, sometimes? It was both redundant and unnecessarily long. Summary I can't work, I can't think, I can't connect with anyone anymore. The first few chapters and the last 2 or 3 are fascinating, the middle drags and is a bit repetitive.
I'd just had several excellent nights. If you suffer from insomnia or know anyone who does, this may be the book that helps you. She has published books on Shakespeare, women writers, and scientific issues. Greene and I have different problems her issue is idiopathic sleep maintenance, while I'm a late chronotype with a circadian rhythm sleep onset disorder but our paths through treatment have been remarkably similar, as I suspect has been the case with many of us with sleep problems - despite the wide range of sleep disorders that have been identified. She writes well and critically, as one might expect from a feminist Shakespearian scholar; she writes intelligently about the science of sleep; and she writes with welcome humor, which can be a rare commodity after a bad night's sleep. It's hard to like this book, but it is enlightening. Good if you want to understand insomnia.
And I feel for her. Lousy if you want to cure your insomnia with tricks. At times I got the impression that by the time Greene got around to writing the later chapters she had forgotten was she had already written in There are some gems in this one and I found the author's personal experiences with insomnia to be fascinating and insightful. Greene is a literature professor Shakespearean with a lifelong intractable sleep-maintenance insomnia issue. In this revelatory book, Gayle Greene offers a uniquely comprehensive account of this devastating and little-understood condition.
But in spite of the explosion of new knowledge about sleep, insomnia is still explained as something the patient is doing wrong, something we bring on ourselves. Asleep at the Switch: The Clinics 10. Table of Contents Acknowledgments 1. In fact, no one knows what causes it, but the effects of insomnia are clear: as Greene, a professor of literature and women's studies at Scripps College, shows, sleep deprivation kills creativity, reduces levels of the hormones needed to repair cells and is directly linked to weight gain and memory loss, high blood pressure and diabetes. I definitely wouldn't recommend trying to read cover to cover. For sufferers like me, this book will serve to both calm and infuriate you.
I started my writing life doing academic books and articles; my subjects were Shakespeare, 20th century women writers, and feminist criticism. I haven't finished the book yet, and I can't wait to get back to it tonight. Yet, this is by no means a concise volume on the science of insomnia and it's becoming a bit dated. This chapter is a must-read for any insomniac considering medical treatment, and is easily worth the price of admission alone. These are voices of a few of the tens of millions who suffer from chronic insomnia. People who suffer from sleep disorders are viewed as lazy, neurotic, sleep-obsessed pill junkies - Greene pointedly remarks that most people would seem neurotic and sleep-obsessed if they weren't getting enough sleep, and she recounts the benefits and pitfalls of hypnotics, from trazodone to benzos to z-drugs.
Gayle Greene 'gets it' as only another insomniac can. She has trouble sleeping, so what? Bookseller: , Hampshire, United Kingdom. It sets the context wonderfully, I suppose one could say. As a resource on the state of science albeit a few years old , the book seems solid and well documented the endnotes are astonishing. So, in closing: this book will not offer you any definitive answers or perfect treatment options, because there aren't any. She educates, advises, and comforts with a steady, sympathetic hand.
It was both redundant and unnecessarily long. Greene is an insomniac and english professor who had gathered together all the history, research, and real experiences of insomniacs in the english speaking world to show how difficult it is to treat a problem that people are not really sure the origins of and the frustrations of its sufferers. She highlights relevant research, subjects herself to attending a bunch of boring and expensive medical conferences in the name of research and is treated as a suspicious outsider at each one , and above all, gives people like us a voice, which we desperately need. Insomniac University of California Press, Little Brown, U. But her surly tone went more than a little overboard. Great if you want to understand insomniacs, I think. I hope she reads this.
She educates, advises, and comforts with a steady, sympathetic hand. Or perhaps product placement of Arrowhead sparkling water? She's happily married and successful in her career. She really has done her research: attending sleep conferences, speaking to doctors of all sorts, researching treatment with drugs, behavioral therapy, alternative medicine, etc. Insomniac is at once a field guide through the hidden terrain inhabited by insomniacs and a book of consolations for anyone who has struggled with this affliction that has long been trivialized and neglected. So what is Gayle Greene's problem? Insomniac is at once a field guide through the hidden terrain inhabited by insomniacs and a book of consolations for anyone who has struggled with this affliction that has long been trivialized and neglected.
You get to know Greene in these pages: bright, jagged, exhausted, funny, wistful. The author's suffering from the condition is all too apparent. I started going to sleep conferences. Around this time, I embarked on a book about insomnia, which I've been plagued by since I can remember. It made me wonder if the book wasn't also exaggerated. I feel so sorry for them that it's hard to criticize, but she is pretty whiny. You only know a person has it by what that person says.