** Wide Awake by Patricia Morrisroe

The author of Wide Awake is insomniac. While she can fall asleep easily, she wakes up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. She takes us on her quest to understand insomnia and, she hopes, cures hers. She tries drugs, she sleeps in a sleep lab, she contemplates buying a bed that would buy 2.5 of my car, she hopes that jet lag would cure insomnia (she must be really desperate!), and she finds that she meets the 3P model of predisposition characteristics (she’s an anxious person), precipitating event , and perpetuating attitude. She tries therapy ( with another really bad therapist), sees a sleep doctor who is also a plastic surgeon (should raise a flag, don’t you think?), fails to sleep in a ice hotel, and (very tediously) takes us on her quest for the perfect house where she will sleep soundly.

Since I regularly fall asleep right away and never, never wake up in the middle of the night,  this was an exotic and instructive voyage to the land of insomniacs. Insomniacs may find good tips there — and no, expensive beds are not required, or helpful!

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