Regular readers will know that I have issues with sleeping, and that I have an interest in reading about sleep and about dreams. I came across a term that is new to me and probably describes a problem some of you have at night: middle insomnia. Middle insomnia is not the inability to fall asleep … Continue reading Middle Insomnia
Lately, I have found myself lingering in bed in the morning. I’m not a morning person. Don’t make an 8:30 appointment for me. When we have one of those early morning flights and I have to get up at 4 am to get to the airport by 5:30 and wait a few hours for a … Continue reading Staying In Bed
In 1950, Ernest Hemingway had been working on a long novel tentatively titled The Sea Book. The writing was difficult and he felt his abilities were diminished. He only published a section of the manuscript during his life as The Old Man and the Sea (1952). Despite the fact that the book was well-reviewed and … Continue reading Hemingway’s Last Decade and Last Day
“To die, to sleep – to sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” – Hamlet There’s a lot going on in those lines spoken by Hamlet. Sleep and death are often connected – which was something that scared me as a child. The … Continue reading To Sleep, Perchance, To Sleep
One of the birthday cards I received this week contained this list of firsts from my birth year of 1953. None of them connect in any way with me. Elsewhere I read that 1953 was the year that rapid eye movement (REM) was connected to dreaming. I feel connected to that. Looking at words that … Continue reading Number the Stars
I imagine the earliest humans suffered from insomnia. That had to be a stressful time to live with survival a daily issue. A lot of press has been given this year to the psychological stressors that the pandemic has either created or intensified. I saw an AMA article about COVID-19 and its resulting anxiety and … Continue reading Is Coronasomnia a Real Thing?