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Insomniac 1st Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0520246300
ISBN-10: 0520246306
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Starred Review. No one can describe a journey better than someone who's made the trip, and insomniac Greene's exploration of the disorder is both fascinating and disturbing. Many people, including doctors and insomniacs themselves, believe that sleeplessness is the patient's fault: too much caffeine and stress, irregular bedtimes, lack of exercise. 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. Insomniacs are usually referred to mental health practitioners or the growing number of sleep labs offering behavior modification or drugs (which, for Greene, have always buil[t] tolerance, and rapidly, necessitating ever-larger doses). This is a somewhat cranky book, Greene admits, and rightly so. You can't live with this problem as long as I have, you can't be blown off and written off as many times as I have, and not get cross. Supplementing her own experience with that of other chronic insomniacs and a look at the science of sleep, Greene offers an enjoyable and informative account that will provoke even readers who get their full eight hours a night. (Mar.)
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“Greene’s book is the best available on the subject.”
(New England Journal Of Medicine 2008-09-25)

“Insomniac is far too interesting to lull you into dreamland.”
(O: The Oprah Magazine 2008-03-01)

“A harrowing memoir.”
(Wall Street Journal 2008-02-29)

“Provides . . . insights that many sleep researchers and doctors have lost track of. . . . Among the best books of its kind.”
(Nature 2008-04-17)

“Greene imparts a feeling of solidarity to fellow sufferers.”
(Barbara Bibel Library Journal 2009-02-01)

“No easy answers - but fascinating.”
(People 2008-04-07)

“Disturbing, important book.”
(Seattle Times 2008-03-21)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (March 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520246306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520246300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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