In Brief

In Brief

Lois Maharg took her doctor’s advice, read all the books on insomnia, followed the recommendations—and still got no relief from her wakeful nights and washed-out days. Clearly, she needed more than quick answers. As an experienced reporter, she set out to explore insomnia in the hope that deeper understanding would lead to better sleep.

The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey through Science to Better Sleep documents her tour through the world of the sleepless. She visited sleep clinics, researchers, therapists, conferences, and fellow insomniacs. She learned about:

  • The body systems that control sleep and waking
  • Cutting-edge research from leading sleep scientists
  • The history of insomnia and cultural attitudes toward it
  • The benefits—and risks—of sleeping pills
  • Insomnia treatments and new therapies in the pipeline.

With stylistic verve and a reporter’s ability to make complex information accessible to all,
The Savvy Insomniac offers the sleepless an illuminating and practical guide to getting rest.