The insomnia experienced by Mao may have been a circadian rhythm disorder

Most Famous Insomniacs: A Contender from the East

Every list of famous insomniacs is full of artists and actors, as well as historical giants such as Napoleon, Churchill, and Lincoln. Every person on the list is of European descent.

But research on insomnia is now coming out of the East, suggesting that insomnia is a phenomenon in Asian cultures too.

Coffee and Sleep: Are They Compatible?

I came of age when drinking caffeinated beverages was frowned on for people like me. Sleep experts exhorted people with insomnia to “stay away” from caffeine; a story in Working Woman stated that “the stimulant effect of coffee may last as long as 20 hours.”

Warnings like these made me feel guilty about indulging my java jones. Were my two cups of coffee, one at wake-up time and the other later in the morning, keeping me awake at night?

melatonin taken early in the evening more effective than if taken at bedtime

Melatonin: It’s All About Timing

Most insomniacs I’ve met dismiss melatonin supplements as useless, and with good reason. If you follow directions and take the melatonin an hour before bedtime, it’s little more than a sugar pill.

But taking a melatonin supplement several hours before bedtime may give you better results.

Sleep is unimportant to some writers, but not to Sancho Panza

Loving and Hating Sleep

Many famous writers have professed a low regard for sleep.

But Sancho Panza, Don Quixote’s loyal companion, held sleep in high esteem.

Better Than Marijuana Brownies

Let’s be honest: the holidays aren’t always easy. The whole thing can stress you out to the point where all you want to do is eat, eat, eat. But you can’t exactly indulge yourself — it would look unseemly for you to scarf down all the Christmas cookies you yourself have baked.

Who knew that the solution to these inopportune food cravings lay in Ambien, America’s favorite sleeping pill?

In Praise of Sleeping on the Couch

Sleeping on the couch isn’t always a bad idea. Some insomnia sufferers are light sleepers prone to high-frequency brain activity even during the deeper stages of sleep, or so the experts say. We pick up on information in the environment that normal sleepers readily tune out.

The problem may be that there are disturbances in the bedroom itself.

Taking sleeping pills may make people more susceptible to dementia

Do Sleeping Pills Hasten Dementia?

As if it weren’t bad enough that sleeping pills may increase your susceptibility to the common cold and shorten your life, a new study suggests that insomnia and sleeping pills like Ambien and Imovane (similar to Lunesta) increase your chances of developing dementia after age 50.

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Insomnia and loneliness go hand in hand

More Than Just Poor Sleep

Insomnia is about more than just poor sleep. Sometimes it’s about isolation, 24/7.