My aunt and uncle from LA recently visited me here in Ann Arbor. I spent a fair amount of time with them when I lived on the West Coast, and over the years we’ve had lots of intimate conversations. They’d read my book, The Savvy Insomniac, and the first thing they said about it was this:
“We never knew you had such a problem with insomnia.” Implicit was a question: Why didn’t you ever mention it to us?
My friend Lisa passed word of my book, The Savvy Insomniac, on to a friend, whose first question, Lisa reported, was this: Did I think insomnia was genetic?
Environmental stressors can trigger insomnia: everything from childhood abuse and loss of a parent to financial worries and divorce. Behaviors and attitudes can give rise to persistent sleep problems as well. Less well understood are the biological underpinnings of insomnia, yet research suggests they exist.
“Why write about insomnia?” is a question I’m often asked when I tell people about my book. “Do you have it yourself?”
“Since childhood,” I reply. But I might not have written a book about insomnia if I hadn’t read Andrew Solomon’s book, The Noonday Demon.
Chelsea Update, September 6, 2013
LOCAL AUTHOR EXPLORES INSOMNIA IN NEW BOOK
Scio Township resident Lois Maharg has spent most of her life battling insomnia. She has tried hypnotic CDs, relaxation exercises, melatonin, sleeping pills, self-help books and more with no long-term success. So she decided to go out in search of answers and write a book.
FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
CONTACT: Lois Maharg, 734-424-1088, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tired of Keeping Vigil at Night? New Book Offers Insight into Insomnia and Tools to Improve Sleep
ANN ARBOR, MI—September 26, 2013—A new book draws on personal experience and science to shed light on chronic insomnia and help poor sleepers get a good night’s rest.