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Sleep Demons: An Insomniac's Memoir

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Bill Hayes grew up in a family in which the question "How'd you sleep?" was as much a staple at the breakfast table as orange juice or coffee, a question that encouraged genuine reflection and, as it turns out for the author, a legacy of life-shaping implications. If there's such a thing as an insomnia gene, he tells us at the outset of this beautifully written memoir, my ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 27th 2001 by Washington Square Press
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Donald
May 22, 2010 Donald rated it liked it
Recently there was a column in the NYTimes on insomnia. One of the authors had also written a book so I sought it out. It ends up that this is sort of a gay memoir by a guy who suffers from insomnia. As he is only a few years younger than I, I could relate to his memories of growing up and coming out. As I do most of my reading before falling asleep or at 3:00 a.m. when I have awakened with thoughts of work and cannot go back to sleep, it seemed apropos that I should be reading a book about inso ...more
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Jan 25, 2010 Vincent Desjardins rated it it was amazing
Unlike those of us who may have experienced an occasional night of lying awake, minds racing, one thought flowing into the next, Bill Hayes has spent most of his life fighting insomnia. His book effortlessly drifts between topics, blending research on sleep disorders with a candid memoir that examines his adolescent struggles with his sexuality, and his eventual coming out as a gay man. This humorous and engaging look at one man’s efforts to catch a decent nights sleep had me taking a closer loo ...more
Teresa
Jan 22, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Best memoir I have read so far
Andrea
May 24, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
I was expecting it to be more about the author's problems with insomnia. Something I can relate to. Instead it spends many pages on sleep disorders in general. I'd rather read a book that either focused on the personal story or on the scientific research.

On the whole, well-written and readable.
Brian
Mar 18, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
I love Bill Hayes' informative, entertaining and inventive work, and this book, one of his earlier ones, is no exception, though the cover design is awful, and probably did the book no favors when it came to sales.
Jess Driscoll
Apr 27, 2008 Jess Driscoll rated it liked it
page 5: Sleep acts, in this regard, more like an emotion than a bodily function. As with desire, it resists pursuit. Sleep must come find you.

Nevertheless, I look for it.
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it it was ok
I started this book but did not read it. The last thing I want to read at night before going to bed is a book about insomnia!
Krini
Oct 30, 2011 Krini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
been having trouble sleeping and this book isn't helping. interesting book though
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Shelves: sleep-books
A nice story about sleep disorders, homosexuality, AIDS, and love.
Ian
Mar 26, 2009 Ian rated it it was ok
Was hoping for sleep less memoir.
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