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Awake!: A Reader for the Sleepless
Millions can’t sleep; millions more sleep with those who can’t sleep. This collection is ideal for both the casual light sleeper and the dedicated insomniac (as well as their bedmates), delighting and distracting night owls with irresistible fiction, articles, blogs, art, photographs, comics, and more. Previously unpublished stories by Aimee Bender and Arthur Bradford; pit ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 28th 2007 by Soft Skull Press
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Check out the following article in Salon, which refers to AWAKE contributor Roger Ekirch's groundbreaking research into sleep habits before the 20th century. As Ekirch discusses at length in AWAKE, people generally slept in two four-hour shifts, interrupted by a two-hour period of wakefulness. The period of wakefulness was called "The Watch" and was spent either praying, making love or visiting neighbors.
Definitely not a sleeping-aid, this anthology captures the raw, jarring atmosphere of a night awake. The variety of the entries, ranging from fiction, to essays, to cartoons, to pictorials, is a boon for the scattered mind of the insomniac. Some subject matter may be a little abstract for the same, however.