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Insomnia When I think of insomnia s wayward rhythms what I picture is this gaudy insomnia with its wide lapels and toothy grin is the last groover on the dance floor, still going at it after everyone has collapsed in a heap or gone home This brilliant mix of memoir, mythology, literature and science is a meditation on too many sleepless nights Plus the cover sparkles I spoke about my first experience with this book on Episode 135 of the Reading Envy Podcast Thanks to the publisher for sending me aWhen I think of insomnia s wayward rhythms what I picture is this gaudy insomnia with its wide lapels and toothy grin is the last groover on the dance floor, still going at it after everyone has collapsed in a heap or gone home This brilliant mix of memoir, mythology, literature and science is a meditation on too many sleepless nights Plus the cover sparkles I spoke about my first experience with this book on Episode 135 of the Reading Envy Podcast Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy When you cannot get sleep you fall in love with sleep, because desire thank you, Lacan is born out of lack Perhaps there is an inverse relationship here, between the degree of lack and the corresponding degree of love How much do I love sleep, I wonder And can sleep love me back The medieval Islamic poet Rumi seemed to think the relationship might be reciprocal In The Milk of Millennia he wrote every human being streams at night into the loving nowhere I find it comforting to think When you cannot get sleep you fall in love with sleep, because desire thank you, Lacan is born out of lack Perhaps there is an inverse relationship here, between the degree of lack and the corresponding degree of love How much do I love sleep, I wonder And can sleep love me back The medieval Islamic poet Rumi seemed to think the relationship might be reciprocal In The Milk of Millennia he wrote every human being streams at night into the loving nowhere I find it comforting to think that we might stream beyond our bedroom walls at night, like a crystalline liquid or like data , as though our avatars were flowing toward, then alongside those of others in surging formation while our bodies were at rest I find it reassuring that nowhere can be a loving place Although when I am revving in the night hours, Nowhere does not feel especially loving This book is fucking fantastic I will read it many, manytimes in this life We ve all had those nights when we wake up in some dark hour and can t get back to sleep no matter what method we use to try to trick ourselves back into unconsciousness I ve found watching a good nature or outer space programme can often lull me, but sometimes nothing works Although I occasionally go through periods when sleeplessness plagues me night after night leaving me exhausted and bleary eyed throughout the workday, I ve never considered it to be a serious or chronic problem But other We ve all had those nights when we wake up in some dark hour and can t get back to sleep no matter what method we use to try to trick ourselves back into unconsciousness I ve found watching a good nature or outer space programme can often lull me, but sometimes nothing works Although I occasionally go through periods when sleeplessness plagues me night after night leaving me exhausted and bleary eyed throughout the workday, I ve never considered it to be a serious or chronic problem But other people experiencesevere cases that are seriously debilitating such as my partner who has tried many different treatments Most books about insomnia offer advice or methods for overcoming it, but what I appreciate so much about Marina Benjamin s short, impactful and beautifully written book Insomnia is that she approaches the condition from aphilosophical point of view It s a deeply personal account because she s someone who has suffered from insomnia for years and tried just about every scheme out there to sleep better But rather than write a guidebook she offers a different kind of solace in how we re all unified by sleep or the lack of it She draws upon references from mythology, psychology, art and literature to illuminate how we often have an uneasy relationship with our night time selves Read my full review of Insomnia by Marina Benjamin on LonesomeReader A stunningly written, thoughtful meditation on sleep and the absence of it Marina Benjamin muses on how insomnia affects our creativity and relationships and how it fundamentally shifts our view of the world around us She mixes personal stories with cultural analyses of portrayals of insomnia, slipping in and out of both modes of thinking about this issue in a way that I really like in this kind of semi personal semi analytical non fiction In this case though, I sometimes wished we would ve s A stunningly written, thoughtful meditation on sleep and the absence of it Marina Benjamin muses on how insomnia affects our creativity and relationships and how it fundamentally shifts our view of the world around us She mixes personal stories with cultural analyses of portrayals of insomnia, slipping in and out of both modes of thinking about this issue in a way that I really like in this kind of semi personal semi analytical non fiction In this case though, I sometimes wished we would ve stayedin Marina Benjamin s own life As someone who struggles with insomnia herself, I found thephilosophical musings interesting, but I also wanted to knowabout the author herself and how insomnia has affected her and we definitely got glimpses of that in this, but I guess I wantedLuckily, I just found out that a memoir by Samantha Harvey The Shapeless Unease A Year of Not Sleeping that has just come out has a very similar theme and seems to focuson the personal aspects of insomnia, so I ll definitely be reading that She adds new dimensions to both our understanding of sleep and going without it and of night, of how we perceive darkness Behold, a book written for me In 2014 I had my absolute worst bout of insomnia It lasted months In that time I tried pretty much every this will help you sleep routine supplement drug known to man I also read a lot of books about it I hadn t read a book about insomnia in over four years And with that pretty coverI couldn t resist temptation I want to start by saying this middle of the road rating has a lot to do with my aversion towards purple prose Am I guilty of it from time to time Probably I just can t stan In 2014 I had my absolute worst bout of insomnia It lasted months In that time I tried pretty much every this will help you sleep routine supplement drug known to man I also read a lot of books about it I hadn t read a book about insomnia in over four years And with that pretty coverI couldn t resist temptation I want to start by saying this middle of the road rating has a lot to do with my aversion towards purple prose Am I guilty of it from time to time Probably I just can t stand reading it most of the time I meanif it s sporadic and spaced out, I can handle it Hell, if you put chapters between one purple instance and the nextI might even come to appreciate it However, reading beautiful, lyrical writing in this book prevented me from relating in certain places When I was lying awake at 3 a.m for the 5th night in a row I wasn t considering the gently shifting penumbra that heralds dawn I was thinking f ck this sh t There were other parts where the writing was muchrelatable, though When she expresses jealousy over her dog and other animals who find sleep so easily When I had insomnia I resented everything and everyone who could sleep I resented things that didn t need sleep I probably resented plants When she likens her racing mind to a Formula One driver tearing up asphalt When she writes things like this In the grip of insomnia I am constitutionally inconsolable Yup It was in the crazy little details that I related the most Like the earplugs passage It s like, okay, I ve successfully muted birds chirping man snoring etc, but what about the whooshing sound in my inner ear I also learned quite a bit from Marina Benjamin I knew nothing about choleric personality prior to this book Turns out I check the ravenously hungry, wiry, impatient, hot blooded boxes of this type that is prone to sleeplessness Oh, and I learned about a type of plant I never knew existedand now kind of want to find.I wasn t into the narrative straying around and veering off into wonderland like states which in actuality might have been a double entendre for semi lucid in limbo, dreams thoughts that slip across the sleep deprived s mind when they re just laying there I have no idea how we got from Greek gods, to slavery, to philosophersjust topic jumping like crazy The weird stuff didn t click When Zzz was introduced I had no idea who he represented Her husband Lover A different side of herself Is Zzz a metaphor for the sleeping word she has an indignant relationship with These are the things you have to wonder when a book is written unconventionally You leave not knowing if it was a man or a metaphor And this book is unconventional in the way it meanders, doesn t really have paragraphs or chapters, and doesn t appear to hold fast to any rule of writing Which is fine If you like that sort of thing If you suffer from insomnia, you d probably appreciate this book to some extent If you want to better understand insomnia, this book can shed a unique light to some extent I d say you d beapt to fully enjoy this book if you are into lyrical prose and alternative writing styles 2.5 stars.A very small number of little gold nuggets in this but nothing that particularly stood out for me.The writer is well, a writer It definitely reads as I am a professional writer and I am going to write about my insomnia I can t help but feel this would have feltmeaningful if written by someone less experienced with writing That we may have gottento the heart of the individuals experience rather than an endless plod of fractured paragraphs that didn t really provide a 2.5 stars.A very small number of little gold nuggets in this but nothing that particularly stood out for me.The writer is well, a writer It definitely reads as I am a professional writer and I am going to write about my insomnia I can t help but feel this would have feltmeaningful if written by someone less experienced with writing That we may have gottento the heart of the individuals experience rather than an endless plod of fractured paragraphs that didn t really provide a lot of depth for me.Benjamin ascertains this is how her mind works when she cannot sleep but to be honest, this endless trudge from one thought to next is how my mind works throughout my entire waking life so I couldn t see how this was unique to insomnia For me, her writing failed to take the subject matter into a new space Marina Benjamin s book is meditation on the inability to sleep, a collection of lyrical paragraphs that explore the unexpected pleasures and isolating frustration of insomnia Though my bouts with insomnia tend to only last a couple of days thanks, full moon , I can identify with so much of she writes. Insomnia is on the rise More than a third of all adults report experiencing it, with the figure climbing steeply among those over sixty five Marina Benjamin takes on her personal experience of the condition her struggles with it, her insomniac highs, and her dawning awareness that states of sleeplessness grant us valuable insights into the workings of our unconscious minds Although insomnia is rarely entirely welcome, Benjamin treats it less as an affliction than as an encounter that she engages with and plumbs She adds new dimensions to both our understanding of sleep and going without it and of night, of how we perceive darknessAlong the way, Insomnia trips through illuminating material from literature, art, philosophy, psychology, pop culture, and Benjamin pays particular attention to the relationship between women and sleep Penelope up all night, unraveling her day s weaving for Odysseus the Pre Raphaelite artists depictions of deeply sleeping women and the worries that keep contemporary females awake Insomnia is an intense, lyrical, witty, and humane exploration of a state we too often consider only superficially This is the song of insomnia, and I shall sing it, Marina Benjamin declares This isn t a book that will help you solve your insomnia, but it does go someway in helping you understand it and know that you aren t alone as the author does a beautiful job of describing how she feels when she is suffering insomnia, and all the rational and irrational thoughts that go through your head while the rest of the world so it seems is sleeping with no problems.It s only a short book but contains so many different thoughts, perspectives and attitudes towards the different stages o This isn t a book that will help you solve your insomnia, but it does go someway in helping you understand it and know that you aren t alone as the author does a beautiful job of describing how she feels when she is suffering insomnia, and all the rational and irrational thoughts that go through your head while the rest of the world so it seems is sleeping with no problems.It s only a short book but contains so many different thoughts, perspectives and attitudes towards the different stages of insomnia, how it has affected others and how you react to it when suffering I found myself agreeing with the author on a number of occasions with the thoughts she had as she tried to overcome her insomnia and put that time to good use in whatever way she could.It touches on the factors in modern life that cause it along with the world we live in that has an industry in sleep cures all the pills and potions that are meant to help you in your hour of need I loved the way it was told in little paragraphs the variety of thoughts and randomness of your mind when it is deprived of sleep, and found it to be an interesting book to read anytime of the day or night

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