Some of this book is quite disjointed and seemed unnecessarily wordy, but the parts that weren t made me feel like I was understood by an old friend If you have insomnia, this is a comforting read.
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 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 Æ read Æ Insomnia by Marina Benjamin É 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 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 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 Ü 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 p

A Dreamlike, or Rather Insomnia like Collection of Insights This book documents the author Marina Benjamin s battle and experience with insomnia.
There are shades of Sick A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour Benjamin struggles with this constantly, but keeps you turning the page.
There are shades of The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon Benjamin has a difficult time with her syndrome, yet still manages to produce a quality book.
But this book has its own style There are no chapters There are just three or so paragraph chunks of insight, each one fading into the next You can group the insights by theme, but like a night spent awake each does fade into the next, and makes a continuous stream.
But the whole does add up it adds up to something absolutely incredible, and absolutely unique.
I recommend this to just about everyone.
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 accou 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

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