Sleep Gone Awry

Sleep Gone Awry

Researchers inch closer to causes, cures for insomnia, narcolepsy

By Laura Sanders, 09:47 AM October 8, 2009

If Ben Franklin had been able to live by his own advice, he might have been even healthier, wealthier and wiser. But he was a notorious insomniac, rumored to have been such a poor sleeper that he required two beds so he could always crawl into one with cool sheets when he couldn’t sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep turned out to be more difficult than taming lightning, heating houses or designing bifocal specs.

Today millions of people afflicted by sleep disorders know how Franklin felt. Som...

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