In today's media-saturated, hyper-connected society, increasing numbers of people are finding it hard to switch off their over-stimulated brains and escape the demands of daily life. We are becoming, it seems, a world of insomniacs - but this condition of perpetual unrest has plagued people for centuries. In this fascinating study, Eluned Summers-Bremner shows that the
roots and effects of insomnia are complex, and reveals how humans have employed art, science and witchcraft to understand and treat the affliction.
Eluned Summers-Bremner is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.