The Lost Art of Sleep by Michael McGirr

The Lost Art of Sleep - Michael McGirr

TITLE:   The Lost Art of Sleep


AUTHOR:  Michael McGirr




FORMAT:  Paperback


ISBN-13:  9780330424912



"Bed is the most dangerous place on earth. More people die there than anywhere else. Maybe that's why each passing generation spends less time in bed than the one before.
The arrival of baby twins sent Michael McGirr in search of an ancient practice for which bed is the ideal setting. It's called sleep."




This book wasn't what I expected and I'm not quite sure what I read, but it was interesting enough for me to finish it.  It is NOT a science book or a how-to book.  "The Lost Art of Sleep" is a mish-mash of author anecdotes, random thoughts and bits of everything else sleep related - or rather things related to trying to get to sleep.  We get to read about McGirr's personal struggles with sleep apnea, his attempts to catch some shut-eye with 3 toddlers in the house, about Shakespeare, Thomas Edison & Florence Nightingales' (amongst others) sleep habits, about the Odyssey (Odysseus attempts to get home to his bed), and a whole hodgepodge of other ruminations.  Some of it was interesting, some amusing, and some thought-provoking.